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HTC One 2014 leaks, comes with 'Duo Camera'

The HTC One's successor, "The All New One" will come with a dual camera module for 3D-capture and refocusing.

HTC was expected to launch its new flagship smartphone, the successor to last year's HTC One, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona but we waited in vain. All we got from the Taiwanese manufacturer at the show was the Desire 816 mid-range device.

By now it seems the new model will finally see the light of day at an event on March 25. Today some of the rumors that have been floating around the web for a while have been pretty much confirmed by a leaked snapshot of a print brochure from Australian carrier Telstra.

At DPReview Connect we are of course most interested in the device's "Duo Camera," about which the promotional leaflet says the following:

Create vivid images even in low light and professionally edit memories after you've taken the shot. Choose where to focus, highlight what you love, soften backgrounds and add 3D effects.

Unfortunately there is no information about pixel count, sensor size, aperture or optical image stabilization, but the leaked information seems to indicate the new model will come with two cameras to facilitate 3D-capture, as well as refocusing of images, with results similar to what one might get from a Lytro light field camera.

This seems like a gamble on HTC's part. Previous attempts at dual-lens 3D-cameras, such as Fujifilm's FinePix Real 3D W3, were commercial failures; and recent smartphone models from the competition, for example Sony's Xperia X2, Samsung's Galaxy S5 or the Nokia Lumia 1520, all offer a software-based version of the refocusing feature that quickly adjusts the focus while capturing a burst of images, and mimics 'refocusing' by letting you choose the image you like best.

Compared to a dual-lens solution, this method has the disadvantage that subject movement can be noticeable in the final result. However, given the fairly gimmicky nature of the function in the first place, this arguably isn't a deal-breaker for most users. 

Apart from the Duo Camera, the leaked leaflet provides the name of the new device. In an almost Apple-esque move it will be called "The All New One". It'll also have a 5-inch display and run an updated version of HTC's user interface, Sense 6.0. You will also be able to double-tap the screen to wake up the phone from sleep mode, just like the LG G2's Knock-On feature. In our review we really liked the sound quality of the HTC One, and it appears its successor will again come with front-facing speakers and HTC's Boom Sound system.

Of course it's possible that HTC will use the dual-camera setup for features and functions that we can't even think of right now. We are curious to find out and learn about the device's complete specification when it's officially launched in a couple of weeks time. 

This leaked print brochure from Australian carrier Telstra provides some information about HTC's forthcoming new flagship device.

Source: GSM Arena



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The Fujifilm W3 camera might have been "a commercial failure" as this article says, but I couldn't imagine my life without it. I started the YouTube channel "VRift 720" which features 3D videos based on tourism and I'm currently living in China. So I'm practically the only one in the world doing 3D videos from China, and I love what I am doing with that camera. It might not have made money, but to me it has made a big difference in my life and giving me a reason to get out of bed in the morning. I am desperately trying to get Fujifilm to go back to the drawing board and up the ante for 3D handheld cameras and continue what they started. They don't seem at all interested. In the future, I may go to Project Beyond by Samsung if I can afford it. But I will still need a traditional camera because Project Beyond is more about stationary filming that lets VR users experience any location for a few minutes at a time.



Based on the clients generic needs and usual budget,right now we can use a mobile phone for a wedding,including videos as well ;)


Cell phones are no longer cell phones, they are cameras as it seems that the camera is what these companies are focusing on instead of it being a cell phone. They act like in 10 years all pro photographers will be using a cell phone to shoot a wedding. My gosh what has the camera world come to???


"'s possible that HTC will use the dual-camera setup for features and functions that we can't even think of right now."

Oh the possibilities are endless... such as, um, uh... gotta go!


The Sony Z2 seems to be the new king of the current flagships. Top end specs, 3GB ram, 1/2.3 sensor camera, 3200mah battery, mSD expansion, water/dustproof, etc.

The only advantage to the HTC are the speakers.

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Lars Rehm

come on, we haven't seen a single image from it yet...we might be in for surprise, who knows...

Also, the Sony's camera spec is identical to the Z1...hopefully they have sorted the JPEG processing because that wasn't too impressive on the Z1.

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Except just like the rest of them, it will not see a single timely update. Software makes smartphones great, and the only Android which is timely updated is Nexus.

Lars Rehm

On the other hand most non-Nexus devices come with a lot of built-in camera features and other manufacturer-specific apps that are not available in the Nexus camera-apps.

