Although the brand HTC is one of the early pioneer of smartphone platform, but now it is losing charm faster than ever. For this, all credit goes to the super management of the brand, whose attention never been on medium budget smartphone segment, which accounts more than 90% of total mobile phone sales.
We are not discussing the future of HTC rather we have two brilliant smartphones; which does justice with the promise made by the brand. These two smartphones are brilliant with daily photography and especially on selfie mode. We have dedicated this article to those friends need a solid smartphone with the best selfie shooting capability.
The Desire Eye and M8 Eye are designed for superb selfie shooting. Although there two smartphones aim to tap the place of camera smartphone, but responds fairly only to selfie shooting.
In our observation these two are not camera smartphones rather perfect selfie shooters. In 30000 rupees budget, these two HTC champs are suitable “perfect selfie everywhere”.
HTC Desire Eye
Selfies have become common medium of social interaction these days and every smartphone manufacturer seems to be grabbing this opportunity. The Desire Eye smartphone was a very first attempt from HTC to attract selfie lovers by featuring a 13 MP front facing selfie shooter. Currently, this smartphone is available for a price of 32785 INR, which does not look like a reasonable bargain for the specification it packs besides camera power.
The phone comes with curved edges that provide a nice grip while holding it in one hand. Its back panel has a soft touch matte finish that it does not attract fingerprints. There is no sign of metal, at least from the outside of this phone. At the centerpiece of the front panel is the huge camera sensor that keeps looking at you. The HTC Boomsound grills have been narrowed down so that they can be fitted along the edges of the display. The smartphone comes with a slim profile and measures just 8.5 mm in thickness.
This smartphone also comes with an IPX7 tag, which means you can use it in rain, but not in a swimming pool.
The HTC Desire Eye sports a 5.2 inch IPS display that comes with a screen to body ratio of 66.6 per cent. It packs a resolution of 1080 X 1920 pixels, which has become a norm for all upper mid-range smartphones these days. High pixel density of 424 ppi results in a really sharp user experience, especially while playing games and watching movies. The display of this phone is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
It will not take much time for you to figure out that the camera smartphone features a superior 13 MP rear camera on the front. Both cameras are accompanied by dual-tone LED flash. Thanks to the BSI sensor, images taken from this phone pack a great level of details. It is a selfie focused (or more precisely a selfie dedicated) smartphone. You can also find a dedicated camera button on the right side of the phone. However, you will need a really stable hand to use it for capturing stable and focused shots.
The camera interface of this phone is also equipped with a number of attractive features like Auto Capture, Voice Capture, Split Shot and Photo Booth. You will be able to record 1080P videos at 30 frames per second from both cameras on this phone.
The quality of the images are good as long as you have captured those images in bright day light. In low lighting conditions, the experience is really poor as noise starts to fill up the entire view field.
At the core of this smartphone is a quad-core 2.3 GHz processor (Qualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 801 chipset) coupled with a 2 GB of RAM. For handling graphics, there is an Adreno 330 GPU. The Desire eye comes with a 16 GB of on-board storage that can be expanded up to 128 GB via a micro SD card. Here, hardware balance is closely in match the HTC One M8 and the HTC One M8 Eye.
At AnTuTU Benchmark, it manages to get a score of 40434, which gives an idea about the power of this smartphone. Quadrant returns a score of 24225 while in Geekbench 3 Multicore this phone gets a score of 2818.
All the processor hungry games are easily playable on the HTC Desire Eye. You will hardly notice any stutter or lag while operating this smartphone.
As the speaker grills have been narrowed, the music listening experience also gets lowered down on this phone. However, it is still one of the best smartphones when it comes to overall audio experience.
Like HTC One M8 Eye, this smartphone also supports 8 bands of 4G LTE network. Among all the connectivity features of this phone are 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS and micro USB. It could have been better if this phone had been equipped with an IR port.
For the price you pay for this phone, you are getting all the required sensors like Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Proximity Sensor and Ambient Light Sensor.
The battery compartment of this phone is a little disappointing to the users. A battery with only 2400 mAh capacity is not enough to give a full day backup. The good thing is it comes with a super power saver mode that extends the battery life at the cost of performance and other features.
The HTC Desire Eye comes with a cleaner and modern HTC Sense UI 6.0 running on top of Android 4.4 KitKat. Various gestures that are embedded in the interface enhance the user experience. It also comes with a theme section that enables a user to set the color scheme and wallpaper according to his taste. HTC will also be rolling out the Lollipop update for this smartphone in coming weeks.
- 13 MP primary and 13 MP secondary camera. Both are equipped with dual-tone LED flash.
- Cute and comfortable design.
- 4G LTE support.
- Sharp display.
- Quad-core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor.
- HTC Boom-sound.
- Fast Charging is supported.
- The physical camera button is not much useful.
- Low light imaging is bad.
