HTC announced the Desire Eye last month, which is a smartphone that comes with a 12-megapixel camera called the Eye and apparently, that phone isn’t the only HTC phone that’s getting an Eye attachment in 2014, as a variation of the legendary M8 with a robust front-facing camera has announced itself on the company’s official website.
The Eye version of the M8 is almost identical to the regular HTC One M8, besides the front camera, the only noteable difference between the two handsets is that the One M8 Eye drops the 4-megapixel camera on the back for a more conventional 13-megapixel camera, even though the handset retains the Duo Camera configuration that enables users to adjust the focus of images after they have been taken. The One M8 Eye also has dual-SIM support for the Asian market but it is not yet specified if this will be included for Western markets.
HTC has made Asia-specific variations of the One M8 before so I wouldn’t exactly expect the One M8 Eye to make it to Europe, even though the plastic-bodied M8 did eventually become available on Orange.
US selfie lovers should consider the Desire Eye, which will likely be cheaper than the One M8 and will have very similar performance rates. I like the Desire Eye’s polycarbonate construction and I think it’s better than the heavy, bendable rounded aluminum body on the One M8.
This handset makes it clear that we’ll likely see the Eye camera on other HTC phones in the coming years and the HTC camera software also got a big upgrade recently, it was renamed Eye Experience, so the company’s imaging focus is surely here to stay.
HTC’s devices now feature heaps of different camera technologies, such as UltraPixel cameras and Duo Cameras and the action camera, so it will be very interesting to see what image-snappers HTC puts on its phones in the future.