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HTC Could Bring Their UltraPixel Sensor to Low and Mid-Range Devices This Year

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In a recent discussion with the head of HTC U.K., it was discovered that the manufacturer does indeed have plans or at least wants to try to bring their UltraPixel camera sensors to other devices, other than the HTC One. The UltraPixel camera is one of the more hyped aspects of their new flagship device, but it relies heavily on the computing power of the Qualcomm processor that also rests within it.ย 

Weโ€™ve got dedicated silicon, in terms of the processing that comes off of the sensor. However, the Qualcomm chipset [used in the HTC One] does enable a lot of this to happen. The ability to take HD video and high-res images at the same time is powered by the quad-core on the device, as well. There will be certain technical challenges, but the tech does support the other elements of it which we can take to other parts of the portfolio.

When asked if HTC had plans on bringing UltraPixel cameras to their full lineup (low and mid-range) of devices, it was said that there is “definitely the potential.” It’s only natural that HTC would want to bring their best features to a full lineup of devices, but if it means shelling out more cash to put in quad-core chipsets into every phone, that might not be an option.

Once we get our hands back on the One, we might be able to finally see if the UltraPixel is the real deal or just another marketing gimmick.

Via: HTC Sourceย | Omio

  • Tony Allen

    Or.. how about just not having a low/mid-range set of devices. If you want an HTC Phone, go buy the best and only new model they’ve got. We don’t need four-hundred ninety-one thousand, six-hundred thirty-two different HTC devices again.

  • nightscout13

    well it IS a low end sensor after all…..

  • possomcrast

    Something tell’s me “Ultrapixel” is just HTC’s way of making 8 megapixels sound better.

    • Have you actually used an HTC camera lately? Whatever camera software they put in there works wonders. It yields some awesome photos, MUCH better than the vanilla Android software.

      • possomcrast

        That’s what I meant. I don’t think their pixel count is actually any higher I think they’re just optimizing.

  • Damian

    So… 1,3mpx cameras? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Austin Warren

    I guess cheap phones come with โ€œcheap” cameras.

  • D.B.Evans

    Why is HTC so determined to use Sense to mutate Android into something else? I love the hardware in the HTC One – I really want to like the device. But I have a hard time getting past Sense 5 as well as the abomination they call BlinkFeed.

    • LionStone

      Is nice to have choices, you know, what Android is all about. I don’t see them trying to mutate anything. I have Nexus 7 and Droid DNA, they both have pluses and minuses and I like them both ๐Ÿ™‚ Have you actually used Sense 5 and BlinkFeed? I’m not much of a social hound so I’d probably disable BlinkFeed myself if given the option.

      • D.B.Evans

        Therin lies part of the problem with BlinkFeed – it can’t go away (at least, that’s what all the reviews I have found for it thus far have said). It will always take up one full home screen. You can change it so that BlinkFeed is not the default home screen, but you cannot remove it from the screen like you can with app links or widgets. That’s what I mean about mutating – they have stripped out choice and forced a screen you cannot remove to have a Windows 8-ish look to it.

        To be honest, Sense 5 isn’t horrid other than the new BlinkFeed addition. It’s my primary complaint.

        • D.B.Evans

          Okay, just dug around and saw a review where HTC has stated that BlinkFeed can be disabled – so that’s a huge plus. A few sites are even claiming it will be possible to remove it – although others still claim if can’t be removed. I guess I’ll need to wait and see – if I can disable it and remove it from the home screen – then this phone may be back in the running for being my next phone.

          • C-Law

            If you install a stock style launcher like nova or apex, you won’t have to worry about blink feed taking up a home screen either

      • TheDrunkenClam

        You talk about choice, where are the options from HTC for those of us who like bone stock. They can make sense skinned phones all they want. But at least give us One phone that’s stock. The Nexus 1 proves they are capable of both.

        • LionStone

          Where are the stock options from any manufacturer? If you really have to have a bland UI, you have the option to hack your favorite companies phone or buy a Nexus. The choice again, is yours. Why should any company create a stock option for the few thousand folks that want that? However, that being said, look to HTC to bring us the next Nexus ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jim McClain

    anyone know if Wugfresh woks on windows 8 ??

  • Until they rid themselves of Sense and go OSK, HTC will continue to be quietly losing money. Even with the best HW, Screen, and Camera.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      OSk??? I can’t even figure that one out

      • Chris

        Hmm…Only Stock…Kingdom..?

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          I mean if that’s what he means we all know it takes more than stock to sell. Samsung says hi.

  • Brent Cooper

    Too bad sense is atrocious. Its just way too cluttered for me. Hardware on the other hand, some of the best out there imo.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      To be honest this sense is a lot more streamlined. It’s just Blink Feed that’s bloated. But I’m looking forward to giving it a shot.

  • Sirx

    This hardware design is just SOO hard to beat! If the rumors about the Galaxy S4’s appearance hold true, then they need to start copying HTC a bit more ๐Ÿ˜›

    • too bad their last software setup had neutered multitasking…

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Are you talking about that issue with the One X? I’m going to assume that’s been sorted out

        • Tony Allen

          You’d assume wrong.

    • nightscout13

      It looks like the iphone 5 to me.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    meh… Is the March 22nd date still rumored for release on the US carriers? I want ONE.