A photo has emerged on Flickr that doesn’t show much, except a piece of paper with printed text, but the photo’s identifying EXIF information shows that it was captured with the HTC One‘s new camera that uses the company’s Ultrapixel technology. HTC will try to improve the camera technology on its smartphone lineup with the Ultrapixel tech, which will combine stack three 4-megapixel sensors to allow the camera to capture better details and improve dynamic range as well as color depth.
The image and the quality should be taken with a grain of salt, however, as EXIF information can easily be faked. The resulting image does have a resolution of about 4.1-megapixe, matching with what we know about Ultrapixel. The resolution of the photo from Flickr user sq030 is a photo that has 1520 X 2688 pixels.
Ultrapixel isn’t new to the camera and camera smartphone market. Nokia’s 808 PureView can employ a similar strategy with its 41-megapixel camera. However, when the camera captures a smaller 2-, 5-, or 8-megapixel image, the surrounding sensors are grouped together to improve dynamic range and color depth resulting in a crisper image than a traditional and comparable 2-, 5-, or 8-megapixel photo captured with a competing phone. Rather than going with large sensor and grouping pixels together, HTC is going the route with a three-layer stacked sensor.
We’ll know soon enough how HTC’s new Ultrapixel camera technology performs. The device is expected to be announced at a New York City event on February 19.
The HTC One was previously rumored to be called the HTC M7 through numerous recent leaks. However, the latest leak suggests that HTC will use the HTC One branding instead, which is more consistent with the HTC One X and HTC One X+ that this device will succeed.