HTC shows off 8X wide angle lens

HTC announced the Windows Phone 8X and 8S smartphones earlier in September. While both Windows Phone 8-based devices won't be coming out for a few more weeks, the company is still talking about the products and their features.

In a recent post on the official HTC blog, product planner Anthony Rutter gives some specific information about the front facing camera that HTC is putting into Windows Phone 8X. Most front facing camera hardware in smartphones tend to take lower quality photos compared to their rear facing camera. Rutter states:

With the 8X, we’ve introduced a 2.1 MP front-facing camera with an F/2.0 lens; basically, the camera lens lets more light in, making it easier to take crisper pictures.  But my favorite feature with the front-facing camera is the super wide angle lens. You won’t find another phone with a camera like this on the market.

The blog has an example image that's taken from the super wide angle lens. Apparently, the three people in the image love Dave Letterman a lot.

Rutter also talks about what he likes about Windows Phone 8 itself, including the new multiple sizes for Live Tiles. The Windows Phone 8X from HTC should launch sometime in early November.

Source: HTC blog | Image via HTC

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Arceles said,
Well at least they know now that camera lenses on a phone really suck.

Who is "they"? Everyone knew that long ago.

That's an amazing F-Stop for a camera phone, not enough to make me want the phone sadly though.. But then I already have a DSLR camera so it's all good

I'm sweating with excitement.

Everyone has to have a gimmick these days, I guess. "PureView", "wide angle lens".

@Leo said,
I'm sweating with excitement.

Everyone has to have a gimmick these days, I guess. "PureView", "wide angle lens".


IF they are true facts and they are then they are not gimmick ..............

@Leo said,
I'm sweating with excitement.

Everyone has to have a gimmick these days, I guess. "PureView", "wide angle lens".

Yeah who wants a great cámara on his phone anyway /s

@Leo said,
I'm sweating with excitement.

Everyone has to have a gimmick these days, I guess. "PureView", "wide angle lens".

Well when you just rip other phones like Samsung it's hard to really be creative and have your own technology, sorry, I mean gimmick. Don't hate on the people actually doing the innovating

funkydude said,

Well when you just rip other phones like Samsung it's hard to really be creative and have your own technology, sorry, I mean gimmick. Don't hate on the people actually doing the innovating


Samsung also has gimmicks in the form of "the phone listens to you, the phone understands you" and all that bullcrap, haha.

@Leo said,

Samsung also has gimmicks in the form of "the phone listens to you, the phone understands you" and all that bullcrap, haha.

Samsung's S Voice and Apple's Siri are both gimmicks. But hardware image stabilisation + a great sensor ( PureView) and a wide angle lens are actually USEFUL.

Everything you post is always BS.