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The HTC M8 Eye is real, and is a One M8 spin-off with a 13-megapixel rear camera (Updated)

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.

Related: We get some time with HTC’s ultimate selfie phone, the Desire Eye

It looks identical to the current One M8, and comes with a 5-inch, 1080p screen, a Snapdragon 801 processor, and 2GB of RAM. Android 4.4 KitKat is installed, and HTC’s Boomsound speaker system is fitted to the front. The only hardware difference is the UltraPixel camera has been replaced by a 13-megapixel camera, while the depth-of-field sensor and the 5-megapixel front camera remain unchanged. On the software side, the new Eye Experience package will be installed, including the Face Fusion app, the four-face recognition video call system, and Split Capture too.

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.

Continue to page two for a roundup of leaks regarding the HTC Desire Eye

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