In 2011, HTC released the Evo 3D, a pioneering mobile phone that came with two rear cameras. This was one of the first examples of this feature, which now comes with many of the industry's top handsets. Now it seems that HTC is returning to the dual-camera setup for its 2018 releases.
The Evo 3D used its two cameras to achieve a minor 3D effect when users took photos, however this proved not to be that popular. HTC stuck with the technology until the HTC 10, which had just a single rear camera. However, as soon as the company ditched the concept its rivals – including Apple, Huawei and LG – started marketing dual-camera phones of their own.
Rather than for 3D photos, the dual-cameras on these other phones are being used to create 'bokeh' effects. This refers to the way out-of-focus points of light appear on the photograph, creating an aesthetically pleasing blur of what appears to be coloured light. The potential for attractive Instagram shots has made this very popular.
Now HTC is on the way back to the dual-camera market with the announcement that one of its handsets in 2018 will include this setup. This came from the firm's president Chialin Chang, as reported by EnGadget, who made the statement at an interview session after the release of the HTC U11+.
“We'll definitely be releasing a dual-camera phone next year,” said Mr Chang, “but we'll need to figure out how to make this feature stand out.”
HTC's president also hinted at more of the company's plans for next year, saying that there would only be releasing five or six different smartphone models. This is a similar number to those released this year.
Mr Chang did not elaborate as to what exactly these new releases would look like, but he did hint that the company would be aiming to break into the competitive low-end smartphone market. HTC will be aiming to create a model to sell for around 2,000 yuan (around £230) in the Chinese market.