HTC has made a pair of announcements at their recent Double Exposure event one of them being the company’s new selfie-centric smartphone the Desire Eye.
“Back in 1997, we allowed people to leave their laptops at home in favour of powerful, pocket-sized smartphone computing,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC. “Today we are taking a similar leap forward. Combining incredible hardware with unrivalled software, HTC is reinventing the way we think about imaging. We are taking you out from behind the viewfinder and putting you back where you belong, at the heart of the action.”
The main feature of the Desire Eye is its two 13-megapixel cameras – one for the front and one for the rear. Both of the cameras are equipped with dual LED flashes. The Eye joins the bandwagon of phones equipped with high-megapixel front cameras for high-quality selfies and the Eye’s 13-megapixel shooter is the highest resolution of them all.
The other exterior features of the Desire Eye include a two-tone unibody polycarbonate housing similar to the company’s recently released Desire 820, a 5.2-inch 1080p display, and IPX7 waterproof resistance. On the inside, the Desire Eye looks more similar to the company’s flagship HTC One M8 than the Desire 820. It’s equipped with the same 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM as the HTC flagship. It also comes with a surprisingly low capacity 2,400 mAh battery and 16GB of internal storage.
On the software side, the Desire Eye runs on the same Android 4.4 KitKat operating system and same the HTC Sense 6.0 UI as the Desire 820 and One M8 but the new ‘selfie phone’ is bringing with it a new slew of software features the company is calling the Eye Experience. Simply put, the Eye Experience are a set of camera features that will add more value to the new device’s front camera including Photo Booth, Crop-Me-In, Face Fusion, and Split Camera features, among others.
Lastly, the Eye Experience is also coming to other HTC devices including the HTC One (M7), HTC One (M8), HTC One E8, HTC One mini, HTC One mini 2, HTC One max, HTC Desire 816, HTC Desire 820, and HTC Butterfly 2, sometime in the near future.
HTC did not announce a price tag for the Desire Eye but it will be coming to AT&T later this year in either Coral Reef (white with red/orange trim) or Blue Lagoon (dark blue with light blue trim).