HTC One+ 'set in stone' to arrive with 4-megapixel UltraPixel camera

HTC One+ 'set in stone' to arrive with 4-megapixel UltraPixel camera
The HTC One+ is rumored to be the next HTC flagship, and we have heard from multiple sources that it’d feature a 5-inch 1080 x 1920 pixel full HD display, but opinions on whether or not it'd feature the same UltraPixel camera as before differ. Actually, just a few days ago, well-connected developer Mike1986 painted a realistic picture of the HTC One+, saying it’d have a camera of either 6 or 8 megapixels.

Has HTC really listened to all the criticism, and have they managed to react in time and make the One+ camera one with more megapixels? 

A source with inside knowledge of HTC’s plans is telling us that the answer to those questions is ‘no’. The HTC One+ is 'set in stone' to arrive with a 4-megapixel “UltraPixel” camera, according to our source.

Let’s remind you that the 2013 HTC One was widely praised for its premium aluminum unibody design and loud stereo speakers, but its 4-megapixel camera was an experiment that did not produce the expected results.

Why didn’t HTC make the One successor with a camera boasting more megapixels, and - very likely - higher level of resolved detail? We are just speculating here, but it’s possible that since HTC has had optics maker ST Microelectronics exclusively develop the 4-megapixel ST VD6869 2.0µm, 1/3-inch image sensor for the One, it also had to sign a longer-term deal for this exclusivity. This would have made “UltraPixel” a long-term bet for HTC, and regardless of the lukewarm camera reviews, the company might just not have been able to break that contract. Or the lack of a higher-pixel camera could be something totally unrelated, like the automated Highlights Reels that HTC is able to quickly and efficiently make with the smaller-sized 4-megapixel images.

All in all, the low level of detail is currently probably the biggest downside of having the HTC One UltraPixel camera, but HTC can still improve the One+ shooter by simply making its color reproduction better. We are hopeful that is exactly what will happen in the HTC One+.

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38 Comments

38. Christophagus

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

This doesn't sound like the next "flagship", more like what they did with the one X - just a minor bump in specs for the one x+, so they concentrate on refining the experience. i'd rather have a bit bigger screen, a bigger battery, better ui and at who knows maybe some better camera processing / algorithms, a better lens module (like nokia with 925)...just because the ultrapixel count is the same, doesn't mean it wont be an improvement.

37. Parvi

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

HTC do produce great smartphones....but great phones without great sales figure has done more bad than good for the company.....HTC seems to be digging its own grave by not learning from there past mistakes and are being arrogantby not listening/understanding the grave concerns of its prospective customers.....4UMP on HTC one+ would be a bit no from me....would definitely look for another option...

36. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

fat lady has not sung yet, all these "Rumors" and leaks sound like utter crap to me. This company isn't that stupid, and if they are then shame on them and they will see first hand how dumb their decisions are. They are screwed if they don't get this phone right

33. jade272727

Posts: 62; Member since: Dec 10, 2011

Ppfft.

32. PersianHobo

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

ugh htc and their plus sh*t, just bust out a new phone dammit!!! I want to see you and sony take over the market

31. imyourpapi

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 04, 2014

I love my ONE. Just too bad the ONE+ will have the same 4mp :(

30. irellemot

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

I love my HTC One in every aspect, apart from the camera. Even if the camera is just 4MP, perhaps they could pull of an engineering marvel and have picture quality of a downscaled Canon EOS Camera. Man, If HTC doesn't pull this off right, I'll have to break my loyalty to HTC. Hoping this rumor is wrong, and best luck to HTC.

29. orielwindow

Posts: 109; Member since: Sep 23, 2010

I have the HTC One Max and the camera is the absolute only complaint. I'll stick with this for a while but a better camera will be a selling point for a different phone in a year or so.

35. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

I have the ONE max too, and i do agree with you that the picture quality can't compare with iphone 5 s.. But suprisingly the video quality of One max is a lot better than the ip5s.. one max got everything better than the ip5s except the picture quality. ip5s has nothing better than the max except the picture quality.

