HTC facing One Mini casing shortage?
It looks like HTC’s troubles won’t be gone anytime soon, with the company now believed to be under pressure as it’s failing to meet demand for its One Mini smartphone – introduced in various global markets back in July.
According to Reuters, HTC is facing a One Mini casing shortage – reportedly linked to “design difficulties.” In consequence, the Taiwanese company can’t keep up with demand from mobile operators and retail chains around the world. And if you’re thinking that HTC has to ship millions of One Mini units, and that’s why it can’t produce enough of them, it’s not: some analysts estimate that only around 200,000 units are being shipped monthly.
A similar thing happened with the larger HTC One earlier this year. Both the HTC One and HTC One Mini are slightly harder to manufacture than regular plastic-made smartphones, as they feature aluminum cases. The upcoming HTC One Max, expected to be announced in October, will have a similar design. Hopefully, HTC will sort out its supply issues by then. We’ve already heard that the One Max won’t come with the latest Snapdragon 800 processor, as HTC didn’t manage to secure enough chips from Qualcomm, choosing the older Snapdragon S4 Pro instead.
For now, HTC didn’t officially confirm any supply issues related to the One Mini. It remains to be seen if the problem is a major one, and if it will seriously affect the company’s financial results.