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The One (M8) variant with 13MP camera is real, but you may not be able to buy it
Remember the One M8 Eye? The 13MP M8 variant that was rumored to launch alongside the Desire Eye?
The One (M8 Eye) – yes, that’s the official name – is now listed on HTC’s Chinese online store, with a 3,999 yuan ($650) price tag and an October 15 release date. The device is identical to the “regular” M8 in all respects other than the rear camera, which features a conventional 13MP sensor instead of the 4 Ultrapixels sensor on the M8.
Why is this a big deal? The M8’s large pixel size means that each pixel is able to capture more light, which makes it possible to take bright images even in very low light conditions. But this comes at a price – because pixels are larger (hence the name Ultrapixels), there are fewer of them on the sensor, so images taken with the M8 are smaller and less detailed than images shot with competing devices.
Many users were disappointed by HTC’s use of a low-res sensor on its flagship product, and wished for a variant that would feature a conventional high-res sensor.
It looks like the company caved in to the pressure, though the One (M8 Eye) will only be available in China, and, per some rumors, in India. So unless you live in these two countries, you’ll have to do with the regular M8 or a different 13MP model, like the One (E8), the Butterfly 2, or the brand new Desire Eye.