HTC Titan II announced with 16 megapixel camera

HTC just raised the bar in terms of the number of megapixels for a smartphone. Today at CES 2012 the company announced plans to release the HTC Titan II. This is a new version of the smartphone based on Microsoft's Windows Phone that was first launched in November in the US. The biggest new feature is that it will have a rear facing camera with 16 megapixels, an astonishing number considering that eight megapixels is considered a lot in a smartphone.

The other major new feature with the HTC Titan II is that it has support for the faster LTE networks which has been a sticking point for previous Windows Phone-based devices. The HTC Titan II will go on sale in the US via AT&T "in the coming months". Pricing was not announced.

The other hardware features for the new smartphone are the same compared to the original HTC Titan. It will still have that big 4.7 inch screen, a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S2 processor, a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera and of course Windows Phone 7.5 out of the box. We do have to wonder how people who bought the original Titan from AT&T back in November feel about a new version being announced only two months afterwards.

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Personally, I haven't cared much for any of the new windows phones. LTE support is attractive though. I think the Nokia 900 may win there though.

the adverage customer would think the bigger number means better product.

hence PC adverts say, 4 GB RAM , 1TB Hard drive , running a Intel core i3.

that's it. the PC would be ****

What do we know of the sensor? A 2MP camera with a brilliant sensor will take a better picture than a 16MP camera with a ****ty sensor.

Singh400 said,
What do we know of the sensor? A 2MP camera with a brilliant sensor will take a better picture than a 16MP camera with a ****ty sensor.

Very true, but it is a phone first, so it isn't going to have a SLR grade/size CCD imager in it.

However, the quality could be rather good, and even if you only use it for 8mp photos, the extra pixels can be an advantage in fast and low light situations. I have one of the first 15mp non-SLR Cameras, and at 15mp it is so so, but pop it down to 12 or 8mp and it is on par with with a good 8mp SLR.

Why don't we wait to find out...

Also remember Windows Phones doesn't do software enhancing 'automatically' like the iPhone does, since this destroys the RAW image pixels. (Some Androids also incorporate this as well, destroying pixels and why the camera App is so slow and buggy on some MFRs devices *cough Motorola*.

So if you see a review with the software enhanced photo of the iPhone looking better, run the same base 'photo enhance' on the image from the Windows Phone and then compare the images.

people complaining about the camera...really? The phone has not even been reviewed and pics taken/reviewed yet. Give it time and THEN make your comments. Who knows what lense they are using.


Packed with advanced imaging technology, the HTC TITAN II features a 16-megapixel camera with a wide-angle lens, autofocus, dual LED flash, red eye reduction, image stabilization, a backside-illuminated sensor and a physical camera button, offering a viable replacement for digital point-and-shoot cameras. The HTC TITAN II delivers a number of features that HTC has developed to help consumers capture photos in a variety of conditions; for instance, panoramic shot for sweeping landscapes and burst shot for action photography. The smartphone also enables 720p HD video recording with the rear-facing camera, as well as on-the-go video chat over Wi-Fi with its 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera.

And more info here. Still, not a comprehensive review tho.
http://www.theverge.com/2012/1...-ii-for-at-t-first-hands-on

bbfc_uk said,
16mp means nothing if the lens is of poor quality, which it probably will be.

ya lets not look at the facts (16mp camera) and just speculate something (crappy lens)..

Um....a better camera raises the bar? And, really, there's no proof that the 16mp camera will take any better pics than the iPhone 4S. Oh, and then there's the fact that this thing will only have an anemic 16GB of memory, which means taking a lot fewer pics and HD videos will eat THAT up in about a half hour. So, I'll stick with my Focus, and enjoy 40GB of storage. So far, CES has been "meh".

ScubaDog said,
Um....a better camera raises the bar? And, really, there's no proof that the 16mp camera will take any better pics than the iPhone 4S. Oh, and then there's the fact that this thing will only have an anemic 16GB of memory, which means taking a lot fewer pics and HD videos will eat THAT up in about a half hour. So, I'll stick with my Focus, and enjoy 40GB of storage. So far, CES has been "meh".

More koolaid?

How does this have anthing to do with your rant?

Just to humor you...

