By Stephen Schenck | February 15, 2013 3:40 PM
HTC has really been saturating social media with teases for its February 19 event and the expected HTC One reveal, and you already may have seen it post images of a metallic slab and close-up eyeball, both showing glimpses of its new phone and promoting the event’s date. Today there’s a new one going out, showing a grouping of camera lenses and accessories.
Like the others, that February 19 date is hidden in here as well, with 2, 9, and 13 spaced-out around the lens’s rim. But besides simply teasing that date, can we read anything else from this?
Despite the logo being blurred-out, this is pretty obviously a Canon lens. That’s interesting, because as far as Google Image Search tells us, this isn’t just some stock photo that HTC doctored, so why include a name brand like that if you don’t want to explicitly promote a connection to it?
Perhaps the most apparent read would be to see this as referencing the “Ultrapixel” image sensor we’ve heard may be present on the HTC One. Instead of getting involved in the megapixel race, this sensor would only create 4.3-megapixel images, but by combining data from more subpixels than regular sensors, it would supposedly result in superior color reproduction and light sensitivity.
We’ve also heard theories that, this being a detachable lens and all, we might see the HTC One arrive equipped to handle some sort of family of lens accessories – maybe a pop-on macro or wide-angle attachment. While perhaps a more literal read of this image, that sounds a little far-fetched, and we’re not placing a whole lot of faith in it.