The HTC Desire EYE has the best name possible given its talents. This is a phone that offers pretty remarkable features for those who want to snap photos of their mates, or even themselves. It’s the first phone to have two cameras – one on the front, one on the back – that both offer the same resolution and optics. It’s also the first camera to offer a dual-tone LED flash on its “selfie camera”.
Plastic isn’t a disadvantage
HTC is a company that has invested and produced great phones in metal. The HTC One M8 is on our best phones list because it’s one of the most impressive handsets on the market. HTC spends more time and effort on the design and build quality than almost anyone else, and that shows on the HTC Desire EYE. It’s a plastic body – technically, a polycarbonate, which is stronger and thinner than regular plastic – but it just oozes quality.
Our phone is white and red, and the texture of the rear is perfect for a phone. It’s not slick like the iPhone 5C – and feels miles better in the hand as a result. If you’ve used other plastic phones, put them out of your mind, because the EYE really is a class-leader. That’s even more impressive, given that this isn’t a high-end phone – it’s aimed at the mid-market, and mostly younger users.
Older people – like this reviewer – won’t understand the urge of the youth to photograph themselves in a variety of positions every single day. However, anyone witnessing 18-year-olds using phones will understand that the selfie has become hugely important, and its own way for people to communicate and document their lives.
On the one hand, you could say that anyone not constantly photographing themselves in various states of duckface would have no business buying this phone, but that’s not fair. While the camera is a focus for this phone, it’s got loads to offer anyone who just wants a great phone.
The design of the hardware is great, and HTC puts plenty of work into its Android skin, Sense. Customisations to Android get a mixed press. Some love them, some hate them. From the outset of Android, HTC has designed its own interface for users, and it has plenty of good things, like great widgets and Blinkfeed, which gives you access to all your social feeds in one place.
On the downside, Sense obscures Android’s standard look. If you want that, you can install things like a different launcher, or just go for a Nexus device, which runs Android as Google designs it. When Lollipop rolls out, and comes to the EYE, it might be desirable to have its flat look, and Sense can sometimes slow down HTC’s adoption of the latest Android version.
Performance and features
The HTC Desire Eye isn’t equipped with the very latest processor, but it’s not far behind either – it’s got a decent amount of power for a mid-range device that is aimed more at the mass market than at the high-end, where people must have the latest and greatest processor.
Although there is a lot of power here, we did still notice that there were some slowdowns at times. Very occasionally the phone would hang somewhat, and leave us a bit frustrated. This was when there was a lot running though, and this happens with all phones from time to time. It’s really nothing to worry about, but a bit more RAM would boost the speed a bit.
While the cameras are a nice touch, the HTC has none of the health and security-related features that Samsung and others are starting to include. There’s no fingerprint scanner – not a bad thing, it has to be said – and no heart rate monitor. HTC seems to be less interested in health than other Android phone manufacturers.
Does that matter? No, not really. If you want health, Google has its own app for that, and you can always buy a smartwatch or activity tracker. Ultimately, HTC has largely ignored all that with good reason.
The big move for HTC with this phone is that it has included a 13-megapixel front-facing camera, with dual-tone flash. The idea here is that you can take selfies with the same quality that you shoot your friends via the rear-mounted camera.
What that involves in reality is a flash on the front of the phone, and not one of those dreadful ones that just shines a bright LED at you; this one has two LEDs with different tones, to give you natural lighting.
Photos from both cameras are pretty reasonable. In good light they look nice, with good colour and sufficient detail. Zoom in a bit and there’s still some of the softness that you always see on cameraphones. Comparing the front to rear cameras proved that the two are pretty similar. There are loads of effects too, and if you want to apply a beauty filter you can, although it makes everything look very odd, and crushes a lot of the detail.
One of the nice treats about the Desire EYE is that it’s effortlessly waterproof. It has a rating of 30 minutes at a depth of 1 metre, which is more than enough to see it through a fall into the bath, sink or toilet. You could even take it into the shower with you, if you really wanted to.
The big advantage to this phone though is that there’s no need to check that the back is on properly – it doesn’t come off – and there are no rubber ports to push into the USB socket or anywhere else. The trays for the SIM card (nano) and the microSD card are on the left, and have to be dug out with a fingernail, but that’s no big problem.
The HTC Desire EYE says it’s one thing – a selfie phone. In fact, there’s so much more to it, and what HTC has done is produced a phone which has far wider appeal than an initial glance would let you believe.
The EYE is brilliantly built, made from a really nice material that feels superb in your hand, and it has plenty of features to keep you going. Perhaps it would be good to have health tracking built in here as it is on the phones from LG and Samsung, but it’s really not the end of the world.
