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Rumor: HTC to offer groundbreaking new camera on its "Hero" device

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Rumor: HTC to offer groundbreaking new camera on its
Ever since HTC said that it would unveil a redesigned flagship phone in October, fans of the manufacturer started hoping that it can make the hero device that the company always seems so close to releasing. If smartphone buyers had to pinpoint the achilles heel on HTC's recent flagship phones, it would have to be the rear camera. The HTC One (M7) came to market with a 4MP Ultrapixel camera that was supposed to allow more light to enter the sensor, resulting in better photos snapped under low light conditions.

Even though the camera came up short against the competition, HTC kept it on the back of its otherwise highly regarded HTC One (M8). It was a strange decision made by HTC brass, and one that might have caused them to lose countless sales. Not wanting to make the same mistake twice, HTC decided to move its 4MP Ultrapixel camera to the front of the HTC One M9, where it could be used as a selfie snapper that takes good pictures in low light conditions. On back, HTC stuck a 20MP camera and hoped that the issue was solved. Not quite. The 20MP snapper on the M9 had some issues that a recent software update might have fixed.

For its redesigned flagship, tentatively titled the HTC Aero, a report out of Vietnam says that the phone will feature a new "groundbreaking" rear camera with an improved UI. This revolutionary camera will turn HTC's weakness into a strength, according to the report, and is more revolutionary than the Ultrapixel technology. The rumor says that the camera will have an aperture of f/1.9, allowing users to take high quality photos even under low light conditions. And photographs snapped by the phone will have the ability to be stored as a RAW file, according to the rumor.

While it sounds great for HTC fans, let's not get too carried away just yet. Remember what happened the last time that the company thought it had a breakthrough in photography on its hands. It will be up to HTC when it unveils the Aero, to show off why its new camera is better than anything the competition has to offer.

Thanks for the tip!

source: HTCViet.vn (translated)

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posted on 02 Jul 2015, 02:13 21

1. Dude2014 (Posts: 443; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


Something groundbreaking like Ultrapixel camera back in 2013? -_-

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 09:31

24. waddup121 (unregistered)


Better be good.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 02:16 16

2. aayupanday (Posts: 577; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


I've lost my faith in this company after the M9 debacle...
I'm pretty sure this "Groundbreaking and Revolutionary" tech will result in something crappy.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 03:20 5

12. nuldolor5x.com (unregistered)


Me too. I thought groundbreaking Revolutionary means they will provide what the competition does not yet have. The S6 already have an aperture of F1.9, the G4 already has F1.8. I was thinking HTC will go for F1.5 or even less. What exactly will be revolutionary in the camera with an aperture of f/1.9? Who knows what the aperture the competition will bring by that time?

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 02:19 11

3. QuadFace (Posts: 142; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


HTC phone are too expensive.

posted on 03 Jul 2015, 06:21

31. aayupanday (Posts: 577; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


So are Apples and Samsungs..

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 02:20

4. realjjj (Posts: 375; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)


Would be interesting if they have an InVisage sensor, very curious if those will be as good as they claim.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/InVisage_Technologies

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 02:25

5. LikeMyself (Posts: 440; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)


I need a phone now not in October or November! I'll go with s6, but no micro sd storage is a major setback for me since I can't afford the 64GB! Anyways I'll manage!

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 05:11 1

16. keithtae (Posts: 442; Member since: 25 Mar 2015)


You won't be wrong going with the s6, after the 5.1.1 update, the battery department has improved even the overall performance and speed have improved too. Transitions and animations have become smoother and definitely a joy to use now, especially with themes available.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 10:19

27. medicci37 (Posts: 1287; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


I'm getting tired of waiting for the S6 update

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 08:45 1

20. rsiders (Posts: 977; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


Well the great thing about USB OTG is that you can still carry your media around and USB storage devices are relatively cheap. So you can still expand your memory that way.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 09:00 2

21. chebner (Posts: 235; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


yup, that's what I want, to have to carry a second device and tether it to my phone. Great portability!! Yah

