HTC Desire EYE vs HTC One E8 (Video)

It might be a bit unfair to compare the aluminum unibodied HTC One M8 to virtually anything else not made of the sleek metal, but how can you possibly compare the four Ultra Pixel camera on the M8 to a smartphone sporting a 13MP shooter? Thankfully, HTC makes another variant of its popular One, the HTC One E8.

As a refresher, the HTC One E8 includes most of the same specifications as its aluminum-clad big-brother, the One M8. Unlike the M8, the E8 opts for polycarbonate rather than aluminum, and includes a 13MP main camera. Both of these features make the One E8 a much better platform against which to measure HTC’s new Desire EYE.

HTC Desire EYE vs HTC One E8

Specifications

The HTC Desire EYE is a Snapdragon 801-powered Android smartphone made of matte polycarbonate and toting almost exactly the same specs as the HTC One E8, which is also powered by a Snapdragon 801 and made of polycarbonate, though a much glossier variant.

The screen on the Desire EYE is a little bigger than the One E8 (5.2-inches rather than 5.0). Since the resolution is the same, the pixel density on the One E8 is a little better than on the Desire EYE (441 versus 424 ppi). Generally when we talk about devices with bigger screens, their other dimensions have to increase accordingly. Such is the case here: the EYE is about 5mm taller and 3mm wider than the E8, and 9 grams heavier, too. The extra size you’ll feel, but not the extra weight.

Where these two devices really start to diverge is in their cameras. For the main camera, both feature a 13MP shooter, though the Desire EYE has two LEDs compared to the E8’s single LED flash. Colors were truer and and details were much more, well, “detailed” in pictures taken with the Desire EYE than the E8. The same is true for video, though recordings on the E8 seemed a little smoother than those taken with the Desire EYE.

Of course, those aren’t the cameras anyone is interested it. This is really a battle for the selfie, and in that regard the Desire EYE wins hands down. With virtually the same camera and dual-LED flash on the front as on the back, there’s simply no way the 5MP flashless front-facer on the E8 can compare. How did those selfies turn out? Surprisingly well!

Before you protest, arguing that selfies are for hipsters and don’t have any redeeming social value, keep in mind that this is the same camera that you’ll be using for video hangouts and Skype calls, which can absolutely benefit from a high-quality “selfie camera”.

All in all, the decision between these two is fairly obvious. Since the One E8 and One M8 are so closely related, your decision between the M8 and the Desire EYE shouldn’t be difficult either.

Component HTC Desire EYE HTC One E8
Screen size 5.2-inch 5.0-inch
Resolution 1080p 1080p
SoC Snapdragon 801 Snapdragon 801
Type 2.3GHz quad-core 2.5GHz quad-core
RAM 2GB 2GB
Storage 16GB 16GB
Expansion microSD up to 128GB microSD up to 128GB
Camera 13MP BSI Sensor / f/2.0 28mm lens 13MP
Flash Dual-LED LED
Front-facer 13MP BSI Sensor / f2.2 22mm lens 5MP
Battery non-removable 2400mAh non-removable 2600mAh
OS Android 4.4.4 KitKat with Sense 6.0 Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Sense 6.0
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP & aptX 4.0 with A2DP
WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5GHz)
NFC yes yes
Infrared no no
Build Matte polycarbonate Glossy polycarbonate
Size 151.7 x 73.8 x 8.5mm 146.4 x 70.7 x 9.9mm
Weight 154g 145g

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