The superb HTC One is getting a revamp later this month. Like most new smartphones, the "All New HTC One", as it will be called, has been the target of multiple comprehensive leaks. More processing power and a bigger screen is nice, but what we're really excited about is its camera, or rather, dual rear cameras.
It's common to have two cameras on a smartphone these days: a front one for video chat (and selfies…ugh) and a rear one. But it's unusual to have two rear cameras. According to a leaked document obtained by GSMArena, the All New HTC One's two "Duo Camera" will allow users to adjust a photo's focus point after taking the picture, Lytro-style. This is handy if you want to blur out a background and sharpen up a subject in the foreground or vice versa. It's especially helpful if you want to salvage a photo that was originally out of focus. Additionally, the two cameras will reportedly let you add 3D effects and isolate certain parts of a picture. Will we see a return to 3D photography and video recording like that of the HTC EVO 3D?
HTC isn't the only mobile company interested in improving mobile photography. As GSMArena notes, the Samsung Galaxy S5, Xperia Z2, LG G Pro 2 and some Nokia Lumia smartphones running the Refocus app are all capable of a similar refocusing feature.
A smartphone's camera is arguably its most used feature and the Duo Camera could be its killer feature. When HTC revealed its One smartphone last year, it emphasized its new "UltraPixel" camera, an image sensor with larger pixels capable of taking great low-light photos. The larger pixels came at the expense of resolution; instead of the usual 8- or 13-megapixels, the HTC One only had 4-megapixels. Hopefully, we get something more than 4-megapixels this time around.
In addition to the awesome new dual-rear camera features, the All New HTC One is expected to have a 5-inch 1080p display, 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (expandable via a microSD slot) and a 2,600mAh battery. It will reportedly come in gray, silver and gold.
HTC is set to reveal the All New HTC One on March 25 at an event in New York City. DVICE will be live at the event, so stay tuned.