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The HTC One M8 was one of the greatest smartphone launches of 2014 and still is considered as one of the best flagship smartphones on the market. Except for one problem: camera. The HTC One M8 camera was one of those risks that the company took in order to stand out from the crowd and while the camera on the device is far from being bad, it’s far from being as good as anticipated. Although fans were not particularly delighted with the HTC One M8 camera, they did not mind it that much and the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer fixed it all up once they launched the HTC One M9.

The HTC One M8 was and still is a good and popular flagship, but in 2014, we also saw the rise of another smartphone: the OnePlus One. The OnePlus One was dubbed the flagship killer from the beginning, as it competed against high-end devices like the HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3, Oppo Find 7 and iPhone 5S with an unbeatable price. Those who were skeptical about the OnePlus One price and what it could actually do for such a cheap one quickly changed their minds upon getting to know the device. The OnePlus One came in at $300 unlocked a pop for the 16 GB version and most if not all reviewers were taken aback at what this new Chinese company of about 80 people could do.

The OnePlus One, much like the HTC One M8, demonstrated that a good flagship that is popular among smartphone enthusiasts doesn’t have to have everything the others do, but it does have to stand out. While the OnePlus One stood out with its excellent price point and CyanogenMod custom ROM, the HTC One M8 stood out with its excellent metal design and BoomSound speakers. But neither of these stood out in the camera department and that’s what we’re trying to figure out right now. In this HTC One M8 vs OnePlus One camera comparison, we will explain what people liked and disliked about the HTC One M8 camera and about the OnePlus One camera and which can be considered the better device in the photography department.

It is important to note that no matter what phone you have (maybe except the Galaxy S6 and LG G4), smartphone photography is still not DSLR or professional photography, so never have expectations too high when going smartphone shopping and are looking for a good camera. Almost all new flagships come with great cameras that perform surprisingly we,, but that didn’t seem to be the case last year with the HTC One M8.

First off, let’s get the tech specs out of the way and see what the HTC One M8 vs OnePlus One camera comparison has to rely on. The HTC One M8 camera is a 4 MP Ultrapixel sensor on the rear, complete with an extra depth-sensor for those neat background and foreground blurring effects that you can use. On the front, the flagship has a mighty 5 MP shooter which has proven itself to be quite useful and high quality, The rear camera features 1/3” sensor size, 2µm pixel size, automatic simultaneous video and image recording, geo-tagging, face/smile detection, HDR, panorama and of course autofocus and a dual-LED flash. You can also shoot 1080p video at 60 fps, which is rather admirable and can actually use HDR while recording. The HTC One M8 is also equipped with stereo sound recording, so the sound quality of your recorded videos will definitely be above average.

Although all of those specs sound impressive, the OnePlus One camera might surprise you. The setup consists of a 13 MP shooter on the rear, complete with autofocus, dual-LED flash, panorama, HDR, face detection, touch focus and geo-tagging and a 5 MP front camera. Although things sound pretty similar so far, the OnePlus One has the advantage of being able to record 2160p video at 30 fps, next to the 1080p video at 60 fps, so that’s a plus. The front cameras on the HTC One M8 and OnePlus One are the same and both can reconrd 1080p video at 30 fps, but only the HTC One M8 front camera can add HDR to the mix.

Although opinions are split about the Ultrapixel camera in the HTC One M8, most people tend to agree that it was not the best move on the company’s part. The camera produces images a 2688*1520 resolution, which for 2014 is acceptable, but maybe not in its rightful place in the flagship market. The camera performance of the HTC One M8 is good if we’re thinking speed and responsiveness, but it lacks the post-processing prowess, as it were.

Although the Ultrapixel sensor and depth sensor combination in the HTC One M8 is good in theory, it does not produce as high quality images as you would expect, and that’s because of post processing. Now the camera has been improved a wee bit since Eye Experience and the new Android 5.0.2 update came around and will be improved even more once Sense 7.0 hits the HTC One M8. But that still leaves us wondering how come HTC didn’t focus more on post-processing from the beginning.