1) 16mp is important, as Windows Phone doesn't use software 'tricks' like iOS does. Most devices also tend to have a better quality Lens and CCD imager, which is why the 5mp Windows Phones are still beating the iPhone 4Gs in image quality. Go look up the Nokia rant about this, as they are very critical of the 'con' that Apple is doing to its customers.

2) 16gb is not very big, but with Zune, and SkyDrive, why download all the crap on the Phone? The Apps are 'smaller' than Android and iPhone as well, so managing of 'App' space is not an issue, leaving more room for media and 'cached' content from SkyDrive.
PS Unlike the iPhone, some Windows Phones can be easily upgrade to 32gb, as they are internal MicroSD cards that a end user can do on some, and dealers can do for end users without violating the warranty on others.

Wow, really?

Apple wanted to have the first 10mp + camera phone and missed it with the Japan Windows Phone with 13mp, and now with the US bound 16mp Titan II phone, it seems like Apple can have the left over 'photo' concerned people.

As for holding the pictures, this is why you Wirelessly Sync them to your PC, and can also save a version to SkyDrive automatically. (Wireless Sync is 'new' for iPhone, but for Windows Phone and Zune users, it is something they have had for several years now.)

thenetavenger said,

More koolaid?

How does this have anthing to do with your rant?

Just to humor you...

1) 16mp is important, as Windows Phone doesn't use software 'tricks' like iOS does. Most devices also tend to have a better quality Lens and CCD imager, which is why the 5mp Windows Phones are still beating the iPhone 4Gs in image quality. Go look up the Nokia rant about this, as they are very critical of the 'con' that Apple is doing to its customers.

2) 16gb is not very big, but with Zune, and SkyDrive, why download all the crap on the Phone? The Apps are 'smaller' than Android and iPhone as well, so managing of 'App' space is not an issue, leaving more room for media and 'cached' content from SkyDrive.
PS Unlike the iPhone, some Windows Phones can be easily upgrade to 32gb, as they are internal MicroSD cards that a end user can do on some, and dealers can do for end users without violating the warranty on others.

Wow, really?

Apple wanted to have the first 10mp + camera phone and missed it with the Japan Windows Phone with 13mp, and now with the US bound 16mp Titan II phone, it seems like Apple can have the left over 'photo' concerned people.

As for holding the pictures, this is why you Wirelessly Sync them to your PC, and can also save a version to SkyDrive automatically. (Wireless Sync is 'new' for iPhone, but for Windows Phone and Zune users, it is something they have had for several years now.)

sorry dude I am not an iPhone fan trust me but iPhone's camera (which really isn't apple's is sony's) has always been better than htc. htc has always been bad in camera. I donot know about this one but I am not positive about it. I have a feeling that it has one of those artificial doubling pixel techniques. I would say samsung doing a good job as well as Nokia.

thenetavenger said,

More koolaid?

How does this have anthing to do with your rant?

Just to humor you...

1) 16mp is important, as Windows Phone doesn't use software 'tricks' like iOS does. Most devices also tend to have a better quality Lens and CCD imager, which is why the 5mp Windows Phones are still beating the iPhone 4Gs in image quality. Go look up the Nokia rant about this, as they are very critical of the 'con' that Apple is doing to its customers.

2) 16gb is not very big, but with Zune, and SkyDrive, why download all the crap on the Phone? The Apps are 'smaller' than Android and iPhone as well, so managing of 'App' space is not an issue, leaving more room for media and 'cached' content from SkyDrive.
PS Unlike the iPhone, some Windows Phones can be easily upgrade to 32gb, as they are internal MicroSD cards that a end user can do on some, and dealers can do for end users without violating the warranty on others.

Wow, really?

Apple wanted to have the first 10mp + camera phone and missed it with the Japan Windows Phone with 13mp, and now with the US bound 16mp Titan II phone, it seems like Apple can have the left over 'photo' concerned people.

As for holding the pictures, this is why you Wirelessly Sync them to your PC, and can also save a version to SkyDrive automatically. (Wireless Sync is 'new' for iPhone, but for Windows Phone and Zune users, it is something they have had for several years now.)


I looked up what you said and found these pages, in case anyone else is interested:
http://shootspeak.com/2011/10/...iphone4s-camera-on-twitter/
http://mynokiablog.com/2011/10...-camera-comparison-gallery/