A High court judge in the UK revealed the approximate launch date of HTC’s next mobile during a patent ruling. The judge said that the so-called HTC One Two would be released in the first quarter of the year.
In yesterday’s ruling, Richard Arnold stated that HTC One would not be banned in the UK though he had known that the smartphones had infringed Nokia’s patent. He also added that there was a greater harm in getting HTC phones off shelves than harm to Nokia, if they were on sale.
“The Taiwanese firm was in any case close to launching its successor to One phone,” said Arnold in the published ruling.
The judge wrote:
“HTC has not revealed the launch date but Nokia has adduced evidence which suggests that the launch date is in the first quarter of 2014 and possibly as early as February 2014. HTC has not contradicted this.”
The HTC One which has been around for quite a time and as the new mobile is set to be released soon was the reason for Arnold’s ruling on the mobile.
Nokia wanted the court to ban some HTC phones due to the patent infringement for design of modulator for transmitting data.
Though HTC tried to defend its case by reasoning that the Qualcomm had manufactured the chip, Arnold said that licensing fees should have been paid for the technology and is allowed for use only in certain territories.
However the court has has given in to Nokia’s plea for stopping sales of One Mini and One Max along with Windows phones like 8X and 8S. If HTC files an appeal, it could stock up HTC One till the end of Christmas.[source][via]