HTC Desire EYE versus HTC One (M8): first look

At the top of the ladder in HTC’s portfolio is the One M8, a high-end device that features what’s arguably the best design in a smartphone this year. For all of its high quality goodness, there were a few things it lacked that could’ve elevated its stature in the space. Having the time to always improve, the HTC Desire EYE is aiming to be a more refined product, as it offers beefy sized 13-megapixel front & rear cameras, water resistance construction, and a charming design that fulfills the reputation of the company.


Quite frankly, the HTC One M8’s design is more cutting-edge and modern, thanks in part to its solid brushed aluminum chassis. In comparison, the HTC Desire EYE is more stylish in the way that its plastic body gives off a lively feel – one that’s refreshing for a plastic made thing. Sticking with the plastic construction, however, gives the Desire EYE the advantage of having a water resistance property, which is something that can become useful in certain situations. Aesthetically, we still prefer the eye-catching design of the M8 a whole lot more, but that’s not to take away from what HTC has done with the Desire EYE.


There isn’t one display we’re particularly attracted to over the other, despite the slight pixel density advantage of the M8’s 5-inch 1080 x 1920 Super LCD-3 display. Details are still pretty sharp with the Desire Eye’s 5.2-inch 1080 x 1920 LCD panel as well. Other similar qualities are evident between them as well, like their brightness outputs, viewing angles, and color reproductions. At the end of the day, the two displays present here are equally likable.


Being products from HTC, they both share the same Sense 6.0 UI running on top of Android 4.4 KitKat – so there are no surprises when looking at what they have to offer. Bearing that in mind, we will point out that the pre-production unit of the HTC Desire EYE we're checking out sees a subtle optimization with its camera app, which we’ll expand more upon later on. That’s because it’s more focused with snapping selfies, but to be fair, we’re told that a future software update will bring the same set of shooting features to the M8.

Processor and Memory

Looking into the hardware under the hoods of the two smartphones, we instantly know that we’re dealing with high-end, contemporary phones here. To be more exact, they’re packing the same quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC with 2GB of RAM – the processor that powers many of today’s flagships. Even in our short time checking out the two together, they exhibit pretty much the same responsive performances.


Without question, the single most underwhelming part about the M8 was the quality produced from its 4-megapixel “Ultrapixel” camera – it just lacked the qualities to make it a prime choice for snapping photos over other smartphones. Obviously, they’re trying to correct things by giving the Desire Eye a beefy 13-megapixel snapper, both the front and back cameras. We snapped several identical shots with the two phones, including selfies, and we’re pretty shocked to find that M8 producing the more favorable results. To be fair, though, the Desire EYE unit we’re checking out is a pre-production model, so it’ll be intriguing to find out exactly how the final model fairs.


Clearly, each smartphone is targeting a particular audience. The HTC Desire EYE seems like the device that’s fitting to individuals who have an active lifestyle – and those who are impulsive and love to snap selfies. Conversely speaking, being its flagship model, the M8 is meant for people who want the best-of-the-best from the aspect of design, hardware, and performance.

Related phones

One (M8)
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(20h 3G talk time)



1. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Best from the best what? You seriously said that just because of the metal casing or what? It's about damn preference. Metal is no better. I've seen quite a few people here on PA saying they prefer plastic or it doesn't mater. Even as an M8 owner, I think this Eye looks better. The M8 doesn't feel right in hand when naked, so it's in a case anyway. About performance, the Eye has the same cpu and ram with the M8, also same software which means exact same performance (or it should). And here we have IPx7 as a big plus. Personally I think the Eye is a betwr device overall, or the best of the best by HTC. I will need to see camera comparisons to really tell, but still, the Eye is not behind the M8 in term of performance and design.

3. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Will the problem is no boomsound for the Desire EYE so that's a deal breaker.

4. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Woops my bad !! It does have boomsound speakers but it's difficult to see !!

5. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

You're good. Many people didn't see it at first. I didn't either. xD

7. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

I really don't get it why the big bezel are there at all. Other OEM have bezel but not that kind of bezel. Design wise I like it more than m8 design.

2. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

Riding apples look too much. Looks like a 5 series iphone

6. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Dang worse pictures than the M8? Hope it's only the software.

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