At today's launch event in New York City, HTC introduced a suite of new imaging products which includes a new Android smartphone, a "convenience" camera and new Android software. Continuing HTC's heritage of breakthrough smartphone innovation, the HTC Desire Eye is a smartphone with most likely one of the best front-facing cameras available on the market today. It captures life's big and small moments in perfect clarity by sporting market-leading 13 megapixel front and rear cameras for detailed image quality that allows to zoom, crop and print without compromise, the HTC Desire Eye is fully equipped for those who love to take great photos, videos and selfies.
BSI sensors capture crisp photos, even in low-light conditions, and intelligent dual-LED flash on both cameras provides flattering, natural tones when ambient light levels drop further. Three dedicated microphones take HTC's signature audio quality to even greater heights, ensuring crystal clear voice and video calling whatever is going on around. HTC BoomSound and a stunning 5.2" Full HD display combine to make the HTC Desire Eye the ultimate multimedia companion and the perfect way to view your photos and videos. The bold, bright, dual-color, waterproof unibody plastic design is not only stylish but ensures that capturing your best side is as simple as possible, with a dedicated two-step camera key for focus, and capture providing comfortable, instant access to great shots, even one-handed.
Featuring HTC's new HTC Eye Experience and Zoe, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and high-speed 4G connectivity, editing and sharing the best shots will also be smooth and effortless.
Taking video chat and conference calls to a new level of quality and performance, 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. Want to share even more on the move? The option of screen sharing brings desktop functionality to smartphone-based video chat for the first time.
The HTC Eye Experience opens up a new world of creative opportunity, thanks to the new Split Capture function. Combining simultaneous photos and videos taken on the front and back cameras into one split-screen image or video, this creates a new selfie experience, allowing you document your journey and your reaction without relying on thumbnail views. 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, opening the door to more extreme, exciting selfies and videos3. Voice Selfie removes the need for awkward hand contortions by enabling you to trigger the shutter release with a simple command. Simply "say cheese" or "smile" as soon as you've struck the perfect pose or trigger the video recording with "action" or "rolling" commands.
Popular additions to the HTC Desire 820 are also included in the HTC Eye Experience such as face fusion, the feature that allows you to merge your face with that of a friend or celebrity for a completely original look and Live Makeup, where you can set the desired level of skin smoothing and preview the effect in real-time before the image is captured.
But the HTC Eye Experience will not only come to the HTC Desire Eye, but also other popular HTC Android phones will receive it in the coming months through software update. This is said to include the (full feature list to be confirmed at roll-out): HTC One (M7), HTC One (M8), HTC One E8, HTC One mini, HTC One mini 2, HTC One max, HTC Desire 816, HTC Desire 820 and HTC Butterfly 2.
The HTC Desire Eye will be rolled out through mobile operators and major retailers across EMEA, Asia and the US from end of October and is expected to retail in Europe for around 529 Euro.
Cheers ~ Arne