EVO 4G and One X

In a statement to the Taiwan Stock Exchange yesterday, HTC stated that "Some of our products have passed the review and have been delivered to our telecoms operators’ clients in the US".  Referring to the import ban set in play by the ITC after an unsuccessful legal battle with Apple, the HTC One X and upcoming HTC EVO 4G LTE were barred from entering the country. 

The statement made to the TWSE is certainly vague, and we not sure exactly how to interpret "some". I've shot off an email to HTC for clarification, and I imagine everyone else has as well, so we'll probably see a statement of some sort soon. In the meantime, some of you can rest easy knowing that some of your phones are on the way to the shelves.

Update: We got a weekend update directly from HTC, which reads thusly:

"Each imported HTC model must be reviewed by Customs and will be released once Customs officials have completed the inspection.  Some models have gone through inspection and been released to our carrier customers.  We don't have the status of each specific device model at this time, but we are working closely with Customs. We remain confident that this issue will be resolved soon."

Source: Taipei Times; via icebike

 

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HTC says some products have passed U.S. Customs review (updated)

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I have a feeling we'll have a much better idea of when we'll be seeing these come tomorrow morning. I just pre-ordered mine through a local sprint store and to my surprise, there were only 3 people ahead of me!

The article clearly points out the One X and the Evo 4G LTE.

I'm pretty sure, and hoping badly, that they're referring to our lovely Sprint devices here...

*crosses fingers*

Actually, the article doesn't clearly point out the One or the EVO. It says, "Some of our products have passed the review and have been delivered to our telecoms operators’ clients in the US". That could be either the One or the EVO.

In any case, whichever it happens to be, it bodes well for both.

Also worth mentioning is the following quote from another article,

"The US customs’ review went faster than a possible three-week examination estimated by Jeff Pu (蒲得宇), who tracks the handset industry for Fubon Securities (富邦證券), and that means the ban could have less impact on HTC’s revenue this quarter."

So the fact that some have made it through is very good news indeed.

“The company is closely working with the US customs to speed up the review,” HTC said in the statement. “The company is confident that the problem will be resolved soon.”

From the article itself.

Lets hope for it!

Unless they weren't referring to both models but to the supplies of those two models or the supplies of one of the models, if they were referring to which model then it would have been either one or both (not some). But now i'm sure that both models are making it past customs slowly after being checked.

if the phone with the red stripe through it is the new evo, man it looks sweet. can only imagine how that big beautiful screen will look up close in person whoa!

I hope the HTC One X did get through. I will be purchasing one and passing my iPhone 4 to a family member. With my "New iPad" and my HTC phone I shall be good for the next two years, the best of both worlds.

Loving it!

I believe the one x has passed at least. In the last few hours I've seen six at&t one x commercials. Can't remember seeing any in the last few days.

Commercial spots are purchased weeks (sometimes longer) ahead of time. The spots just ran as normal since they want you to keep the 1x in mind. I don't think it has anything to do with this info nugget.

Some doesn't necessarily mean multiple models. Being so vague they could just mean multiple units of 1 model.

Lastly, just a personal rant.... FU Apple. FU and the horse you road in on.

I called AT&T a couple minutes ago. They claimed both colors are out of inventory. They knew nothing of the so called embargo, I got transferred to a so called escalations person from Enterprise Support. Knew nothing, pure Hybrid Stupidity is all you can find. I think its despicable and shameful on their part.
I have a better question for all of you and the Author of this article;
Jerry How does the OneX compare to the New Samsung GS-3? Displays, Performance, battery life, and most of all what kind of support can a customer get from them. I hope its better than Motorola's Tech support ( they know more about Bannana Trees in Manila than about their phones)
Which of the 2 is more stable, less pro lens with wifi ect. Have great respect for your reviews, articles and opinions.
thank you in advance.. The Clock is ticking!

I don't think Jerry has the GS3. (Correct me if I'm wrong) The GS3 hasn't even been demoed stateside, and there are no confirmed carriers yet. That said, here are the spec comparisons (note: does not mean real life will be the same)
Battery: GS3 has bigger battery+ is removable. However, we don't know how much battery touchwiz uses compared to sense.
Support: Depends on carrier.
Performance: Unknown. We do not know 1. whether the GS3's processor is compatible with LTE, 2. What processer they will use if it isn't, and 3. how hungry Samsung apps (S voice, Touchwiz) are in terms of memory.
Stability: Unknown
Less pro lens with wifi?: What does this mean?

