The unique selling point of the Desire Eye is its 13Mp 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. It’s worth noting that it also 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 it is water-resistant. We suspect it is splashproof rather than fully waterproof, however – HTC says not to use the product under water.
Core specs include a 5.2in full-HD screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 16GB 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 the HTC Eye experience, which uses face tracking to keep you (and your friends) perfectly framed at all times.
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.