First off, the HTC One M8 camera does not handle low-light conditions at all. It can use flash, but then it overexposes quite visibly and quite annoyingly, but without flash, the pictures that you get are noisy, streaky, blurry and unstable, as if they were taken with a much inferior optical sensor. If you can manage to do some manual settings and set up your shot properly, then the One M8 will perform decently in low-light conditions, too, but for on-the-spot snapshots, it’s not the best choice out there.

Another problem with the HTC One M8 camera that is very common on any smartphone that was launched in the past couple of years is overexposure. Overexposure is when whites in the shot “bleed into” the environment and cause your photo to be whiter than it should be, or brighter than it should be. The HTC One M8 does have overexposure issues and even though people tried meddling with settings and manual settings to fix it up, it couldn’t be completely obliterated. Now that doesn’t mean that all your photos taken in brightly lit spaces will end up overexposed, but it does mean that you need to give yourself a minute to set up the shot so that you can avoid direct sunlight, for example.

The OnePlus One camera on the other hand seems a bit more balanced compared to the HTC One M8 camera. Except for flash. That’s one of the big problems with the OnePlus One: flash makes the photos look plain ghostly and overexposed and the flash itself isn’t very good. But low-light photography is a bit better with the OnePlus One and it doesn’t overexpose bright areas that much. It does occasionally serve you a rubbish photo that isn’t worth squat, but that happens fairly rarely compared to the HTC One M8.

When lighting conditions are optimal, both the OnePlus One and HTC One M8 can shoot wonderful photos, but what we’ve noticed about the latter device is that it does get confused, so to speak, on occasion. Instead of serving up a simple photo, the HTC One M8 serves up a photo with red or blue hues, depending on lighting conditions. Is not the most common occurrence, but it does tend to happen when you expect it least, which is bothersome.

The OnePlus One, on the other hand, does get a bit noisy in medium lighting conditions as well, which can be a bummer. The camera also tends to be a bit slow on occasion, which doesn’t really happen with the HTC One M8. The slow response and the bad flash make the photography experience on the OnePlus One just as edgy as on the HTC One M8. Although the One M8 Eye Experience software has improved things a lot and adds features, the HTC One M8 camera experience is just average, as is the OnePlus One experience.

That being said, you should know that both these cameras are perfect for taking Instagram photos, the occasional family portraits, selfies, snapshots and panoramas. You will be able to go by your day and take the occasional photo without too much hassle. As long as you’re not looking for super-high-quality photos and super-fast shooting speeds, both the One M8 and OnePlus One come equipped with all that you need.

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PS5, PS4 Game Death Stranding Coming Natively to iPhone 15 Pro

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PS5 and PS4 console game Death Stranding Director’s Cut is coming natively to the iPhone 15 Pro, demonstrating its power. The entirety of Kojima Productions’ seminal hiking sim, Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil Village, and Assassin’s Creed Mirage, will be available on your phone. Bonkers!

Tech giant: “Continuing Apple’s leadership in smartphone silicon, A17 Pro improves the entire chip, including Apple’s biggest GPU redesign. The new CPU is 10% faster with microarchitectural and design improvements, and the Neural Engine is 2x faster, powering iOS 17 features like autocorrect and Personal Voice.

According to the company, the pro-class GPU is 20% faster and unlocks new experiences with a 6-core design that boosts peak performance and energy efficiency. Hardware-accelerated ray tracing, 4x faster than software-based, gives iPhone 15 Pro smoother graphics and more immersive AR and gaming experiences. The iPhone 15 Pro brings console games to smartphones for the first time.

As with all cutting-edge Apple products, participation is expensive. The iPhone 15 Pro will cost £999/$999 at launch, and the Max model will cost £1,199/$1,199 for a 6.7″ screen. The most basic option only gives you 128GB, so you’ll need more if you want to play Death Stranding on the go.

However, the blurring of standalone consoles and mobile games is fascinating. The success of Genshin Impact, a full-fledged open world, has shown there’s a market for console-like mobile games. It will be interesting to see how Death Stranding performs on this latest iPhone generation.

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Launched Redmi Note 12 series: 200MP camera, 210W charging for less than $400

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The three phones have similar screens and processors, but they vary in a number of ways.

