HTC: We had a smartphone with dual rear camera 2 years before the iPhone 7 Plus

Yesterday, while Apple was still busy announcing the iPhone 7 Plus - its very first handset to offer a dual rear camera - HTC took to Twitter to remind the world that its One M8 Android smartphone (pictured above) had a dual rear camera 2 years ago.

In the Tweet that you can see below, HTC doesn't actually mention Apple, but we all know this was aimed at the Cupertino company and its iPhone 7 Plus, especially since HTC capitalized "2 YEARS AGO." As in: Hey, Apple, you're late to the party!

While it's true that the HTC One M8 was the world's first smartphone to feature a dual camera that captured depth information (in order to let you edit your photos later and refocus - either on the foreground, or on the background), the dual lens setup of the iPhone 7 Plus brings something new. More exactly, the Apple-designed camera features a wide-angle lens, and a telephoto lens, basically providing 2x optical zoom - this is better for portraits, and should deliver some nice bokeh effects.

HTC actually had a smartphone with a dual rear camera back in 2011 - the Evo 3D. However, the lens pair of the Evo 3D was used to create stereographic 3D images (which no one really wanted), thus not being in the same category as the shooters of the One M8 and iPhone 7 Plus.

We have yet to test the camera of the iPhone 7 Plus, but some official photo samples can be seen here and here. They do look extremely promising, though we have to save our final judgment for when we'll review the handset.

There's no denying that HTC tried (and often succeeded) to innovate the mobile industry time and time again. But, unless you've patented a technology, sooner or later, someone else is bound to use it and make it better. That's how evolution works, isn't it?

source: HTC USA (Twitter)

Related phones

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)
iPhone 7 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2900 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. jgcaap

Posts: 42; Member since: Feb 22, 2011

Well they could also mentioned that the quality of the photos was a complete fail... Let's see how the iPhone will handle that..

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7433; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

There is other ones that are really good as well. Like the LG G5, Huawei P9, and a few others.

6. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

LG G5 had wide angle one before also. thats 2x zoom is fake btw its only switching between the camera and the non wide angle one tend to zoom a bit more on the picture.

19. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

Obviously, you don't understand what zoom is.

43. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

An optical zoom is going from 28mm to 56mm with the whole in between. Meaning this is not a 2x optical zoom. Missing the 29-55mm range. It's just 2 cameras.

23. maherk

Posts: 6939; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Fake? Lmao Yesterday you were all over the iPhone 7, now you're dissing it because it is being compared to an HTC phone. Make up your mind brother.

9. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

What the hell? The quality of M8's camera wasn't that great, yes. But that has nothing to do with the point of this article, which is about camera hardware innovation. So, the Apple is late to the party, as usual.

18. maherk

Posts: 6939; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

But the issue is that Apple never claimed that this is the 1st dual camera setup on a smartphone. And as much as I hate to admit it, this is the 2nd best dual camera setup imo, behind the Huawei P9's setup. HTC needs to focus on now rather than reminiscing about a device that was a disaster when it came to the camera department.

46. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 924; Member since: May 07, 2014

I think LG V20's dual cameras would be better than Huawei P9. I love the Monochrome picture shooting capability of the Huawei P9 though.

24. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Hardware innovation is useless as long as the software it drives is no good at all... That's what happen with many other OEMs. Iris scanner, dual camera etc are all like that. Those implementations are half dead.

25. maherk

Posts: 6939; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The dual camera setup on the P9 delivers one of the best still images on a smartphone.

39. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

When apple did not have dual camera set up, all trolls where unhappy. Now apple has dual camera set up, even then they are unhappy. Its really great to live a life of troll.

11. KParks23

Posts: 725; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

No matter how you look at it tho HTC is still one of, if not the most innovative phone manufacturer and had a great influence on the Android OS that's why so many people root for this company. So in my book they can boast all they want.

17. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, I recall a certain Superbowl photo taken months ago on an iPhone that was pretty bad. My point being... well, I don't really have a point. But you're comparing a phone from several years ago to one that has yet to be released, and cameras for smartphones have improves so much in such a short time. so I simply have to say "No sh*t Sherlock."

22. Mxyzptlk unregistered

A massively blown up image taken on any smartphone will look bad.

26. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

lol, true, but that wouldn't be the case with the photo that Tim Cook took as it looked terrible even when it was reduced in size. Though given the circumstances, there was a lot of movement in the photo and the photographer was also probably moving as well. I've taken plenty of amazing shots with my Nexus 6P, and many crappy ones as well. Tim Cook's only mistake was he was too caught up in the moment to realize that his picture was blurry and should have warranted a reshoot before posting to social media.

32. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Nope, my Z3V can do 11x14's like a boss, as can most any Lumia.

35. Loveneesh

Posts: 442; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

I think htc is launch the first dual camera phone (HTC Evo 3D) five years ago.

50. ECPirate37

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

And I for one DID want that phone. I had it, I loved it, and I still keep it in a drawer for 3d photography. It was so awesome. And all of my friends wanted one. Unfortunately, it was only on Sprint, and here in NYC no one wanted to switch to them for that phone. Had that phone came out on all 4 networks, HTC MIGHT not be in such a crappy situation.

36. Gadgetex

Posts: 199; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

Exactly!! Spot on.. HTC never had quality pictures two years ago. Aside from that one of the main reasons they lost sales was because they always skimped out on specific features which lead people to buying other smartphones from other manufacturers. Their cheapness and stinginess finally caught up with them. Many people will not even consider a HTC Smartphone. Many are waiting for the next iPhone or Samsung smartphone (or at least so until Samsung's latest catastrophe with the new Note 7 batteries exploding lol..)

51. hamaidx

Posts: 99; Member since: Apr 28, 2015

iDiot - Its called innovation which you're co-called rotten apple's know nothing about as the Rotten Apple's only know to steal great technologies time & again to where were you 2 Yrs ago...oh yes iPhone 5 ... yes great Device ... Even the darn Chinese Tech have come-up with a lot better tech than the so-called Ipill's.. oops ... Cheer up Buddy .. appreciate stuff done in the past for the future... HTC laid the stone for You to even think you could get a new Shiny JET Black Dil*o with Dual Lenses !!!

2. ikenvape

Posts: 309; Member since: May 28, 2014

LOL yea because HTC is known for their crisp photo quality.

4. jgcaap

Posts: 42; Member since: Feb 22, 2011

Crispy clear. Hehe

8. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

M7 to M9 i agree sucked but before M7 they where top 3 best. HTC 10 also pretty good. But hey hater got to hate right?

37. Gadgetex

Posts: 199; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

M7 had great speakers. I still have mine but battery is f**ked now. Needs a new battery.

5. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

we will see!!

7. talon95

Posts: 1000; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Thanks for teaching Victor a thing or two!

10. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Uuuuh! Poor HTC. Its not just about slapping two cameras on a phone. You have to know what to do with it. Same goes for Motorola and the Atrix. Thanks for the idea though!

12. mudcat626

Posts: 230; Member since: Jul 13, 2016

What use is it to come out first with a half baked feature to say you were first. Apple never said they are first to do. But they say perfect the technology.

14. 48Chevy

Posts: 73; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

So, should we all run out and buy an old HTC One M8 now? If HTC did the dual setup first, why did they not perfect it and continue to provide it on subsequent devices? Why not put more effort into coming up with an effective marketing campaign that showcases the benefits of their current (best) devices instead of letting loose this weak-knee attempt at belittling the competition? This lowest common denominator mentality isn't a good thing for HTC's image.

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