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HTC Aero may include revolutionary smartphone camera

A forthcoming HTC smartphone – which is being referred to across the web as the HTC Aero – is set to feature ‘ground-breaking’ camera technology, according to speculations that has emerged out of Vietnam. HTC’s current flagship device, the HTC One M9, was initially criticised in many reviews for its poor camera performance, despite the inclusion of a new higher resolution sensor.

Back in June, Android Wafer bought you the news that HTC could release a second high-end smartphone before the end of 2015. Given that the HTC One M9’s sales have reportedly been disappointing, the company will need to differentiate future smartphones from previous HTC One-branded devices.

The HTC One, HTC One (M8) and HTC One M9 were all capable devices, but did not differ significantly from one edition to the next. This was particularly true in the case of the HTC One (M8) and the more recent HTC One M9, with the newer device criticised in reviews for not being much of a step forward.

The one area that the HTC One M9 actually differed notably in comparison to HTC’s previous flagships was the inclusion of a 20-megapixel rear-facing camera, with the Taiwanese firm’s UltraPixel sensor moved to the front of the device.

Despite the substantial increase in resolution from the 4-megapixel UltraPixel sensor, which functioned as the main camera on the HTC One and HTC One (M8), HTC’s new shooter did not perform particularly well. However, HTC recently released a firmware update in order to address the issues users were experiencing with its new 20-megapixel camera.

HTC does appear to recognise that for many smartphone buyers camera performance is the most important detail. Although given its somewhat patchy recent history in that depart, some people will understandably be sceptical of HTC’s future plans at this early stage.

However, if the initial speculation that has emerged from Vietnam is correct, then the HTC Aero’s camera could well prove enticing.

HTC will reportedly use a lens with an f/1.9 aperture, which should perform very well in low light conditions. RAW support has also been mentioned, which would provide users with the flexibility to process their own images.

[via Phone Arena]