Is this the ultimate selfie smartphone?

HTC’s latest smartphone is designed for selfie addicts - but what exactly does that mean and what is it good for apart from immortalising your gurning? We cast our eyes over the, erm, HTC Desire EYE…

Get your duck lips ready, because HTC's launched the ultimate selfie phone - the HTC Desire EYE.

It features a 13 megapixel (MP) camera on the front, complete with flash and microphone, which is the highest-spec front-facing camera you'll on a smartphone. It has another 13MP snapper on the rear.

Two image processors mean it's capable of capturing photos and video from both the front and rear cameras at the same time, and then displaying both side by side. Theoretically you could film something and film yourself reacting to it at the same time. Y'know, if you're a rampant narcissist.

With a nifty bit of photographic fakery it also lets you superimpose your selfie on the image taken by the rear camera.

Your photos and films should look good on the phone itself, thanks to a 5.2in full HD screen. Indeed, most of the specs are a step up from those of the most recent additions to the HTC Desire series - the EYE sports a quad-core 2.3GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, expandable with a microSD card up to 128GB. It also has HTC's tried and tested Sense interface and BoomSound speakers.

The EYE also has an improved version of HTC's Zoe - a photo-focused social network that lets users create highlight reels, montages and more from the pics and vids on their phones. More features for Zoe are on their way, as well as apps for other Android phones and iOS devices.

All said, it looks like it will appeal to avid phone photographers and film-makers. Of course, the extent of that appeal will depends on how much it costs; no price has been given yet - we'll find that out closer to when the EYE is released in early November.

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