Back on October 8th HTC held an event to announce the HTC Desire Eye and the RE Camera. They made a few other announcements such as the Desire Eye camera functions coming to HTC One M8’s and the Zoe app coming out of beta and available for other devices that weren’t HTC. The Desire Eye and the Re Camera were the big-ticket announcements though. When they announced the phone it was made public that AT&T would be the launch partner for the new device, but pricing and launch times weren’t available at the time. Today AT&T has made the announcement official and you will be able to check out the HTC Desire Eye on November 7th alongside the RE Camera.
It would appear that the Desire Eye will launch with AT&T in one color option, the Coral Reef (White/Red) option. You will be able to pick it up for $149.99 on a new two-year contract, $22.92 per month on AT&T Next 18 or $27.50 per month on AT&T Next 12. If you are looking for total out-of-pocket pricing you will drop $549.99.
“Optimized for taking selfies, HTC Desire EYE is AT&T’s first smartphone with a 13MP front-facing camera and a dual LED flash,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president – Device Marketing and Developer Services, AT&T. “Both HTC Desire EYE and RE have many great features that allow you to capture your moments – all on the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network,6 covering more than 300 million Americans.”
As a recap, the Desire Eye carries a 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080 display, Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor cloced at 2.3GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage and SD card slot. It also packs in the much-loved dual-front facing Boomsound from the One M8 and One M7, a 2400 mAh battery and the front and rear cameras are both 13MP with dual-LED flash. The Desire Eye is very much so all about photo and video. I can’t forget to mention that it is also IPX7 waterproof rated too.
On the Re Camera side of things, it will also be available on November 7th. AT&T doesn’t specifically mention the Re Camera price tag, but they do state that if you get the HTC Desire Eye on a two-year contract or a Next program that you can take $50 off the cost of the point and shoot camera. I would suspect that it will be the same $199.99 that HTC is selling it for currently. The Re brings a 16MP 146 degree wide-angle point and shoot/record camera to your hands that is also IPX7 rated. It has an “always on” system that makes the camera ready to roll at a moments notice. Although the battery is only 840 mAh and battery life is listed at 1 hour and 40 minutes of continuous 1080p video. You don’t need a phone or anything to use the RE camera. It is its own standalone unit, however, there is a companion app that gives you some added functionality.
Anyone out there looking forward to taking a look at the new HTC Desire Eye or the Re Camera?