Taken with HTC 0PJA10
It’s been a busy day. This morning we gave you guys our best look yet at the HTC One M9 (Hima), showing off both the front and back of the device in stunning clarity. While the verdict is still out on whether this was pre-production hardware (M9 inside a M8 shell), one hardware spec that’s been all but confirmed is the device’s new square shaped 20MP camera.
Ditching the previous Duo Camera setup of its predecessor (4MP UltraPixel + depth sensing camera), HTC is finally giving critics what they want and packing the phone with a high-resolution 20MP sensor this time around. While megapixels alone does not a good camera make, we fully expect the photo quality to trump the previous year’s model (that is how technology typically works, isn’t it?).
Taken with HTC 0PJA10
After digging around the net, we came across some images uploaded to Flickr by an HTC employee. Seems the photos were taken by a pair of mysterious devices, one going by the model number “0PJA10” and the other, “0PJA13.” While a quick Google search couldn’t pin either model number on any specific device the output resolution is a hint that they could belong to the upcoming HTC One M9 (or some kind of regional variants).
While 3,024 x 5,376 resolution only translates to around 16MP, the images are clearly cropped to a 16:9 aspect ratio (the HTC One M8 came out of the box shooting in 16:9, by the way). If the HTC One M9 is, in fact, using the 20.7MP Sony Exmor RS IMX220 camera sensor, this photo resolution seems to line up with a 16:9 cropped image (give or take). You can find camera samples taken with the 0PJA13 back in December down below.
Taken with 0PJA13
Back in December, @upleaks seemingly confirmed via Twitter that Hima would fall under the “0PJA series,” while the Hima Ultra/Plus would go by “0PK7.” Although those tweets have since been deleted, you can find reference to them on the Japanese blog HTCSoku.
There’s still no way we can say definitively that these images were snapped by the HTC One M9. But then again, how many HTC phones do you know come equipped with 20MP sensors? That being said, the most recent photos were snapped January 21st of this year and while we’re only a little over a month away from the official HTC One (M9) unveiling, there’s plenty of time for HTC to fine tune the camera software up by then. According to our sources, test models are receiving software updates nearly everyday to get everything fine tuned and ready before the big day.
UPDATE: Today’s latest photo has confirmed that the 0PJA10 — used to photo graph the above images — is, in fact, the HTC One M9 as we know it. Here’s the latest photo uploaded to Flickr showing the same phone we leaked earlier in the reflection.