Updated: HTC Desire Eye rolls onto the scene with 13MP front camera, Android

HTC’s response to the growing trend of phones with a focus on selfies is here. Meet the HTC Desire Eye, a gadget with an eye-popping 13MP front-facing camera.

The very same snapper is located around back, too, so users shouldn’t have a bad side, so to speak, when utilizing the new phone.

To protect the ideal selfie, the front electronic camera is geared up with auto-focus plus zoom abilities, a BSI sensing unit and f/2.2, 22mm wide-angle lens. Capture your finest (or worst) minutes in 1080p Full HD video, and illuminate your clips and stills with a Dual LED flash.

The 13MP sensing unit on the back is likewise of the BSI variety and boasts a f/2.0, 28mm lens and 1080p Complete HD video recording. It’s geared up with Dual LED flash also.

Both video cameras have a suite of HTC Eye Experience electronic camera software application advantages, including Screen Share, Split Capture, Auto Selfie, Voice Selfie and Crop Me In functions. More on that in a moment.

More HTC Desire Eye specs

The Desire Eye’s other specifications are nothing to discount. With a 5.2-inch Complete HD 1080p display screen, the Eye is available in a compact 151.7 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm frame.

A quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 ramps up to 2.3 GHz, and RAM settles in at 2GB with 16GB internal. A microSD slot will bump storage up by an added 128GB.

In a full non-shocker, the gadget runs Android with HTC Sense and blasts the hardware maker’s HTC BoomSound audio tech.

To run all the multimedia content users make sure to catch with the Desire Eye, HTC has crammed in a 2,400 mAh battery.

The HTC Desire Eye release is slated for mobile operators and big-box shops in the EMEA, Asia and United States beginning at some point this month. Still no word on price, unfortunately.

HTC Eye Experience

As for the previously mentioned HTC Eye Experience, think of it as a brand-new set of image and video software devices created to take HTC handset electronic cameras to their complete capacity.

Features like face monitoring will certainly keep users in frame and as much as other four people appropriately placed during a video chat or teleconference. A screen sharing function brings some desktop capability to a palm-sized device.

Not all of the HTC Eye Experience’s features are created to keep you at your professional finest. Split Capture lets users split-screen shots taken with the front and rear video camera, offering some context to your duck lips or whatever your preferred selfie-face happens to be.

Voice Selfie is simply what it seems like, with users able to activate front-camera capture by saying, ‘state cheese’ or ‘smile.’ Video recording can be initiated in the exact same fashion by stating, ‘action’ or ‘rolling.’

And because face blend was apparently popular on the HTC Desire 820, the Eye Experience includes this and Live Makeup for additional enjoyable.

The HTC Eye Experience will also visit the HTC One M7, HTC One M8, HTC One E8, HTC One Mini, HTC One Mini 2, HTC One Max, HTC Desire 816, HTC Deisre 820 and HTC Butterfly 2 in the coming months.

Zoe 1.0 branches out to iPhone

The video-editing app we met with the initial HTC One is also getting an update, one that brings her … er, it … to Android devices as standalone app and, later this year, to the iPhone.

Meet Zoe 1.0, the exact same app with a few new bells and whistles. Users can now produce short, medium and long Zoe clips comprised of just still pictures or an avalanche of video. A new material engine powers these improved capabilities.

Collaborating on joint image remix jobs is simpler thanks to a new UI, and social sharing is a hallmark of the application.

Look for Zoe 1.0 to be full incorporated on the new Re cam.