The selfie is one of the big trends of the year and we're seeing various smartphones dedicated to the craze. Here's what you need to know about the HTC Desire Eye release date, price and specs UK. Also read our HTC Desire Eye review and our comparison of the Nokia Lumia 735 vs HTC Desire Eye.
HTC Desire Eye: Release date and price UK
Announced alongside the HTC Re camera, the Desire Eye will be available from HTC.com and selected retailers including Three and Carphone Warehouse. HTC told us the price would be around £350 SIM-free, and that it should go on sale in mid- to late-November.
Three has now confirmed its pricing for the Desire Eye:
All-you-can-eat data and all-you can eat minutes: £29 upfront; £38 per month
All-you-can-eat data and 600 mins, or 2GB data and all-you can eat minutes: £29 upfront; £35 per month
2GB data and 600 minutes: £29 upfront; £30 per month
1GB data and 600 minutes: £29 upfront; £29 per month
Carphone Warehouse has also now confirmed its pricing, including a SIM-free price a little higher than we were expecting at £399.
The blue HTC Desire Eye is exclusive to the Carphone Warehouse, and is available for £33 per month with no upfront cost.
HTC One M8 Eye and Desire Eye: Specs and features
The main unique selling point of the Desire Eye is the 13 Mp front facing camera and dual-tone LED flash. This is for improved selfies and that same camera is also found on the rear of the phone too. It's also worth noting that it comes with a dedicated shutter button on the side, much like Sony Xperia handsets.
It looks similar to the recently announced Desire 820 but has an IPX7 rating which means is water resistant. However, HTC says not to use the product under water.
Core specs include a 5.2in Full HD screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 16 GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot. The device comes with Android 4.4 KitKat and HTC's Sense 6 user interface. It's the launch device for HTC Eye experience.
"The HTC Eye Experience’s face tracking keeps you perfectly framed at all times. And because staying in touch means more than just talking to a single person, up to four people in the same room can also be tracked comfortably, with each face cropped and positioned on the screen for maximum clarity," said HTC.
The software also supports screen sharing and 'Split Capture' which combines simultaneous photos and videos taken on the front and back cameras into one split-screen image or video. Crop-Me-In places you at the 'heart of the action' by cropping you from the image or video taken with the front-facing camera and positioning it within the scene captured by the main camera.
• OS: Android 4.4.2 KitKat with HTC Sense 6
• Cameras: 13Mp with dual-tone flash – front and back
• Size: 152 x 74 x 8.5 mm
• Weight: 154 g
• Design: IPX7
• Display: 5.2 inch Full HD 1080p
• CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, quad-core, 2.3 GHz
• RAM: 2 GB
• Memory: 16 GB, mciroSD card slot (up to 128 GB)
• Connectivity: NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX, dual-band Wi-Fi (802.11n), GPS
• Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity, ambient light, gyro
• Network: nano-SIM, up to 4G LTE
• Battery: 2400mAh