‘The King of Selfies’: HTC Launches Desire Eye with 13MP Front-Facing Camera

The Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer introduced its selfie-focused HTC Desire Eye that boasts whopping 13MP front-facing camera.

The news HTC is called the Desire Eye, because it features all of HTC’s new Eye camera experience, which means that the smartphone can take selfies of great quality in any lighting automatically using a gesture. Photo: Telefónica/Flickr

The news HTC is called the Desire Eye, because it features all of HTC’s new Eye camera experience, which means that the smartphone can take selfies of great quality in any lighting automatically using a gesture. Photo: Telefónica/Flickr

It’s all about selfies! On Wednesday at its event in New York, HTC unveiled its new Desire Eye, which the company claims to be the king of selfiephones.

The HTC Desire Eye is a selfie focused phone with an eye-popping 13MP front-facing camera and dual-tone LED flash. HTC phone’s main camera also houses similar specifications sans a couple of features like 28mm lens and f/2.0 aperture.

Both the front-facing and rear cameras can shoot 1080p at 30fps videos. While the rear camera features a f/2.0 aperture and a 28mm lens, the front-facing camera features a f/2.2 aperture with a 20mm lens.

Sporting a 5.2-inch (1,920 x 1,080) Full HD LCD display, the smartphone comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor together with 2GB of RAM. It also features 16GB of built-in storage that is expandable up to 128GB via microSD card all packed with a  2400mAh Li-Po battery.

“Back in 1997, we allowed people to leave their laptops at home in favour of powerful, pocket-sized smartphone computing, today we are taking a similar leap forward. Combining incredible hardware with unrivalled software, HTC is reinventing the way we think about imaging. We are taking you out from behind the viewfinder and putting you back where you belong, at the heart of the action,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC.

The waterproof phone also has HTC’s new Eye Experience and Zoe. According to the company, the HTC Eye Experience is “fully equipped for those who love to take great photos, videos and selfies.”

“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 Zoe camera app includes creative photo editing tools to remix photos and videos into graphic highlight reels, with beautiful themes and soundtracks that can be shared, allowing friends and loved ones to remix their content with yours.

The new app helps to create the highlight video for you to enjoy and share it on favorite social networks. As of now, Zoe app has been made available free on Google Play store and it will be released for iOS later this yea

There are also available certain camera features like Split Capture, Crop-Me-In. While the Split Capture divides the image 50/50 between front and rear cameras, the Crop-Me-In feature crops the user’s image and superimposes it on the image shot by the rear camera.

The selfie-friendly HTC Desire Eye will be exclusive to AT&T in the U.S., however, the price has not been yet announced.

HTC also unveiled a 16-megapixel action camera the Re Camera, which connects to both Android phones and iPhones and features a periscope design. The smartphone manufacturer claims the Re, which has 146 degree wide-angle lens, is the action camera for those living normal lives, not extreme sports fans who might already own the market-leading GoPro action camera.

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