The Redmi Note series from Xiaomi has historically been the brand’s most well-liked smartphone line, providing excellent value in the entry-level market. The Redmi Note 12 series has now been unveiled by the firm in China.

The Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition, Redmi Note 12 Pro, and Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus are the three phones we truly have this time. A flat 6.67-inch FHD+ 120Hz OLED screen, a Mediatek Dimensity 1080 5G processor, and a 16MP selfie camera are features shared by all three devices.

They both have a 3.5mm connector, NFC, IR blaster, and Wi-Fi 6 compatibility, among other things. In contrast, there are a few significant variances.

Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition

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The Note 12 Discovery Edition of the Redmi Note 12 has a 200MP HPX primary camera (f/1.65, OIS), making it possibly the most striking model. This camera can capture photographs with a resolution of 200MP, 50MP pixels (using four-in-one binning), or 12.5MP (using 16-in-one binning). Additionally, the phone offers a 2MP macro lens and an 8MP ultrawide camera.

The phone is notably different from its stablemates in that it supports 210W wired charging; according to Xiaomi, a full charge can be achieved in just nine minutes. Although you only get a 4,300mAh battery here, this high wattage comes at the expense of battery capacity.

Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus

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Thought a 200MP smartphone with a larger battery would be cool? With the Pro Plus model, you get precisely that. The triple back camera system will have the same 200MP+8MP+2MP resolution as the Discovery Edition.

The Pro Plus variant, on the other hand, chooses a 5,000mAh battery and still blazing-fast 120W cable charging. Xiaomi claims that a full charge should be achieved in about 19 minutes.

Redmi Note 12 Pro

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Have no interest in megapixels? The Redmi Note 12 Pro, which adds a 50MP IMX766 primary camera (f/1.88, OIS) in addition to the 8MP+2MP duo, fills this need. The Oppo Find X5 Pro and the Asus Zenfone 9 both feature flagship devices with 50MP sensors similar to this one. We therefore have high hopes that it will also produce acceptable image quality on the Note 12 Pro.

The Pro version additionally includes a 5,000mAh battery with 67W wired speeds. A 100% charge should be expected in a still quick 46 minutes.

Pricing and availability for the Redmi Note 12 series
The base 8GB/256GB variant of the Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition costs 2,399 yuan (about $332), while the base 6GB/128GB model of the Redmi Note 12 Pro costs 1,699 yuan (about $235). Do you want Pro Plus? The 8GB/256GB variant thus has a starting price of 2,099 yuan (about $290).

Although Xiaomi acknowledged that these phones are currently limited to China, it advised us to “keep tuned” for international announcements. To be fair, the Chinese Redmi Note 11 series was very different from the international variants that debuted a few months later.

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What Has Changed Over Time Between the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Z Fold 3, and Galaxy Z Fold 2?

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We let the specs speak for themselves. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 compares to the Z Fold 3 and Z Fold 2 in the following table.

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The revolutionary Galaxy Z Fold 4 from Samsung was released a few months ago. The foldable has the same $1,800 starting price as the Galaxy Z Fold 3 from the previous year. Samsung will need to convince consumers to pay up for its high-end devices this year, though, as a recession and record-high inflation are both predicted. But it would be difficult to find a better option than Samsung’s book-style foldables if you’re eager to ride the leading edge of foldable phone technology (and have the money to boot).

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Galaxy Z Fold 4, Z Flip 4, and Every Reveal from Samsung
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The company calls its foldable phone-tablet, the Z Fold 4, a “multitasking powerhouse.” It features a higher-resolution display, the most recent Qualcomm chipset, Android 12L out of the box, and a new 1TB option. (Scroll to the bottom for a side-by-side spec comparison for more specific information.) The business claims that in addition to providing features like new gestures and an enhanced taskbar, it has tried to make multitasking more intuitive.

The camera system of the Z Fold 4 was also enhanced by Samsung. Three cameras—a 50-megapixel primary sensor, a 12-megapixel ultrawide sensor, and a 10-megapixel telephoto lens—are located on the back of the device. Both optical and digital zoom up to 10x are supported by that telephoto lens. In addition, there are two “front cameras.” The Z Fold 4’s main display has a 10-megapixel sensor, which is the most noticeable, while the internal screen has a 4-megapixel under-display camera.

