Updated: HTC Desire Eye release date, price, news and features

HTC smartphones have actually been adding intriguing camera-based features for a few years now. There was the switch to UltraPixels with the HTC One M7 and afterwards the addition of the Duo Electronic camera depth sensing unit for the HTC One M8. It makes sense then, that the Taiwanese company would look to profit from the popularity of the selfie.

Other business are already relocating this direction, Sony and Samsung presented the Xperia C3 and Galaxy Grand Prime respectively this year, each with a front-facing 5MP camera while Huawei has an 8MP selfie snapper on the Ascend P7.

Now, HTC has revealed the HTC Desire Eye, a new upper mid-range phone from HTC with dual 13MP wide-angle shooters. So, exactly what’s the deal with this brand new handset?

Cut to the chase

HTC Desire Eye release date and price

HTC formally exposed the Desire Eye on October 8 (since this writing), however not yet a price or release date. So, we’re projecting a release date set for mid-November. It’s unlikely that HTC will certainly want to miss out on the selfie-central Christmas vacations after all.

If HTC’s brand-new phone is indeed the Desire Eye then it will certainly sit below the One series of phones when it concerns the business’s prices structure. However, provided some of the specifications we’re seeing, it will likely cost more than the ₤ 299 (around $480, AU$ 550) HTC Desire 816.

Interestingly, a shipment record, identified by TalkAndroid.com, rumors the Desire Eye’s price at 21,490 INR (Indian rupees) which corresponds to roughly ₤ 220 ($350, AU$ 401).

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HTC Desire Eye cameras

The big news about the HTC Desire Eye is the inclusion of dual 13MP cameras, each with dual LED flash. Both shooters provide 1080p HD video recording with their wide-angle lenses.

The rear lens proclaims an f2.0 aperture, while the front isn’t far behind at f2.2. Of course, the big focus here is on photography, and the Desire Eye definitely provides that in spades.

Camera fans will also be pleased to keep in mind the presence of a dedicated shutter button on the right-hand man side of the handset. Plus, HTC’s Zoe app is featured on the Desire Eye completely force, not to point out that the app itself is broadening to iOS later on this year.

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HTC Eye Experience

Think of this goofily-named suite of apps and functions as HTC’s new set of photo and video software application tools developed to unleash the Desire Eye cams’ complete potential.

Features like face tracking keep users in frame and up to other 4 individuals properly positioned during a video chat or conference call. Think about it like an integrated Google Hangouts user interface … or like a Brady Lot feature. A screen sharing function brings some desktop ability to a palm-sized device.

Now, do not go believing that you’ll only get to use one of those subdued, 13MP shooters at a time. Split Capture lets users split-screen shots taken with the front and rear snappers, offering some context to your duck lips or whatever your favored selfie-face takes place to be.

Voice Selfie allows you to activate front lens capture by saying, ‘state cheese’ or ‘smile.’ Video recording can be initiated in the very same fashion by saying, ‘action’ or ‘rolling.’

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HTC Desire Eye display

The HTC Desire Eye comes packing a 5.2-inch Full HD display screen, meaning it already out-muscles the 4.7-inch Complete HD display on last year’s HTC One.

Bringing a Complete HD display to the Desire variety is the rational next step for HTC. The Desire 816 made use of a 1,280 x 720 panel with a 267 ppi that could not take on a 1080p display screen. Given that the Desire Eye is, above all else, a video camera phone, the step for full HD makes total sense.

The HTC Desire Eye absolutely runs on Android, but HTC is playing coy on which variation exactly. But we expect Android KitKat from the box with HTC’s Sense 6 overlay in location, the latter at least being a guaranteed. This means that, like other HTC devices, the Eye boasts the newsy HTC BlinkFeed app.

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HTC Desire Eye design and specs

Although the HTC Desire Eye is largely a mid-level handset, the phone sports some impressive specifications that, depending on the price, could make the phone a truly appealing proposition.

The HTC Desire Eye comes packing a quad-core, 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, backed by 2GB of RAM and with 16GB of native storage. That’s the same internal specification as HTC’s current flagship, the HTC One M8, conserve for the storage space.

However, the Eye works on a 2400mAh battery, whereas the M8 has a 2600mAh one. Exactly what’s more, the brand-new phone comes touting an IPX7 restricted waterproof rating.

Although specifications are similar to HTC’s flagship, the design language of the framework is very much of the Desire household. Judging from our hands on review, HTC has chosen a polycarbonate casing, instead of the mined aluminum utilized for the HTC One M7 and M8.

So far, we’ve seen two different color choices – red/white and light blue/dark blue. Whether HTC has more in the pipeline stays to be seen.

Keep it locked to this space as we discover more about this intriguing, self(ie)-interested handset from HTC.

Additional reporting by Joe Osborne