HTC silently launches the One (M8) EYE in China

HTC silently launches the One (M8) EYE in China
Last night, at its press event, HTC announced the new Desire EYE and the RE camera, but missed to mention another device that bears the EYE moniker – the new One (M8) EYE. Curiously enough, the company has now launched the device in China, selling it directly from its eshop page.

The One (M8) EYE's name popped up whenever the selfie-centered smartphone that HTC is brewing was mentioned, but after it got certified in China and the spec sheet revealed the same 5 MP front-facing camera, and after whispers pointed at the Desire EYE as the selfie-phone, it quickly became apparent that the One (M8) EYE is pretty much a One (M8) with its 4 MP UltraPixel Duo camera shamefully removed and replaced by a 13 MP Duo camera. Perhaps this is the reason that HTC decided to skip on even announcing the phone – it would probably be kind of awkward to say “Yes, it's the same flagship, we just replaced the camera because we were getting x amount of bad comments about it”.

So, the device is up for sale on the Chinese HTC website for the price of ~$650 (¥ 3,999). This makes it the first device to hit the market, having the EYE Experience software suite pre-loaded. The shop page's promo pictures show us a glimpse of how the face detection places 4 people's faces in stable frames for a group video chat, the Split Capture feature, and the Live Makeup and Face Fusion effects, which are already present on the Desire 820.

As far as regional availability goes - we know that the Desire EYE and One EYE were imported in India this week, so both handsets will probably be launched there soon as well. However, whether the One EYE is going to come over to the western markets is unknown.

The HTC Desire EYE was revealed to be priced the same as the HTC One (M8). Do you think the two phones are comparable, or is one of them clearly superior in your eyes than the other? Vote in our poll here and let us know what you think.

source: HTC via SlashGear



1. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

FINALLY!! They worked out the "kinks" in the One (M8).

3. CoastCity

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

They had to use that on M9 I think since they didn't on M8 from the start. I'd definitly buy that M8EYE, but now what HTC will put in M9, 2x16mp?

2. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

I got a feeling that an update can change the 4 megapixels to 14 mega pixels by shrinking the pixels from 4 microns to 1.2 or 1.3. Hell if they can make the pixels 2 microns wide during low light with a resolution around 6.7 megapixels, it'd still be a class leading low light camera.... Hopefully. Idk much about cameras so y'all tell me if I'm wrong.

4. g2a5b0e unregistered

You're wrong. A software update cannot change hardware capability.

7. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Welp, there goes the wishful thinking. Lol.

6. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

You're wrong.

5. hudavendigar

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 26, 2014

yeahhhh now I can finally go back to my ex love htc after we broke up because of 4up :D

8. f35hunter

Posts: 240; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

although it is late , but nice stip on the right route > I'd love to see ultra pixel on 13MP sensor

9. Maxim6194

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

Phonearea, quit spreading bullsh*t. HTC was quoted on engadget saying that the Desire EYE will cost less than the E8.

11. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Actually you are right "The company says the Eye will be priced somewhere between the Desire 820 -- the 64-bit smartphone unveiled last month -- and the E8, which is a plastic version of the M8."

10. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

Idk about m8 eye but I hope that m9 will come with a high resolution back camera that will take pictures with all the available mp in 16:9 aspect ratio just like Gs5 does. I am just tired about 4:3 aspect ratio pictures.

12. mojtaba_mn

Posts: 268; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

always new great idea come from htc

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