Although HTC is best known for its Android smartphones that run the Sense UI, the Taiwanese manufacturer is trying out other arenas, as well – in addition to getting back into the tablets market, HTC announced yesterday that it will produce a standalond digital camera called the HTC RE.
This device actually pairs to either an Android or iOS smartphone, and is designed to make it easier to take quick photos and video. Some analysts are calling it a GoPro for NoPros, although HTC says that the RE isn’t a camera for extreme sports camera action, but instead is for people who are just living normal lives.
At $199, it’s certainly not cheap, but it’s not too expensive either. It has a rather minimalist design, a button on the front and a button on the back, and two LED indicator lights. There is no viewfinder, no display, and no graphical user interface. It has a 16MO sensor and an ultra-wide angle 146 degree fixed-focus lens that can shoot 1080p HD video at 30 frames per second, or slow motion 720p video at 120 frames per second. An 8GB microSD card is included.
It will be available in orange, blue, teal, and white later this month.[CNET]