Ultimately, the EYE is good at what it set out to do, but has a far broader audience than its “selfie” image would have you believe.
HTC Corporation has announced a new charger with quick charging ability.
Based on a 15W USB wall charger unit, this charger can charge up quicker than any available normal charger. While the Rapid charger 2.0 can charge any micro USB based device, a few models will get the benefit of its quick charging ability.
According to the manufacturer, the HTC One M8 , HTC One E8, HTC One Remix and HTC Desire Eye will currently support this quick charging ability and many future devices will follow.
The Rapid Charger 2.0 is based on a technology developed by Qualcomm named ‘Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0′, announced by the company earlier this year. It uses a special technology, due to which devices with Snapdragon 800 system-on-chip will be able to reap full benefits.
The HTC Rapid Charger 2.0 will be retailed in the US for $35 and will focus at the latest flagship devices owners. The charger will be able to charge the devices 40 percent more quickly than the usual solutions.
The first glimpse of HTC’s next major release of Sense UI has made its way into the hands of YouMobile. And, if these first few screenshots are any indication, HTC may not stray far from the standard Android 5.0 aesthetics.
There isn’t a great deal to go on just yet, but it appears we could be in for more of the flat design with high contrasting accent colors. We’ll have to wait for more leaks to see how widgets and features like Blinkfeed might look with an infusion of Lollipop.
Google is expected to offer up the final version of Android 5.0 Lollipop next week; HTC previously promised to deliver a software update within 90 days of receiving the code from Google. Given how far along HTC looks to be with the update, we might assume they have been fast at work with developer previews.
It’s interesting to see HTC opt for a major new release of Sense instead of a minor refresh to the current 6.0 build. Typically, the hardware maker reserves this sort of thing for new devices in the spring. With that in mind, there’s plenty of time for refinements and new features for the HTC One M8 successor.
The whole ‘dropping a number’ thing seems to be catching in tech circles. First, Microsoft ignored the ninth digit entirely to leap from Windows 8 to Windows 10 – our kingdom for a “ours goes one higher” 11 – and now HTC is said to be readying its new Nexus 9 tablet for its Google paymasters, despite the complete lack of a Nexus 8 yet. And here’s the proof! (Sort of.)
This unsubstantiated snap comes courtesy of reliable Twitter pic rumour factory @Upleaks, which appears to show a HTC-branded Nexus tablet all right – keep staring past the hideous pink watermark – with the familiar matte-finish back and a noticeably changed size ratio to boot. Bar a micro USB port and an LED camera up top left, that’s all there is to go on for now, but still: exciting, ever-so-slightly blurred backage, huh?
As you can see from our complete Nexus 9 rumour rundown, chip-maker Nvidia previously named the “HTC Nexus 9″ in a lawsuit filed against Samsung and Qualcomm, also suggesting it will include the firm’s new, rather impressive Tegra K1 processor, so we certainly know it’s coming.
The Nexus 9 is also rumoured, somewhat predictably, to boast the upcoming Android L, spearheading Google’s still-in-beta operating system alongside Motorola’s also-rumoured Nexus X smartphone, codenamed “Shamu”.
We reached out to HTC, who declined to comment in that typically polite fashion that all companies do when they’re desperately trying to sit on a massive exclusive.
Source: gizmodo UK
The HTC One M8 is a fantastic phone, there’s no doubt about that, but it still seems to be lagging behind the competition when it comes to the camera. If the rumours are true then a new version of the phone may be released, one that improves the One M8’s camera resolution from 4MP to 13MP.
Megapixels and resolution aren’t the only things that make a camera good, and our own review points out that the One M8 does perform incredibly well in low-light areas thanks to HTC’s ‘Ultrapixel’ technology. Similarly the dual-cameras allow for a whole host of bonus photography options. So imagine what it would be like with a small resolution boost.
Unfortunately the M8 Eye doesn’t have Ultrapixel, or at least that’s what the folks at Phandroid are saying. But, unlike the HTC One Mini 2 or the One E8 the extra resolution isn’t without the advantages of the dual camera sensor. Essentially this means that the M8 Eye should be able to perform all the post-shot edits that the One M8 can do. It just means that it might be as great in low-light settings.
HTC has hinted that photography is a big part of the event it’s holding on 8th October in New York, and it could be that if these rumours are true the company will be announced the M8 Eye to the world. The 8th is just over a week away, which means we don’t have long to wait. That being said, HTC has been prone to serious leaks in the past so don’t be surprised if we hear more about the M8 Eye in the next few days.
Google may reportedly introduce new members of the Nexus family in October and speculations are rife that HTC would debut the Nexus 9 tablet on October 16.