28. TisaTsir

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

I believe they're committing suicide by not listening to their able customers...

21. Gregor

Posts: 34; Member since: Nov 26, 2013

Oh, no, a big disappointment for me waiting for the HTC M8! If the UltraPixel camera will be really only 4 MP, then "set in stone", I won't buy this HTC One- !!! It's 2014, and not the stoneage, wake up, HTC!

20. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

HTC Ones camera isnt bad at all..it is good but not great compared to other flagships.. i really doubt that htc will not make any improvement on the camera for thier next flagship....but but but if this is true then htc should think an "ace" feature that can attrack buyers if they want to stay on the game...im just thinking, if they keep the the 4mp UP camera, maybe they got a very good optimazation with the sense 6 to match with the 4mp UP camera and give an excellent photo quality...just saying

18. Killertech2099

Posts: 148; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

I was looking forward to is but i never did like the camera on the Htc One way to go htc you just ruined it!!

17. BesnikRrustemi

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 08, 2013

i was hoping to get the new HTC over LG Nexus 5,but it seems that i`ll have to buy the nexus 5 HTC One was already a very good phone.for me it just needed: 8+ Ultra Pixel Camera Snapdragon 800+ a Home button or remove them all and use SoftKeys everything else was fine. BUT,still i dont think that they will open their grave.they are already a lost company so they have to do something to survive.DONT DISSAPOINT US HTC

27. Hyperreal

Posts: 363; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

There is a back button and home button on htc one and you can set home button also as menu (long press) and multitask (double click) so nothing is missing here.

16. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

Now it really won't be able to shoot in 4K.

13. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

HTC is doing this to themselves it's like Chou wants HTC to be the next Blackberry.

12. AppleHateBoy unregistered

NOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

14. AppleHateBoy unregistered

I got it. Chou is to HTC what Elop was to Nokia. CHOU IS HTC"S TROJAN HORSE!!!!!!!!!

9. Sire3008

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

This is absolute disrespect for customers requests. Will it kill HTC to increase the megapixel? Or are they trying to produce HTC ONE+ to be used as AT & T and Verizon shelf decorators? Samsung is the king because they produce what the consumers need and even what the consumers might need. 4UMP camera on HTC devices is like WP on lumia devices. The customers choice should come first. In the present mobile market, there is strictly no chance for experiment with the market share talk more of a second mistake repeating the failed experiment

8. Frankiebeans

Posts: 33; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

God dammit. well I guess htc isn't taking my money this time around.

7. radeon

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Same mistake they did in HTC One !!!

6. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

2014 maybe the down fall of HTC after all :^\ , what a bonehead mistake, they obviously over shot how many cameras they needed for the one and are just trying to dump them off.

5. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

Set in stone that this year I'm not going to buy HTC :/ I would have given them a chance, but it seems they still don't respect customers' requests...

4. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Disappointing but i'll wait and see. i'll be very surprising if its 8+ultrapixel.

3. Dastrix unregistered

It looks like they didn't learn from their mistakes again, because the One was overhyped for its UltraPixel tech, but failed to deliver. Result: Subpar camera performance, blurry images, low detail. This didn't change the fact that it didn't sell well. Hopefully, HTC can make it right this time around. HTC badly needs a comeback.

10. oister85 unregistered

Yep they keep ignoring consumers.

26. ECPirate37

Posts: 359; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

Agreed. The ONLY major criticism I heard about the One (and I owned one for a period of time and tend to agree) is the camera. It is a brilliant concept, but it isn't delivering. When I saw this "one" was going to have 6 or 8 megapixels I was excited. To find out it will be the same sensor means I'm kind of over it. I'll wait and see what someone else brings out now. :-/ I really wanted to stick with HTC, but they make it so hard! Now if they can bring out an EVO 3D-2 I will buy it day one!

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

There's my reason to lose interest of the phone.

1. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Shooting low already, not a good sign.

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