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HTC Desire EYE Review

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HTC Desire EYE Review

HTC Desire EYE Review
HTC Desire EYE Review
HTC Desire EYE Review
HTC Desire EYE Review
HTC Desire EYE Review

A month or so ago, HTC decided that it was high time it put an end to the selfie race and unveiled the HTC Desire EYE, a smartphone that is doomed to intrigue with its ginormous 13MP selfie snapper. However, the front-facing camera is just one of the assets of the Desire EYE, because it also packs pretty respectable hardware under its predominantly-plastic hood. On paper, it seems that HTC's foray into selfie-centric phones might be a pretty successful one, but is this truly the case? Let's find out!

In the box:

  • handset
  • charger
  • USB charging cable


A big, surprisingly pleasant to hold handset that has certain issues

Despite its large dimensions (5.97 x 2.91 x 0.33 inches or 151.7 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm) and weight of 5.43 oz (154g), the large HTC Desire EYE does is not unwieldy and feels good in the hand. On the contrary, the device is pleasantly ergonomic and sits good in the hand.This time around, HTC put its faith into hard, matte plastic as a build material, both for the back and for the sides, which is pretty pleasant to touch and provides a more-than-acceptable amount of grip. It does not smudge easily, but still tends to hold a bit of grease, especially if your hands are sweaty or dirty.

It's quite possible that the main culprits for the tall silhouette of the device are the two frontal speakers (neatly hidden in gaps between the display's frames and the top/bottom bezel of the phone) and the large selfie camera up front. These take their toll and make the Desire EYE as tall as a Galaxy Note 4, for example.

Meanwhile, the right edge of the device is home to a set of hardware buttons (power/lock, volume rocker, and a dedicated two-step camera shutter key), the interaction with which is quite unpleasant – they are shallow and it's extremely hard to discern them from the surrounding plastic. The two-step camera button is particularly unpleasant – it does not provide enough feedback about its position. At the left side of the phone, we can find the slots for the nano SIM and the microSD cards, which fit rather tightly inside the frame. The HTC Desire EYE is IPX7-certified, too, which means that it will live to tell the tale if you dip it in the water – in particular, for as long as 30 minutes at a depth of up to a meter.

HTC Desire EYE
5.97 x 2.91 x 0.33 inches
151.7 x 73.8 x 8.5
5.43 oz (154 g)

HTC Desire EYE

HTC One (M8)
5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches
146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm
5.64 oz (160 g)

HTC One (M8)

Samsung Galaxy S5
5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches
142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm
5.11 oz (145 g)

Samsung Galaxy S5

Apple iPhone 6
5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches
138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm
4.55 oz (129 g)

Apple iPhone 6

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Excellent outdoor visibility and acceptable color reproduction

Up front, we have a 5.2" 1080p display that has a pretty good pixel density of 424ppi – the display is sharp enough and we failed to discern any individual pixels. It also is very bright, vibrant, and has an excellent outdoor visibility. At the same time, its contrast is top-notch, too, but the color accuracy leaves something to be desired – its readings don't exceed the borders of the sRGB color chart, but the display fails to match with many of the color targets. The Desire EYE reproduces colors a tad bluer than they should be in real life – it has a color temperature of 7248K, noticeably higher than the reference of 6500K. The gamma, at 2.37, is also above the perfect value of 2.2. The viewing angles are mediocre at best, yet acceptable.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
HTC Desire EYE 614
HTC One (M8) 490
Samsung Galaxy S5 442
Apple iPhone 6 606
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posted on 21 Nov 2014, 09:01 2

1. Birds (Posts: 1171; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

OMG, who is this new reviewer. I like his writing style....kinda in your face and RAAAHHHH!!!!

posted on 21 Nov 2014, 09:29

2. frayo (unregistered)

We have had one for two weeks now, very happy with it

posted on 21 Nov 2014, 11:59 5

3. hmd74 (Posts: 485; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)

8?!! Just for these CONS? :|
Maybe a 9 is better

posted on 21 Nov 2014, 12:04 7

4. gaara6775 (Posts: 738; Member since: 20 May 2014)

8? What the phack?
Build materials could be better? Something went wrong somewhere.

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 19:00

13. Jinto (Posts: 436; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)

I am thinking of gettin a phone for ~$200, and have narrowed my choices down to this, the Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3 5.5", and the ASUS Zenfone Laser 3gb ram.

U think I should get this?

posted on 21 Nov 2014, 15:01 6

5. Donforreal (Posts: 45; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)

Very nice phone from HTC! Seems like no big drawbacks to me, should have higher rating IMO!

posted on 21 Nov 2014, 23:48 1

6. lalalaman (Posts: 637; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)

should have been 8.5

posted on 22 Nov 2014, 20:01

7. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)

Just a recommendation for this reviewer:

Instead of saying,
XXX could be better

describe HOW it could be better, or why it is not ideal.

posted on 10 Jan 2015, 09:32

8. yogeh74 (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Jan 2015)

What is the latest cdma phone of htc

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 21:22

9. baldilocks (Posts: 813; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)

Actually as a phone, this is the best I have heard in a long time. Calls are loud and clear and I actually had to turn DOWN the volume.

Reviewer must have had a less than optimal unit.

posted on 18 May 2015, 07:56

10. legiloca (Posts: 1448; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)

There's actually an error here, the Antutu Benchmark score of the phone is wrong, I kept testing the phone a lot of times, it Always scores around 40 to 42,000+ sometimes beating the One M8 but just a hair behind Galaxy S5, it only gets a score of 28,000+ when I turned on the Battery Saver or Optimize Battery Life button. The Desire Eye deserves a better score here, the only question mark for me are the hardware buttons, the rest is hands down Perfect.

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 06:29

11. sabbath412 (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Mar 2016)

I don't know why my device differs so greatly from the other Antutu scores I see posted.I consistently get 66000+ scores.I've had zero issues with my Eye.Well played HTC.

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 06:53

12. legiloca (Posts: 1448; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)

that's because it's Antutu 5 they're using and not Antutu 6 which u are probably now, also it should be around 85,000+ maybe u turned ur Battery Saver mode on as it reduces CPU speed

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HTC Desire EYE

HTC Desire EYE

OS: Android 5.0 4.4.4
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Display5.2 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (424 ppi)
Camera13 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
Size5.97 x 2.91 x 0.33 inches
(151.7 x 73.8 x 8.5)
5.43 oz  (154 g)

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