Mobile Phones: HTC Desire Eye
News & Reviews: HTC Desire Eye
Last Updated: Feb 06, 2015
HTC Malaysia is currently offering some promotions on their HTC smartphones and devices for the upcoming Chinese New Year. According to their Facebook page, this means that you could get some extra freebies like flash memory cards or official cases with your next HTC purchase. These HTC devices include the HTC Desire EYE and some other HTC Desire smartphones, the HTC Butterfly 2 and the Nexus 9 and will be valid until 1 March 2015. To get these freebies, check out their site and fill up your particulars with your proof of purchase.
Last Updated: Jan 29, 2015
For the past few weeks, there have been plenty of leaks and rumors about the upcoming HTC flagship,HTC One M9. The company is yet to reveal anything officially, but it has kept an event on 1st March 2015 called "Utopia in progress" where it will reportedly unveil the successor to the HTC One M8 flagship model. Recently, an image was spotted on twitter, which could be the official photo of the two upcoming flagship devices. An earlier leak had hinted at a possible HTC One M9 Plus version, which this photo could confirm. The image comes courtesy of @evleaks. The image confirms a full glass front on both the models. Also, like the earlier images, this one too features an oval physical home button, which is something not usually seen on HTC's flagship models. The button will reportedly include a fingerprint sensor, a first for an HTC device. Both the models have super slim bezels and a large round front camera. Judging from the looks, it could be the same as the 13MP shooter on the HTC Desire Eye, but nothing is confirmed so far especially not Malaysia release dates or pricing. Expect more details in the next few weeks.
Last Updated: Jan 26, 2015
HTC's upcoming flagship device, the HTC One M9 has been making the rumor rounds for quite some time now. The device was recently spotted alongside the old HTC One M8 model and the differences between the two (although slight) were carefully marked in the picture. Although the device is probably a prototype model, its looks like it is in the final stages of design. One of the significant differences between the two models is the size of the bezels at the bottom and the sides of the display. The bottom HTC logo is now thinner and smaller making that area more compact than before. On both the sides of the screen, the bezels have been reduced greatly. So the alleged HTC One M9 looks much smaller and compact than the existing flagship. According to the picture, it looks like the device will retain the 5-inch display, which contradicts earlier rumors that said it will have a 5.5-inch 2K display. There may also be a 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor with 3GB RAM onboard. At the back, the phone is said to feature a 20.7MP camera and up front, there could be a 13MP selfie shooter just like the HTC Desire Eye. As for software, the phone will probably come with Android 5.0.1 with Sense 7.0 UI on top but as always, do take this leak with a pinch of salt.
Last Updated: Jan 09, 2015
A few days before CES 2015, HTC had said that it would focus on the Desire lineup at the event held in Las Vegas. The company already announced the first Desire smartphone of the year, the Desire 320 and now, it has unveiled another Desire smartphone called as the HTC Desire 826. Unlike the entry level 320, this particular device will have top end tech specs. It also boasts of being the first HTC smartphone to run on Android 5.0 Lollipop OS out of the box. The HTC Desire 826 will be powered by a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. It sports a large 5.5-inch display with 1920 x 1080p resolution and features 13MP rear and 4MP Ultrapixel front cameras. These cameras are equipped with the special tools that were available on HTC Desire Eye selfie centric smartphone. Like most top end phones, the HTC Desire 826 comes with 4G LTE connectivity. As for the battery, the phone comes with a decent 2600 mAh battery onboard. HTC is yet to announce availability and pricing, but it is said that the phone will launch in China soon.
Last Updated: Jan 07, 2015
Lenovo announced a number of new devices at CES 2015 including the Lenovo Vibe X2 Pro flagship and a flash accessory called as the Lenovo Vibe Xtension Selfie Flash. The top-of-the-line Vibe X2 Pro takes its design inspiration from it's predecessor, the Lenovo Vibe X2. It comes with a full metal body and a three color layered design. The phone runs on a 64-bit Snapdragon processor and supports 4G LTE networks. It features a 13MP front camera which puts it in direct competition with the recently announced HTC Desire Eye. The company has not included a front facing flash but interested users can purchase the Xtension Selfie accessory. It attaches itself to the phone's 3.5mm jack and the eight white LED bulbs on board illuminates your face. This extension is compatible with any Android smartphone with a 3.5mm headphone jack and can take up to 100 Selfies on a single charge. The Vibe Xtension flash will be available for sale from April 2015 for $29 (RM103). The Lenovo Vibe X2 Pro too will launch in April for $499 (RM1772) without contract. Full tech specs of the Lenovo flagship is as given below.
