In case you’ve missed our previous post, HTC is preparing a little surprise for Android fans. The surprise is called HTC One M8 Eye and contrary to what we have heard before, it won’t be a Windows Phone device but an Android version of the company’s flagship One M8. The handset will reportedly have a 13-megapixel Duo Camera and may be officially announced next month.
HTC M8 Eye – What to expect
The camera is a significant upgrade over the regular HTC’s One M8 4-megapixel sensor in terms of pixel count; however, there is no UltraPixel technology. It may seem like a huge sacrifice at first glance, since UltraPixel was praised to the skies and became one of HTC’s trademarks. In fact, the lack of UltraPixel camera shouldn’t be treated as Eye’s disadvantage. UltraPixel technology is in a way revolutionary approach to mobile photography as it allows to obtain great quality images while keeping pixel count to minimum. It’s possible because UltraPixel uses extra large pixels which capture more light.
However, a number of tests have shown that cameras with 16-megapixel or 13-megapixel resolution still give better results than the M8’s shooter. For this very reason HTC swapped the UltraPixel camera for a regular 13-megapixe sensor. Front-facing camera still keeps it’s resolution at impressive 5 megapixels.
The One M8 Eye is also rumored to sport a 5.2-inch display which, if true, would make it just a tad bigger than the original HTC One M8. The difference of just 0.2 inches is so small than probably most users won’t even notice and it certainly won’t influence image sharpness, especially since resolution is still Full HD (1080 x 1920). The phone allegedly will be powered by a quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 CPU, and may come with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of native storage, a 128GB capacity microSD slot and a 2,600 mAh battery.
Since HTC hasn’t said anything about the M8 Eye yet, all the details should be treated with a healthy dose of doubt. If rumors are to be believed, we will learn more about the device soon, as it is expected to be announce in October. That’s the good news. The bad news is that it may be released only in India and China leaving potential users from other regions wishing they lived in one of those countries.