HTC's new selfie phone announced: dual front cameras, currently exclusive to China

HTC is no stranger to selfie-oriented smartphones. Back in the final months of 2014, it launched the HTC Desire Eye — an upper-tier midranger that had identical 13 MP cameras on both front and back, each supported by their own dual-tone LED flash. With the flagship HTC 10, selfie fanatics got a different type of treat — an OIS module for the front camera, making for less blurry shots and stable video for vlogging.

Now, the company is launching a brand-new selfie-centered handset — a new member of the HTC U family, called the HTC U11 EYEs. Yeah, that’s eyes plural, since …


Samsung Galaxy A5 and A7 (2017) updated with selfie focus, other camera improvements

Although we should be talking about the new lineup of Galaxy A series smartphones, a new update makes the previous models newsworthy. It appears that both Galaxy A5 and A7 (2017) smartphones have received an update that brings some important camera-related features.

The most important is called Selfie focus and it’s a new mode for the front camera that when enabled allows users to take a picture without having to tap the screen to focus on a subject. It’s supposed to add some sort of bokeh effect and make the background blur while the subject of the picture is right …

Alcatel 5 with dual selfie cameras and metal body gets certified ahead of early 2018 unveiling

TCL is expected to unleash a new wave of Alcatel smartphones early next year. Based on previous experiences, the Chinese company usually introduces new handsets in late February at MWC (Mobile World Congress), but there’s a chance that a couple of Alcatel smartphones will be announced in early January at CES (Consumers Electronics Show).

One of the smartphones that will certainly be part of TCL’s new lineup is the Alcatel 5. The smartphone has just been certified at FCC (Federal Communications Commission), which brings it one step closer to release.

The smartphone …

Leaked Nokia 9 render reaffirms dual selfie cameras, slim bezels

We’ve been hearing about an upcoming Nokia 9 device for a while and it looks like it’s going to be HMD’s fully-packed heavy hitter. While the Nokia 8 would still remain on the flagship spot, the 9 would be that poweruser’s device — the same way the Note 8 and LG V30 are a bit more niche due to the fact that they offer features not every user would care about.

So, what would the Nokia 9 be? We’ve gotten some hints and tips about its hardware — it will be powered by the Snapdragon 835, the rumor mill says — and a clue about a quad-camera setup has been discovered by nosy fans who dig through …

The Huawei P11 may feature a triple-lens 40MP camera setup and a 24MP selfie shooter

Ever since Huawei partnered with Leica to build the optics and camera software for the P9, the company has been paying great attention to camera quality, even when it comes to mid-range offerings from its Honor sub-brand.

A new leak suggests that Huawei may be hard at work on a beastly camera setup for the next entries in its flagship P-series. According to a promotional image allegedly made by one of Huawei’s creative agencies, the Huawei P11 may feature a 40MP Leica co-developed triple-lens camera setup with 5x hybrid zoom. Yes, three lenses on the back, …

Alleged Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) panel reveals bezel-less design, dual selfie camera

The most advanced Galaxy A series smartphone that Samsung plans to launch in the coming weeks, the Galaxy A8 (2018) will surely surprise fans with some design choices.

Firstly, just like the Galaxy A5 (2018), the more expensive Galaxy A8 (2018) will feature a bezel-less design. The picture of a Galaxy A8 (2018) front panel that leaked over the weekend clearly confirms the smartphone will feature thin bezels.

Another unusual design decision is the addition of a dual-camera setup on the front side, just above the display. A dual selfie camera isn’t something common in the world …

Woman falls out of second story window while snapping a selfie, and dies

Toni Kelly, a 20-year old from New Zealand who was living in London, was known for the selfies which she took during her many travels. For example, some recent images showed Kelly posing in front of Big Ben and Trafalgar Square. Almost two weeks ago, Kelly was at her home in Tooting and was taking a selfie when she fell out the second story window of her home. Despite being rushed to the hospital, she suffered a brain injury that was too severe, and she died.

Kelly’s family started a fundraising page that has raised over $38,000 to help transport her body back home. Meanwhile, Kelly is an …

Sony H3213 Avenger appears in benchmark with dual selfie cameras

Sony has yet to launch a smartphone with dual cameras, but it looks like the Japanese company is about to correct that “issue.” The Xperia H3213 Avenger is the model number and codename of one of Sony’s upcoming smartphones, and probably the first to feature a dual-camera setup.

However, unlike most of the smartphones that include such a camera configuration, the Xperia H3213 has two cameras in the front. The information is confirmed by the listing of the phone at GFXBench, which also mentions the handset will boast a 21-megapixel rear-facing camera.

If the benchmark is indeed real, …

Apple Clips on iPhone X updated with 360-degree selfie video recording, iCloud integration

As it stands, Apple Clips is sort of a middle ground between iOS’s automatic slideshow feature and the much more involved iMovie. The app was made with short videos in mind and offers users a wide variety of built-in image filters to toy around with, as well as the so-called Live Titles, which are basically animated (and optionally user-voiced) captions to go along with videos.

Clips launched back in March and now it’s getting its second big update in the form of iCloud integration and 360-degree selfies. Dubbed Selfie Scenes, the new feature makes use …

The magical selfie cam: Ego Cam creates videos that are stabilized and always centered around your face

What’s the most annoying thing when watching a video taken with a phone’s selfie camera? Well, besides the contents of your everyday vlog, it’s usually the shakycam — the inevitable shakes, trembles, and flutters that happen when a user is trying to keep a camera on their face and move around. The frontal snappers on our handsets don’t have optical image stabilization, and even the ones that do aren’t exactly Gimbals.

Ego Cam is an interesting new app, which looks to remedy this. Using advanced face-detecting algorithms, it will figure out where your mug is in every …