The HTC One (M8), as many of you know, features two cameras on the back. One is the Ultrapixel camera sensor that captures the photo, and the second one is a camera sensor that is used to calculate depth. This obviously requires some serious software processing, and HTC had to create this all from scratch. But in the future, it might be far easier for manufacturers to make such features work.
Qualcomm is planning to integrate support for dual cameras into the upcoming Snapdragon 805. This chip will allow both stereo and depth camera processing, letting a manufacturer implement these features without significant work. The new chip will also support taking up to 16MP burst photos at 15 FPS while shooting 4K video, which smartphones are incapable of doing so far.
It’s great to see Qualcomm making its chips more useful to the manufacturer than just providing usable hardware. Support for such features coming from the chip maker saves a lot of time for OEMs, and makes it easier to justify integrating these features. While I’m not huge on HTC’s Duo Camera implementation, I’m excited to see what can be done with it in the future.