All New HTC One comes with Duo Camera for selective focus, subject highlights and 3D effects

Daniel Bader

March 11, 2014 8:53am

An advertisement from Telstra down in Australia has exposed the final piece of the All New HTC One puzzle: what exactly are those two camera sensors for? While we have suspected their cooperative properties for months now, we know now, thanks to a leaked full-pager, that together they are called 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.

The phone is also highlighted as coming preinstalled with Sense 6.0, which includes a double-tap to turn on the screen feature, just like your favourite LG device.


Other confirmations include the second generation of HTC’s stereo speaker BoomSound technology, an “all-metal body” with a 5-inch “full HD scratch resistant screen.”

Now let’s get to March 25th so we can take copious amounts of hands-on video with this bad boy.

SourceGSM Arena
  • Robert T. Desjardins

    I love LG phones. But I think this might be my next phone. I make my decision after I review the hands on review.

  • crocop24

    no more beat by dre on this phone?

    • HHco

      HTC and Beats audio dissolved their partnership since Beats bought the 47% share of Beats that HTC use to own.

    • KiwiBri

      ah, no not to expect the headphones that were styled to look like beats in the box then 🙂

    • Dylan D’Croix

      The only thing I don’t like about this is, I’m going to assume the speaker quality will be a little different.. which sucks because the One had amazing sound for a smartphone.

  • KiwiBri

    oh look, double tap to wake. Nice. I hope the “Ok Google now” rumor I heard is true.

    so other than the camera being an unkown, and the design (you know what I mean)

    the phone has some pluses for me..

    * FM Radio (I assume because HTC One 2013 had it)
    * Video highlights feature (Google+ Photos does have a version of this now too.. )
    * SD Card
    * Premium look
    * Google edition is nice option..

    still, the camera will be the make or break thing..

    • Supa_Fly

      I’m not liking that dual camera setup. Curious why not just on lens over 2 separate camera’s? Seems like the 3D cameras of older LG phones … this may not sell too well.

      I DO love this not having any Flaps like the Z1/Z1 Compact/Z2 but those phones seem to have a proven camera along with waterproofing on the latest model (no not water resistant).

      So I’m down to 3 devices for my upgrade:
      iPhone 5S (then quickly to iPhone 6 if a larger screen debuts)
      Sony Xperia Z2 or Z1 Compact either will do me well and I like Sony’s overlay over Android.
      HTC One M8 (mate).

    • Laer

      There are a lot of really good reasons to do two cameras other then 3D. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. We’ll have to see exactly what niche is being taken advantage of on the 25th.

    • KiwiBri

      yes, if its a super fast shutter then they’ve hooked me. Would be nice if PhotoSphere of some type is supported too. OIS hopefully improved to 4 axis rather than the 2 Axis they had in the 2013 One.

    • KiwiBri

      see my post above.. gsm arena reports no FM radio 🙁

      so… when is the Z2 out??

    • Saad Imran

      It’s 2014 and you still use the radio…

    • KiwiBri

      Yes Saad, I listen to the radio Beacuse if i steam audio from my NAS at home or from tune up radio it kills the little battery on the HTC One.
      I don’t get a chance to change up my music in the phone every other day.
      Its 2014.. Fm radio should be a std feature on Devices.

  • prince

    Am I the only one who thinks that the main camera has a weird shape? Its not round.

    And the secondary camera seems to be a smaller version of the main camera.

    • Bri Bru

      I think it’s just the picture

    • Dimitri

      Some pictures of devices do this. I have seen some S5 pictures where the home button is out of place & the device looks weird when its not. Same with the iPhone 5S.

  • Bri Bru

    I personally like the look of the old HTC one more than this one. This doesn’t look as slim at least in the photo. I hope this comes in black also.

    • KiwiBri

      the Telus Render makes it look slimline

  • Braden

    $840 :/ thats a new high for HTC. hopefully that’s just caused by generally higher prices in Australia. As the exchange rate is the same here I don’t see how the One could succeed with such a high price point.

    • OMFCody

      I don’t see this being the final cost. Maybe 650 outright. Hoping to see a low $99 2-year, but it will probably start at $149 or $199.

    • Dimitri

      If the S5 will be $249 i doubt the HTC One will be more then that. What they will do is price it at $99 for the first days then jack it up to $249 OR be the same price as the S5 at $249 unless they go $199 for both.

