HTC One X/S/V Enjoy Extra Camera Love Thanks To Android/Sense 4.0 [VIDEO]

HTC’s first three Android 4.0 based devices – the HTC One X, One S, and One V – also have HTC Sense 4.0. Much of the design and feel remains true to the original HTC Sense vision, but it’s the camera UI and functionality that gets the biggest boost in the latest rendition of the manufacturer’s custom UI.  See exactly what we mean in the video below:

If (like me) you often struggle internally when deciding whether to take video or still images at that crucial moment, you’ll enjoy Sense 4.0’s multiple recording methods. You can actually take video and, while still recording video, press the camera capture button to take individual pictures while the video continues to record.

When you think about it, all you’re really doing is selecting one of the still images out of your video, but Sense 4.0 allows you to refocus the image before the picture snaps. The rear camera itself is 8MP but when recording video and taking pictures using this feature, the maximum quality is 5MP images.

Similarly, you might want to take a timely picture, but have some hesitation about snapping a picture at the precise perfect nanosecond, causing you to narrowly miss the Kodak HTC moment. Now you can simply hold down the shutter button for rapid-fire picture taking. By default it’s set to take 20 pictures in a row but you can raise this amount all the way to 99 if you prefer. HTC also included a very intuitive interface for deleting numerous photos at once so that you’re not overloaded in the aftermath. Capturing that candid smile just got easier and the irritation of picture blinks just got lighter.

A few other nice features include greatly improved auto-focus time (.2 seconds), a straight to camera unlock feature, and an improved lighting sensor for use with the camera’s flash. Most camera phone’s have 1 light setting on the flash, meaning your pictures often end up washed out and ridiculous looking. The HTC One devices, and other Sense 4.0+ phones, have a feature that detects how much light will be needed to illuminate the object being focused upon and attempt to provide the right amount of lighting for that instance. We didn’t get to test this feature, but it sounds incredibly helpful in theory.

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TAGS: HTC One S , HTC One V , HTC One X , MWC

  • Van Steel

    Looks nice. I hope the battery life is good. I’m still not sure about it. I was hoping that sense would allow more of the “Holo” theme to shine through, but apparently not. 

    • Jdog25

      Sense 4.0 + Android 4.0 + the phones design looks pretty nice. I would definitely have it has my #2 phone under my Gnex. I need to see Sense more because I haven’t liked it since the Sense rom for Android 1.5 on my Google Ion. 

    • Chris Chavez

      Well, Sense does have a custom themeing engine. So let’s hope someone makes something that looks a little more Holo =)

  • King_James_The_Wicked

    I hope one of the quad core bad boys comes to Verizon.

    • bakdroid

      Quad core does not support LTE, so if it does come it will not be a Tegra 3.

    • Jeremy Turnley

      If it does come to verizon it will be a different phone, as these are GSM, not CDMA. As Bakdroid mentioned, it will not be quad core at this point, it will be a dual core Snapdragon S4 like the ATT version. Nvidia has recently made some partnerships to get LTE working on their chipsets, but it won’t be done for quite a while – probably not this generation.

  • ingua2

    Sense 4.0 to other HTC ICS devices… make it happen.

  • Valentijn Langendorff

    Hopefully better cam options on Sensation XE too….

  • drewkelly

    What are the rumored carriers here? Does S = Sprint and V = Verizon?

    • sidekicksforever

      s is on tmobile the x is on att and v isnt assigned to any carrier this is confirmed

  • Shannon Gustafson

    I guess I don’t understand what the big deal is. Stock ICS does this. Just tap on the screen while taking a video and it takes a still picture. You’ll see a red outline around the video screen when it snaps the pic and a second later you’ll see the pic you took in the top right corner. So what is so great about Sense 4.0 doing the same thing as stock ICS 4.0?

    • Kelson Sebring

      I think the bigger deal is being able to take a still of a video after you are done recording it. That, and this camera is just better than what the GNex has. Being able to take stills from video that are in good quality is a big deal.