HTC M8 shows its dual camera once more while its Mini version has full specs leaked
A few days ago an image that purportedly showed the back of the upcoming HTC M8 got leaked, showing us that the Taiwanese company’s next flagship smartphone will come with a twin-sensor camera arrangement. And now we get another look at the M8’s dual camera system, in close-up form this time. Although things are looking real enough, there’s obviously the possibility that these images could be part of an elaborate hoax, so do take that into account. It’s not that hard for people to use Photoshop, after all.
Anyway, if this is the real M8 we’re looking at, it’s bound to come with some intriguing features built around photography. The twin-sensor camera should allow you to refocus your pictures after taking them, something which would open up a whole bunch of creative options.
The image you see above may be low-res, but it helps to clear the mystery of the second round thing above the camera once and for all: it actually is a secondary camera sensor, and not a fingerprint scanner like we thought it would be when we saw the first leaked images of just the M8’s back cover.
Furthermore, we can see a two-tone dual-LED flash, which we can only assume will do its part to deliver better pictures than any other HTC handset has ever produced. Or maybe that’s just a slip-up from whoever made these things up (if they are made up).
Moving on from the M8 now, we have heard that there will be an M8 Mini too. This is hardly surprising given the existence of last year’s One Mini, but thankfully we even get a list of leaked specs for the smaller version of HTC’s flagship.
And it definitely seems like HTC is sticking to making its Mini flagship nothing more than a midranger – something it’s done in the past with the One Mini, and also a strategy employed by chief competitor Samsung, but not Sony, because its Z1 Compact comes with basically the same specs as its bigger brother.
The HTC M8 Mini is said to sport a 4.5-inch 720p HD touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera, a 5 MP front camera, a 1.4 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, and it will run Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC Sense 6 on top. Like in the case of the M8 itself, the M8 Mini will feature software rendered Android buttons, just like Google likes them.
The M8 Mini may come with a decent screen resolution for that size, but the chipset used is a midrange part, and 1 GB of RAM for anything bearing a flagship’s name in this day and age is simply not enough. This only serves to differentiate Sony’s Xperia Z1 Compact even more from its competitors – even future ones.
Because HTC overpriced the One Mini, we’re expecting it to do the same thing with the successor, so it’s unlikely that the M8 Mini will be a huge hit, sales-wise.