Best Selfies Ever? HTC Splurges on Front-Facing Camera





It’s hard to take a really good selfie if the front-facing camera on your smartphone shoots photos that were outdated by the year 2000’s standards. HTC’s new smartphone, the Desire Eye, is aiming to revolutionize the selfie. It’s got a 13-megapixel front-facing camera, the same resolution as the rear-facing camera. That means the next photo you take of yourself at a conference or for your social media profile will look sharper than ever.

Of course, for small business owners, just as important is the ability of the Desire Eye to enhance video conferencing while you’re on-the-go. This could be the end of choppy pixelated videos while you’re using Skype on your mobile phone.

Apart from the cameras, the Desire Eye has some impressive internal specs, according to a review of the device by The Verge. HTC’s newest smartphone has a 5.2-inch 1080p HD display. It’s stocked with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and 2GB of RAM. That’s equal to HTC’s more expensive M8 smartphone and the new iPhone 6. But unlike the more premium devices, the Desire Eye has a plastic finish, not a metal one.

HTC says the Desire Eye will be available some time in October but has given no indication on what it will cost. At the same time that HTC is unveiling its new smartphone, it’s also officially introducing the Zoe photo network.

Zoe was earlier released in beta form but HTC has now officially announced Zoe 1.0.

When you take photos with an HTC device, it can be shared to the Zoe network. Within the network, HTC says that users will be able to group and edit their photos and videos to create “highlight reels” of multiple shots.

These “reels” can also be shared via Zoe on other social media networks. And friends of users on the Zoe network will be able to include their photos and videos in their collections too.

Zoe is now live and available for Android. HTC says that the app will be available for iOS devices before the end of the year.

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Joshua Sophy


Joshua Sophy Joshua Sophy is the Assistant Editor for Small Business Trends and the Head of Content Partnerships. A journalist with 20 years of experience in traditional and online media, Joshua got his start in the rough and tumble newspaper business of Pennsylvania's coal region. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and was a beat reporter covering daily news. He eventually founded his own local newspaper, the Pottsville Free Press, covering his hometown. Joshua supervises the day-to-day operations of Small Business Trends' busy editorial department including the editorial calendar and outgoing assignments.

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  1. Aira Bongco

    Well, it can’t be helped. People have become so obsessed with selfies that mobile phones just have to start adjusting.

  2. Thanks for your post i had NO idea about that phone. I currently use the HTC one and the front camera isn’t great when i use my selfie stick. Will now look into the desire eye as my next phone. cheers

  3. I am currently using HTC one too, but everything is fine with the front camera even when my girlfriend asking to use it on selfie stick. But Desire Eye has some impressive internal specs for sure.

  4. I always use to buy selfie sticks to take great looking images but you gave me a great idea. Thanks for sharing this innovative idea, keep going…!

  5. I have always used a galaxy S but they get really slow after a few months for some reason. Maybe I’ll try a HTC next time!

  6. 13MP front facing camera? My iPhone 6 only has 1.2MP at the front and 8MP rear facing camera..

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