HTC has launched the Desire Eye smartphone, offering not one but two 13MP cameras. With an F2.0 aperture and 28mm equivalent focal length, the rear camera offers identical specs to the camera in the HTC One E8. The front module comes with a marginally slower F2.2 aperture but offers a wider 22mm equivalent focal length which should be useful when capturing group-self-portraits. Both cameras have a dual-LED flash and are capable of shooting HDR images and 1080p video. 

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The new model does away with the One M8's 4MP ultrapixel camera, but otherwise the specification is very close to HTC's current flagship phone. The screen measures 5.2 inches and offers a 1080p resolution, and the device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor that is clocked at 2.3 GHz and in terms of memory there are 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage which can be expanded via a microSD-slot. With its flat polycarbonate body and rounded corners the design is quite different to the One M8 though and the Desire Eye is also a little taller than its aluminum cousin.

On the software side of things Android 4.4.4 is running the show and the new “Eye experience” software suite adds new features to the camera. This includes an auto selfie feature, which automatically captures an image once the device has been held steady for a couple seconds, and voice commands. “Say Cheese” will take a picture and “Action” start recording video. The double camera feature shoots both front and back images at the same time and puts them side-by-side to compose a single image. There is also a function to cut out the photographer from a front camera shot and insert them into the image that has been captured with the rear camera. "Eye experience" will also be rolled out to existing HTC devices.

The HTC Desire Eye will be available from network operators and retailers in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the U.S. from October. In the U.S. it will at least initially be exclusive to AT&T customers, in the UK to the Three network. 

Key specifications:

  • 13MP rear camera with dual-LED flash, f/2.0, 28mm 
  • 13MP front camera with dual-LED flash; f/2.2, 22mm
  • 1080p video capture with both cameras
  • 5.2-inch 1080p screen (423ppi)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 801quad-core processor, 2.3GHz
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB storage
  • microSD card slot (up to 128GB)
  • Android 4.4 KitKat with Sense 6
  • IPX7 water resistance (up to 1m for 30 min)