Photography and selfies dominate HTC's fall offerings with the RE camera and Desire Eye
HTC today in New York City announced a new high-end (but don't call it a flagship even though it's close) phone — the Desire Eye, a new lifestyle camera called the RE that is just the beginning of the company's expansion beyond the mobile world, and few new software features that Android users can look forward to.
Here's the deal:
- The HTC Desire Eye is a 5.2-inch smartphone with specs very similar to the flagship One M8, only in a spiffy flat polycarbonate body — and with a 13-megapixel camera not just on the rear of the phone, but on the front as well. Yes, it's the selfie phone. In the U.S., it'll be available on AT&T.
- New camera software on the Desire Eye will be coming to HTC's other high-end devices in software updates in the coming months.
- The HTC RE camera (which we'll also refer to as the Re camera) is a little handheld camera very much the size and shape of an asthma inhaler (but much better designed, of course). It's got a 16-megapixel Sony DSC sensor and a 146-degree field of view, tethers to Android or iOS phones or can shoot on its own. It's just the start of the RE line and the beginning of HTC's exploration of products beyond the traditional mobile world.
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- Checkout the hands-on with the new HTC RE camera