I wish they didn't have to come up with a launch day and would just sell them as soon as they arrive at the stores. I don't need the theatrics of a launch event if it means they have to delay the release any further.

I hope this isn't just a conciliatory statement for investors and by "some phones" they don't simply mean the same one s's for T mobile. I'm sort of a hopeless pessimist.

Does anyone know if HTC sends inventory directly Wirefly? If so I hope, Wirefly's inventory has also passed customs. BTW I hope Google holds up their patent suit until Apple is about to release iPhone 5, so they also get delayed!

The statement from the HTC official is specific, the official mentioned that "Some of our products have passed the review and have been delivered to our telecoms operators’ clients in the US". That could very well mean that BB, RS, Amazon and Wirefly did not receive the product. Sprint and At&t are the "Telecoms". I could be wrong, for the sake of the folks who ordered from Amazon, Wirefly and the other retailers, I hope that isn't what that statement means.

Looking over other news reports coming out of Taiwan, I'm sure HTC used the words "some of our products" in their statement instead of "both of our products" or "one of our products" is because they are referring to all of their current/upcoming phones that will be imported to the US.

According to this news article (and a few others) (http://mag.udn.com/mag/digital/storypage.jsp?f_MAIN_ID=323&f_SUB_ID=4280...), another one of HTC's phones is rumored to be held up in customs and causing delays.

"Rumor has once again spread that an HTC phone has been held by U.S. Customs for inspection. The supply of the HTC Amaze 4G, which HTC is providing for U.S. carrier T-Mobile, is rumored to be held by customs inspection and temporarily unavailable for sale, marks the third cell phone that needs to be inspected by customs this month.

Market predictions are that the HTC Droid Incredible 4G, due out at the end of May for Verizon, will likely also come under inspection by customs and be unavailable for sale."

The update almost makes it sound like customs agents will be opening and handling each and every device? So much for brand new. If there are any nicks or scratches I guess we know where they came from. Hopefully they just pick a few at random or something. I cannot imagine they would need to examine each and every device.

I'm with you. Do they seriously have to open each and every individual phone to test it? That seems like a waste of tax payers money. Customs needs to be focused on larger tasks at hand.

I hope you are right. I don't understand why they would need to look at each phone since they are all the same.

Really. I mean, how many "models" are there? Two? Four? And how long does it take to test each? 5 minutes? 10 minutes? I don't understand how this needs to be a multiple day affair, much less weeks.

This is ridiculous, why doesn't the ITC hold up iphones and check them against patents owned by Google, Samsung, HTC, etc? There needs to be an investigation into the bank accounts of ITC execs. Someone is getting a fat check from a bunch of fruits!

Everyday they are delayed people are walking into Sprint stores unsure of what to get and are grabbing iPhones. This is what Apple wanted, as I'm sure they couldn't get HTC blocked for life. This delay serves Apple fairly well.

But for people like us (AC regulars) it just makes us wait longer. But Apple knows they've lost us altogether.

Right?! My point exactly. Sounds so bogus, like they are pretending to have a handle on it. If US Customs is like other government agencies, moving at thier own pace, we'll be lucky to get our phones in the next 30 days.

You couldnt give.me a iphone for free...i was in the sprint store friday getting phones for my corp acct. And I over heard a guy lost his iphone and they told him he had to pay full price for it...sprints insurance only cover damage. Shhhhhhhhiiiiitttttt they said the phone was 799 he almost cried...

Huh? "Some models have gone through inspection and been released to our carrier customers. We don't have the status of each specific device model at this time, but we are working closely with Customs."

Well if HTC doesn't know which models have clearned, exactly how CLOSELY are they working with US Customs? I mean, what else is there for them to find out? LOL.

It's all so kwazy.

In the meantime and inbetween time, Sprint needs to fast track getting their LTE network up and running sooner than later.

Meaning .... "As soon as we finish writing a few more checks to some of these corrupt Customs Agents, we'll be right there."

What is Apple's problem now. I realize that they have no original ideas, and had legal issues with visual voicemail so they have to keep crying about everything. I wish Android and PC sales would skyrocket to see Apple slowly become not so important.

Its an issue resolved like a year ago having to having to do with what happens when you click on a phone number in a message.

As mac sales ARE irrelevant ... they have a single digit market share and the iOS market share is dropping is slipping with every quarter ... thats why CRAPPLE is so scared.

amen! Its kind of funny i used to be Crapple fanboy then i held a friends droid x and scharted, realizing what i didnt have! and have since recruited many android followers :)