By Stephen Schenck | January 3, 2014 11:20 AM
Call it the M8, call it the HTC Two; no matter which name you assign the company’s follow-up to last year’s critically acclaimed HTC One, its launch could well be a turning point for the OEM. Certainly, HTC’s fortunes have been down over the course of last year, and a bit hit is just what it needs. So far, rumors about the M8 have made it sound like a solid enough contender, but with one possible sore spot: the camera. While other parts of the hardware would see upgrades, we’ve been hearing that the UltraPixel component from the One could be making a return – and worryingly, maybe even as that same four-megapixel sensor. While we still don’t have all the details, a report out of Taiwan from late last month has us more curious than ever about HTC’s plans, as it discusses the possibility of interchangeable lenses.
Reportedly, the phone would come with a pair of lenses, for “low and high lighting.” That’s a really unusual breakdown; we could understand lenses for macro or wide-angle operation, but differing lighting conditions? That’s just odd. There’s also no mention of exactly how this might work: while it could make the phone more bulky, a switchable internal mechanism might just be preferable to something external, with parts liable to be lost.
On one hand, it’s an odd, hard to grasp rumor; on the other hand, any assurance we can find that the M8′s camera will excel is something we’re going to be very interested in.
Besides this lens business, these M8 rumors also mention the possibilities of a fingerprint scanner, 4.9-inch (rather than 5) display, and a March launch date.