Last week’s launch of the HTC One mini 2 brought us a brief reprieve from the One M8 Prime rumors that had been otherwise dominating chatter about the manufacturer, but now we’re right back in the saddle, ready to start talking about what’s coming from this rumored upgrade to the One M8. Yesterday we looked at some possible specs and the claim that the phone could be constructed from some pretty high-end materials. Today we’re checking out what might be coming from the M8 Prime’s camera, looking at a render that depicts some significant changes to the Duo Camera arrangement.
The big deal here is that the handset’s primary camera is depicted jutting-out from the phone’s back, as opposed to the flush finish we have now with the M8 itself. While it’s much more restrained than the camera bumps we’ve seen on some other handsets, its presence here at all may turn off existing HTC fans quite used to smooth backs on recent One-series phones – this feels like a return to the One X.
We also wonder what this render says about camera position. While in the current M8 the lens used for gathering depth information lives “above the fold,” as it were, here it directly bisects the stripe across the phone’s back. Whether that means that the stripe will be higher up, or if the cameras themselves may be lower, we can’t yet say (although we’d guess the former if we had to).
Update: @evleaks also has an animated GIF showing a full render of the phone, from which we’ve pulled some frames. Here it’s clear that the depth camera is moving down a bit, compared to the M8.