T-Mobile’s New myTouch Models Cheating Users Out Of A Megapixel?


When we buy a new smartphone, we expect the device to live up to its quoted technical specifications. If it’s advertised as having a 720p display, it sure better not land on our doorsteps with a qHD component. That’s why we’re concerned about the new Huawei-made myTouch models at T-Mobile, after hearing that they don’t deliver on their claims of camera resolution.

Consumer Reports was looking-over the new myTouch and myTouch Q when it noticed that they refuse to snap pictures in the claimed max resolution. Both models are supposed to have five megapixel image sensors, but apparently the highest resolution offered by the phones’ camera software is just 2560 x 1536; that works-out to just under four megapixels.

The presumption is that these are capable of full five-megapixel 2560 x 1920 shots in hardware, but for some reason the software is forcing you to take widescreen shots, cropping off the top and bottom of the image sensor.

Even for what the phones actually delivered, Consumer Reports called the camera quality fair, at best.

There’s no word yet from T-Mobile or Huawei responding to these allegations, nor news if the issue may be fixed via software update.

Source: Consumer Reports
Via: The Consumerist

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!