The tweet regarding the same has come from an anonymous tipster and does not offer much to bank on.
However, assuming that the date and phone’s name prove accurate, people can also anticipate the formal release of Android ‘L’ along with it, since Google famously uses new Nexus phones and tablets as debut devices for any major OS update, CNET reported.
The mid-October timing certainly makes sense and matches previous autumn launches of Android. In addition, the Nexus 5 smartphone is set to celebrate its first birthday on October 31.
The last few months have given way to numerous leaks and rumours about a Nexus 9 tablet. Most recently, images of a keyboard case purporting to belong to the device, emerged online.
In addition to the powerful Tegra K1 processor, other hardware specifications of the HTC Nexus 9 could include an 8MP rear camera and 2GB RAM. Known by its Volantis code name, the tablet may be just one of multiple tablets due from HTC, the report added.
HTC has joined the legions of tech companies that are revealing new products at IFA in Berlin, after it announced the mid-range HTC Desire 820.
The 5.5-inch phone weighs in with a Qualcomm Octa-Core 64-bit processor — HTC’s second new device to sport 64-bits, but first to support Android L — 1.5GHz of RAM, and support for LTE networks. Strangely, HTC’s press materials make no mention of which version of Android that the device runs, but we know that it is Android 4.4, aka KitKat.
The Desire 820 has an eight-megapixel front-facing camera and a 13-megapixel rear camera. Photography, well consumer camera features, are a big focus for this phone — which includes services that will let you “merge your features with a friend’s or celebrity’s for a modern mashup” (hmm, ok), and another which lets you preview your image while applying changes to smooth out your skin tones.
A third photo-focused feature — Photo Booth — lets you capture a burst of photos, presumably so you can then pick the one that looks best.
HTC says the device is mid-range, but there’s no price yet. Going on the features, it appears to be angled towards youngsters who perhaps can’t afford a top-end device or will find the focus on photos alluring.
The Desire 820 will be available “later this fall” — for now that’s all HTC is saying.
Building on its mid-range Desire brand, HTC today announced the LTE-equipped Desire 510 for a worldwide launch. Slotting in notably lower than the Desire 610 announced earlier this year but much higher than last year’s Desire 500, the 510 is a 4.7-inch device with a fresh plastic design in either white or grey.
The Desire 510 pulls design notes from both the Desire 816 and 610, but harbors much lower-end specs to hit a more budget-friendly price point. The 4.7-inch display’s resolution is just 480 x 854 (FWVGA), backed up by a Snapdragon 410 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage (SDcard expandable) and a simple 5MP camera — but thankfully that’s powering Android 4.4 and Sense 6, the latest software available.
The big deals here are that this device is equipped with LTE support and enough horsepower to easily push around the software — two important aspects in this kind of device. It’s even going to have a Dot View case available for it for a little extra flair.
HTC isn’t spilling the beans on where the Desire 510 will land price-wise, but given the specs we’re expecting it to be quite affordable. We do know that it’ll be headed for a worldwide launch later this year, though, with releases in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
HTC One M9 Release Date News, Product Specifications, Design Concepts, Latest Updates, Imagination At Its Peek
HTC One M9 release date is still unconfirmed and no news are heard from HTC yet. HTC One M9 is just a concept that is imagined by some experts and believe it to be true in the next HTC series of One Mx. We are still unsure if HTC will really release One M9. We don’t know nor anybody else knows at the moment online. HTC One M8 is just released in March and not many people seem to be happy with the concept designs and believe they are same as HTC 7. We cannot call it disappointing completely, but yes it is detrimental to notice user satisfaction.
What was there in HTC One M8? HTC One M8 has the latest SnapDragon 801 quad-core processor with duo camera, that means two cameras on its back. High definition front facing stereo speakers, Android 4.4, weight of only 5.64 Oz with dimensions of 5.76 x 2.78 x 037 inches. The M8 has 32 GB built in storage capacity and battery talk time of 20 hours. With all these features on board HTC One M8 is still best to compete with smartphone on the table. HTC users can be seen posting some positive reviews on various websites.
HTC One M9 at the moment is rumored at its best. Many concepts have emerged giving away some interesting new features. These are mostly the speculations and predictions. Experts believe HTC might open up after MWC that would be taking place in March next year. As per @evleaks “Slated for a first quarter 2015 launch, the HTC One M9 and HTC M9 Prime will be the next full refreshes of the One Mx family.” What we can expect is HTC One M9 will be more powerful than M8 with more advanced features.The HTC One M8 is sold at around £550, so HTC One M9 could be placed at around £500-600.