The MWC 2014 buzz is already starting to die down, and it won’t be long until Barcelona is a memory, and we start obsessing over the next big thing. For a lot of smartphone fans, that means wanting to learn what HTC’s up to with The All New One, aka M8. Much of the phone’s story has started falling into place, and with HTC’s event scheduled for a month from today, it’s just a matter of time before we get confirmation. In the meantime, we hear a little about how those unusual dual rear cameras may operate, as well as tackle a theory about the phone’s naming.
From numerous leaks, it’s clear that the M8 will have dual rear cameras, but to what end? Not 3D again, right? Early speculation pointed to at least one camera being optimized for low-light photography, but now we’re hearing about how both cameras might function at once in order to offer enhanced zoom abilities and depth-of-field effects.
This focuses around a company called Corephotonics, which has been working with Qualcomm to develop just such a dual camera system. The guys over at Pocket-lint are pretty convinced that a Corephotonics setup is what we’re looking at on the M8, and while we’ll admit that some of the circumstantial evidence makes a lot of sense, we’re still not quite ready to call it.
Some of the details are also a little sketchy, like talk about how this system could be used to create an “optical zoom” with better quality than standard digital zoom interpolation. Better zoom, we can buy, but this doesn’t look “optical” at all to us – there’s no sign of anything like interferometry that we can make out, and this could just be another digital zoom technique (albeit a quite advanced one).
What about that name business? Well, you may have caught HTC talking trash about the Samsung Galaxy S 5 launch on social media yesterday. In one message, HTC wrote “Hope they’re ready to be One-upped.”
Now, that’s got some people talking about the idea that this could be the One Up or something along those lines, and while we’re not exactly buying that, we do have to admit that there is something to this: maybe not confirmation of the specific name exactly, but that message sure implies that whatever name the M8 takes, it’s going to still be a One-series device. Granted, we had been acting on that assumption anyway, but this is the closest we’ve come to confirmation.