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Richard Shih

Except every Nexus phone so far has had sub-par imaging units. It's like Google's Android teams are at odds with each other - one trying to improve the imaging experience while the other's holding it back.


From what I have seen in a video review of the Z2 processing is better, and a bit cleaner at higher ISO, with a focus that's a bit more accurate.


ok, this is interesting, #rear-lens-modules/smartphone jumping from 1 to 2.

The real party will start as soon as we see 3x3 lens arrays or 9 cameras. As this will be the barrier where the smartphone crop factor disadvantage (from the thin housings) will be egalized and even big cameras will be challenged to provide a reason to exist.

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What is your beef with big cameras?

A 9 sensor array still won't
- give you a choice of lenses
- have the ergonomics of a dedicated camera
- have an OVF
- come anywhere close to full frame coverage

I think these are good developments but let's not get ahead of ourselves. Stand alone cameras will always exist in some form. However, 9 1/2.3" sensors do add up to 1 MFT sensor. So the lower end could be threatened.

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I will take three camera sensors for that Foveon type of image capture.

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Lars Rehm

In a camera with a Foveon sensor it's still one sensor, just a Foveon sensor.

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I think OP suggests using three monochromatic sensors with some alignment technology in a way foveon uses three layers in one sensor. And it should yield even better results

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Every time I think I'm having trouble falling asleep, DPreview comes out with some cellphone news and I get really tired, very fast! Thanks!


This device will also get an SD card slot. So thats pretty exciting! for me its either this or the Sony Z2. Which ever one makes it to the states faster!

BTW, the camera is 5MP("Ultra pixels"). I dont know what the 2nd one is though.

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Front camera is 5MP (not ultrapixels). Primary camera is expected (though not confirmed) to be 4 "ultrapixels" x2 sensors.


One should not regard an SD card slot as being exceptional.
It's just the criminal market strategies of some brands (if not all) of late (no FM radio, no replaceable battery, no SD card slot) that are tricking you to think that something you should take for granted is such a big deal.

Doug Pardee

Starting with KitKat, the SD card slot is a lot less useful, because apps can't write to it except for their own app-specific folder. Which also means that a file manager can't copy files onto it except into the file manager's own specific folder.

With KitKat, the external SD card is mainly of value for importing files that you've loaded up elsewhere, because apps aren't restricted on *reading* the card.


This is, of course, a logical fallacy.
You basically said that "it is less useful because Google doesn't want me to use it".

First of all, there are workarounds.
Secondly, I agree that Google & Samsung are the next Apple(s).
But, please, don't be a sheep just because they want you to behave like one.

An SD is of enormous value when you consider that, for instance, the Galaxy S4 only had - at launch and in some versions of the device - 8.8GB of available space of the 16 declared: the other 7.2 were taken up by the OS.
*That's a little more than half the space declared*
How much space you can get for a 64GB SD card?
Answer: 64GB (albeit in base 10, a little less counting with the powers of 2, but that's around 59.5GiB in most cases).

So, if you think that "SD card slot is a lot less useful", think again...

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But don't forget "the could" is just taking off. SD lots are indeed useful, but their usefulness has decreased over the years.


Needing 8, 16, 32, 64GB of readily available information is not a function "the could not" can offer.
Some examples: 1) large files (which take forever to download) 2) marginal reception or no data connection 2b) the need to stick with the mobile operator offering best coverage & impossibility to switch to a cheaper one because you rely on your files being online 3) depending on someone else for data safekeeping
4) need to peruse multiple files at once. How do I download them all together if I don't have the space?
The cloud is a novelty, a gimmick at best.
Maybe it will be usable in 5 years (at least where I live), but I will have changed phone at least once in that time frame...

Alex Permit

3d is a gimmick. But Lytro funtionality could be interesting. Getting focus right on a quick cellphone capture is a bit of a chore and crapshoot. Whether this feature is a bold move or gimmicky feature comes down to execution.

Lytro is a great concept, but in practice shots are soft.

Another question is ease of processing. Lytro requires the user to run custom software to "select" the focal point after the shot is made. How easy will the be to do on the HTC?


It's not shot like a Lytro (light-field sensor), it's a normal sensor with clever processing and additional depth info from the second lens.

The previous model could churn out a high volume of photos very quickly because of the low MP count, I'd expect this to do the same. Any refocus/defocus stuff would just be done via the gallery app.


well... at least the Galaxy S5 has the option to do some sort of "focus stacking" with the two images it takes... even though I'd rather leave that to a pc software...

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