HTC, the Taiwanese Smartphone manufacturer, completed it 2014 by launching a modern flagship-level Smartphone in its Desire Series – the HTC Desire Eye, at the end of December in an attempt to grasp the selfie-crazy generation.
HTC Desire Eye is the first Smartphone in the planet to sport a 13MP front camera with dual flash, which is a huge step ahead when we consider how Selfies has become a global phenomenon and the front camera an extremely important component of any Smartphone. HTC has banked on this very opportunity to launch the Desire Eye which will cater greatly to the new generation of Smartphone buyers.
The exceptional specifications or features which the HTC Desire Eye sports are:
- A 5.2 inch capacitive touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- Runs on Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS
- Powered by a 2.3GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
- Supported by a 2GB RAM and Adreno 330 GPU
- Primary camera: 13MP with dual-LED flash
- Secondary camera: 13MP with dual-LED flash
- Internal storage of 16GB, expandable to 128GB
- Li-Ion 2400mAh battery
HTC is known for its gorgeous looking phones wrapped in polycarbonate shells, unlike the plastic ones, and the Desire Eye is no less. It comes with a two-tone matte plastic uni-body covering with thin side bezels and comes in two colours- white-red and blue-black. It is endowed with HTC’s very own funky Dot View cover and a special app which makes it quite the looker. It also comes with the IPX7 certificate enabling it to submerge it in 1metre of water for about 30 minutes.
Desire Eye is gifted with almost a faultless display. The 5.2 inch touch screen takes much of the front which also has the big front camera and flash lens over it. It has a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels and a density of 424ppi with the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection on top. The display comes with good legibility even under direct sunlight and great viewing angles, making it top-notch.
Hardware and Storage
HTC Desire Eye does flaunt an impressive hardware. It is powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core Krait 400 Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and is supported by a 2GB RAM and the Adreno 330 GPU. The combination makes way for a smooth and solid performance.
Desire Eye has been given an internal storage of 16GB, which is mediocre but the added advantage is that it can be expanded up to 128GB, thus giving the user maximum storage.
Desire Eye runs on the Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS and is also endowed with HTC’s Sense UI 6.0 skin on top of it to give it individuality. The HTC Zoe video clip app has been updated to make it more interesting and even the BlinkFeed news reader has been polished for the better. The Smartphone also comes preloaded with some third-part apps like Twitter, Polaris Office 5, Scribble and more which are quite useful.
HTC Desire Eye comes with both the front and rear camera of 13MP having dual-LED flash, which is in itself a rarity. The shutter button is not on the screen but at the side. The camera app comes with quite a bunch of features such as panorama 360-degree, Split Capture Mode and a revamped ‘Photo Booth’ section with the navigation being easy, too. It has an HDR option too. The colours come out vibrantly and blemish-free. While both the cameras work great under good light condition, the front falters under low light conditions and is sometimes under saturated. Overall, the preserved detail is good with the 13MP front camera gifting the selfie-freak her paradise.
Desire Eye is packed with a Li-Ion 2400mAh non-removable battery, which isn’t great but okay. It can deliver talktime up to 8 hours in 3G and standby time up to 538 hours in 3G, which is just satisfactory.
HTC Desire Eye is a solid Smartphone which packs in superb features and works pleasantly well. The sound quality is fantastic and the camera stunning. Only the battery is a bit unsatisfactory when compared.
The Desire Eye falls in the same competitive genre as the HTC flagship Smartphones such as the HTC ONE E8 and HTC One M8 Eye, but soars in the department of design and looks. So the HTC Desire Eye can be safely tagged as a one of the best Smartphones available in recent times with a well-rounded structure and performance.