HTC’s new Desire Eye has a front-facing 13 megapixel camera

HTC today announced the HTC Desire Eye, a mid-range smartphone designed for taking pictures and video using dual 13-megapixel cameras. The eponymous 13 megapixel "Eye" is highest resolution front-facing camera on a smartphone to date, as identical to the camera on the device's back. Both feature a dual LED flash, autofocus and can record 1080p video.

The Desire Eye is designed to showcase HTC's "Eye Experience" software. Eye Experience allows users to say "Capture" or "Cheese" to take a photograph, and "Action" to start recording video. The software features improved facial recognition, designed to keep faces in focus, and can be used to take a photo when it detects a smile in shot.

Eye Experience will also be made available to HTC One M8 users as part of a coming update.

Despite its positioning as a photography-centric mid-range handset, the Desire Eye has reasonably powerful hardware. The phone boasts a quad-core 2.3Ghz processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage and a full HD, 1080p screen. To top it off, the Desire Eye is HTC's first waterproof, IPX7 certified device: it's dust proof and water resistance for up to 30 minutes.

The Desire Eye will be available in the United States before the end of the year, but HTC was unable to confirm an Australian release. It is expected to retail for less than the HTC One M8's outright price of AUD$899.

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