Nokia has managed to get an injunction on the HTC One in the Netherlands owing to high amplitude mics used in the One. Now, according to a filing in the Amsterdam District Court it has been revealed that Nokia had actually co-developed high amplitude mics with STMicroelectronics and the court has handed a 10-month ban to the company on selling these mics to anyone else but Nokia. Nokia and STMicroelectroncis had an 12-month exclusivity deal, which the latter thought out to be for only 6 months. Also Read - HTC One (M8) vs HTC One (M7): Here's what's new
This has resulted in a situation where the Nokia Lumia 720 and the HTC One use the same dual membrane high amplitude mic. The court has recognized the fact that HTC was totally ‘blameless’ for the situation and hence it will not face a ban in the country. However, once the current stock of units is over HTC will conceivably need to rope a different company for the mics on the HTC One, because of the ban that has been handed to STMicroelectronics. Also Read - HTC One (M8) unboxing video leaked by retailer, goes on sale unofficially for $1,000 ahead of launch
We do wonder how this change will effect future units of the HTC One in terms of its audio prowess. Will it effect the BoomSound feature and effect its rich recording functionality that is distinctively similar to Nokia’s solution on the PureView 808? Only time will tell. Also Read - Can HTC go One better?
This is not the first time HTC has faced problems with components used in the One. The smartphone, which was supposed to be launched last month, had to be delayed due to shortage of the special “ultrapixel” camera module used in the phone.
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