News by Luke Jones on Monday October 20, 2014.
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HTC's presence in important emerging markets is hardly big, especially in China where the brand is nothing more than a bit part player. However, while China is increasingly a closed shop, India (another country with a billion plus population) is still a market of opportunity and there is time for HTC to grow a presence. Launching three of its best smartphones in the country this week cannot be a bad thing if the company hopes to be a hit in India.The Taiwanese giant has rolled out its three latest smartphones in India, the Desire 820 launched at IFA last month, as well as the HTC One M8 EYE and the Desire EYE launched last week. The One M8 EYE is already available and costs Rs. 38,990, while the Desire EYE will be an Amazon exclusive in the country but no price details have been given, and finally the Desire 820 will land next week and will cost Rs 24,990. There is also a One E8 EYE due in the India.
The One M8 EYE gets a 13 megapixel dual lens instead of the opinion dividing 4MP UltraPixel lens on the original M8 flagship. And that's it, no other changes are present. So, have you been waiting all this time to get the One M8, holding off because of the camera? I doubt many have, and the truth is most people who want this handset have already bought it before it was the EYE and just rocked the 4MP lens. As for other specs, there is a 5-inch 1080p screen with a pixel per inch of 441ppi, a 2.5GHz Krait 400 (the international M8 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801) with 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of on board storage. Elsewhere there is a microSD card slot for extra storage up to 128GB and a 2600 mAh battery. It also gets the new EYE Experience camera software that adds a host of new features to the standard HTC camera software.The Desire EYE was launched last week and is a very good mid-range effort, and almost identical experience to the Desire 820 save for the addition of a 13 megapixel front facing camera.
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