HTC launches new 'selfie' smartphone

Company have also unveiled a new camera to rival the Go Pro

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HTC launches new 'selfie' smartphone Chou: "HTC is reinventing the way we think about imaging."
By  Helen Gaskell Published  October 9, 2014

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC, today announced its new "selfie" phone, the HTC Desire EYE.

The new smartphone, which runs on Android features a 13MP front camera which is just as powerful as the rear camera. It is the highest resolution front-facing camera fitted to a smartphone, complete with auto-focus and 1080p video recording.

"Today, HTC is once again changing the way that people think about technology," said Peter Chou, CEO, HTC Corporation. "Back in 1997, we allowed people to leave their laptops at home in favour of powerful, pocket-sized smartphone computing. Today we are taking a similar leap forward. Combining incredible hardware with unrivalled software, HTC is reinventing the way we think about imaging. We are taking you out from behind the viewfinder and putting you back where you belong, at the heart of the action."

The Desire EYE also features BSI sensors to capture photos in low-light conditions and a dual-LED flash on both cameras.

The Eye has a 5.2in 1080p screen and the same quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB of RAM as the flagship One M8. It is also waterproof to 1m for 30 minutes with a plastic body.

HTC also unveiled a 16-megapixel action camera the RE Camera, which connects to both Android phones and iPhones and features a periscope design.

RE features a built-in grip sensor that instantly activates the camera on pick up, eliminating the need for a power button. It has a single shutter button which allows one tap to capture photos and a longer press for video recording.

Featuring a high-resolution, 16MP CMOS sensor, Full HD (1080p) video recording, 146 degree wide-angle lens and slow-motion and time lapse recording.

The RE is supported by the RE app which features a remote live viewfinder that lets users see through the screen of their mobile device and back up everything up to the phone or the cloud automatically.  

HTC also launched the The HTC EYE Experience is for video chat and conference calls and Zoe, a video-editing app.

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