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

1. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Shooting low already, not a good sign.

11. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

just sold my htc one and bought Nexus 5 & coming today in my home.

15. Gdrye

Posts: 111; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

how long did it take to get, i bought the Z Ultra GPE and last thursday and it still hasnt shipped!! and it said it would only take one day to do so, i even paid for 1 day shipping for my lack of patience

25. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

About week to get nexus 5.

19. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Grats, nice phone. Bought two myself, one for wife. Fastbboot OEM unlock ftw.

22. Extradite

Posts: 316; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

Why did you sell it? Didn't you like it...? How's the new Nexus5...?

24. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

i like htc one, but i like to change phones every year, that's why i sold my htc one. Nexus 5 is good phone with great screen, processor, and camera. overall amazing phone.

23. smacsteve

Posts: 86; Member since: May 16, 2012

I considered the Nexus 5, but the battery life was a huge drawback. the Nexus 5 is a better buy if you want to not be tied down to a contract or don't have a upgrade available and need a good phone for the $$. Having said that I've never been more satisfied overall that I have with my HTC One. It's the smoothest phone and the best battery life for it's size that I've had. Granted the battery life was crap with the 4.1, but when 4.3 came out that all changed.

34. sarge77

Posts: 202; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

your better off with the LG G2 longer battery life better camera always tell people G2 is way better I'm not sold because no SD to backup pics and vids..

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

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

Posts: 511; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Yep they keep ignoring consumers.

26. ECPirate37

Posts: 328; 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!

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.

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...

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.

7. radeon

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Same mistake they did in HTC One !!!

8. Frankiebeans

Posts: 33; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

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

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

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!!!!!!!!!

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.

16. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

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

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: 361; 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.

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!!

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

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!

28. TisaTsir

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

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

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.

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