It looks like HTC One will not be available on March 15th or if it will be; only a few units might possibly be distributed to retail stores because of parts shortage. As if it's not enough, HTC is actually experiencing shortage of two types of components and these are the camera module and the voice coil motor.
Initially, only an average of 1M units will be shipped in the next two months because of this shortage. Let's hope that HTC will be able to bounce back because, like it or not, there are many who are rooting for the HTC One and are actually labeling it the underdog versus Galaxy S 4 and other leading phones in the market.
This can actually be a good move by the Taiwanese company because they would not want to be overshadowed by the possible success of the Galaxy S 4 launch on March 14th. Introducing the HTC One at a later date will make it possible for them to gather more steam. This is HTC's final chance to redeem their brand and they have to make it right and timing is also quite important.
Samsung's role as both supplier and competitor of some of the biggest names in the smartphone industry can make most of its clients wary of conducting further business with them. A good example is a report from Apple Insider that says Nokia may also start veering away from Samsung because their technology can get compromised with continued business with the Korean giant.
Furthermore, the source also claims that instead of shipping next-generation components to their clients, Samsung typically cancels and use the components for themselves. Furthermore, the source states that Samsung has stolen an important specialized design for OLED from the Finnish giant, Nokia.
When you see a Samsung (certain specialized new design for) OLED phone as you surely will, you are looking at something that was stolen from Nokia.
Just recently, Apple won $1B against a lawsuit filed against Samsung for infringing on intellectual property rights. With the kinds of allegations that Samsung is facing from two major companies, it will be hard for them to come up with something new without much scrutiny.
According to video stills posted on Phandroid and Techno Buffalo, it is very easy to take apart and repair the Samsung Galaxy S 4. According to the guy who sent the video, Mr. Nails, it is indeed one of the simplest smartphones to fix and that its smaller components are quite common. However, he also mentioned that the display is a bit harder to replace than other devices from the Korean company.
Also, comments and discussion ensue on the cost of components and repair, which will really depend on the availability of Galaxy S 4 parts and the technical know-how of the person repairing the item. Many agree that if a repair man finds it easy to fix the S 4, chances are that the cost of repair will be lower.
The S 4 small parts are thankfully quite easy to fix and anyone who prefers fixing things on their own will not find it difficult to do so in case anything happens to their S 4. Otherwise, some of the carriers offer insurance and it is highly recommended to avail of this for a fraction of the cost of having some parts of your S 4 replaced.
Samsung Electronics reportedly has revised downward its purchases of parts and components for its latest flagship model, the Galaxy S4, for the second and third quarters of 2013 due to a slowdown in demand in the end market, according to industry sources.
ETNews confirmed once again that Samsung has issued order forecasts on the lower range for this quarter, 20-25 million instead of 25 million firm, and has lowered the forecast for next quarter from 30 million units down to 20 million.
But this does not mean that Samsung is losing its competitiveness in the smartphone segment, but rather indicates an underlying structural change in the industry, where demand for entry-level to midrange smartphones is rising sharply in China and other emerging markets, and the market for high-end models is becoming saturated, said the sources.