- 64-bit 1.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor
- Adreno 405
- 2GB RAM
- 32GB internal storage + expandable storage up to 128GB
- 5.3-inch display (1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, IPS LCD, 416 ppi)
- 13MP rear camera (autofocus, LED Flash) + 13MP front camera
- 146.3 x 71 x 6.95 mm | 140 grams
- Supports 4G LTE, HSPA, dual Nano-SIMs, Bluetooth 4.1, 802.11 ac Wi-Fi, FM Radio, microUSB 2.0, GPS
- Features Geo-Tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR
- 2410 mAh battery
- Android 4.4 + Vibe 2.0 UI
- Available in Champagne Gold / Rock Pink / Electric Blue
Last Updated: Jan 02, 2015
According to the latest poster released by HTC on its Weibo page, the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer will unveil at least one Desire smartphone at the upcoming CES 2015 event which will be held at Las Vegas starting 5 January 2015. The teaser image says 'Always Desire more' which probably hints at a new HTC Desire smartphone from the company this year. HTC's Desire range has shown some promise recently especially with the Desire Eye smartphone and the Desire 820. The Desire range usually offer mid-range specs and the new Desire phone expected to be unveiled on 6 January 2015 will most likely be a mid-range smartphone as well. Given that HTC has not yet hinted at a new 'One' branded phone, it's very likely that the company won't announce a flagship device at the event. Traditionally, HTC announces its 'HTC One' flagship sometime later during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) which happens in February 2015. Hence, the leaked HTC One (M9) Hima flagship model could debut around March this year too. As for the new Desire smartphone, there aren't many details like Malaysia release dates or pricing available just yet. It could be something new and big like the unique Desire Eye smartphone with a 13MP front camera. Stay tuned for more updates from CES 2015 in the coming days.
Last Updated: Dec 08, 2014
Just as reported earlier, HTC has announced the HTC Desire Eye smartphone and the HTC Re camera in Malaysia today. The Desire Eye will be available for a retail price of RM1699 in two colors - Submarine Blue and Coral Red. The Re camera will go on sale around mid-December for RM699 in Navy Blue, White and Orange. Although HTC's Desire range usually features mid-range tech specs, the HTC Desire Eye is an exception. Tech specs include a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage with MicroSD card support. On the front is a 5.2inch IPS display with Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. HTC has included the same 13MP sensor at both the front and the back, so the device can take beautiful selfies from its front camera too. It is also IP57 certified, so you can take it for a dip or underwater selfie as well. The Re camera is a cylindrical shaped device made for simplifying the process of taking pictures of your everyday life. Inside, you have a 16MP sensor which can take 1080p videos at 30 fps and 720p Slow-Mo videos at 120 fps. You can connect the device to iOS and Android smartphones using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. HTC has not yet announced an exact date for the Malaysia availability of the Re Camera, but we expect it to happen sometime later around 15 December 2014.
Last Updated: Dec 04, 2014
Just a few days back we reported that HTC Malaysia was going to release the HTC Desire Eye smartphone and the HTC RE camera in the country on 5 December 2015. While we still have a day to go, a new report says that the second generation of this unique camera is already confirmed. According to Focus Taiwan, Jack Tong, the North Asia president of HTC confirmed that a new HTC Re camera was already under works and would be released sometime later in 2015. The device would be tailor made as a product for the mass consumer market. However, as of now, HTC has not yet revealed anything about this upcoming second generation of this everyday camera. The HTC Re is the company's first attempt at a standalone action camera and aims to compete with the likes of GoPro, but in a more casual manner. In fact, clicking pictures with this cylindrical shaped device is much easier than most other cameras in the market as it lets you shoot videos and capture images with just a click of a button. Given that the Re camera is releasing in Malaysia on 5 December 2015, expect concrete details like Malaysia availability and pricing in the next few days.
Last Updated: Nov 27, 2014
A month back, HTC announced the HTC RE, a GoPro competitor alongside its dual-13MP camera HTC Desire Eye. Now, both the devices are expected to hit the Malaysian markets on 5 December 2014. While GoPro is marketed as the camera for the adrenaline junkies, the new HTC RE is more of a professional camera for everyday use. It features a 16MP f/2.8 aperture Sony camera sensor with 146 degree wide angle lens. While it doesn't support 2K, you can record videos at FULL HD 1080p resolution at 30 fps and HD 720p resolution at 120 fps. The HTC RE comes with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity options and is compatible with Android and iOS. There's an 820 mAh rechargeable battery on board, good enough for 1200 images or 1 hour 40 minutes of video shooting. The HTC Desire Eye is also a one of a kind product. It features a 13MP camera as well as dual LED flash on both the back and the front. Other tech specs like a Snapdragon 801 SoC, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage with MicroSD card slot and 2300 mAh battery are in line with the flagship smartphones available in the market. HTC has yet to announce the official Malaysia pricing and availability of both the devices but we should know more next week.
Last Updated: Oct 09, 2014
After quite a few teasers, the HTC Desire EYE has been officially announced. Confirming many of the previous leaks, the most notable feature is it's 13MP front camera with dual LED flash. Another set of 13MP camera and dual LED flash is placed on the rear while the overall design looks flat and thin with a colourful plastic wraparound frame. Other tech specs include a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, a 5.2-inch LCD display with 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution, up to 128GB microSD support, 4G LTE, a 2400 mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat. The smartphone is quite large despite it's flat and thin looks, measuring in at 151.7 x 73.8 x 8.5mm and weighs 154g. It features dual front BoomSound speakers hidden between the bezels and comes with three noise-cancelling microhones. It is also certified for IPX7 water resistance, so you can bring it underwater for 1 meter and 30 minutes. No details yet on Malaysia release dates but it is rumoured to cost €529 (RM2189). For now, check out the pics and video in this article.