HTC Desire EYE: The Selfie Phone

Today, HTC unveiled thier top-of-the-range Desire model, the HTC Desire EYE. According to HTC, Desire EYE has the best front-facing camera available on the market today and it is the phone for capturing big and small moments in perfect clarity.

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Hardware specs and features

HTC has equipped a 5.2-inch full HD IPS LCD display at the front of the device which delivers a pixel density of 423 ppi.  HTC Desire EYE is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC, clocked at 2.3GHz nd also comes with 2GB RAM. Desire EYE has 16GB of on-board storage (roughly 8.9GB available for the user) and thankfully a microSD slot, which supports up to 128GB microSD cards.

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HTC Desire EYE is IPX7-certified, it can survive in up to 1 meter of water for as long as 30 minutes. It has non-removable 2,400mAh Li-Po battery.  It also comes with LTE enabled, Bluetooth 4.0, wifi a/b/g/n NFC, DLNA, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync, GPS, A-GPS and Glonass.

HTC’s latest Desire comes with Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box, with HTC’s homemade Sense 6 UI on top of it.



Htc Desire EYE is equipped with duo of 13MP snappers both at the front and at the back, both endowed with dual LED flashes.  The rear one has a wide-angle BSI (backside-illuminated) sensor with a 28mm lens and an f/2.0 aperture, whereas the selfie camera comes with a wider 22mm lens, but a smaller f/2.2 aperture. The front-facing camera also comes with auto-focus and will allow users to zoom in and out before taking the self-portrait.  Both cameras of the HTC Desire EYE are HDR-capable and can record 1080p videos. The camera prowess of the device is also hinted by the dedicated two-step camera button on the side.

Htc also have some additional software feature as explained below for the camera:

Taking video chat and conference calls to a new level of quality and performance, the HTC EYE Experience’s face tracking keeps you perfectly framed at all times. And because staying in touch means more than just talking to a single person, up to four people in the same room can also be tracked comfortably, with each face cropped and positioned on the screen for maximum clarity. So enjoy the freedom and flexibility of services like Skype without worrying about exactly where you or your friends are standing, as the camera will follow everyone.

The HTC EYE Experience opens up a new world of creative opportunity, thanks to the new Split Capture function. Combining simultaneous photos and videos taken on the front and back cameras into one split-screen image or video, this creates a new selfie experience, allowing you to document your journey and your reaction without relying on thumbnail views.

Crop-Me-In places you at the heart of the action by cropping you from the image or video taken with the front-facing camera and positioning it within the scene captured by the main camera, opening the door to more extreme, exciting selfies and videos.

Voice Selfie removes the need for awkward hand contortions by enabling you to trigger the shutter release with a simple command. Simply “say cheese” as soon as you’ve struck the perfect pose or trigger the video recording with “action” or “rolling” commands.

Popular additions to the HTC Desire 820 are also included in the HTC EYE Experience such as face fusion technology, allowing you to merge your face with that of a friend or celebrity for a completely original look and Live Makeup, where you can set the desired level of skin smoothing and preview the effect in real-time before the image is captured.

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The HTC Desire EYE will be available through mobile operators and major retailers across EMEA, Asia and the US starting in October.

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