HTC Desire Eye Selfie-Centric Smartphone with 13MP Front-Camera Unveiled
HTC Desire Eye Selfie-Centric Smartphone with 13MP Front-Camera UnveiledHTC Blog

After months of speculations, Taiwanese smartphone maker finally pulled the wraps off the selfie-centric flagship HTC Desire Eye in New York City, USA.

As the name suggests, the new HTC Desire Eye's main USP is its feature-rich front camera. It boasts of wide-angle 13.0-megapixel camera with 22mm lens, dual-LED flash, BSI sensor, f/2.2 aperture, HDR mode options and many more features.

HTC phone's main camera also houses similar specifications sans a couple of features like 28mm lens and f/2.0 aperture.

Like its camera, HTC Desire Eye's other hardware are also impressive. It sports 5.2-inch full HD (19020x1080p) display, and inside, it is packed with Snapdragon 801 series quad-core processor, 2GB RAM and 2400 mAh battery, which can run the phone for 20 hours of talk time and close to 538 hours under standby mode.

"Back in 1997, we allowed people to leave their laptops at home in favour of powerful, pocket-sized smartphone computing, 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," said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC.

The company has confirmed that the HTC Desire EYE will be made available via various mobile operators and major retailers across EMEA (Europe Middle East Africa), Asia and the US starting in October.

Besides Desire Eye, HTC also showcased the small camera – RE, where-in the design seems to be inspired by the "Periscope". It boasts of high-resolution 16-megapixel camera with CMOS sensor, Full HD (1080p) video recording ability, 146 degree wide-angle lens and slow-motion and time lapse recording ability, built-in instant-on grip detection and IPX7 certifications (waterproof cap enhances to IPX8). Other specifications include - Bluetooth, Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) with microUSB port and 32MB ROM/256MB DDR RAM with microSD support.

The company has also launched the Zoe camera application app with creative photo editing tools to remix photos and videos into graphic highlight reels, with beautiful themes and soundtracks that can be shared, allowing friends and loved ones to remix their content with yours. Zoe can also help create the highlight video for you to enjoy and share it on favorite social networks. As of now, Zoe app has been made available free on Google Play store and it will be released for iOS later this year.

Key specifications of HTC Desire Eye:

Model HTC Desire Eye
Display 5.2-inch full HD with 1920x1080p resolutions
OS Android v4.4 KitKat with Sense UI
Processor 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 series quad-core CPU with Adreno 330 GPU
Storage capacity 16GB, expandable up to 128GB
Camera Main: 13.0-megapixel camera with 28mm lens , dual-LED flash, BSI sensor, f/2.0 aperture, HDR,Front: 13.0-megapixel camera with 22mm lens , dual-LED flash, BSI sensor, f/2.2 aperture, HDR,
Battery 2,400 mAhTalk time: up to 20 hoursStandby mode: close to 538 hours
Network 3G & 4-LTE (in select markets)
Add-ons Nano SIM slot, IPX7 water-resistant certifications, NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth,
Dimensions 151.7 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm
Weight 154 g

[Image credit: HTC Blog]