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HTC Desire Eye
HTC Desire Eye
HTC Desire Eye
HTC Desire Eye

Informr score
The HTC Desire Eye currently has an Informr score of 7.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 30 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Large screen
  • Fast processor
  • MicroSD card support
  • 13MP front and rear camera

What's bad

  • Gimmicky camera software
  • Plastic casing
  • Pricing

HTC is no stranger to putting out phones that challenge popular trends. With their latest offering, they are hoping to provide an option for those who love taking selfies. With a 13MP front-facing camera and powerful specs, will the HTC Desire Eye live up to the hype? Let’s see what the reviews have to say.

The phone sits in a odd position in the HTC line up. It has the internals of a flagship device with the casing of the Desire’s more budget-friendly line. While you won’t get a metal shell like with the One series, reviews of the Eye’s polycarbonate two-tone case and design are very positive. While 3G states, “The design is one of the few areas of the Desire Eye which doesn’t feel flagship worthy”, TechRadar loved it, calling the phone “an attractive device nonetheless.”

With a quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon, 2GB of RAM and a 5.2-inch 1080p display, the phone has plenty of performance for users of any ilk. No reviews noted any slowdowns or performance problems, even with heavy multitasking, gaming or HD video.

With 16GB of internal storage and microSD card support, the Desire Eye has plenty of room to store your pictures and video. This is important as the phone features a 13MP camera on both the front and the rear for truly glorious selfies. Trusted Reviews tried the cameras and declared, “both cameras work well.” The phone also features a variety of picture modes to take advantage of the powerful camera arrangement. While many reviews called them a bit gimmicky, they also noted that the features performed exactly as advertised.

Boomsound speakers and IPX7 certification round out the offerings to ensure the phone will both sound and work great in a variety of conditions. Unlike many other models, the Desire Eye achieved IPX7 certification without the need for rubber plugs or flaps, eliminating one more thing to worry about when using the phone. While many reviews noted that the hinged trays and covers for the ports were different from anything they’d previously seen, none had problems accessing ports when needed.

In all, the phone receives positive reviews. CNet says the phone has “plenty to keep selfie lovers happy” while BGR declares it a “wonderfully capable smartphone with sleek hardware to match its elegant software.”

Operating system
Operating system
2.3 GHz
2.3 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
13+ MP
13+ MP
2400 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...

Gadgets 360
Gadgets 360

esign-wise, the Desire Eye dares to do something different and succeeds. In fact, we'd go as far as to say that quite a few people will find this phone better looking than the other two, which are both modelled around the HTC One (M8).On the flipside, the HTC One (M8 Eye) has two really good cameras...

- Ershad Kaleebullah, Gadgets 360

The HTC Desire EYE is by no doubts, the best selfie-centric smartphone out there.For one thing, it is way better spec’d than other selfie phones like the Nokia Lumia 730 or the Sony Xperia C3. Which in turn means that it is way more future proof a phone.But those specs also mean that the Desir...

- Clinton Jeff, UnleashThePhones

The Desire Eye packs flagship hardware packed into upper midrange body, providing the kind of display, performance, and battery life you’d normally get from a phone $100-200 more expensive. That alone makes this phone a winner (if you can live with a slightly outdated OS), but its dual 13-mega...

- Dragan Petric, Brighthand
Fone Arena
Fone Arena

The HTC Desire Eye is a step up for the Desire series. The hardware, both internal and external is touching flagship levels but this also puts it in a strange situation. The phone’s USP is the front facing camera which we found to be a wee bit shite. The rear camera too while decent enough, is...

- Dhruv Bhutani, Fone Arena
The Next Web
The Next Web

This is one of the most selfie-obsessed smartphones out there, so if you’re vain, you needn’t look any further.If you’re not into your selfies, you may find it inconvenient to have a huge front-facing camera slapped in front of you. That said, the Desire Eye is certainly capable as...

- Nicholas Fearn, The Next Web

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Common Questions

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the HTC Desire Eye user manual here.

HTC backs up the Desire Eye with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Desire Eye has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact HTC support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find HTC's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.


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Screen Size

The HTC Desire Eye's screen size is 5.2 inches with x pixels resolution.

2.3 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 Quad core 2.3 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat (Update Available: 6.0.1 Marshmallow) operating system (OS).

13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ MP camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 13+ megapixels resolution.

16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 2400 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 22.4 days standby time, 1200 minutes, 602 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Desire Eye Specs

Release Date November 7, 2014
Regions Available USA
Operating System Android 4.4.2 KitKat (Update Available: 6.0.1 Marshmallow)

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 Quad core 2.3 GHz
Internal Storage 16 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.61 W/kg
Body: 0.91 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
13+ Megapixels
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR, Exposure value, Scene mode
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
13+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Auto focus, HDR, Dual LED flash
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel Density 424 pixels
Size 5.2 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 2400 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to 635 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to 602 minutes
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Up to 1200 minutes
Standby Time Up to 22.4 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Plastic
Colors Blue, Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.2 x 7.4 x 0.8 cm (5.6 x 2.9 x 0.3 in)
Weight 154 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Stereo
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Other Names (AKA):
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Manual (PDF)
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