The company which apparently fought to bust the MegaPixel Myth in smartphone cameras, has just released the highest specced front facing camera on a smartphone. Irony overload? HTC has just unveiled the Desire EYE whose claim to fame is a humongous 13-MegaPixel front facing camera aimed towards selfie addicts at its Double Exposure event in New York.
The Desire EYE will come with a matching 13-MegaPixel camera on the rear as well, with dual-LED flash present on both the sides. In other specs, the phone has a 5.2-inch Full HD (1080p) display, a quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, at least 16GB of internal storage (with microSD card slot), and BoomSound. The embedded battery packs 2400mAh of juice. The device is also water resistant and sports an IPX7 rating.
As you’d expect, the phone looks much bigger than other 5.2-inch phones, thanks to the extra-large bezels on top and bottom. While the huge 13-MegaPixel camera along with dual-LED flash eat up the bezel space on top, HTC’s obsession with having its logo on front ensures that the bottom bezel is big as well.
As much as we mock the selfie addiction, it’s quite true that the phenomenon exist, and is now fueled by companies like Oppo, Nokia and now, HTC announcing smartphones with ‘Selfie cameras’. The front camera on Desire EYE will be capable of recording 1080p videos. To make use of the better camera, HTC has added a number of new features to its camera app. There’s a mode to take a picture with both the front and rear cameras at the same time, a la FrontBack. The new Eye software also lets you take selfies automatically — just hold your phone up and let your front camera detect your face. There’s also a “face fusion” feature that lets you merge your face with that of another person (ahem!).
The rear camera appears to be same as the one we saw on HTC One E8, which fared pretty well in our tests. But this phone is all about the front camera. You can check out the official video of HTC Desire Eye below, as I’m off to edit our list of best selfie smartphones we compiled few weeks back, which already seems outdated.