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HTC might be looking to increase the display size and amount of camera sensors in its next flagship handset.

Toshiba dual sensor camera
photo: Toshiba

A follow up to the HTC One might be right around the corner, but we still don’t know much about it. A report from Bloomberg on Friday might shed some light on the forthcoming flagship handset, however, with potential spec details and a release date.

According to Bloomberg’s source, HTC is planning to release the new HTC One in March. That sounds right, since it’ll put the phone about one year out from the launch of the flagship phone it will likely replace.

HTC One

More interesting are details about the phone itself. HTC is believed to be using the same overall design as the original One, which is a good thing. I think the HTC One is one of the sleekest, best-built Android phones we’ve seen yet. HTC is also expected to increase the size of the display, to somewhere between the 4.7-inch original and the 5.9-inch One Max. Personally, I think 4.7 inches was a very comfortable counterpoint to the ever-increasing display sizes out there, but I think 5 inches would be a reasonable increase. HTC can always come out with Mini and Max versions of the phone like it did the first time around.

The report also says that HTC will use a newer version of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor, which isn’t much of a surprise.

Finally, HTC is expected to use twin camera sensors on the back of the phone. This would improve image quality, and allow for better focus and depth of field. Interestingly, Toshiba just announced such a dual camera module at CES last week.

Toshiba dual sensor camera

It could be a coincidence, or it could be the same camera that HTC will be using. I do hope we see something new though. I wasn’t a big fan of the “Ultrapixel” camera in the original HTC One, but I can see how a second sensor could really help things out.

  1. John Kneeland Friday, January 17, 2014

    If they do come out with a Mini, I hope they take a page from Sony’s playbook and don’t water down the specs. Some of us want a high-end phone we can use one-handed.

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