HTC has announced the new Selfie-centric Desire EYE and RE, a small handheld camera. The Desire EYE is a flagship device in Desire lineup, it has a slightly larger 5.2" 1080p display than the One (M8).
The device is powered by a Snapdragon 801 processor with 2 GB of RAM. It has a 13 MP front and rear cameras with dual-LED flash too. Both cameras can record 1080p@30fps video. The one on the back has an f/2.0 aperture and a 28 mm lens, while the one on the front has a wider 20 mm lens but a smaller f/2.2 aperture.
The BoomSound speakers are present too, though it's hard to see this time. The Desire EYE is rated with IPX7 - water resistance up to 1 m of water for half an hour. It supports LTE and NFC connectivity too.
The 16 GB internal storage is expandable by MicroSD card (up to 128 GB). Juicing up the device is 2,400 mAh battery and it is measuring at 151.7 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm.
The HTC Desire EYE is running on Android 4.4 KitKat with Sense 6 UI on top and two camera-centric apps - EYE Experience and the new Zoe. It will be available through mobile operators and major retailers across EMEA, Asia and the US starting in October.
The RE Camera is a small handheld camera that allows you to capture and fully experience every moment, through video and photography, without the hassle and awkwardness of grabbing your phone or camera and missing the moment because you were too busy capturing it.
It features a 16 MP CMOS sensor capable for 1080p video recording with 146 degree wide-angle lens and slow-motion and time lapse recording. The RE app features a remote live viewfinder that lets you set up the perfect shot and watch the live action on the screen of your mobile device, or switch to album and playback view to flick through the shots and videos already stored on the camera. The app will also back everything up to your phone or the cloud automatically so you never need to worry about running out of space and missing a shot again.
RE Camera will be available in the US starting in November, with other regions to follow.
The HTC EYE Experience comes with Split Capture function. It combines simultaneous photos and videos taken on the front and back cameras into one split-screen image or video, this creates a new selfie experience, allowing you to document your journey and your reaction without relying on thumbnail views.
Crop-Me-In places you at the heart of the action by cropping you from the image or video taken with the front-facing camera and positioning it within the scene captured by the main camera, opening the door to more extreme, exciting selfies and videos.
Voice Selfie removes the need for awkward hand contortions by enabling you to trigger the shutter release with a simple command. Simply “say cheese” as soon as you’ve struck the perfect pose or trigger the video recording with “action” or “rolling” commands.
The HTC EYE Experience features will roll out to the following models in the coming months: HTC One (M7), HTC One (M8), HTC One E8, HTC One mini, HTC One mini 2, HTC One max, HTC Desire 816, HTC Desire 820 and HTC Butterfly 2.
The new Zoe has finally exit Beta stage, which was launched in August. Zoe 1.0 brings flexibility to the community, enabling short, medium and long Zoes that can be made up of just a couple of still images, or an entire series of video clips, with its new content engine (coming later this year), making it easy to present small numbers of clips or even individual images in an interesting, visually stunning way.
The new Zoe is fully integrated with RE Camera. Zoe video highlights are automatically generated and ready to share.
Zoe is a free app available on Android now, and coming on iOS later this year.