HTC Desire Eye Boasts 13MP Front-Facing Camera

I’m not the biggest fan of selfies – this weird perfume bottle camera doesn’t help – but I understand and accept that they’re a thing and they’re certainly not going anywhere. With that being said, if you’re going to do something, you may as well do it right, and HTC’s Desire Eye seems to do the selfie thing pretty well.

Last month HTC announced the Desire 820, a smartphone geared towards taking selfies, but you can go ahead and throw that phone straight into the garbage because the HTC Desire Eye obliterates it. Okay, maybe obliterate is a strong word, but the HTC Desire Eye features a 13MP front-facing camera, which is the highest resolution of a front-facing camera to date. It also features autofocus, dual LED flash on both sides of the phone, and 1080p video recording.

While the HTC Desire Eye might be designed for snapping pictures of your beautiful mug, it’s also a pretty impressive phone given that it’s aimed at the mid-range market. It’s equipped with a 5.2-inch, 1080p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, a soft-touch plastic case, and IPX7 water resistance. It comes in two color options – a white and red model and a two-tone blue model. Oh, and it has two 13MP cameras.

Since this is a selfie phone, HTC has added a lot of new features towards that end. A feature called FrontBack lets you take pictures from both cameras at the same time, which honestly sounds a bit neat if you’re taking a memento of a trip. You can get a picture of yourself and a picture of what’s in front of you in the same exact moment. Then there’s a feature that places you in a scene by using both cameras, which boggles my mind because you can just take that picture yourself.


There’s a host of new features all designed around the camera, all of which have their purpose but aren’t necessarily noteworthy. It all runs on Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC’s Sense 6.0 interface. The Verge pitted the HTC Desire Eye against the iPhone 6 in a series of tests and the results probably aren’t exactly what HTC was hoping for, butif the price is right, theycould still have a hit on their hands.

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