As expected, HTC has introduced a new smartphone featuring 13MP wide-angle cameras on both the front and back. It’s called the HTC Desire Eye, and not only does it have a high-quality front-facing camera, it also includes a new suite of apps designed for snapping selfies.
The HTC Eye Experience software will also roll out to HTC One smartphones in the coming month.
HTC’s new phone has dual-color LED flashes on both the front and rear cameras, a 5.2 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, and an IPX7 waterproof design which allows it to withstand a dip in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes.
Other features include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, HTC Boomsound stereo front-facing speakers, and a 2400mAh battery.
The HTC Eye Experience software includes new features including an Autoselfie mode that lets you snap a picture by holding the phone steady for a few seconds. You can also use voice commands to snap a picture or record a video.
Other features include a split-capture technique that lets you take a picture or shoot video using the front and rear cameras at the same time. This lets you take a picture of yourself and your surrounding at the same time. HTC gave an example of a mountain climber capturing both himself as well as the peak he’s climbing toward.
You can also edit your selfie into the image from the rear camera to put yourself into the action, or use a new tool that takes two people’s faces and blends them into one. It won’t really show you what your kids would look like, but it’s kind of a neat party trick to have built into a smartphone’s camera software.
HTC is also bringing its Zoe photo and video sharing app out of beta, and making it available for both Android and iOS.