Along with the updated specifications, Samsung stressed its desire to create foldable phones that are more environmentally friendly. The Fold 4 is the first of Samsung’s folding devices to employ parts manufactured from recycled fishing nets. There are several recycled components inside the phone, including the connector cap for the display and the bracket for the side keys. Nevertheless, it’s challenging to assess the significance of these changes without tearing them apart.

In relation to sustainability, Samsung claims the Z Fold 4 uses stronger materials. An “optimal layer structure,” which provides better damage prevention, is now used for its main cover. The typical aluminum frames and Gorilla Glass Victus on the cover and back support everything mentioned above.

The lack of dust resistance on the Z Fold 4 is still a drawback of its foldable nature. It still has the IPX8 classification from the previous year, meaning it can be immersed for up to 30 minutes in freshwater up to 1.5 meters deep. The Galaxy S22 line of smartphones, in contrast, features IP68 water- and dust-resistance, which means the devices can tolerate sand, grime, and dust. They can also be submerged for up to 30 minutes at a depth of 1.5 meters.

The S Pen storage slot is still missing, but Samsung has introduced a cover with a S Pen holder that is available for purchase separately. Check out the specs table below from CNET for more details on how Samsung’s cutting-edge Z Fold series has changed over time.

See how the Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Watch models compare for more information.

Galaxy Z Fold 4 vs. Z Fold 3 vs. Z Fold 2

Galaxy Z Fold 4 5G Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G Galaxy Z Fold 2
Display size, resolution Internal: 7.6-inch AMOLED (2,176×1,812 pixels); External: 6.2-inch HD Plus (2,316×904) Internal: 7.6-inch AMOLED (2,208×1,768 pixels); External: 6.2-inch AMOLED (2,268×832 pixels); Internal: 7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED; External: 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED; 2,260×816 + 2,208×1,768 pixels
Pixel density TBC 387ppi (external) + 374ppi (internal) 386ppi (external) + 373ppi (internal)
Dimensions (Millimeters) Folded: 67.1×155.1×15.8mm (Hinge) ~14.2mm(Sagging). Unfolded: 130.1×155.1×6.3mm Folded: 67x158x16mm (hinge) ~14.4mm (sagging). Unfolded: 128x158x6.4mm Folded: 68.0×159.2×16.8mm (hinge) ~13.8mm (sagging). Unfolded: 128.2×159.2×6.9mm (frame) ~6.0mm (screen)
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 9.27 oz; 263g 9.56 oz; 271 g 10 oz; 282 g
Mobile software Android 12L Android 11 Android 10
Camera 50-megapixel (main), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 10-megapixel (telephoto) 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (telephoto) 12-megapixel (main) + 12-megapixel (wide angle) + 12-megapixel (telephoto)
Front-facing camera 4-megapixel (under display), 10-megapixel (front cover) 4-megapixel (under display), 10-megapixel (front cover) 10-megapixel, 10-megapixel
Video capture 4K 4K 4K
Processor Snapdragon 8 Gen Plus 1 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Snapdragon 865 Plus
RAM/Storage 12GB + 256GB/512GB/1TB 12GB + 256GB/512GB 12GB + 256 GB
Expandable storage None None None
Battery/Charger 4,400 mAh 4,400 mAh 4,500 mAh
Fingerprint sensor Side Side Side
Connector USB-C USB-C USB-C
Headphone jack None None None
Special features Foldable phone, 30x optical, 30x space zoom, IPX8, 25-watt fast-charging (no in-box charger) 5G-enabled; Foldable display, 120Hz refresh rate (front cover and main display), IPX8 water-resistance, S Pen support Foldable display, 120Hz refresh rate, wireless charging support
Price (USD) $1,800 (256 GB); $2,000 (512GB), $2160 (1TB) $1,800 (256GB); $1,900 (512GB) $1,999
Price (GBP) TBC £1,599 (256GB); £1,699 (512GB) £1,799
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