There’s a new smartphone aiming to dethrone whichever device is claiming to be the current selfie king of smartphones. Its name is the HTC Desire Eye, a premium mid-range Android handset with dual 13-megapixel cameras and the first to use the HTC Eye Experience.

As its name may imply, the cameras are the forefront of the HTC Desire Eye’s features. Gone is HTC’s signature UltraPixel camera at the back, having been replaced by a 13-megapixel camera with backside illumination. Its front counterpart also possesses the same number of resolution and sports a dual LED flash. In fact, the camera specs are identical save for the aperture (f/2.0 for the rear camera, f/2.2 for the front).

And then there’s the HTC Eye Experience. It’s a bevy of software features that can be utilized for the front-facing camera. For instance, the face tracking feature keeps track of up to four faces, cropping them and putting them into focus on video calls on apps like Skype. Split capture, on the other hand, allows simultaneous use of both cameras for videos and photos. Other features include crop-me-in, voice selfie, face fusion and live makeup. The HTC Eye Experience will remain exclusive to the HTC Desire Eye for a couple of months before rolling out to other HTC smartphones.

HTC Desire Eye

HTC Desire Eye Specs

  • Android 4.4 KitKat (HTC Sense 6 UI)
  • 5.2-inch Super LCD 3 (1080×1920 Full HD), ~424ppi
  • 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage
  • microSD support up to 128GB
  • 13-megapixel BSI main camera, with autofocus and dual LED flash
  • 13-megapixel BSI front camera, with autofocus and dual LED flash
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual band
  • 3G HSPA+, 4G LTE
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Dimensions: 151.7 x 73.8 x 8.5mm
  • Weight: 154g
  • Li-Po 2400mAh battery

But the HTC Desire Eye’s impressiveness doesn’t end with just its duo of powerful cameras—its other specs are also something to be reckoned with. Despite being marketed as a mid-range smartphone (hence its categorization under the Desire smartphone lineup), the Desire Eye has premium features similar to HTC One (M8) and its plastic variant. These include a Snapdragon 801, 2GB of RAM, Android 4.4 KitKat, and a 1080p display that utilizes Super LCD 3 technology.

The HTC Desire Eye is scheduled for release this month in several markets worldwide, including Asia.

[Souce: HTC]

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