HTC has a ‘noteworthy’ dual-camera smartphone planned for 2018
Remember the DuoCamera HTC introduced on the HTC One M8? Following today’s HTC U11+ announcement, HTC President Chialin Chang revealed that HTC plans on getting back into the dual-camera arena in 2018. Chang didn’t confirm if the company’s spring smartphone (likely the HTC U12) would be the one to bring back HTC’s DuoCamera, but there’s a good chance that it will.
“We’ll definitely be releasing a dual-camera phone next year, but we’ll need to figure out how to make this feature stand out.”
If you’re not aware, the HTC EVO 3D was the first device in HTC’s lineup with two cameras on the back of the phone. The phone hit the market in early 2012. In those days, HTC was only experimenting with the two camera setup – using it only to capture 3D images and video. With the introduction of the HTC One M8, the technology was refined and allowed the smartphone to capture depth information with every shot and digitally blur the background while also adding other artistic effects.
One year later, HTC decided to drop the DuoCamera feature form its flagship HTC One M9, but it did feature an upgraded version of the technology on the One M9+, the J Butterly and the One M8s refresh which hit later that year.
By the time the HTC 10 rolled around, the company had moved on from the dual-sensor setup on any of its devices – right at the time when Huawei, LG and Apple saw the potential.
With HTC working on a dual-camera smartphone for 2018, we’re hopeful the company can truly deliver an experience that’s far better than what we’ve seen on the HTC U11 and U11+. It’s a good thing that HTC already has some experience with the technology, but just imagine how good the HTC DuoCamera would be right now if HTC had decided to stick with it all these years.