After several leaks and numerous tips, it looks like we called it right earlier on this month, as HTC officially unveiled the HTC Desire Eye at its media event held yesterday (Wednesday 8th October).
The obvious standout feature for the Desire Eye is the inclusion of a 13 megapixel front facing camera, which is almost identical to the rear based lens.
The addition of a front facing dual LED flash also adds extra quality to the selfie snapper, which is arguably set to be the best on the market upon release.
Both cameras have the ability to record 1080p video, whilst three microphones offer added noise cancellation during phone and video calls.
HTC’s standard BoomSound speakers are also included, whilst an IPX7 certification rating makes the handset dust and waterproof to certain limitations.
Boasting a 5.2” 1080p LCD display, the Desire Eye offers a brilliant screen to go along with its flagship style specifications.
A Snapdragon 801 chipset is found alongside 2GB RAM, whilst 16GB expandable storage also makes for plenty of room on the HTC device.
Android 4.4 is overlaid with HTC’s latest Sense user interface, giving the Eye a more unique feel compared to some other Android handsets.
A 2,400mAh battery tops off proceedings under the hood, giving the Desire Eye the standard length battery life of around 24 hours with regular use.
Along with the brand new front facing camera, HTC has also added a couple of new camera features.
HTC Eye Experience for example gives you a bit more versatility when using both lenses, like split capture, which divides a picture between the front and back lens for a 50/50 effect.
Crop-Me-In is also a part of the feature, and crops the image from the front lens into the back of the image from the main lens.
This feature won’t be restricted to the Desire Eye’s camera set-up however, with older handsets also getting access to the feature, with the likes of the HTC One, One M8 and One Mini 2 the big names receiving it, whilst other handset will also be included in this list as well.
HTC Zoe has also seen some improvements for the Desire Eye as well, offering collaborative video editing as well as integrating with HTC’s new action camera, named the RE.
The Zoe app will also be moving away from its exclusivity with HTC, as it will be making its way onto the Apple App Store, and Google Play Store in the near future.
Currently, the only information we have on a release date for the Desire Eye is that it will be an exclusive to US carrier AT&T on release, with other markets having to wait for it a little while.
Pricing details were also kept secret for the time being, but with specs like this, it would come as no surprise to see HTC charge a substantial amount for the handset.
Written by Luke Hatfield