Even though HTC managed to announce a powerful and good-looking smartphone ahead of Samsung rivals, the One flagship market debut was delayed, as the Taiwan-based company needed more than two months two supply enough terminals to fulfill the demand because of stock shortages. The HTC One Mini, which was introduced earlier this summer, is a pretty interesting design, but because of bad luck or bad planning, it faces the same supply issues as the One flagship.
According to sources quoted by Reuters, HTC is currently facing supply shortage with One Mini, the reason behind being the problems encountered in the manufacturing of the new model. Even though it seems to be less pretentious than the original One, Mini’s case is currently generating availability issues for the Taiwanese company.
Another source quoted by the same reputed publication claims that HTC can only manufacture 200,000 One Mini units monthly, which is below the market demand and posing a threat on the company’s financial results for Q3.
HTC already warned the stakeholders that Q3 2013 might be the first quarter with registered losses, and given the above conditions, it might actually happen.
For those of you unfamiliar with the One Mini technical specifications, I remind that the HTC mid-range smartphone boasts about a 4.3-inch Super LCD2 display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and Gorilla Glass 2 protection, and a design that is a reminiscent of the flagship smartphone announced by the Taiwanese phone maker in February.
HTC One Mini is underpinned by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC with four Krait 200 cores clocked at 1.4 GHz and Adreno 305 GPU, while sporting 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. The camera mounted on the back of the smartphone is the same 4 MP Ultrapixel unit on the HTC One, which comes with autofocus, LED flash, 1/3” sensor size, 2µm pixel size, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, and 1080p video recording support.
The connectivity features of the highly appreciated mid ranger include HSPA+, LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual band, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0, and microUSB 2.0. The smartphone runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, customized with HTC’s proprietary Sense 5.0 UI.