HTC One successor, M8, might come with 5-megapixel front camera

HTC One successor, M8, might come with 5-megapixel front camera
HTC One’s successor, the rumored HTC M8, is now said to come with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, a huge increase over the 2.1-megapixel front shooter of the One, according to HTC insider and developer @LlabTooFer. That’s rumored to be a recent development, as earlier whispers pointed to a 2-megapixel shooter, that’s now allegedly been upgraded in the last moment. Keep in mind that this is merely a rumor, not an official confirmation, so take it with the usual grain of salt.

This higher-resolution camera is rumored to be a wide-angle one that would allegedly allow more people (up to four) to fit in the frame, which should be useful for video chats.

Just a few hours ago, a leaked image surfaced showing a radical, new dual-camera setup on the HTC M8, and a virtually unchanged design. We have seen dual-camera smartphones a few years ago when 3D image capture was all the rage, but this twin-sensor camera is said to actually have a goal different than 3D shooting. Its main use is said to be to gather depth information in an image, allowing you to select your focus after you capture the image. This should result in an image file that’s all in focus by default. A tap on that already produced image, however, would allow you to specify the focused object and blur the rest, an effect similar to that in a Lytro camera.

The rest of the HTC M8 specifications have surfaced from multiple unofficial sources, and nearly all of them concede on the following:

  • 5-inch 1080 x 1920-pixel LCD display (on-screen buttons)
  • Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC Sense 6.0
  • Dual-sensor camera
  • Snapdragon 800 (likely, an improved, MSM8974ab/ac chip)
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Adreno 330 graphics

What do you think about the rumored 5-megapixel front camera on the HTC M8, is that something that matters for you?

source: @LlabTooFer

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One (M8)
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(20h 3G talk time)

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37 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

5MP ffc are pretty much exclusive to Chinese phones. I don't know why OEMs can make it happen.

5. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

That means back camera would be atleast more than 5MP, though there has been leak about dual cameras

32. trustory

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

phonearena needs to test front cameras as well

19. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Brcause its a useless spec. Chinese manufacturers have no idea what the rest of the world wants in their phones.

2. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

They can put 200mp camera front back but the fact that HTC cant make a good camera for the last few years is worrying..

12. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

HTC never had good cameras.. The only thing that came close to good at the time was the Amaze 4G.

17. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

Camera quality on my one is just awful, the front facing camera doesn't shoot hd for me. I'm not sure if the camera chip in my device is defective.

24. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Edit: The One X had a pretty good camera and went against the S3. As for the One however, everything about the camera is terrible.

3. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

No....no I am not happy with that. Now there are more reasons for selfies and that is never good. Looks kind of old on spec sheet but now the numbers just don't matter. Focus on the cameras is nice and all but they have to deliver a good rear camera for a win.

4. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Those specs already look old compared to the rumored specs of the S5. HTC is going to look silly if Samsung announces the S5 at the end of the month. But then again some people would rather have premium materials and boom sound. And 1080p and the Snapdragon 800 are still decent parts. I just wish they would aim for 3gigs of ram. Never hurts to have more ram.

23. Hyperreal

Posts: 361; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

you are all about specs, s4 was all about the specs but was slower and laggy compared to one. Hey but specs are the "most important". typical for samsung fanatic.

6. g2a5b0e unregistered

That moment when you realize your front cam has more megapixels than your back cam. o_O Hopefully, HTC will recognize the error of their ways & increase that back cam to at least 8 this time around.

7. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

In my opinion, so far all rumored specifications looks good, of course it would be better if it had any newer SoC instead of Snapdragon 800. Also I'm afraid that HTC's choice of Dual-Sensor camera will be a big fail as it was with 4MP UltraPixel camera. :(

10. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

I can find no faults with the Snapdragon 800 in my Note 3. Never had any thoughts about lag or “this processor is slow” moments. I had more lag moments with the iPhone 5s and that processor is suppose to be the best on paper. First time in my phone history where I did not want to overclock or tweak the processor. Pairing the 800 with 3gigs of ram also helps and is my only disappointment with the rumored M8 spec list.

18. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I didn't said that Snapdragon 800 lags, but I also don't see the reason to go backwards when new SoCs are already announced. Not all people are buying phone for one or two year, some are buying it for three or four years and it will be a future (at least near future) proof to them for upcoming updates and requirements for let's say UHD playback and similar things, new SoCs are not only about performance but about features also.

25. Hyperreal

Posts: 361; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Dont you know that snap 805 is not available yet? First phones with it are expected to launch in second half of year. If it is available now, I am sure that they will put it in. htc one was the first phone to be introduced with snap 600.

29. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Dont you know that snap 805 is not available yet?" Did I have said that Snapdragon 805 is available?

31. g2a5b0e unregistered

Incorrect. Qualcomm stated that the 805 would be available in Q2, not the second half of the year. By the second half of the year, I'm sure they will be looking into launching their true 2014 flagship SOC. http://www.phonearena.com/news/Qualcomm-first-device-with-the-new-Snapdragon-805-chipset-to-arrive-in-May_id51214

34. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

^This! Phones with 805 will probably become available closer to the end of 2014, probably towards Q4.

35. g2a5b0e unregistered

No. You need to read comment #31 as well.

20. Beijendorf unregistered

Keep in mind though that the Note 3 included software that was specifically designed with multitasking in mind, to make use of the 5.7" form factor. That's thought to be the only reason they chose to include the 3 GB of RAM. The HTC Two has no resource-heavy multitasking in mind, so going with 2 GB of RAM is ample. On top of it all, the Toshiba camera module is quite expensive. Including 3 GB of RAM on top of it all would not only serve very little purpose then, but also drive up supposedly already high costs.

8. datphoneguy

Posts: 155; Member since: Sep 15, 2013

If the NY Times is right and Samsung will introduce the S5 in late February, HTC is in a lot of trouble with the HTC One 2....

9. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Now the M8 leaks have suddenly started to come from all around the world.

11. giffonaay

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 31, 2013

Haters hating on 2 GB ram in 3....2......1.....

16. g2a5b0e unregistered

#10 already did. You were too late.

13. newbey123

Posts: 700; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

This beast will be my next phone. Bring it HTC.

14. AppleJuice

Posts: 145; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

A phone is not all about specs. You'll see, the software is going to be better.

21. Beijendorf unregistered

If HTC manage to improve their camera algorithms (which is extra difficult with plenoptic cameras, if that's what HTC are aiming for here) this could most definitely be a favourite for 2014. Don't let us down now, HTC. It's you and Nokia racing for the crown of innovation and design!

15. amro99

Posts: 114; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

htc's ffc have been much better than competition's in the past one year. But people don't seem to care about it as much as it deserves attention, at least in comments. Anyways seeing this happen is definitely a good plus for the handset.

22. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1773; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Curious if they will make this into a One Max 2 as well...

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