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The HTC M8's alleged dual camera system demoed at MWC, computational photography magic and optical zoom in tow?

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UPDATE: We met Core Photonics and they confirmed that this is not going in the M8! 

The HTC M8's alleged dual camera system demoed at MWC, computational photography magic and optical zoom in tow?
At MWC 2014, the dual camera system that might be featured in the HTC One's successor - the M8 was demoed. As you may have noticed from leaked images of the phone, there are two cameras on its back, in addition to a front camera, which suggests there may be a new camera system coming.

The new system will make use of two photo sensors - possibly 2MP and 4MP, and a pair of lenses that features a standard wide angle lens and a tele lens for long focus. Computational photography algorithms will use combined imaging data from the two sensors to create superior photos and give additional photographic options.

All of this has definitely piqued our interest in HTC's upcoming 2014 flagship. But will three cameras and extended photography options be enough to make the millions of Galaxy S5 buyers regret their purchase? Or there are more tricks up the Taiwanese's sleeves? We will learn on March 25 at HTC's official event.

source: Pocket-Lint

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posted on 25 Feb 2014, 07:32 20

1. GMS85 (Posts: 215; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

Now we are talking :D

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 07:34 21

2. mokhtar (Posts: 405; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)

waiting for this exciting device .. i think z2 and htc m8 will dominate the market in 2014

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 07:40 20

3. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

I wish I can agree with you :/ Even though I do like the Z2 and the HTC M8 looks very exciting. The Android market will still majority hold by Samsung because they are the biggest name in Android phone to the average consumers. They are made up majority of the buyers, and not us phone geeks who actually looks into every aspects of every phone before we decide what phone we will choose.
Sad, but very true. I do hope Sony, LG, and HTC gain a lot of market shares this year and see all four of them start having equal shares in the Android world. This will only push the manufacturers even harder to create better products.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 07:53 11

7. hboy857 (Posts: 349; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)

Soo true, +1 bro.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 10:51 1

22. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

Well I agree wwith you to a certain extent but I think Sammy has dropped the ball with the S5...and its a bowling ball that Sammy dropped on its own foot!
Moreover if you follow tech news, Sammy is shifting focus from smartphones, cutting marketing budgets and frankly it shows in the S5...or maybe Sammy is done riding the Galaxy name and smartphone success...made its money and wants to move on. Because the S5 lookis like a meh prodcut which Sammy really didint focus on....just took the components available in the market and stitched (pun) a phone. Nothing innovative in hardware at all....not even a tiny bit...not even their own SoC innovation. Thats just sad!
This was what Sony was doing a couple of years ago when they were just banking on brand name and not giving top notch stuff or their premium price tag but they have learned and mended their ways.
S5 aint gonna sell....not witht he likes of G2, NeXus, Z2 and HTC (i dunno) and others not to mention check out some of the Chinese phones....they put these big shots to shame

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 11:34 2

29. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

I have to agree with you with big portion of your comments. However, I think Sammy is still going to sell S5 like crazy. Two reasons, and first of all, it has a huge fan base, just like the iPhone fan base. Second, it's simple the well known Android phone maker, and a lot of average consumers would just buy it because that's what they have heard the most. Look at iPhone for example, a lot of iPhone user bought iPhone because that's the only smartphone they really heard all the time from their friends, co-workers, and family. Naturally, people would go with a brand that is well-known, instead of search around for a better product. The average consumers made up majority of the market and they have no knowledge of anything at all...

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 11:14 3

25. Arirank (Posts: 40; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)

Samsung still the best on supporting their flagship device..

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 08:35 4

14. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

Both will for sure.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 07:44 2

4. Bishop_99 (Posts: 75; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)

15x Optical Zoom? So the tele lens will be able to optically, and not digitally, zoom 15x? Or is it more of a preset zoomed lens that already is at 15x? Then the two pics are merged to help generate that 15x optical zoom? I don't see the phone having much, if any room, for the lens to zoom in and out.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 07:47 3

5. ianbbaa (Posts: 332; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)

HTCs cams were always rubbish...