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 09:17 1

22. j2001m (Posts: 2977; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Please note Samsung was unable to add sd card reader due to them using the all new ufs 2.0 HD mem controler, other oem only add them as they work with easy on the older emmc 5.0 hd mem controler as they are part of the same group of controler so it be like having 2 hd on a cable in the old pcs

Ufshttp://arasan.com/products/ufs/

The old sd card emmc 5.0 controler used by other oems
http://arasan.com/products/emmc50/sd3-emmc-5-0-host/

I.e. Samsung have not done it to make cash like Apple but to move things on

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 10:15 1

26. Resiliant (unregistered)


I would advise you to look at the G4. I had the S6, and S6 Edge. Sent both to the trash in less than 2 days...

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 12:13 1

28. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1507; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


Tells a Moron who has never owned a GS6

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 16:55

30. keithtae (Posts: 442; Member since: 25 Mar 2015)


It's obvious isnt it?someone who doesn't own an s6 threw his imaginary s6 into the trash.

posted on 03 Jul 2015, 10:47

32. Resiliant (unregistered)


Had the S6, S6 edge, and HTC M9 thank you very much. Maybe not the trash... Sent back as defective s**t, yes.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 02:37 2

6. Shocky (unregistered)


Marketing BS.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 02:40 4

7. Djz89 (Posts: 321; Member since: 25 Aug 2014)


Dont belive it until i see it.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 02:54 2

8. Chuck007 (Posts: 1147; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)


They say this with every single upcoming flagship and always ends up falling short.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 02:56

9. pmsap (Posts: 84; Member since: 26 May 2015)


They had a very bad moment with S810. They will replace that phone for one with the S820 asap. At the same time, they will try to introduce something new on the camera department (which is one of the things people pay more attention to).

S820 will be able to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Exynos 7420 even though I expect that by that time Apple's A9 and an improved Exynos (for note 5) will be released making life hard for Qualcomm.

In the end, this is all good news b/c it will make manufacturers more keen to develop their products if they want to remain alive.

P.S.: Waiting for 480fps at FHD quality to buy my new phone. Maybe 2016.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 03:18 1

10. Af1rPA (Posts: 705; Member since: 12 Jun 2014)


It will be a 5MP Ultrapixel.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 03:20

11. Ghost04 (Posts: 347; Member since: 03 May 2014)


That what they always says .
They are number 1 , as long they keep their eyes closed

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 03:20

13. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


No groundbreaking BS please. Just improve your damn software, so it can produce better images, we don't want the old Sony style please.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 03:44

14. Virage (Posts: 88; Member since: 25 May 2015)


Its EXPENSIVE to be cheap. Look @ Blackberry,Once the GOLD standard,now look where they are, (yes still very good phones)but blindsided lazy old management can destroy even the best product. Anyways, HTC will have to go HARD, as if give it 200 percentage. If your cams crap, get someone else who make REAL cameras to fix your crap. Take notes from the best, NOKIA (yes NOKIA)ALL their smartphones with cam,are have the excellent Camera (at the TOP in every category), with flag ships uses Carl Zeiss (Premium product, found in TOP DSLR like NIKON). GO HARD,. PLEASE ADD A Micro SD also.

posted on 06 Jul 2015, 09:45

33. amats69 (Posts: 1466; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


now wheres Nokia?..a phone is not all about Camera.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 04:55 2

15. RoboticEngi (Posts: 796; Member since: 03 Dec 2014)


Crossing my fingers for HTC, they deserve a real top notch flagship phone that sells like hell.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 06:34 1

17. jojon (Posts: 335; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


Yeah right...!!

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 07:06 1

18. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2120; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


lmao again,...groundbreaking ? thats what the M9 was to be,turn out to be none breaking..

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 08:07

19. tokuzumi (Posts: 990; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


Just use the same sony sensor in the S6, and optimize the software. Or, throw the "thin phones are great" lie away, and put in a real sensor, that has optical zoom. I would have no problem with a phone with 10mm+ thickness.

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