First look: HTC Desire Eye

HTC Desire Eye.

The Taiwanese company unveiled its latest flagship device in New York last week.

Hardware

It has a polycarbonate body and IP 57-rated waterproofing. A Gorilla Glass 3 5.2-inch full high-definition display shields the screen.

A 2,400mAh battery powers the phone, which comes with a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, with a microSD card slot compatible with 128GB cards.

HTC is also throwing in 100GB of free space with Google's cloud storage service.

HTC Eye Experience

Both 13-megapixel lenses can be used together to create more impressive effects.

Split Capture lets you use both cameras to shoot a video, such that the final footage has results from what is happening on both sides of the camera.

Crop Me In uses the front camera to take a shot of the user, and inserts this as a cut-out into the image taken by the rear camera.

Users can also use their voices to activate the camera's shutter, by saying "cheese".

Camera

HTC, Samsung and Huawei are among the smartphone makers that put 5-megapixel front cameras on their smartphones. Then HTC grabbed the lead and put an 8-megapixel camera on the front of the Desire 820.

Now it has trumped itself with a 13-megapixel front camera.

The Oppo N1 has a swivelling 13-megapixel camera that can be rotated to the front, but the Desire Eye is the first mainstream smartphone with 13-megapixel cameras on the front and back. Both cameras have dual colour LED flash, f/2 lenses and a backside illuminated (BSI) sensor.

Camera shutter button

The Desire Eye has a two-step camera button. The first press on the button will focus the camera on a subject and a second press will snap the photo.


This article was first published on Oct 15, 2014.
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