The 13 MP camera-equipped HTC One (M8) EYE will not be making it to western markets

The 13 MP camera-equipped HTC One (M8) EYE will not be making it to western markets
Just a day after announcing the Desire EYE and the RE camera, HTC also launched a new variant of the HTC One (M8). The device was renamed to HTC One (M8) EYE and its 4 MP UltraPixel Duo camera was stripped to be replaced with a 13 MP Duo Camera. It was made available in China, though, the whole ordeal was on the silent side – no announcements were made.

Fans of HTC who are not particularly fond of the UltraPixel concept started gathering hope that the One (M8) EYE may soon launch in western markets, and bring about the end of the not-so-well-received UltraPixel technology. The EYE variant of the phone is basically the same, only with an omitted IR blaster, and the changed (we almost said "upgraded") camera.

Well, news is that HTC still believes in UltraPixel and that the One (M8) EYE is not meant for a worldwide release. Rather, the EYE variant of the One has been designed with specific markets in mind, "especially India"; though, we are not sure what HTC means by that.

As far as the company is concerned – the original One (M8) continues to be its flagship for this holiday, even with the recently released Desire EYE, which sports pretty similar hardware specs and dual 13 MP cameras.


source: Fudzilla via Android Central

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12 Comments

1. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

release desire eye to the west.--->

2. B-power

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Erge desire eye is already for pre order in the Netherlands(only the blue one)

3. alouden unregistered

Well, that's fine. And I am not going to criticize them for their business decision. However, I will simply NOT buy the HTC One.

4. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Just makes no sense to me. HTC would have an almost perfect phone if the Camera was above 4MP. There is simply no excuse for this. I my opinion Peter Chu Just does not want to admit he made a mistake. This is what kills companies stubbornness and not listening to your user base. As a M7 owner I love the design, feel and fuction of the M8 -But that 4Mp camera again stopped me from moving up I was hoping, after seeing HTC reveling the 13mp M8, I could upgrade to it. But some how HTC again shoots its self in the foot. What is wrong with Ms. Wang Can't she over rule Mr. Chu and say no put out the 13mp version in the west as well like our fans have been crying for. Is she that out of touch with her own Company and consumers? for some reason I am thinking she just a figure head, that uses an iPhone personally, and has no Idea what is going on at HTC.

5. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Dumb! I was hoping for a WP variant but not releasing the Android version here in the states can't be a great move.

6. Casorati

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

I was waiting for it to get one, but I will not buy the M8 with the 4MP camera.

7. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I fully agree.

12. epdm2be

Posts: 822; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

It should have been an 8MP ultrapixel camera in the One M8. Which is today still a very good size. But that 4MP ultrapixel camera is also what put me off. Nowadays I also look who's repairing the devices in case of an warranty failure. I completely boycot brands whom use DynaFix as their support partner (Samsung, Sony, LG and HTC).

8. Dr.Hye

Posts: 95; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Htc might as well blow their brains out and get it over with. Because their acting like a goth chick by cut their rust and now sitting there waiting to blead out. Wtf htc do something this is embarrassing. I'm a business major and I can tell you for sure they have no idea what they are doing half the time. The end.

9. zeph_syk

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 20, 2013

I am from India and I purchased this product, this is not COMPLETE M8 with just 13 MP camera. It uses a SNapdragon 800 processor! Go check out the Web page of HTC INDIA ( For proof ) , it is using ester year processor, moreover there is no IR Blaster included in this model as well!! To give a better justice to this phone, I would call it HTC on E8 Metal, because it is all E8 except for the Metal body!! HTC thinks they can sell a year old 2013 S800 chip and remove some nifty features, and fool us to purchase the same with a Handsome price!!!! The only reason they marketed the product just for India and China is obvious not many are concerned on the Chipset, moreover MARKETING about this product has been INSTRUMENTAL into fooling many people to think this is better than M8. P.S I sold it after using it for 2 days, I do not want to be a Victim of False advertisement! HTC please be BRAVE enough to comeout with TRUE SPECS about the product rather than being a coward and hide behind BUSHES!

10. rkoforever90

Posts: 445; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

it makes sense one m9 might be just 3-4 months away from launch

11. mojtaba_mn

Posts: 268; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

i love my m8 even 4mp camera but i hope for next phone m9 they use a better camera but they don,t use camera i buy

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