In Short

HTC in early October 2014 announced the Desire Eye (aka the HTC E1, if you're into code names), an interesting phone that sort of mixes up the HTC gene pool a bit, taking specs that you'll mostly find in the flagship HTC One M8, putting them in to a quality polycarbonate body — and then slapping a 13-megapixel camera front-facing camera into the thing.

Yes, this is the "selfie phone."

The Desire Eye is coming to the U.S. on AT&T, judging from the official specs, and we'll see it elsewhere in the world as well. It's a large, flat phone, sporting a 5.2-inch display, running Android 4.4.4 KitKat and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor. It's got a 13-megapixels rear-facing camera as well.

Software-wise, we're looking at Sense 6.0, but with an updated camera app that adds a few new modes, including photo booth, split capture (a front-back thing), and "crop me in," which basically does a Photoshop job on your head and inserts into the rear-facing view, with varying degrees of success. That's all part of what's called the "Eye Experience," and the updated camera app will be coming to the M8, M7 and other high-end HTC phones in software updates.

The Desire Eye will be available starting in late October.