The HTC Desire Eye smartphone has finally gone official during the Double Exposure event last evening. The company was has also launched the handheld RE camera during the course of the event, which is a water resistant camera shaped like a periscope.
The Desire Eye packs a 5.2 inch 1080p display, 13-megapixel cameras on the front and back respectively, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (expandable), a quad core Snapdragon 801 chipset, a 2,400 mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat with the HTC Sense UI. The smartphone is IPX7 certified for being water and dust resistant, so it’s clearly not a one trick pony.
Since the front camera is the highlight of the smartphone, HTC has decided to use a f/2.2 aperture with a 22mm wide angle lens while the back camera has an aperture size of f/2.0 with a 28mm wide angle lens. The front camera is suitable for wide angle group selfies and also packs a dual LED flash like a full fledged camera. Naturally, HTC has also introduced a bunch of software features to accommodate the cameras. The Desire Eye will be available through AT&T in the U.S. sometime soon and will be launching this month in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
The RE camera comes with a 16-megapixel 1/2.3-inch sensor along with an ultra-wide 146 degree lens. It is water resistant with an IP57 rating which is an added bonus for a device like this. It comes with an 8GB microSD card pre installed but customers can add cards of up to 128GB if they so please.
It has a solitary shutter button which can be controlled to take photos or videos conveniently. The device connects with a companion smartphone through Bluetooth or WiFi. The device has an 820 mAh battery underneath which can reportedly take 1200 photos or 100 minutes of Full HD videos on one charge. The RE camera will be available in the U.S. starting November for $199.99. Other markets around the world will get the camera subsequently.