For better or for worse, taking selfies is a phenomenon which has taken the world by storm. Driven in part social media narcissism, but also seen by many as a way of interacting with the world around them, these photos have cemented a place in mainstream photography. For this reason, it makes sense that mobile phone manufacturers like Sony and Nokia have aimed to capitalise on this and release phones with large front facing cameras. Despite this, none of the models released so far come anywhere close to the new HTC Desire Eye.
Debuted yesterday at the company’s ‘Double Exposure’ press event, the mid-level device contains the most advanced front facing camera of any smartphone on the market. With a 13MP sensor, dual LED flash, and autofocus, HTC has taken selfie optical technology to a whole new level.
This massive front facing camera is made more functional still by HTC’s new Eye Experience software, which it has integrated into the new Desire Eye smartphone. This software allows for smart facial recognition, tandem front and back camera shots and unique video calling features. In addition, it allows for a rather quirky function where a user can superimpose themselves into a rear camera image.
Selfies aside, how does the camera’s hardware stack up? Surprisingly enough, quite well. Despite being a mid range device, it nonetheless uses much of the same hardware as the HTC One M8 flagship. This includes the Qualcomm 801 Snapdragon processor, and 2GB of RAM. Display-wise it also features a 1080p Full HD 5.2 inch screen which delivers a crisp picture even at wide viewing angles.
In terms of the actual form of the phone, the Desire Eye eskews the metal contruction of the One M8, going for the cheaper option of a plastic body. Despite this, the phone does not look low quality, and the vibrant colors which this material allows, definitely help the phone stand out. Furthermore, HTC has taken the time to give this device an IPX7 rating, meaning it is water resistant to a depth of one meter.
While HTC has not yet released the retail price of the Desire Eye, it is likely to cost at least $300, if not more. There’s no doubting this phone has market-leading selfie optics, but is this enough to justify a purchase? Only time will tell.
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