Leaked HTC M8 case hints possibility of second camera, new Bloomberg report backs up the idea

January 17, 2014
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Going back a couple of months, there have been several rumors about the HTC M8, the HTC One’s next generation successor. More recently there have been leaks that help draw a picture of what to expect from the handset hardware-wise, but there are certainly at least a few mysteries left when it comes to the currently unannounced device.

Considering that these components are fairly standard, the idea of the handset rocking a Snapdragon MSM8974 CPU with 2GB of RAM and a 5-inch 1080p display is fairly straightforward and believable. What’s less clear is whether or not the handset will have a fingerprint scanner and/or a dual-sensor camera system, as previous rumors have suggested.

Citing “a person with direct knowledge” of HTC’s plans, Bloomberg claims the next-gen HTC One will debut in March with a twin-sensor rear camera.

Is there any real evidence for either feature? Possibly, at least thanks to what is allegedly a leaked 3rd party OEM case for the HTC M8, coming by way of Alibaba. As you can see in the image below, the case shows an extra cut out right above where the camera/LED flash appears to be.

Now, this could be confirmation of a fingerprint reader, but considering that the One Max’s fingerprint reader hasn’t exactly been hailed as a killer feature, we somehow have our doubts.

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All current HTC M8 rumors indicate that HTC will be continuing its UltraPixel branding convention, but if they really want the HTC One’s successor to be a hit in the camera department, adding an extra camera lens for improved low light shooting could be one way to do it. It’s also possible that this could open the door for some kind of 3D capture system, though that’s purely speculation on our part.

Interestingly enough, a new report from Bloomberg has been published today that lends further credence to the idea of a second camera. Citing “a person with direct knowledge” of HTC’s plans, Bloomberg claims the next-gen HTC One will debut in March with a larger screen of at least 5-inches and a twin-sensor rear camera. The purpose of twin sensors is that it will provide better focus, depth of field and image quality. The source says that the an improved version of the Ultrapixel camera will also be featured in the device.

Now it’s important to take note of the fact that HTC has yet to confirm the legitimacy of the Bloomberg report and there’s also the possibility that the HTC M8 case might not turn out to be authentic, so speculation is advised. Still, it’s looking more and more likely that HTC is planning to do something different with its next generation HTC One.

What do you think, would it make sense to bring a fingerprint reader to the device? Or do you think it’s more likely we are looking at dual cameras for the HTC M8? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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