If you ever found yourself wanting to take a great selfie, but you know that it won’t come out as good due to the low quality of the front camera, stand still.

The HTC Desire Eye is everything selfie lovers want, and even more. While the main feature of the handset is the powerful front facing camera, the device is actually quite a powerful smartphone.

Design and Display

The device is made from plastic, and it has a nice matte finish. However, it lacks the premium feel of flagship devices. However, the colorful accent, which is found around the edges of the devices adds color and makes the device more vivid and playful. It is designed for the younger generation; so HTC has achieved the goal here. There are two speakers on the front of the device, but the sound quality is far from the Boomsound we’ve grown accustomed to expect from HTC. The device fits quite nicely in the hand, with dimensions of 152 x 74 x 8.5 and weight of 154 grams. The 5.2 inch screen display delivers resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, or 424ppi. When you put the HTC Eye on the test, it comes close to premium handsets.

Hardware and Operating System

We mentioned that the device delivers more than just a selfie friendly front facing camera. The HTC Desire Eye packs a Snapdragon 801 quad core processor under the hood, with maximum clocking speed set at 2.3 GHz and comes with 2 GB RAM. The on board storage is limited to 16 GB, but users can add 128 GB more via microSD card. Out of the box, the device runs on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat version.


This is where the device makes its money. There is no other handset on the market that can match the combination of cameras that the HTC Desire Eye delivers. Both the front facing and the rear facing cameras pack a 13-MP sensor, with dual LED flash. Think about it, a front facing camera with dual LED flash. Yes, that is possible with the HTC Desire Eye.


The device gets its power from a 2400 mAh non removable battery. The battery delivers up to 20 hours of talk time and up to 538 hours on standby mode.


The specs on the HTC Desire Eye position the device in the upper tier; but with still middle range class handsets. The selfie friendly camera is excellent, and the specs are quite decent. Unless you are getting a premium handset like the Galaxy S5, the LG G3 or the HTC One M8, the HTC Desire Eye is worth having. With a price tag of $600 for a SIM free version, the device is priced less than premium devices, but more than mid range handsets.

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