The HTC One M8 is getting a 13-megapixel front-facing camera, but only in China

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Earlier this week, HTC announced the Desire Eye, a smartphone that comes with a 12-megapixel front-facing camera called the Eye. Apparently, that device isn’t the only HTC phone that’s getting an Eye camera this year, as a variant of the HTC One M8 with a burly front-facing camera has popped up on the company’s official Chinese website.

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The HTC One M8 Eye is almost identical to the standard HTC One M8. Aside from the front camera, the main difference between the two phones is that the One M8 Eye drops the 4-megapixel UltraPixel camera on the back for a more conventional 13-megapixel camera, although the device does retain the Duo Camera setup that allows users to adjust focus after photos have been taken. The One M8 Eye also has dual-SIM support for the Asian market.

It’s priced at 4000RMB, which works out to roughly $650.

China-specific variations of the One M8
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HTC Desire Eye and the Re camera

What this device does make clear is that we’ll likely see the Eye camera on other HTC devices in the near future. The HTC camera software also got a big upgrade recently, and was renamed Eye Experience, so the company’s imaging focus is not going anywhere. HTC’s devices now sport several different camera technologies, including UltraPixel cameras, Duo Cameras, and even a standalone Re action camera, so it will be very interesting to see what shooters HTC puts on its phones next year.

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