The HTC Desire Eye seems dangerously out of place when you consider its hefty price tag. On one side it is part of HTC’s Desire range that is normally associated with mid-range/budget handsets.on the other, with MRP of Rs.38,990, it is priced like a proper flagship phone.
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It’s only when you delve inside and let the Desire Eye do the talking that you realize it is on firm footing and eventually end up asking, “Why on earth would HTC market this as a Desire handset?” The Desire Eye packs in what you call some real neat hardware you would normally find in top notch devices, making the HTC One (E8) all but redundant; at the same time giving big flagships some serious run for their money. And did we mention — it’s got a 13MP front-snapper with dual-tone LED for the selfie-starved generation. With the kind of credentials it boasts of, the HTC Desire Eye could well be called the flagship Desire handset as of current stats, but there’s still a lot more than meets the eye. Let’s find out. The Desire Eye comes with 16GB of internal storage of which about 12.35GB is available for use. The device supports expandable storage of up to 128GB via micro-SD card, which is helpful since many users may end up clicking lots of larger-sized images with the 13MP snappers on-board.
Audio is one area where HTC is doing some real ground-breaking work thanks to its BoomSound technology. It’s hard to discern the dual speakers on the Desire Eye at first glance, since HTC has let go of its usual speaker grill model and instead brought in a pair of cleverly placed strips, above and below the main display. Sound output is top-notch; however peak loudness is a little lower when compared with the One (M8). Still, the Desire EYE is undoubtedly one of the better devices in the market when it comes to playing Bollywood songs.
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Phone calls made with the Desire Eye are of acceptable quality and we did not see any call drops with our review device. Since the upper BoomSound speaker acts as your ear-piece, the sound output is louder and on most occasions we were forced to lower the volume while on call, but that’s not a bad thing. Moreover, the Desire EYE is future proof since it supports 4G LTE.
The Desire Eye uses a 2400mAh non-removable battery. When put to good use, the Desire Eye is able to deliver fairly well, however, benchmark scores stay below the likes of the One (M8) and the Galaxy S5. In our battery benchmark, we subjected the device to almost an hour of gaming (graphics intensive), web browsing (desktop mode), music on speakers (max volume) and phone calls every now and then (to the tune of an hour) and we got almost 7 hours out of the device. The fact that we are putting the Desire Eye in the same league as some of the popular flagships is saying a lot about the device. However, we feel a 2800-3000mAh battery would have done better justice to the device, taking into account its bigger and more brighter display.
Still, moderate usage will see it sail through an entire day. Also, you have Sense 6’s proprietary normal and extreme power saving modes that work well to squeeze out some extra hours off the device. The HTC Desire Eye is first and foremost a selfie-centric device and it doesn’t essentially disappoint at what it is intended to do. Although not a flagship device, the Desire EYE has enough juice to make it stand among the top-notch hardware devices, and that’s saying a lot about it.
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If you’re in search of a selfie phone, the Desire Eye is as close as you get, as of now. Interestingly, that’s not the only thing it is good at. Even if we don’t put its selfie-centric credentials in equation, it is a powerful and well-made phone that can match, if not outrightly beat, any other smartphone in its segment.