Ad reveals features of HTC One’s Duo Camera, double-tap to wake function

March 11, 2014
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The dual cameras on the new HTC One will let users focus on specific areas of pictures and add 3D effects, according to a leaked ad. The source is an alleged brochure of Australian carrier Telstra, which refers to the device as the All New HTC One, confirming previous rumors.

The two cameras setup on the new HTC will be called Duo Camera, according to the brochure spotted by GSM Arena, and its functionality will include background defocusing, selective focus, and “3D effects”. It’s not clear what these effects are, but HTC experimented with 3D cameras in the past. The otherwise forgettable EVO 3D, released on Sprint in July 2011, used two 5MP rear cameras to take 3D images. It remains to be seen whether HTC is taking another stab at 3D cameras or is trying something different on the new HTC One.

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Here’s how the ad describes the functionality of the HTC One Duo Camera:

Create vivid images even in low light and professionally edit memories after you’ve taken the shot. Choose where to focus, highlight what you love, soften backgrounds and add 3D effects.

Several high-end Android devices are launching this spring with selective focus functionality, including the Xperia Z2, Galaxy S5, and LG G Pro 2. But these phones use simple software techniques to create the functionality, and are rather limited in this regard. The HTC One could provide more flexibility and power, thanks to the secondary camera, which could focus on the background when the main camera focuses on the foreground, and vice versa.

Another neat feature we spotted in the brochure is double-tap to wake up the screen. First introduced by Sony on the Tablet Z and then adopted by LG on the G2 and G Pro 2, this feature lets you quickly wake up the phone without fumbling for the power button.

This latest report joins an already sizeable collection of HTC One (2014) leaks. Yesterday’s batch included hands-on photos and videos, wallpapers, and images of the official case. With two weeks to go to the big unveiling, HTC may find itself without any true surprises to reveal about the All New HTC One.

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