The Desire Eye is the plastic variant of the One M8, but with a slightly bigger display and an improved camera. It doesn’t have the same premium look, but at least it can compete with other high-end devices, and the Galaxy S5 is a strong competitor.
Designs, displays and dimensions
As we were saying, the Desire Eye has a plastic construction, with a two-tone design, meaning that it has either white or dark blue on its back and the frame is red/light blue. The device feels solid, it has an average thickness, featuring a flat back with curved edges and corners, the rear camera sits in the upper left and the HTC logo has the same color as the frame. The Desire Eye is weighting 154grams, it measures 151.7×73.8×8.5 mm and it’s IPX7 certified, meaning that it’s resistant to dust and water.
The Galaxy S5 has the same level of protection, but it obtained a different certification, IP67. Its design is totally different: the back is made of polycarbonate material, with a rubberized effect and perforated dots. The device is a bit thinner and lighter, but that’s because is shorter, measuring 142×72.5×8.1 mm, while it’s weighting 145grams.
Hardware and OS
The HTC Desire Eye has identical internal specs as its sibling, the One M8, and it matches even Samsung’s Galaxy S5, but it offers a slightly weaker performance because its processor has a lower clock speed. Therefore, both phones are powered by a quad core Krait 400 processor, clocked at 2.3Ghz on the Desire Eye, and with a clock speed of 2.5Ghz on the Galaxy S5. Both phones are using a Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 chipset, Adreno 330 graphics and 2GB of RAM, so they should be pretty snappy. In terms of internal memory, both devices will allow you to expand its capacity up to 128GB and both come with a variant of 16GB. However, the Galaxy S5 offers another variant of 32GB.
The Galaxy S5 was released this spring and at that time, Android launched the 4.4.2 (KitKat) update, while the Desire Eye came loaded with v4.4.4 (KitKat). Though, there’s no word yet regarding a future upgrade to v5.0 (Lollipop), for HTC’s handset.
Galaxy S5’s rear camera has a higher resolution (16MP) and some would say that it’s better than Desire Eye’s 13MP, but don’t forget that HTC brought the “eye” experience, which consists of: face tracking, face fusion, split capture, crop me in, live make-up. How does the Crop Me In works? When you’re making video calls, the camera will track your face and will crop you. Also, don’t underestimate the front camera, whose resolution is also 13MP and which is equipped with dual-LED flash. The Galaxy S5 has a 2MP front snapper.
The Galaxy S5 has a battery of 2800mAh, which can be replaced in time, but meanwhile, it will be good enough to support up to 21hours of talking time. The Desire Eye has a non-removable battery, just like most of the HTC devices, but its capacity is 2400mAh and on this phone, you will be able to talk 20 hours.
The HTC Desire is listed on the Indian websites having a price of 800 dollars, while the Galaxy S5 16GB can be found on Amazon, where it costs 520 dollars