Press renders for the all new One from HTC are making the rounds quite heavily, and if you haven’t been paying attention, there is apparently two cameras along the backside of the device. While a few may joke about HTC raising the EVO 3D from the grave, I personally find any speculation about 3D camera support hard to believe, as new creations shown off at MWC this past week are now making headlines.
A partnership between an Israeli-based startup called Corephotonic and Qualcomm introduced a dual-sensor setup at MWC, with one lens being telephoto and the other being wide angle. The idea is to give smartphones the ability to not only take great pictures, but then to allow users to zoom in on these pictures much better. Let’s face it, zooming in on photos taken on smartphones isn’t great on most phones, so improvements on this key feature would be quite welcomed.
Since current smartphone camera setups are a single clunkier lens, the cameras have actual moving parts for when users zoom in on a subject. By adding in a telephoto lens for the sole purpose of taking shots where distance and clarity is the goal, HTC could be looking to make big advancements in the mobile photography game.
Below in the video, CNET went hands-on with the dual-lens hardware. As you can see, there is an insane difference between photos taken with the dual-lens versus the single lens setup. When photos taken with the dual-lens are zoomed in, the image remains vibrant and crystal clear, while the single-lens starts blurring and details are lost. Be sure to watch the video.
With the Snapdragon 800 chip from Qualcomm powering this project, and a Snapdragon chip rumored to power the One (2014), this may not be too hard to imagine. We certainly hope HTC is planning on more than just a 3D picture mode.
Have any others ideas as to what HTC could do with a dual-camera setup on the backside of the new One? Shoot your ideas down below.