Update: We've received an official statement from an HTC spokesperson on the situation with US Customs, and it basically confirms what was said to the Taiwanese stock exchange. Here it is:
“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.”
There you have it - things are happening, but HTC is unable to confirm exactly what models are now getting through. The AT&T One X still shows out of stock as of this writing (Monday, May 21), and there continues to be no word on the availability of Sprint's EVO 4G LTE. We'll keep you posted as the situation develops.
Original article: According to the Taipei Times, HTC has issued an official statement in its home country of Taiwan regarding the status of "reviews" on some of its smartphones held at ports by US Customs. The import stop has so far affected the One X, EVO 4G LTE, and Amaze 4G (possibly).
"Some of our products have passed the review and have been delivered to our telecoms operators’ clients in the US," HTC said in a statement submitted to the Taiwan Stock Exchange yesterday.
The "review" of the smartphones came after a lawsuit filed by Apple at the ITC resulted in the issuance of an exclusionary order by the court, allowing US Customs to halt entry of all HTC smartphones into the United States. We've reached out to HTC for comment, but this sounds legit.
While the exact phones released from customs have not been specified, we only know of three that were halted to start with, so it's a safe bet "some" means at least one One series device, be it One X or EVO 4G LTE. In fact, it's probably both - because we know the "data tapping" feature that violates the Apple patent in question is not present on either of these phones. The Amaze 4G, on the other hand, may still ship with the feature, meaning it might not pass the review at all.
AT&T, at the time of this writing, still shows the One X as "out of stock" on its website. There has been no word on pre-order shipments or retail availability of Sprint's EVO 4G LTE. But we'll see if that all changes come Monday.