- Low battery life.
It is a great phone for all those users who want a great selfie phone with a flagship level experience. HTC Boomsound is another noteworthy feature that takes your movie watching and music listening experience to the next level. However, this phone is a little overpriced when compared to other smartphones currently available in the market. If you are not a great fan of HTC cameras, then you should probably be looking for other alternatives to save some money.
HTC One M8 Eye
The HTC One M8 Eye was launched in the month of October last year and it was not an upgrade to the original M8 smartphone. This new smartphone did bring some new cool specifications, but at the cost of other excluded features. Currently, the HTC One M8 is available for the price of 37250 INR whereas you can grab the M8 Eye for just 30999 INR.
We did not notice major changes in the design of this phone with respect to the original M8. It is 9.4 mm thick and also weighs the same 160 grams. The only one minor change we could point at there is no strip above camera in the M8 Eye.
The 90 per cent part of this smartphone is made of metal, which gives a premium touch to it. You will find this smartphone much comfortable in the hand because of its curved back. All the buttons are too on the same place as they were on the M8. It could have been a better decision to change the position of the power button to the right.
HTC has been using Super LCD panels from very long time and it seems that it still loves it. The HTC One M8 Eye has a 5 inch Super LCD 3 display with a decent resolution of 1080 X 1920 pixels. It can be said that it is not the sharpest display at 441 ppi, but that does not mean you will not enjoy anything on this phone. In fact, it is the same display, which was featured on the original M8.
This is the main department where HTC thought to make big changes. Unlike the original M8, the M8 Eye comes with a 13 MP primary camera accompanied by another camera at the top for sensing the depth. There is a BSI sensor under the lenses of the main camera that captures more light compared to other conventional sensors.
The dual-tone LED flash is still there that really helps in low lighting conditions. Yet, HTC forgot to introduce Optical Image Stabilization to this phone. However, it is a nice improvement and you will get full details while capturing images in bright daylight. You can also record 1080P videos on this phone at 60 frames per second.
On the front, you will find a 5 MP camera, which is not as wide angled as the front camera of the original M8 was. It will prove to be a disappointing thing as you will not be able to contain all your friends within a single selfie.
HTC also introduced a bunch of “Eye” features on this phone, which is where it gets its name from. Face tracking is the most notable feature of all. You will be able to get a more focused view of your friend when you will do video call with him. If many faces are in the view field, then the camera software will automatically bring a grid interface on the screen to show faces of all people separately.
The phone also comes with a screen share feature that lets you share whatever is on your screen. Other camera features of this phone include Auto Selfie, Split Mode, Live Makeup and Face Fusion.
Moreover, all the amazing camera features that were present on the original M8 also come preloaded on this phone.
The HTC One M8 Eye features a quad-core 2.3 GHz processor (Qualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 801 chipset) that was also present on the original M8. So, at least you can expect the same level of performance here. It comes with a 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage, which is further expandable up to a massive 128 GB using a micro SD card. There is also an Adreno 330 GPU that handles all the gaming on this phone pretty easily.
On the benchmark front, the M8 eye matches the expectation and manages to get scores in relation to the original M8. All the graphic intensive games like NOVA 3, MC 5 and Asphalt 8 run without any frame drops. You will certainly enjoy this phone as your daily driver and also as pocket gaming console.
HTC’s BoomSound technology is the best in industry for listening to music at a smartphone. The front firing speakers of this phone are really loud and generate distortion free audio. Its drivers are so big that you will experience surround sound effect without plugging in any headphone.
The HTC One M8 Eye is really a beast on the connectivity front. It supports 4G LTE networks at 8 bands (4 TD-LTE and 4 FD LTE bands to be precise). Other major connectivity features on this phone are Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and micro USB with OTG sync support.
However, HTC did some feature cuts on this phone. You will not find NFC and IR blaster support on the M8 Eye.
The HTC One M8 Eye is powered by a 2600 mAh battery, which does not seem to be enough on the scale of premium phones. However, you will easily get more than one day of power backup on it. It does not come with a battery sucking Quad HD display, which will make the biggest difference here. The phone also comes with a super power saver mode that will prove to be a lot helpful in hard situations.
This smartphone runs Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box and it is expected that HTC will be rolling out the Lollipop update in coming months. The phone comes with HTC’s Sense UI 6.0 that really enhances the interface. Its features like Blink-Feed will really enhance your experience.
- Great design.
- Decent display.
- Dual camera set up on the back. Also comes with a bunch of “Eye” features.
- HTC Boomsound.
- Decent battery life.
- Fast processor.
- 4G support.
- Gestures Control
- Front camera does not capture wide angle shots.
- NFC and IR support is missing.
Even if the next HTC flagship has been launched, this smartphone has its own place in the market. The HTC One M8 Eye is the best phone if you want a premium experience at a reasonable price.