HTC fired out invites for its October 8 Double Exposure event around four weeks ago, and since then we’ve ravenously feasted upon every rumour morsel that’s been put on our plate - and there have been plenty - in a bid to make sense of it all.
The whole Double Exposure thing was shrouded in mystery initially, but one month on - and just 24 hours from launch - we have a pretty good idea what to expect from the New York shindig.
For starters, the Double Exposure name all but confirms we’re dealing with camera-related goodies, while the picture on the invite shows a couple of people taking a rather intense selfie.
Which brings me nicely to our first contender for Double Exposure launch, the headline act, the star of the show, the...
HTC Desire Eye/HTC One M8 Eye
Here’s a confusing one. It’s widely accepted that HTC will launch a new phone at Double Exposure, but until very recently, the picture painted by the rumour mill proposed what was essentially an HTC One M8 with a 13MP rear camera – that’s instead of the 4MP UltraPixel camera found on the current model.
We were told to call it the HTC One M8 Eye, and it was even leaked in pictures, confirming an identical design to the One M8, and distinct lack of remarkable features. Really? Really?
More recently, however, the story goes that it’ll be an HTC Desire Eye, with a decidedly non-M8 design (blue or white and red), resistance to dust and water, and – here’s the most important bit – a 13MP front camera with its own flash. HTC is taking “selfies” to the next level.
It remains to be seen if there’s a market for a phone like the HTC Desire Eye, but it’s certainly deserving of a high-profile launch event, something that couldn’t be said of the presumably non-existent One M8 Eye.
HTC action camera
The second prong of HTC’s “Double” attack is – we’re told – a GoPro-style action camera, an accessory that’ll attach to your smartphone or tablet (HTC or otherwise) for enhanced stills and video.
Consensus is that’s what we’re seeing in HTC’s “Something Remarkable Is Coming” YouTube post, a 38-second clip that confirms waterproofness and the ability to record slow-motion video.
It may seem like an odd departure for the Taiwanese manufacturer, but HTC is heavily into its camera stuff, and of course Sony has the similar QX camera range.
HTC One M8 Max
An outside contender for launch is the seemingly inevitable HTC One M8 Max (that's the first-gen Max on the left, incidentally). Well, I say “seemingly inevitable”; rumour has it HTC is cautious about launching the big guy in the face of competition from the likes of the iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and with sales of the One M8 reportedly “fading”, one has to wonder if a larger version of the same phone is really the solution.
Having said that, a recent story suggested HTC One M8 Max specs would include a 5.5in QHD display (2560 x 1440), Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, 3,000mAh battery, and an 18MP rear camera with optical image stabilisation (OIS). Might that last factor qualify the M8 Max for a Double Exposure debut?
Google Nexus 9
Nothing’s official just yet, but I know it, you know it, the great dragon lords in the sky know it; HTC has been hired by Google to churn out the Nexus 9 tablet.
One particular whisper said we should expect the Google Nexus 9 to arrive at Double Exposure, but why on earth would a tablet that’s intended to show off Android L in all its glory launch before Android L? It makes literally no sense whatsoever.
The sensible money is on a late-October/early-November Google event, where we’ll meet Motorola’s Nexus 6, HTC’s Nexus 9, and Android L, all posing for the cameras as one big happy family. Maybe…