Xperia Z sales encouraging for Sony, as HTC struggles with One shipments

xperia-z-black-1240x840Initial Xperia Z booking reports are positive for Sony. Reports indicate that the units available of Sony Xperia Z in select initial countries were all booked on the very first day.

Digitimes noted via its sources:

Volumes of the 5-inch Full HD Xperia allocated for sale in Japan, France, Germany, Hong Kong and Taiwan were all fully booked on the first day when distributors began to take pre-sale orders in the markets.

It is certainly a good sign for the Japanese company as it aims to ship 50 million shipments in 2013 fiscal year, up about 20 million from last fiscal year. These numbers are taken from company’s internal estimate, Digitimes wrote.

We are yet to hear about Xperia Z sales from Sony officially.

HTC struggling with HTC One shipments

On one hand, Sony is having some good fortune with Xperia Z; HTC is finding it hard to ship the required One smartphones. A Taiwanese brokerage firm recently slashed its forecast of HTC One shipments by almost 80 per cent on account of low yield rates of certain key components of HTC One.

According to KGI Securities, its supply channel checks indicate that production bottlenecks related to HTC One’s voice coil motor (VCM) and compact camera module (CCM) on its UltraPixel camera. So, the firm is lowering its HTC One shipment estimate from 4 million units to somewhere in between 800,000 and 1.2 million units.

“We believe the production restraints that UltraPixel faces will severely limit HTC One shipments,” KGI analyst Kuo Ming-chi noted in a memo to clients.

KGI also downgraded its rating of HTC stock from ‘outperform’ to ‘underperform,’ noted Focus Taiwan.

Looks like HTC is going to miss the opportunity of grabbing consumers before Samsung introduces Galaxy S IV and also Apple’s upcoming iPhone.

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