Following the success of other manufacturers in the selfie-centric arena, HTC has hop-in to the new trend by bringing out its own Selfie device with HTC’s new Desire Eye. The new handset is equipped with a high-resolution front facing camera that’s targeted to customers who are fond of taking a picture of their selves.
To make things clear, the new Desire Eye comes with a 13 Megapixel camera on the front and it’s the same that one would find on the back. Both cameras are also equipped with an LED flash for maximum shooting experience. The hardware comes with a matching software apps that comes with a number of tricks and the usual Sense experience.
Unlike any other selfie device in the US market, the Desire Eye looks like the first of its kind to reach the US. Here in Asia, we’ve already had a number of these devices in our local markets already, so for us, this isn’t new but it’s kind of appealing since it comes from a big player this time. The HTC Desire Eye will be debut exclusively in the US via AT&T this October, other regions will come later after the US launch.
The new HTC Desire Eye is set to compete within the mid-range market, but HTC puts the new Desire Eye as one of its flagship device for the Selfie-centric. So users will have to expect an affordable pricing for this upcoming device as it tends to cater more on a specific self-portrait enthusiasts that requires basic connectivity features and a high quality camera with first class premium treatment from the manufacturer.
Designed for imaging, the Desire Eye comes with a number of imaging tricks that should really help customers with image and video editing and enhancements. One of which is the new Eye experience which is also coming to a number of existing HTC devices and a face tracking technique which detects up to 4 faces in a view and the software will then separate each person’s face on its own separate video frame. This feature comes in handy especially when doing video calls on Skype or on a video conference for example, where instead of squeezing in up to 4 persons in a single view, the software will automatically assign each person its own video frame to make things a little less crowded.
HTC Desire Eye comes with 5.2-inch full-HD IPS display, it weighs in 154 gm with 8.5 mm chassis and features HTC’s new “double shot” design housing which is a two-tone polycarbonate unibody design. It also boost an IPX7 certification for waterproofing which means that the new Desire Eye can go a meter underwater for 30 minutes and goes out unscathed.
Under the hood is a 2.3 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB storage space, BoomSound and a 2400 mAh battery along with the IPX7 waterproofing certification and full-HD 5.2-inch display that we’ve known earlier. It runs on the latest version of Android 4.4 (KitKat) with HTC Sense 6.0 UI on top.
As for the pricing, The Desire Eye is said to go between the 64bit HTC Desire 820 and the HTC E8 which is a plastic version of the flagship M8.