HTC One M8 may have started a trend: more smartphones with dual-lens cameras expected this year (not from Samsung, though)

HTC One M8 may have started a trend: more smartphones with dual-lens cameras expected this year (not from Samsung, though)
Apart from its distinctive all-metal design, HTC’s new One M8 has something else that makes it stand out among today’s smartphones: a dual rear camera.

According to DigiTimes, other important smartphone vendors are expected to introduce handsets with dual-lens camera modules. Reportedly, the information comes from the president of Altek - the Taiwanese company that supplies dual-lens modules for HTC. It’s said that Huawei and Lenovo may launch smartphones with twin rear cameras as soon as this quarter. Other “international smartphone vendors” may start doing it next year, though DigiTimes was quick to note that Samsung and Apple aren’t included among those.

As some of you may know, the second camera lens that’s found on the back of the HTC One M8 collects depth of field info. This allows users to play with the resulting photos by changing the focus, or adding various effects (at any time). In case you want to know more about the Duo camera that’s featured on the One M8, take a look at our explanation of it here.

Naturally, other companies that may be using this camera setup will probably not rely on the UltraPixel technology found on the One M8 (since this is HTC’s proprietary tech).

What do you think? Is it a good idea for other smartphone vendors to adopt dual-lens rear cameras?

source: DigiTimes

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23 Comments

1. antonioli

Posts: 200; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

Ok if doesn't come with 4MPixel

2. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

^^^ this

3. true1984

Posts: 864; Member since: May 23, 2012

unless its both lenses

10. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Useless and ugly

17. AppleHateBoy unregistered

I wanna ask these OEMs. If dual lens/sensors were that good for 2D photography, why do the best DSLRs focus on a SINGLE lens system and a SINGLE sensor?

20. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

ehh, I wouldn't say the Dual camera really enhance 2D pictures. However, it gives you more ability to edit a picture after it's taken like you would see on the HTC One M8. Think of like this, people who takes pictures with a DSLR usually do something with the pictures on the computer and they don't usually try to add "stickers" to the pictures to make it looks all cute. However, people who takes pictures with their phone would be more likely to add "funky" effects to them such as filters, stickers and so on.

4. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

Samsung knows better

11. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

This is simply HTC advertizing by tawan company , . No one wants ugly useles gimmics. Samsung did it great with their new ISOSELL tech.

15. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Hope Sony & LG wont follow such trend too.

5. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

But how come not Samsung? You never know when they would want to implement this technology, although they're already doing very well without it anyways.

12. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Samsung did it great with their own new ISOSELL tech.

21. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Probably because it is useless or not advanced enough to use yet. The last thing Samsung is going to do is add a useless camera that increases the height of the phone by 7mm. Only Sony, HTC, and Nokia do stupid crap like that. Apple and Samsung wouldn't be caught dead adding useless hardware where the advantages do not outweigh the negatives. Although Samsung did regress a bit on this front with the GS5 and the waterproofing and bigger bezels. Apple will just use a standard 8mp camera again for the iPhone 6 and it will outperform this HTC garbage while keeping the phone at 7.9mm or less.

6. jellmoo

Posts: 2533; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

What would be nice is if these manufacturers spent that money not on gimmicky features, but on improving the entire user experience.

7. newbey123

Posts: 699; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

That's why I buy HTC. Best quality, UI, and always first to jump ahead. Good job HTC.

8. Jason2k13

Posts: 1448; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

And great cameras? lol

9. Eclectech

Posts: 342; Member since: May 01, 2013

HTC actually isn't afraid to try new things and they're execution is generally better than the rest which is why I support them.

13. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

But didn't they try ALREADY this POS last year?????? Now the only "new thing" is , that have no OIS.

18. AppleHateBoy unregistered

Yeah. OIS will be missed. I'd take OIS over an extra camera any day.

14. express77 unregistered

lets see which will be the first oem to make it really useful with better sensor.

16. Beijendorf unregistered

According to Daniel Rubino, Nokia are expected to release a dual-sensor camera by Q4-Q1 2015. http://www.wpcentral.com/no-there-no-nokia-lumia-1820

19. rizevnarastek

Posts: 349; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

HTC starts a new trend every year that everyone copies the next year.

22. vrazdan

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

Dual sensor cameras are a 'must' for certain features like 3D imaging, Depth measurement etc. etc. which will usher the every phone user into a totally new world of optics currently available to high end industrial users only. However, it has to be seen whether such dual sensor cameras would be able to achieve sub-pixel accuracy in images????

23. kenek

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 25, 2015

Too many experts here that talk bad about products that they have never used, because they have been brainwashed to think Apple or Samsung is the best. I feel sorry for you, especially for the ones that pays ridiculous prices for outdated Apple I phones.

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