By Stephen Schenck | January 6, 2014 11:12 AM
Last time we had the opportunity to talk about HTC’s follow-up to 2013′s flagship One, we were looking at the phone’s camera. And why wouldn’t we? After HTC tried so hard to sell us on the quality of the phone’s UltraPixel sensor, we were left seriously wanting – and subsequently, have been very much concerned about what we might expect from its successor. That last rumor got a little out there, talking about interchangeable lenses, but what about the sensor itself? Would we be seeing another UltraPixel component? Another lowly four-megapixel camera? Unfortunately, that’s sounding more and more likely to be the case, and as one source attempts to confirm HTC’s plans for the phone’s camera, another gives us some new insight into just how the phone itself might be branded.
Contrary to recent rumors that the M8 could see a nice camera resolution bump over the One, one of phoneArena’s sources is being quite adamant that we’re still looking at a four-megapixel UltraPixel camera, going so far as to call the decision “set in stone.” We’re not happy to hear that, obviously, but we remain cautiously hopeful that a second-gen version may be able to make up for last year’s missteps.
As for the name, the obvious “HTC Two” might not be happening, in favor of the HTC One+, instead. Now, we’re not completely sold on this rumor just yet – for one, it accompanied some of those specs reporting the phone would have a higher-res camera, so it’s difficult to accept the name bit while simultaneously rejecting other claims form the same source. That aside, it’s not the most elegant name to begin with, and could put HTC at a real disadvantage; who’s going to want the “plus” version of a phone that undersold to begin with?