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HTC One successor, M8, might come with 5-megapixel front camera

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HTC One successor, M8, might come with 5-megapixel front camera
HTC One’s successor, the rumored HTC M8, is now said to come with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, a huge increase over the 2.1-megapixel front shooter of the One, according to HTC insider and developer @LlabTooFer. That’s rumored to be a recent development, as earlier whispers pointed to a 2-megapixel shooter, that’s now allegedly been upgraded in the last moment. Keep in mind that this is merely a rumor, not an official confirmation, so take it with the usual grain of salt.

This higher-resolution camera is rumored to be a wide-angle one that would allegedly allow more people (up to four) to fit in the frame, which should be useful for video chats.

Just a few hours ago, a leaked image surfaced showing a radical, new dual-camera setup on the HTC M8, and a virtually unchanged design. We have seen dual-camera smartphones a few years ago when 3D image capture was all the rage, but this twin-sensor camera is said to actually have a goal different than 3D shooting. Its main use is said to be to gather depth information in an image, allowing you to select your focus after you capture the image. This should result in an image file that’s all in focus by default. A tap on that already produced image, however, would allow you to specify the focused object and blur the rest, an effect similar to that in a Lytro camera.

The rest of the HTC M8 specifications have surfaced from multiple unofficial sources, and nearly all of them concede on the following:

  • 5-inch 1080 x 1920-pixel LCD display (on-screen buttons)
  • Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC Sense 6.0
  • Dual-sensor camera
  • Snapdragon 800 (likely, an improved, MSM8974ab/ac chip)
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Adreno 330 graphics

What do you think about the rumored 5-megapixel front camera on the HTC M8, is that something that matters for you?

source: @LlabTooFer

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posted on 05 Feb 2014, 08:56 2

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6632; Member since: 14 May 2012)


5MP ffc are pretty much exclusive to Chinese phones. I don't know why OEMs can make it happen.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 09:00 1

5. rihel_95 (Posts: 174; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)


That means back camera would be atleast more than 5MP, though there has been leak about dual cameras

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 16:15

32. trustory (Posts: 102; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


phonearena needs to test front cameras as well

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 10:39

19. grahaman27 (Posts: 239; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Brcause its a useless spec. Chinese manufacturers have no idea what the rest of the world wants in their phones.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 08:56 5

2. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 308; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


They can put 200mp camera front back but the fact that HTC cant make a good camera for the last few years is worrying..

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 09:27 2

12. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6632; Member since: 14 May 2012)


HTC never had good cameras.. The only thing that came close to good at the time was the Amaze 4G.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 10:22 1

17. vandroid (Posts: 243; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


Camera quality on my one is just awful, the front facing camera doesn't shoot hd for me. I'm not sure if the camera chip in my device is defective.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 11:25 2

24. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6632; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Edit: The One X had a pretty good camera and went against the S3. As for the One however, everything about the camera is terrible.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 09:00 1

3. Finalflash (Posts: 1140; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


No....no I am not happy with that. Now there are more reasons for selfies and that is never good.

Looks kind of old on spec sheet but now the numbers just don't matter. Focus on the cameras is nice and all but they have to deliver a good rear camera for a win.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 09:00 1

4. fanboy1974 (Posts: 998; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Those specs already look old compared to the rumored specs of the S5. HTC is going to look silly if Samsung announces the S5 at the end of the month. But then again some people would rather have premium materials and boom sound. And 1080p and the Snapdragon 800 are still decent parts. I just wish they would aim for 3gigs of ram. Never hurts to have more ram.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 11:25 1

23. Hyperreal (Posts: 117; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


you are all about specs, s4 was all about the specs but was slower and laggy compared to one. Hey but specs are the "most important". typical for samsung fanatic.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 09:03 6

6. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1936; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


That moment when you realize your front cam has more megapixels than your back cam. o_O

Hopefully, HTC will recognize the error of their ways & increase that back cam to at least 8 this time around.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 09:03 1

7. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4612; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


In my opinion, so far all rumored specifications looks good, of course it would be better if it had any newer SoC instead of Snapdragon 800. Also I'm afraid that HTC's choice of Dual-Sensor camera will be a big fail as it was with 4MP UltraPixel camera. :(

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 09:22

10. fanboy1974 (Posts: 998; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


I can find no faults with the Snapdragon 800 in my Note 3. Never had any thoughts about lag or “this processor is slow” moments. I had more lag moments with the iPhone 5s and that processor is suppose to be the best on paper. First time in my phone history where I did not want to overclock or tweak the processor. Pairing the 800 with 3gigs of ram also helps and is my only disappointment with the rumored M8 spec list.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 10:34

18. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4612; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I didn't said that Snapdragon 800 lags, but I also don't see the reason to go backwards when new SoCs are already announced. Not all people are buying phone for one or two year, some are buying it for three or four years and it will be a future (at least near future) proof to them for upcoming updates and requirements for let's say UHD playback and similar things, new SoCs are not only about performance but about features also.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 11:29

25. Hyperreal (Posts: 117; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


Dont you know that snap 805 is not available yet? First phones with it are expected to launch in second half of year. If it is available now, I am sure that they will put it in. htc one was the first phone to be introduced with snap 600.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 14:29

29. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4612; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"Dont you know that snap 805 is not available yet?"

