Today HTC has finally unveiled the long-rumored Desire Eye at the press event held in New York. Looking at the device we may say that all the renders and leaks that surfaced online recently turn out to be pretty much true. Just as we speculated the HTC Desire Eye goes on sale with 13MP camera located on the front and on the back, a 5.2-inch full HD screen, BoomSound speakers and significantly upgraded optics.
HTC Desire Eye with Eye Experience Camera Software
The whole world is getting selfie obsessed which makes major mobile manufacturers compete with themselves to launch smartphones that meet the needs of selfie fans. This is why the HTC Desire Eye’s biggest advantage and selling point that is expected to attract attention of all those loving shooting selfies are their unique camera features.
On back and front sides of the Desire Eye we will find an almost identical 13-megapixel camera sensors, both sporting dual color LED flash and wide angle lenses. The only difference between the shooter is the fact that the rear sensor comes with a 28mm lens and an f/2.0 aperture, whereas the front facing camera features a wider 22mm lens, but a smaller f/2.2 aperture. The cameras are additionally capable of recording 1080p videos. This revolutionary solution is definitely to begin the new era in the mobile manufacturers’ approach to optics.
Furthermore, the HTC Desire Eye will be launch with pre-installed the HTC’s latest Eye Experience camera software suite including for example the auto-selfie, face tracing mode for the front-facing cam, and many more equally handy features. The software is said to be available on all existing HTC Android devices soon. Obviously, there will be also a slightly redesigned ZOE under the Desire Eye’s hood.
As it comes to the design the measuring 151.7 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm HTC Desire Eye is almost as compact as similar 5.2-inch devices, though it has to additionally house larger front-facing sensor that required additional space, even though the phone is only slightly bigger than the Sony Xperia Z3. Another design solution that probably affected the size parameters are the already mentioned BoomSound speakers located between the screen’s black bezels and the contrasting frame. The speakers are supported by the built-in audio amplifiers. Additionally, three noise-cancelling microphones and the HTC’s Sense Voice Technology will make your voice be easily understood and clear. It should be also mentioned that the phone carries the IPX7 water resist label, which means that it can survive being buried in 1m deep water for 30 minutes.
Moving on to the tech specs, the IPS LCD 5.2-inch display features 1080x1920p resolution, which translates to the pixel density of 432ppi, which is a bit lower than the one found in the HTC One (M8) and the Samsung Galaxy S5, but identical with the one carried by the Sony Xperia Z3.
Going deeper, the smartphone will also have a quad-core Snapdragon 801 chipset clocked at 2.3GHz and coupled with 2GB RAM which guarantee a high performance. There will be also 16GB of the built-in storage on the board, that can later be expanded up to 128GB via microSD cards. All these is said to be powered by a 2,400 mAh battery which according to the manufacturer is able to provide 538 hours in standby mode. The Desire Eye’s connectivity support package includes LTE and AT&T’s 2, 4, 5, 17, 29 bands. Speaking of the software, the phone runs Android 4.4.2 Kitkat with the HTC’s own made Sense 6 UI installed on the top of it.
So far, the company said nothing on the phone’s availability and pricing, but since it’s hailed as the HTC Desire line flagship, we can expect it be more budget-friendly than the One M8, but simultaneously more expensive than other phones from the Desire series. At least for now the Desire Eye is going to be available only at AT&T, which is a bit disappointing, don’t you think?