HTC revealed the Desire Eye, and the Re Camera at an October 8 event in New York, but didn’t mention anything about the One M8 Eye, a device leaked alongside the Desire Eye. Does this mean the information was inaccurate? No, it turns out the One M8 Eye is a real phone, and here’s what we know about it.
Updated on 10-09-2014 by Andy Boxall: The HTC One M8 Eye has been announced, but it’s only confirmed for China at the moment.
HTC One M8 Eye is real
A One M8 Eye phone was one of two devices we expected HTC to announce at its October event, but instead, only the Desire Eye made it on stage. The One M8 Eye has turned up in HTC’s online webstore in China though, proving the phone wasn’t simply a figment of someone’s imagination.
The One M8 Eye is another subtle take on the One M8, incorporating the 13-megapixel camera used on the HTC Butterfly 2, but avoiding the plastic body shell, and water resistance seen on that device. The phone will be released on October 15, and has an approximate unconnected price of $650. Due to the small differences between it and the One M8, we’d be surprised if the One M8 Eye ever made it on sale outside of certain international markets.
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We’d seen the One M8 Eye leaked early on, when a promotional image on the Chinese social networking site Weibo gave us a glimpse of the phone’s design, and possible features.