HTC Desire EYE 

Released November, 2014
  • Android 5.0
  • 4G
  • 5.2"
  • Quad core 2.3 GHz
Up front, we have a 5.2" 1080p display that has a pretty good pixel density of 424ppi – the display is sharp enough and we failed to discern any individual pixels.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2014)
It also is very bright, vibrant, and has an excellent outdoor visibility.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2014)
6.3 Out of 10

PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of the HTC Desire EYE


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Reviews Word on the street for the HTC Desire EYE

Both come with HTC's signature sleek design, though they are not quite feature-laden.

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Have in mind that the snapper shoots in a 16:9 mode by default, so to fully utilize those 13 megapixels, you'll have to select a 4:3 shooting mode from the settings menu.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2014)
Both cameras will satisfy you with the images they produce.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2014)
The two-step camera button is particularly unpleasant – it does not provide enough feedback about its position.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2014)


The viewing angles are mediocre at best, yet acceptable.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2014)
This time around, HTC put its faith into hard, matte plastic as a build material, both for the back and for the sides, which is pretty pleasant to touch and provides a more-than-acceptable amount of grip.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2014)
At the same time, its contrast is top-notch, too, but the color accuracy leaves something to be desired – its readings don't exceed the borders of the sRGB color chart, but the display fails to match with many of the color targets.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2014)


The front-facing camera of the HTC Desire EYE performs quite well – usually, the selfies are very detailed, correctly-exposed, and have a decent color reproduction.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2014)
All in all, neither the rear nor the front-facing camera are likely to disappoint you, though they aren't particularly great in what they do.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2014)
The audio-reproducing capabilities of the HTC Desire EYE are top-notch – the BoomSound speakers at the front produce pretty deep and loud sounds, with no perceptible audio distortion even at maximum volume.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2014)


Both perform in a similar manner – the videos are correctly-exposed (most of the times), with no noticeable artifacts, yet they suffer from the notorious "rolling shutter" effect, as neither has an image stabilization; what's more, the videos are not as detailed as we'd like them to be.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2014)
As far as video recording is concerned, both cameras of the HTC Desire EYE are capable of shooting 1080p videos at 30fps and 720p slow-motion ones, but 4K video-recording is a no-no.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2014)
Generally-speaking, both cameras perform just “okay” as far as video recording is concerned – nothing impressive, but the Desire EYE will get the job done.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2014)


It's quite possible that the main culprits for the tall silhouette of the device are the two frontal speakers (neatly hidden in gaps between the display's frames and the top/bottom bezel of the phone) and the large selfie camera up front.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2014)
However, the front-facing camera is just one of the assets of the Desire EYE, because it also packs pretty respectable hardware under its predominantly-plastic hood.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2014)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Size 5.2"
Resolution 1920 x 1080
PPI 423 ppi


Has an assisted GPS Yes


Supports FM radio No


Operating system Android 5.0
Multitasking Yes
App store Android Market
Adobe flash support No
App store size 850,000 apps


Acts as a wi-fi hotspot No
Supports NFC Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0

form factor

Weight 154 g


Clock speed 2.3 GHz
Number of cores Quad core
Internal storage 16 GB
Supported card formats
  1. SDXC
  2. SDHC
  3. SD

photo & video

Camera 13 MP
Resolution 13 MP
Flash Yes
Secondary camera 13 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ Unknown


Generation 4G
  1. GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
  2. UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
  3. EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
  4. HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
  5. GSM (0.01 Mb/s)


Talk time (3G) 1,200 min
Standby time (3G) 32,256 min
Capacity 2,400 mA·h
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