HTC Desire Eye

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HTC Desire Eye
SloganDo more than talk
SeriesHTC Desire
Compatible networks2G, 3G, 4G
First releasedOctober 2014 (2014-10)
Availability by region7 November 2014
TypeTouchscreen smartphone
Form factorSlate
Dimensions151.7 × 73.8 × 8.5 mm
Mass154 g (5.43 oz)
Operating systemOriginal: Android 4.4.4 "KitKat"
Current: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow"
System on chipQualcomm Snapdragon 801
CPU2.3 GHz quad-core Krait 400
GPUAdreno 330
Storage16 GB flash
Removable storageup to 128 GB
Battery2400 mAh
Data inputsCapacitive touch screen, Multitouch
Display5.2 inch
Rear camera13MP MP
Front camera13MP with dual LED flash
ConnectivityWLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth: v4.0, A2DP, USB: microUSB v2.0

The HTC Desire Eye is an Android smartphone manufactured by HTC. The phone was announced on 8 October 2014 [1] and was released on 7 November 2014 [2] exclusively for AT&T in the United States and exclusively for Three in the United Kingdom.[3][4] It is known as the selfie phone because the front camera has the same quality of imaging as the rear camera.[5]


The Desire Eye comes with preloaded Android 4.4 and HTC Sense 6.0.[1] An upgrade to Android Lollipop 5.0.2 was released in March 2015 while Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 was released in March 2016.[2]


The Desire Eye features similar hardware to the flagship HTC One M8; the differences are its waterproofing capabilities, dual-tone polycarbonate plastic uni-body, and slightly bigger display at 5.2 inches. It packs a 2.3 GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU, 2 GB of RAM, front and back cameras have 13 MP resolution with both having dual LED flash. It comes with a 2400 mAh battery and supports Quick Charge 2.0 by Qualcomm. It is equipped with two HTC BoomSound front-facing speakers hidden at the top and bottom edge of the display panel. Storage is 16 GB and it can take up to 128 GB expandable storage.[6]


The HTC Desire Eye received positive reviews from critics. Andrew Hoyle of Cnet gave it a score 8 out of 10 and said "Its screen is bright and bold, it has plenty of power and its colourful body is waterproof".[7] Chris Velazco of gave it a score of 74 out of 100 and praised the phone for its impressive performance.[8]

Despite receiving positive reviews for its performance, the Desire Eye failed at what it was marketed for. The front-facing and back cameras received poor responses from critics. Jeff Parsons of TechRadar called the camera "Average" and said "The strength of the Desire Eye isn't in its 13MP cameras but its unibody design and flagship-baiting specifications".[9]


  1. ^ a b "HTC Desire Eye release date, price, news and features". Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b Martin, Chris. "HTC Desire Eye offers 13 Mp front camera". Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Three gets UK exclusivity for HTC Desire Eye". Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  4. ^ "HTC Desire EYE to launch November 7th as an AT&T exclusive". Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  5. ^ HTC Desire EYE Review: More Than Just A Selfie Phone. Forbes. 5 November 2014.
  6. ^ "HTC Desire Eye vs. One M8: Does a better selfie make a better phone?". 11 October 2014. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  7. ^ "HTC Desire Eye review: The waterproof phone that takes selfies in the dark". Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  8. ^ "HTC Desire Eye review: in search of the ultimate selfie machine". Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  9. ^ "HTC Desire Eye review". Retrieved 28 November 2016.

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