The 'Double Exposure,' one of the most pride-filled moments for HTC is gradually settling down. The big announcements that took place just a couple of hours back were filled with numerous awestruck and wows.
The HTC Desire Eye that was leaked several times in the past was something, which everyone was looking forward to seeing announced at the event and yes, HTC announced it.
No doubt about the Desire Eye's power, processor and even the design as it employs components generally apt for high-end flagship devices and it is a flagship device.
But Desire series from HTC is since long time been branded as a mid-range series and with this flagship model added in the same series, HTC could be possibly cannibalizing its One flagship series. This is where the confusion in HTC as a company itself looms and it gives the reviewers enough reason to talk about it.
Moreover, the talk would basically involve the flagship quality of the Desire Eye falling in a series, which is popular for mid-range price and over-powered camera, which can easily take on its very own HTC One M8. Leaving all that aside (we'll talk that in details soon), the HTC Desire Eye is far capable of what a smartphone camera users can grasp at the moment (which means, it is extremely awesome and would probably last for a decade, provided updates are released time to time).
Anyways, lets talk about the device in a form of a first look for now before we come up with the review.
HTC Desire Eye: Design, Display, Form Factor and Operating System
The Desire Eye is one of the smartphones from HTC which comes with outstanding design. The dual shot coloring used in the handset makes it look even better. The Phone comes in a combination of red and white or blue and black color combination. On thing that makes it lesser than the HTC One M8 is the lack of the metal unibody.
It features an oleophobic polycarbonate build offering the dimension of 151.7 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm. The side edges of the Eye is rubberized or you can say a matte finish that offers firm grip to the hands and offer a better looks at the same time.
Beating the boundaries set by Sony in a waterproof feature, the HTC Desire Eye comes with a same nature too with IPX7 certification. It can stay submersed in up to 1 meter water for half an hour without any ports covered unlike Sony's Xperia Series where you will have to make sure to lock down the ports first before dipping it in a fresh water.
Shaped identical to the recently launched Desire 820, it has a rounded casing and it is quite light at 154 grams.
Although, the smartphone comes with a larger display measuring 5.2-inch, it does fit in had pretty well due to the grip offered by the matte touch given at the side edges of the phone.
The display is a Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) one with a Corning Gorilla glass 3 protection as well. Although, the future is QHD, but yes, it is the best choice that HTC didn't involve the QHD panel here (It would have literally cannibalized its One M8).
Talking about the placements of the buttons and other visible hardware, you can see a large 13MP rear camera at the rear and also at the front face of the smartphone.
HTC also retains its audio gear the Boomsound speakers above and below the screen, which is in fact thinner than the ones we saw in other HTC smartphones.
The Desire Eye comes with Android KitKat version 4.4.4, which is the latest one at the moment. It is pretty much a known fact about Android's far reach in the market and popularity.
Moreover, what makes it even better is that the OS is mixed with the company's preprietary UI as well. You get the BlinkFeed and other features tagged along as well for better user experience.