1. justnivek's Avatar
    to me this would be the Perfect ideal phone for me. Front facing speakers, small, sense launcher AND a GREAt camera

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    Because its android would it be possible to mod the HTC m8 mini to accept the new lens? the software for sure could be flashed I know that.

    (if drilling the camera hole would be necessary to fit the 10's lens I would be willing to give it a go if the mini's was too small for it as is)
    04-19-2016 09:41 AM
  2. Phil Nickinson's Avatar
    Technically? Maybe. In reality? No.
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    04-19-2016 10:24 AM
  3. DuoWing's Avatar
    You'd probably be looking at modding the housing to fit the new lens, then quite possibly modding the board or the connector to the sensor, to power it, then you'd have to build a custom kernel/firmware that could then control and work with the camera.
    04-19-2016 12:29 PM
  4. B0WIE's Avatar
    Modding electronics is part of my living but for all the effort and cost, buy a real camera, IMO.
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    04-19-2016 01:50 PM
  5. justnivek's Avatar
    You'd probably be looking at modding the housing to fit the new lens, then quite possibly modding the board or the connector to the sensor, to power it, then you'd have to build a custom kernel/firmware that could then control and work with the camera.
    Wouldn't loading up the newest sense/htc android build onto it with some tweaks be enough if the connector was the same?
    04-19-2016 11:27 PM
  6. B0WIE's Avatar
    Wouldn't loading up the newest sense/htc android build onto it with some tweaks be enough if the connector was the same?
    I thought I read that the camera was built to take advantage of the new processor, though I can't pull up a quote to be sure. Again, seems like a lot of work for such a fleeting technology as a smartphone camera. I admire your diy ambition but have a hard time seeing the pay-off being worth the effort/risk.
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    04-20-2016 12:36 AM
  7. thisisjason's Avatar
    In all likelihood the Snapdragon 400 isn't even capable of the processing required for this camera, even if you could get it connect and somehow modify the kernel (and no, that's not as simple as just flashing a newer version of Sense)

    If you want that camera, you'll just have to get an HTC 10 and get used to a some extra millimeters of size and a new speaker setup
    04-20-2016 09:15 AM
  8. LeoRex's Avatar
    I thought I read that the camera was built to take advantage of the new processor
    Oh, that is quite true.. and just one of the reasons why a swap like this wouldn't really be feasible. The mini's SoC might not have the data processing power to handle things like 4K or slow-motion video.... but that wouldn't necessarily stop it from being able to use it for just stills.

    I don't think it is technically possible though. These things aren't like desktop computers, with standardized slots and expansion ports, etc. When they sit down and design these phones out, everything is designed around the specific packaging requirements for each piece of hardware. And most all of these cameras are different. The camera sensor in the mini is, I assume, significantly smaller than the one in the 10.. there's things like OIS, or the laser AF... all these other bits that would have no 'home' on the Mini. Then there are kernel changes, drivers, vendor specific software related to driving the camera, etc...

    It'd be a nightmare.
    04-25-2016 02:39 PM

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