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Possible HTC One (M9) camera samples leak, purportedly confirm a 20MP camera at the back

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Possible HTC One (M9) camera samples leak, purportedly confirm a 20MP camera at the back
A hefty amount of rumors have been circulating around HTC's upcoming flagship, the One (M9), and most of these were targeted at its camera, As you know, the One (M8) was criticized for its under-performing UltraPixel shooter and many expect HTC to finally ditch this snapper for a more regular one, among other improvements. Well, we now have some purported camera samples that seemingly confirm that a 20MP snapper will grace the rear of HTC's 2015 flagship.

We have a handful of Flickr photos allegedly taken by an HTC employee with two mysterious devices, "HTC 0PJA10" and "HTC 0PJA13". Previously, certain leaks and rumors suggested that these two code names might be connected in to the One (M9) in some way, and we shouldn't rule out the possibility that these are the regular version of the upcoming flagship and its rumored, more powerful version, the One (M9) Plus (a.k.a Hima Plus). 

As far as the properties of the photos are concerned, their resolution (3,024 x 5,376 pixels) indicated that these might have been taken by a 16MP camera, but this is unlikely - as Phandroid points out, they've been cropped so as to fit in a 16:9 aspect ratio. Naturally, this means that the original images were probably slightly bigger, which further adds fuel to the 20MP fire. This also probably means that HTC will be utilizing a Sony-made camera sensor.

As usual, these alleged camera samples from the HTC One (M9) should be taken with a handful of your favorite type of salt. Still, check out the samples right below; you can also head on to the source link and take a look at the EXIF data for each image.


source: Jerry Wang via Phandroid

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posted on 23 Jan 2015, 03:06 1

1. Gemmol (Posts: 787; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


not bad, its still not good as my 1520, but its pretty good enough that if someone wanted to change from 1520 to M9 they wont have much to complain about

I still hope they make a upgrade to my 1520, I cannot get a phone less than 1520 screen size

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 03:17

5. neela_akaash (Posts: 1113; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


It would be a big surprise if it's 20 mp ultra pixel camera..

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 05:03 2

21. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


It can't be. That kind of sensor size would make a big oreo at the back.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 05:07

22. rd_nest (Posts: 1591; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


^^ Right.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 03:34 9

9. ATTboss (Posts: 20; Member since: 06 Jan 2015)


colors washed-out this is not final camera no way HTC would sale it this way.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 03:07 12

2. CyberFalcon (Posts: 223; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


looks too bad....

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 03:09 1

3. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1989; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


m8 pics mo better

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 03:13 2

4. Cyagocaliz (unregistered)


20MP camera...? So that means...

MADE BY SONY... YEAH!

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 04:08 3

17. vincelongman (Posts: 4108; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Wait so only Sony make 20MP cameras?

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 04:26 5

19. pyradark (Posts: 824; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


Yes my dear, everyone is now using sony lens except sammy who wants it owns lens but doenst deliver what sony can

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 05:26

25. Astoni (Posts: 649; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Its funny cause, Sony can't compare in the camera deparment... even in Manual mode.. it fails to deliver. Its a good camera but its not a WOW! feeling when using the 20.7mp sensor on the z1,z2,z3. It tends to make everything else but the center blurry, unclear.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 06:14

29. juandante (Posts: 463; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


You didn't understand. When other people uses Sony's sensor they give the best results a phone can have on the market and there was even a rumor saying that the Nokia Lumia phones uses Sony sensor.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 07:00

31. Astoni (Posts: 649; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


I know, but if you make Sensors you should also be able to handle the damn software.. but this 20.7mp 1/2.3'' sensor don't seem as good as the competitions lenses that they've bought from sony.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 20:18

35. rency0722 (Posts: 155; Member since: 12 Jun 2013)


Sad truth. Nokia's image sensors are made by Toshiba.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 06:34

30. tiara6918 (Posts: 2022; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


That's so true astoni. The maker can't even make a good one for themselves.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 03:24 1

6. Saioofi (Posts: 237; Member since: 23 May 2014)


No ois?

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 03:27

7. iLovesarcasm (Posts: 471; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)


Not that good like Xperia.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 03:33 2

8. mistercarter (Posts: 360; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


the colors look so washed up

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 03:37 4

10. PANIC (Posts: 125; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


It is amazing the tricks and gimmicks that companies come up with so as to attract peoples attention regarding their upcoming devices. THIS IS A FAKE 100% .... And Phonearena you DO NOT FILTER any news at all....thus you loose from your credibility every day more and more

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 04:05

16. deanylev (Posts: 205; Member since: 11 Mar 2014)


Oh ya I'm sure this is necessarily fake. Go troll somewhere else, Phandroid are reliable and why would a company hype up a product with better specs than the final thing? I agree Phonearena suck at filtering news but this is not fake, people like you just ruin sites.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 04:30

20. PANIC (Posts: 125; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


FYI that was not a troll (I never do that anw), it was my personal opinion based on the quality of pictures which is very obvious. And FYI...i am one of those people who are looking forward for the new flagships M9 , LG G4, S6, Z4 to choose from.....sorry if I have hurt your feelings for HTC...but if you take all comments so personally you will definitely have a hard time here in PhoneArena

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 05:08 1

23. deanylev (Posts: 205; Member since: 11 Mar 2014)


Sorry, I was a bit harsh. Anyway, I'm more of a Sony fanboy :P

Plus this is a prototype.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 05:21

24. PANIC (Posts: 125; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


Z4 might be in my options too so I hope it makes a really good one....and a little bit different design because we are tired with the same old design

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 05:42 1

26. deanylev (Posts: 205; Member since: 11 Mar 2014)


I agree, my Z2 looks basically the same as the Z, Z1, Z1S, Z1C, Z3, Z3C, not too mention the lower priced ones like the T2.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 07:43

32. tiara6918 (Posts: 2022; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


I agree with you that some articles obviously have fake content especially if other tech sites don't publish it. The m9 plus is an example from yesterday, it looks hideous and I doubt htc will downgrade to a design like that

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 03:39 1

11. mahebn26 (Posts: 5; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


alledeg?????

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 03:53 1

12. Carl3000 (Posts: 152; Member since: 11 Oct 2014)


A 8 or 13 ultra pixel camera would have been better than this 20MP crap. I wish they would have went with that instead.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 04:03

13. deanylev (Posts: 205; Member since: 11 Mar 2014)


You know how big the sensor would have to be for a 8 or 13MP 2µm camera? RIDICULOUS, like we're talking Lumia 1020 size range. It would have an insane camera hump, and anyway 20MP 1.1µm photos can look insanely good with the right processing.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 04:04 2

14. mojtaba_mn (Posts: 268; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)


htc did great in design and quality now camera fix i love m8 and now buy m9

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 04:05 1

15. yahia_malka (Posts: 186; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)


Not so good :/

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 04:20 1

18. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3715; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


It's gonna tough fight b/w Sammy and HTC.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 05:48

27. frankg (Posts: 151; Member since: 14 May 2014)


If lense fog a new featue of this camera?

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 05:57

28. Settings (Posts: 1472; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Wait, so someone still uses Beats?

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 12:27

33. material (Posts: 79; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


Leaked! , Why does it have to be bad , Always

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 15:01

34. skymitch89 (Posts: 1291; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


I hope that there was something over the camera lens causing the "washout" of the colors (meaning that the colors are as vibrant as they could/should be). I could take more color accurate images with my moms Cricket Messenger Touch compared to this (and that was a bad camera).

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