Did I have said that Snapdragon 805 is available?

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 14:47

31. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1936; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Incorrect. Qualcomm stated that the 805 would be available in Q2, not the second half of the year. By the second half of the year, I'm sure they will be looking into launching their true 2014 flagship SOC.

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Qualcomm-first-device-with-the-new-Snapdragon-805-chipset-to-arrive-in-May_id51214

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 19:50

34. Glim12808 (Posts: 391; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


^This! Phones with 805 will probably become available closer to the end of 2014, probably towards Q4.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 23:29

35. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1936; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


No. You need to read comment #31 as well.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 10:43

20. Beijendorf (Posts: 187; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


Keep in mind though that the Note 3 included software that was specifically designed with multitasking in mind, to make use of the 5.7" form factor. That's thought to be the only reason they chose to include the 3 GB of RAM.

The HTC Two has no resource-heavy multitasking in mind, so going with 2 GB of RAM is ample. On top of it all, the Toshiba camera module is quite expensive. Including 3 GB of RAM on top of it all would not only serve very little purpose then, but also drive up supposedly already high costs.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 09:09

8. datphoneguy (Posts: 122; Member since: 15 Sep 2013)


If the NY Times is right and Samsung will introduce the S5 in late February, HTC is in a lot of trouble with the HTC One 2....

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 09:11 2

9. aayupanday (Posts: 359; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Now the M8 leaks have suddenly started to come from all around the world.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 09:23 3

11. giffonaay (Posts: 11; Member since: 31 Dec 2013)


Haters hating on 2 GB ram in 3....2......1.....

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 10:20 3

16. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1936; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


#10 already did. You were too late.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 09:30 3

13. newbey123 (Posts: 311; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)


This beast will be my next phone. Bring it HTC.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 09:42 2

14. AppleJuice (Posts: 18; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)


A phone is not all about specs. You'll see, the software is going to be better.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 10:49 1

21. Beijendorf (Posts: 187; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


If HTC manage to improve their camera algorithms (which is extra difficult with plenoptic cameras, if that's what HTC are aiming for here) this could most definitely be a favourite for 2014.

Don't let us down now, HTC. It's you and Nokia racing for the crown of innovation and design!

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 09:43 1

15. amro99 (Posts: 71; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)


htc's ffc have been much better than competition's in the past one year. But people don't seem to care about it as much as it deserves attention, at least in comments. Anyways seeing this happen is definitely a good plus for the handset.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 10:53

22. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1471; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Curious if they will make this into a One Max 2 as well...

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 11:51

26. Leonis (Posts: 231; Member since: 08 Jan 2014)


specs looks fine to me. Its all about user satisfactions. As long as they add a great camera, battery life, great UI with sense 6 and fast updates the phone will do fine vs higher specs phones. iphones and wp have almost no lagg and got a lot worse specs than Samsung S4 which still lags like no tomorrow.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 11:51

27. Nabil2511 (Posts: 117; Member since: 27 Jan 2014)


apart from the dual camera and HTC sense 6, every single thing is only at par with Nexus 5.. snapdragon 800, 2 gb RAM, 1080p resolution, KitKat, Adreno 330.. c'mon HTC, u're falling behind..

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 14:46

30. nzagorec (Posts: 15; Member since: 27 Jan 2014)


First and formost aluminium chassis, then dual stereo speakers, battery, 5 Mpx front facing camera, probably microSD support...? Not everything is in specs btw, user experience is much more important then synthetic benchmarks.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 00:23

37. Nabil2511 (Posts: 117; Member since: 27 Jan 2014)


i didnt say anything about benchmarks.. im just saying the technology they're putting on the M8 is only at par with what other OEM's did in 2013, which is pretty disappointing..

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 14:06

28. mrblah (Posts: 246; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


i always wonder why companies skip on the front cam with selfies ruling right now, lame specs, more let downs. it seems like more of the same, nothing staggering over 2013 phones... yet!

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 17:45

33. Taters (Posts: 2392; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


LOL All these companies are so clueless it is not funny anymore. No one gives a crap about 5mp ffcs, waterproofing, image stabilization that doesn't even work very well etc. I mean all this is fine and dandy but don't do this BS unless there are no trade offs whatsoever. If this junk drains the battery faster, makes the phone thicker, or adds annoying flaps, or adds to the price etc, don't do it.

If you have to experiment, just do it with software which you can just turn off.

That is why Samsung and Apple are so successful. Apple just doesn't do this BS and Samsung perfects it on mid range and low end models before introducing it on their flagships with no downsides.

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 00:44

36. Nimay_7 (Posts: 14; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


5 mp front cam = More data usage for video calls... :P

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