HTC is set to launch the HTC Desire EYE, a smartphone with the world’s best front-facing camera. So is your selfie addiction strong enough to make this mobile phone the only sensible option?
Here we take a look at the specification of the HTC Desire EYE before exploring what could be the best smartphone camera package in the market.
HTC Desire EYE features
Before we get into that delicious camera experience we find a phone that is fronted with a 5.2-inch 1080p full high-definition display. This is surrounded by a two-tone polycarbonate rounded body that is available is red/white or blue/black.
This design provides a new look for HTC and I think it looks better than that seen on the HTC One series of phones. IPX7 certification gives us a phone that can be immersed in 1 metre of water for up to 30 minutes and the Desire EYE is just 8.5mm thick.
You might be thinking where are the BoomSound speakers but these are still included and now the sound is projected through two super-slim slots above and below the screen.
Inside we find a 2400mAh battery, quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB RAM, high-speed 4G and a 16GB internal memory that can be boosted with a MicroSD of up to 128GB.
HTC Desire EYE camera
The camera package has two distinct areas to explore, the hardware and brand new camera software which has been branded as the HTC EYE Experience.
On the hardware side of things we find 13MP front AND rear cameras with BSI sensors and auto focus. This is obviously the main appeal as we have been crying out for selfie and video cameras that have the same number of megapixels as the main camera.
Low-light conditions are no challenge for the Desire EYE and an intelligent dual-LED flash provides natural tones when ambient light levels drop. The front camera has a 22mm wide-angle lens and on the rear there is a 28mm lens.
If video is your thing then 1080p full HD video recording is possible.
HTC EYE Experience
The HTC EYE Experience software package is where the fun begins with features that cross-over the lines of social and professional applications.
- Face tracking – Keeping you perfectly framed, face tracking can track up to 4 people in the same room for comfortable group video calls. Each face is cropped and positioned on the screen for maximum clarity so you can use Skype without worrying where your friends are standing.
- Split Capture function – Here you can combine simultaneous photos and videos taken on the front and rear camera into one split-screen image or video. This creates a new selfie experience that doesn’t rely of thumbnail views to put you in the picture.
- Crop-Me-In – This HTC EYE Experience feature crops you from an image or video taken with the front-facing camera and positions it within a scene captured on the main camera for more exciting selfies and videos.
- Voice Selfie – Forget about fiddling around for the shutter button, on the Desire EYE you can trigger the shutter with your voice by saying ‘say cheese’ or for video simply say ‘action’ or ‘rolling’, making you feel like a real movie director!
- Face Fusion Technology – Here you can have some real fun and merge your face with that of a friend or celebrity for an original look.
- Live Makeup – Fancy a bit of air-brushing? This feature lets you set the desired level of skin smoothing and preview the effect in real time before capturing the image.
- Zoe 1.0 – This new version of the collaborative video editing app lets you remix photos and videos into highlight reals, add themes and soundtracks, have friends remix your highlight reals by adding in their own content and you can share the results through social media.
So is your selfie addiction strong enough to make this mobile phone the only sensible option?
Written by: Michael Brown