The HDR microphone on the HTC One has been marketed as a major feature on the device, but it doesn’t seems to prolong any longer, as HTC has dropped the feature from its smartphone’s spec sheet in the wake of preliminary injunction issued by a Dutch court.
For a quick recap, HTC One used a dual-membrane microphone, same as that used in Nokia’s Lumia 720. The problem lied with STM, the company manufacturing and supplying the HDR microphone component. STM had an exclusivity deal with Nokia but the HDR microphone manufacturer apparently violated the contract by supplying the same part to HTC as well. As a result Nokia filed an injunction over HTC One, which they failed to do so.
In addition, HTC has released a statement confirming that it is being allowed to continue using up the inventory of ST Microelectronic made microphones that it has.Here’s the HTC’s statement regarding this situation:-
The judgment against STM states that HTC can continue to use microphones already purchased from STM in its products, because they were purchased in good-faith. Nokia’s attempt to obtain a recall of microphones already sold to HTC failed. HTC will transition to improved microphone designs once its inventory of STM microphones is exhausted.
It’s unclear at the moment whether HTC is working on a microphone of its own with an “improved microphone design” to get rid of the injunction or looking for another source for the supply of similar component. We’ll let you know what the Korean Smartphone manufacturer ends up doing, when we there’s more development regarding the matter.