HTC is out to prove it can do cameras just as good – if not better – than everyone else. It recently announced the HTC RE Camera, and the HTC Desire EYE: a smartphone that has a front-facing selfie-shooter that’s almost as good as the primary camera on the back.
About a month ago HTC invited us out to New York City to show off it’s new “camera-centric” lineup, and Michael Fisher brought us an early hands-on with the Desire EYE. It’s a stout device, about the same size as the Nexus 5 that I pack with me every day, though a little taller. It’s powered by a 2.3 GHz, quad-core Snapdragon 801 SoC that we’ll be taking through its paces over the next little while. RAM is fair at 2GB, but storage is a bit on the slim side, coming in at only 16GB. It does have a microSD slot which takes storage up to an additional 128GB, if you so desire (no pun intended).
Under the covers it’s got all that it needs to stand next to the higher-end smartphones which are on the market today: front-facing BoomSound speakers that seem to hide just above and below its ample 5.2-inch, 1080P screen, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, LTE, 802.11 a/b/g/n with both 2.4 and 5GHz support, all powered by a 2400 mAh battery. To top it all off, it sports an IPX7 rating for water resistance that should come in handy while capturing those priceless memories.
That’s really where the Desire EYE is supposed to stand out: pictures. The cameras on the front and back aren’t identical per se, but they are both 13MP wide angle BSI sensors with HDR and 1080P capabilities. They even have the same dual LED flash. The only differences we can see are the f/2.0, 28mm lens on the rear compared to the f/2.2, 22mm lens on the front. We’ll dig into how these perform over the course of our review.
Nonetheless, now that we finally have gotten our hands on a retail unit, before we put the Desire EYE through its paces for an in-depth review, we’ve got a new unboxing video to help whet your appetite. Keep looking for more Desire EYE coverage from Pocketnow over the coming days!