HTC One smartphone

HTC's One smartphone release date has been delayed in the UK. See also: HTC One review: a fantastic high-end Android smartphone.

The firm's new flagship smartphone was due to go on sale this Friday, 15 March. However, instead of releasing it the day after the Samsung Galaxy S4 launch event, it has been delayed until 29 March.

The news comes via online retailer Clove which said: "We have today been advised officially by HTC that the UK launch date has been put back to the 29th March."

"We apologise for this delay, but you will appreciate that this is out of our control."

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The delay coincides with fears that the HTC One could suffer from stock shortages due to a lack of parts. We reported that components, a voice coil motor (VCM) and compact camera module (CCM), for the smartphone's Ultrapixel camera, are in short supply.

HTC said only this: "We will start fulfilling pre-orders by end March in certain markets and will roll out to more markets as we approach April."

It's only a relatively minor delay but it clears the way for Samsung's highly anticipated Galaxy S4 launch this week.

We'll have to wait and see if stock levels of the HTC One become a problem when it does eventually launch at the end of the month.

You can get your hands on the HTC One for around £510 on a SIM-free basis which gets you an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean handset with Sense 5, a 4.7in Full HD screen and the Ultrapixel camera.

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