[Engadget] Nokia’s co-developed high-amplitude mics retain 10-month exclusivity, HTC has to look elsewhere~Reviews~Evaluation

Engadget post time: April 23, 2013 at 03:53PM

Nokia’s injunction yesterday has now been made a little more concrete. The Amsterdam district court has apparently handed down a 10-month ban on STMicroelectronics selling its high-amplitude mics to anyone other than the Finnish phone maker. The same dual-membrane microphone is used in both the Lumia 720 and the HTC One, but Nokia (which co-developed and designed the component) had signed a 12-month exclusivity deal with the chipmaker — a deal that STMicroelectronics apparently though was only six months long.

According to All About Phones NL, the ruling won’t halt sales of One devices, with the court stating that HTC was “blameless” and that it couldn’t have know about the contract between Nokia and STMicroelectronics. In short, you’ll still be able to buy HTC’s flagship in the Netherlands with those dual high-amp mics in tow. We’ve reached out to HTC and Nokia for comment, but it’s shaping up to be another supply woe for HTC’s new smartphone.

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Via: All About Phones NL

Source: Amsterdam District Court filing (pdf)

Reference source: Engadget


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