Specs summary

Screen
5.2"

The HTC Desire Eye's screen is 5.2 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.3 GHz

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

OS

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

Camera
13+ MP

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

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

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2400mAh

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 (2G), 1200 minutes (3G).



The HTC Desire Eye is the best selfie camera money can buy.

- Matt Safford , Digital Trends 

Packing a punch with 13-MP front and rear cameras, the HTC Desire Eye is a selfie-friendly smartphone that performs well across the board.

- Valentina Palladino , Laptop Magazine 

Reviews summary

7.9/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 30 reviews

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.”

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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.”


Reviews (7.9/10 Avg. rating)


UnleashThePhones

More than just a selfie phone

from UnleashThePhones

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 Desire EYE is priced closer to their flagship HTC One M8 than to the mid-range selfie-centric competition. So your choice will have to be whether you want a selfie phone on a budget, or just the best darn selfie phone around.

While it might not be as premium as HTC’s flagship, it is definitely a viable alternative. Infact I’d even recommend the Desire EYE over the HTC One M8 EYE variant, or the plastic HTC One E8.

At the end of the day, the HTC Desire EYE is just a great smartphone to have. Definitely recommended. 

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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 Desire EYE is priced closer to their flagship HTC One M8 than to the mid-range selfie-centric competition. So your choice will have to be whether you want a selfie phone on a budget, or just the best darn selfie phone around.

While it might not be as premium as HTC’s flagship, it is definitely a viable alternative. Infact I’d even recommend the Desire EYE over the HTC One M8 EYE variant, or the plastic HTC One E8.

At the end of the day, the HTC Desire EYE is just a great smartphone to have. Definitely recommended. 

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Brighthand

A machine for selfies

from Brighthand

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-megapixel cameras are what really make it stand out. If you find yourself craving a better class of selfie, you won’t do much better than the Desire Eye.

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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-megapixel cameras are what really make it stand out. If you find yourself craving a better class of selfie, you won’t do much better than the Desire Eye.

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Fone Arena

High end specifications, innovative design

from 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, isn’t something to write home about. That said being waterproof certainly makes the phone ‘Desire-able’ to a degree!

With pricing close to the HTC One M8, it becomes pretty hard to recommend the Desire Eye unless you really want a waterproof device. The poor performance of the front facing camera doesn’t make it enough of a reason to invest in the hardware. We’d recommend that you stick to the tried and tested HTC One M8 or perhaps the One M8 Eye which has a better build, a camera that is marginally better than the Desire Eye and is virtually guaranteed to have better software support. 

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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, isn’t something to write home about. That said being waterproof certainly makes the phone ‘Desire-able’ to a degree!

With pricing close to the HTC One M8, it becomes pretty hard to recommend the Desire Eye unless you really want a waterproof device. The poor performance of the front facing camera doesn’t make it enough of a reason to invest in the hardware. We’d recommend that you stick to the tried and tested HTC One M8 or perhaps the One M8 Eye which has a better build, a camera that is marginally better than the Desire Eye and is virtually guaranteed to have better software support. 

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The Next Web

The only phone for the truly selfie-obsessed

from 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 an all-rounder, with an elegant and strong design, a fast processor and a battery that can get you through the day. Still, you may want to consider the One M8 as well. It’s similar in spec, but its metal body provides an altogether more refined look. 

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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 an all-rounder, with an elegant and strong design, a fast processor and a battery that can get you through the day. Still, you may want to consider the One M8 as well. It’s similar in spec, but its metal body provides an altogether more refined look. 

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The Inquirer

Designed for the selfie generation

from The Inquirer

The Desire Eye does have its flaws, chiefly the previous generation Android version, average battery and hazy camera focus, but there is a lot to like about it.

The Desire Eye features a robust design and decent screen, and above average performance when you consider its £400 price tag.

Considering the lack of decent options available at the same price in the Android ecosystem at the moment, the Desire Eye is a solid option for any buyer looking for a decent mid-tier handset.

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The Desire Eye does have its flaws, chiefly the previous generation Android version, average battery and hazy camera focus, but there is a lot to like about it.

The Desire Eye features a robust design and decent screen, and above average performance when you consider its £400 price tag.

Considering the lack of decent options available at the same price in the Android ecosystem at the moment, the Desire Eye is a solid option for any buyer looking for a decent mid-tier handset.