  • graze81

    Can’t wait until March 25. Debating between getting this or the Xperia Z2 or waiting a few more months for the Note 4. Hopefully HTC still has something to talk about on the 25th.

    • Dimitri

      Honestly i haven’t heard of any canadian carriers that will release the Z2 yet. Even tho i reserved the S5 from Rogers (#9) I am debating on this or the S5. The HTC event on March 25th is what will make up my mind.

    • Laer

      At least there are starting to be a lot of good options other then Samsung this year….. I won’t lie, still excited to see what the note will offer though…

      That and who will do Google edition stuff again.

  • OMFCody

    Hoping the two-week-from-the-event rumored release is true. They’ll still have it out before the GS5. Hope they go all out on advertising the thing.

    • Dimitri

      I am hoping so BUT wouldn’t carriers need at least 2-3 weeks in advance to put it up on the pre regristration / reservation system & have a set date for launch? I am hoping they can do it before the S5 release or atleast a few days after the S5 date this may people can pick which one they want.

    • Norris

      I can confirm it will be released in a 2 weeks time frame from the announcement day in Canada, with at atleast the three major carriers on board. This time around, the phone will be available in THREE COLOURS in Canada.

    • Dimitri

      Do you work for a carrier & have a source to confirm it? Also what colors are they then? Only Silver aka metal we have seen in pictures.

      Also in 2 weeks after March 25th is April 8th. If they release the phone before April 11th which is the rumored release day for the S5, then they got my money IF & ONLY if HTC wows me lol

    • OMFCody

      Hope you’re right! Pre-orders will be live March 25th, and if it doesn’t come in red day one I’ll be a verrrry upset customer. So excited about it having “knock on” also, it’s one of the features I’ve missed after switching from my G2 back to my One.

    • KiwiBri

      Sony Z2 is supposed to have that feature too I think.. and an FM Radio dammit!

  • monsterduc1000

    It’s getting late in the game before the release, but I REALLY hope that black space below the screen is minimized more than that when they release the actual product. Otherwise it’s just a waste of space if it has no actual function.

    • crocop24

      Really? They are 2 weeks away from a launch…we have seen numerous videos and photos…and you still believe that bezel will go away? LOL

    • monsterduc1000

      Yeah, I know. But one can hope. Everyone thought they had the s5 nailed down but it came out with different things than everyone was guessing.

    • Stuntman06

      I guess you’re hoping that HTC logo is printed on black tape that you can peel away, eh?

    • monsterduc1000

      I’m was hoping that waste of space was not there at all, kinda like you.

  • AReid

    That bezel kills the phone for me.

  • KiwiBri

    A Barometer is also said to be on board, but FM Radio is a no-go!!! aaaagh!!
    “There’s no world on the camera resolution but the rest of the specs appear the same as last year’s model – 1/3.0″ size, f/2.0 aperture, 2µm pixel size, ”


    16 GB on base model.. 10GB usable.. – Nano SIM,

    DAMN 🙁

    • Dimitri

      Where did u see that?

    • KiwiBri

      gsm arena – they get all the news first. Phandroid is slow these days.

    • Dimitri


    • crocop24

      What is the barometer for? any ideas?

    • KiwiBri

      the weather report for the new flip cover ;-p lol

    • Laer

      They are used to calibrate the z axis of location so GPS can get a faster better loc with less sattelites found.

  • Dimitri

    The HTC One (2014) will measure 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35, making it a little thicker than its main rivals. Weight is set at 160g.

    The screen will indeed be a 5″ 1080p unit. The processor is quoted to be a quad-core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801, while the battery capacity will be 2,600 mAh. The SIM is said to be of the nano variety (like on the iPhone 5, 5c and 5s, Moto X, etc.) and there will be a microSD card slot to compliment the preloaded 16 GB of storage (10GB of which will b e user available).

    There’s no world on the camera resolution but the rest of the specs appear the same as last year’s model – 1/3.0″ size, f/2.0 aperture, 2µm pixel size, etc. suggesting the resolution could again be 4 MP. According to the guide the video capture is still 1080p and not 4K. There will also be a rapid improvement in the front-facing camera which will now pack 5MP sensor.

    A Barometer is also said to be on board, but FM Radio is a no-go. You can check out the HTC One 2014 specs page, where we’ve added all the new info we learned.

    This is from GSMArena.

  • Saad Imran

    Google Play Edition and I’m sold … Still don’t like that terrible decision of including the HTC black strip though