HTC Desire Eye Is The Real Selfie-Phone
While we are busy with the rumors about Google’s next flagship phone Nexus 6, HTC announces its latest addition to the Desire family — “Eye”. The phone’s greatest feature is its powerful front-camera, the most powerful we have ever seen at the front side of a smartphone.
It is evident that people mostly use their phones to take selfies. When they see a celebrity, they rush to take a selfie with them. When they see a great view across the bay, they take a selfie. When they meet their friends, they take a selfie. Taking this selfie trend into account, Nokia and HTC started upgrading the front-cameras last year.
Oppo recently released N1 phone featuring a rotating 13MP shooter that can be used as both front or rear camera. HTC, following this trend, has now put the same 13MP camera on front as the one on back in Desire Eye. It is the highest resolution front-facing camera to date, which makes it the king of selfie phones.
The front-facing camera also has the same features as the rear camera. Both cameras have autofocus, a dual LED flash, and 1080p video recording.
Desire Eye is not HTC’s flagship phone for this year. Rather it is a mid-range phone that features a 5.2-inch, 1080p display and the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor as One M8. It has 2GB of RAM, is IPX7 water-resistant (meaning it can survive for 30 minutes under a meter of water) and has soft-touch plastic finish at the back. It will be available in different colors. According to The Verge, HTC Desire Eye will be priced lower than One M8.
A number of interesting features are provided by HTC to take full advantage of the powerful cameras in Desire Eye. There is a feature called Split Capture that lets you take photos from both front and rear camera at the same time, and merge those photos together.
You can also take photos simply by giving a voice command such as “say cheese.” This is made possible by a feature called Voice Selfie (hey Apple, can Siri do this?).
The phone sports the best camera at the front among all other phones, according to the specs. Dan Seifert of The Verge had the chance to test the Desire Eye’s selfie camera. According to him, it performs pretty good in outdoor bright conditions but fails to do so as the light gets dim. The Eye’s front-camera doesn’t perform as good as iPhone 6, whose front-camera does much better in bad lighting conditions.
HTC Desire Eye will be made available through AT&T later this year.