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NDTV

For the selfie-obsessed

from NDTV

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 compared to the Desire Eye. If you are looking at a phone solely for great camera performance you'd be better off with the HTC One (M8 Eye). Otherwise, we really think that the Desire Eye is one of the most well-rounded smartphones we've used in the recent past. 

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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 compared to the Desire Eye. If you are looking at a phone solely for great camera performance you'd be better off with the HTC One (M8 Eye). Otherwise, we really think that the Desire Eye is one of the most well-rounded smartphones we've used in the recent past. 

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The Indian Express

Two cameras better than one, definitely

from The Indian Express

The HTC Desire is good mid-range flagship, especially for those who wants a stellar camera which can do a little bit extra. The phone guarantees top-end performance, but there is no doubt that those buying this phone will be eyeing its camera first.

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The HTC Desire is good mid-range flagship, especially for those who wants a stellar camera which can do a little bit extra. The phone guarantees top-end performance, but there is no doubt that those buying this phone will be eyeing its camera first.

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The Indian Express

For those who wants a stellar camera which can do a little bit extra

from The Indian Express

The HTC Desire is good mid-range flagship, especially for those who wants a stellar camera which can do a little bit extra. The phone guarantees top-end performance, but there is no doubt that those buying this phone will be eyeing its camera first.

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The HTC Desire is good mid-range flagship, especially for those who wants a stellar camera which can do a little bit extra. The phone guarantees top-end performance, but there is no doubt that those buying this phone will be eyeing its camera first.

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Digit

More than what meets the eye

from Digit

The Desire Eye is again a superb looking smartphone from HTC which is as powerful as their flagship device, the One (M8). It is also a selfie centric handset offering a front 13MP camera with a dual-tone LED flash and even a rear 13MP camera which both can take great pictures. It is defintely highly priced, making it sit with HTC's other flagship devices, which is slightly confusing, but gives the consumer an option for a slightly larger device. - See more at: http://www.digit.in/mobile-phones/htc-desire-eye-review-24886.html/page1#sthash.wh1kC1U9.dpuf

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The Desire Eye is again a superb looking smartphone from HTC which is as powerful as their flagship device, the One (M8). It is also a selfie centric handset offering a front 13MP camera with a dual-tone LED flash and even a rear 13MP camera which both can take great pictures. It is defintely highly priced, making it sit with HTC's other flagship devices, which is slightly confusing, but gives the consumer an option for a slightly larger device. - See more at: http://www.digit.in/mobile-phones/htc-desire-eye-review-24886.html/page1#sthash.wh1kC1U9.dpuf

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Engadget

It packs much of the same power as full-on flagship smartphones all in a package designed to keep prices down

from Engadget

In many ways, the Desire Eye is a wolf in sheep's clothing -- that is, it packs much of the same power as full-on flagship smartphones all in a package designed to keep prices down. More importantly, it's very much a niche device, an offshoot of HTC's evolutionary line that caters to folks who can't bear the thought of a day without selfies. If anything, that's why the cameras are so disappointing in their mediocrity. While it's still sort of out there, the very concept of the Desire Eye could've absolutely shined if HTC fitted the thing with some more robust, capable shooters. As it stands, though, it's a mostly great phone that stands up well to the rest of the pack, even if it doesn't live up to its potential.

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In many ways, the Desire Eye is a wolf in sheep's clothing -- that is, it packs much of the same power as full-on flagship smartphones all in a package designed to keep prices down. More importantly, it's very much a niche device, an offshoot of HTC's evolutionary line that caters to folks who can't bear the thought of a day without selfies. If anything, that's why the cameras are so disappointing in their mediocrity. While it's still sort of out there, the very concept of the Desire Eye could've absolutely shined if HTC fitted the thing with some more robust, capable shooters. As it stands, though, it's a mostly great phone that stands up well to the rest of the pack, even if it doesn't live up to its potential.

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date November 7, 2014
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /850 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
variations
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
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 Flash Memory 16 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.61 W/kg
Body: 0.91 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 2400 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 635 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 602 minutes
3G Surfing Time 440 minutes
4G Surfing Time 440 minutes
Talk Time 1200 minutes
3G Talk Time Up to: 1200 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 22.4 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
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
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 424 pixels
Size 5.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
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
13+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Auto focus, HDR, Dual LED flash
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, M4A, OGG
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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