HTC may come out with a selfie phone, but it's going to be the Desire EYE

As the selfie trend continues to evolve, smartphone manufacturers seek to gain customers' acclaim by either upgrading the front-facing cams on their flagships, or creating more budget-friendly devices with quality frontal snappers and corners cut elsewhere; some even go as far as creating weird smartphone-holding hats, or perfume-shaped cameras with rotatable heads.

As far as selfie smartphones go – Sony came out with the Xperia C3, Microsoft launched the Lumia 730 / 735, and Samsung has the Galaxy Grand Prime rolling out – all phones with less-than-impressive hardware, but with pretty adequate front-snappers.

Now, we've been hearing about HTC jumping in the selfie mix, with rumors about a One (M8) EYE model popping here and there that is supposed to cater to the new trend. This begged the question – what would HTC do with the One's 5 MP front-facing camera in order to make it better? Well, it seems the answer is “nothing”, as the (M8) Eye just passed certification in China yesterday, and it seems it retains most of its hardware. In fact, the only change seems to be to the main camera – HTC decided to do away with the not-so-well received 4 MP UltraPixel Duo camera and equipped the device with a 13 MP Duo camera.

However, do not think that the HTC selfie phone rumors are done! Leakster @upleaks posted a collage of pictures of what he calls the HTC Desire Eye. The pictures show a simple, thin, colorful device that sports a flash not only on its back, but also next to its frontal cam. The leakster also posted specs – quad-core Snapdragon 801 clocked at 2.4 GHz, 5.2” FHD display, 13 MP sensors for both cameras, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, 2,400 mAh battery, and BoomSound speakers. The tweet also mentions an IPX7 certification, which means water-proofing for up to 30 minutes at a 1 meter depth. These specs sound great, but considering that the Desire line takes up the mid-range of HTC's devices, we'd say that this info should be taken with a grain of salt.

Furthermore, @upleaks says that the One (M8) and Butterfly 2 will be getting selfie-specialized software updates soon; and that the One (E8), One Mini, One Mini 2, One (M7), One Max, and Desire 816 will be getting the same updates when Android L rolls out.

What do you think about the Desire EYE's specs? Does it sound too good to be true?

source: @upleaks via Android Central



1. TechNeck

Posts: 657; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

At least it doesn't have those UltraPixel cameras like one the M8.

9. irbaaz

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Where is earpiece. I think for front cam ultrapixel will be best..

11. Epicness1o1

Posts: 329; Member since: May 30, 2013

UltraPixel tech is good on a bigger sensor,but on a 4 mp it isnt

2. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Looks fake...

3. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I want to fit 41MP camera at front and 4MP camera at back.....

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

That sarcasm gives you this +1.

6. TechNeck

Posts: 657; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Why a 41MP camera? HOW ABOUT A 570MP CAMERA!!

17. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

that would be and "Eye" phone litterally :v and somehow that is read as "iPhone" :v

4. B-power

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Good phone except battery it's meh.

7. TheFirm

Posts: 33; Member since: Jun 05, 2014

Oh look, antique droid that won't sell, right on HTC, keep bleeding red

8. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

Removable battery ?

10. syamjith

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

A midrane Desire Eye ?

12. ilani

Posts: 90; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Hahaha, forget the camera! removable battery, WOOOO WHOOOOO!

14. bored_guy147

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 11, 2014

That probably isn't true, have you ever heard of an upper mid-range smartphone by HTC with one

13. B-power

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

I want a black one they only have the grey, wite and blue ones. Sad

15. bored_guy147

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 11, 2014

For a HTC mid-range smartphone that sounds too good to be true

16. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

Specs are too good. That's impossible for Desire series!

18. Chuck007

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

So no front-facing speakers? Don't know what to feel about that.

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