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 07:52 8

6. KillerKeyboard (Posts: 344; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)

I have a bad feeling about this... though still exciting.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 13:38

32. Bioload25 (Posts: 213; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

Just like the galaxy s5

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 07:58

8. TisaTsir (Posts: 70; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)

4mp dual camera doesn't make sense to me.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 07:59 2

9. Birds (Posts: 1171; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

OK, I'm not getting my hopes up. It'll have some type of drawback but I'm more than surprised to hear qualcomm haid their hands in this. Pretty cool but I'm wondering how it works. Is it some type of strange lens that can magnify an object without many parts and use the second camera as a focus reference then turn around and use sofware algorithms to make the camera work as said?

And if the All New One has a snapdragon 801, its, all closed circle now. Qualcomm's fastest camera processing with a qualcomm camera modual...LOL...

Damn...I'm trying not to get my hopes up!!!!!!!

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 08:05

10. Astoni (Posts: 649; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)

If it stays at 4mp its not for me. I like the detail cameras takes in at higer MP rate :p. Sensor might be good but without enough MP atleast 8-10 its nothing going to be very detailed pics.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 11:10 1

23. petedavison93 (Posts: 18; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

It WILL be at least 8-10 if the rumours are true. The two images are combined using computational photography. I have a feeling that it will not sell because people don't understand that 2 cameras @ 4/5MP make one very detailed image.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 08:09

11. fireblade (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)

still 4 MP sensor? WTF!?

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 08:22 2

13. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

The original rumor was two 5 MP sensors which would combine to make one 13 MP picture. The newest rumor is that it will be one 4 MP sensor and one 2 MP sensor, which I assume will make one 8 MP image.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 08:13 3

12. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Props to Qualcomm and Corephotonics for their contribution to smartphone photography. 2014 and 2015 should see some really interesting options in smartphone photography.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 08:46

15. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

Why you no add more MP cam and better optics too HTC? Why U No Learn

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 08:57 5

16. pwnarena (Posts: 1129; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)

exciting. now add that 3200 mah battery and i'll forget everything sony.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 09:04 2

17. newbey123 (Posts: 631; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)

Yes. This will be my next phone, best android that will be out this year. Hurry up and release it HTC.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 09:33

18. adecvat (Posts: 316; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)

No 4k, fail!

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 10:47

21. outlawog (Posts: 47; Member since: 27 Nov 2013)

lol what?

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 11:15 5

26. petedavison93 (Posts: 18; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

4k is completely unnecessary. Bigger numbers don't mean better phones.
It's like buying a 200mph car over a 150mph car with the same 0-60 speeds.
You're spending tonns more for something you'll almost certainly never need or be able to use.
If you can tell the difference between 1080 and 4k on a 5" screen I'd be very very surprised. All It will do is drain the battery 16x faster because there are 16x more pixels to power. Paying more for less..

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 11:16

27. true1984 (Posts: 830; Member since: 23 May 2012)

wher did it sayi couldn't do 4k?

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 10:38 1

19. shyguy3763 (Posts: 52; Member since: 27 Oct 2013)

I wonder if this can be any competition for Lumia phones?

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 11:18 1

28. Arirank (Posts: 40; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)

LOL.. Never !

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 10:43 1

20. osanilevich (Posts: 286; Member since: 29 Sep 2009)

If HTC can house it in a waterproof body, put some good specs and minimize the bezels, it'll be the first HTC phone I'll be picking up since Sprint's Touch Pro

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 11:14

24. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

Okay lets face it htc cameras are always overhyped. This can be dated far from htc sensation series which was not par with galaxy s2 and arc series. Then the one x/x+ which were advertised heavily for camera and dedicated IPC failed to galaxy s3. And i dont need to mention the embarrasing camera of htc one. Lets hope history does not repeat.

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