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HTC announce Desire Eye: killer selfies, water resistance and strong hardware

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Selfies are an important social currency on Twitter and other networks, so it’s no surprise to see phone makers produce new selfie-focussed phone designs. Today HTC announced their effort, the Desire Eye. It combines a massive 13-megapixel front-facing camera with a beautiful, water-resistant design and strong internals. Let’s take a closer look.

The selfie master

The Desire Eye comes with the largest front-facing camera on a smartphone, with a 13-megapixel sensor, f/2.0 aperture, 28mm focal length, autofocus, dual LED flash and 1080p video recording. All of this tech should add up to one of the best-looking front-facing cameras ever: just the thing for social media butterflies.

HTC are making use of that upgraded hardware with some new camera modes. You can take photos with the front and rear cameras simultaneously or merge your face with another person’s face to create a combined ‘mutant’ selfie. You can take selfies or record video with your voice; there’s also an automatic selfie mode that takes a picture once your phone is still and your face is in the right place.

Beautiful and water-resistant

The Desire Eye comes in a double-shot polycarbonate body, which is available in two-tone white/red or blue/navy colourways. The 5.2-inch display makes the phone a little larger than the One M8, but it is 1.35mm thinner and weighs 154 grams. The body is water resistant thanks to internal gaskets and short protection, with an IPX7 rating. That means it should be able to withstand immersion in 1 metre of water for up to 30 minutes, all without the annoying flaps that come with most water-resistant phones.

Surprisingly capable mid-ranger

Internally, the Desire Eye has much of the same hardware as their flagship One M8. You’ll find a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage plus microSD and a 5.2-inch 1080p display. The only differences are a smaller battery for the Eye (2400mAh vs 2600mah) and no Duo camera on the back (instead we have a standard 13-megapixel unit).

In terms of software, we’re looking at a near-identical loadout (apart from those unique selfie features mentioned earlier). That includes Android 4.4 Kit Kat and HTC’s Sense 6 UI.

The most desirable Desire for some time

The Desire Eye looks like a really strong phone on paper; it’ll be interesting to see the first reviews and impressions come in. The phone is scheduled to be released in October, and should cost around the same as the One E8 – around £350 sim-free.

Here at Mobile Fun, we’ll be providing a wide range of HTC Desire Eye accessories – including cases, chargers and other necessities. We’ll have more details on these in the weeks ahead.

Are you tempted by the Desire Eye’s selfie credentials and other strong features? Let me know in the comments below. You can also reach us on Twitter @mobilefun.

Google Nexus 9 coming soon with unique keyboard cover

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

In October last year, Google unveiled their latest Nexus device: the LG-made Nexus 5. Almost twelve months later, and the Nexus 5 remains the newest Nexus. Other phones like the Moto G and OnePlus One have stepped into the void, but the Nexus family line has ceased… until now. According to The Wall Street Journal and The Verge, Google is soon to unveil a new Nexus device: an HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet.

News of the Nexus 9 was first broke earlier this month, when a patent lawsuit filed by Nvidia mentioned the Nexus 9 by name and slated it for a ‘third quarter 2014′ release. They also stated that the tablet would use their latest Tegra K1 mobile processor. Now, it seems that accidental release was right on the money.

No further specifications about the device have been released, but previous leaks have suggested an 8.9-inch 2048×1440 display, stereo front-facing speakers, 16 or 32 GB of internal storage and 2 or 4GB RAM. Of course, the tablet will launch alongside the forthcoming Android L release of Android, and will come with that new OS onboard.

The Nexus 9 is also suspected to come with some unique accessories, including a keyboard cover first unveiled by Android Police. The keyboard cover will pair using NFC and Bluetooth 4.0, and will attach to the tablet magnetically.

We’re already preparing for the arrival of the new Google with a range of Nexus 9 accessories. Once the tablet is officially announced, we’ll bring you more Nexus 9 cases, covers, chargers and pretty much everything else you could want for a new tablet.

What do you think of the rumoured Google Nexus 9? Let us know in the comments below! If you’d prefer, you can also reach us on various social media including Facebook at Love Your Mobile and @MobileFun on Twitter. Thanks for checking out the article and have a great day!

HTC Desire 510 Dot View cases arriving soon

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

The HTC One M8 introduced the Dot View case to the world; a unique flip cover with a grid of holes that let the screen beneath shine through. As well as looking awesome, the case shows the time and notifications – like incoming calls, weather, battery alerts and alarms. The case proved popular, and so HTC have made Dot View cases for many of their recent phones. The latest phone to get a Dot View case is the Desire 510.

Official HTC One M8 Dot View Case - Grey

 

If you haven’t heard of the phone that isn’t much of a surprise; it’s an as-of-yet unannounced handset that should be the first to launch with a 64-bit processor. That processor is the Snapdragon 410, the latest from Qualcomm. It’s not clear what advantages it’ll hold over the current Snapdragon 400 mid-range option, but presumably there’ll be some performance differential.

Other specifications for the Desire 510 have been listed by the Twitter account @upleaks, which has reported a 4.7″ 854 x 480 display, a 5-megapixel camera and Android 4.4.2 on board (with a hearty helping of HTC Sense 6).

We’ll have more Desire 510 accessories in the coming weeks, as the phone is officially announced and third-party companies make their own announcements. The phone is likely to be revealed at the IFA 2014 conference in Berlin, which should also play host to new smartphones from Sony, Samsung, LG and many others.

Official HTC One M8 Dot View Case - Grey    Official HTC One M8 Dot View Case - Grey

Above: Dot View cases for the HTC One M8.

For more information and to place your pre-order for these cases, please visit the product pages linked below. These include live pricing and availability information for the cases, which are of the time of writing just 1-2 weeks away from arriving in our warehouse.

Thanks for checking out the article and be sure to let us know what you think of the cases and the purported phone in the comments below or on Twitter @mobilefun!

Official HTC One E8 cases coming soon to Mobile Fun

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

The HTC One E8 is a cut-price plastic version of the highly regarded One M8, offering the same powerful specifications in a less expensive package. The phone is expected to be released in Europe later this year, and we’re already preparing accessories. Today we’re announcing two official cases will be available at Mobile Fun, so let’s take a look.

Official One E8 Dot View Case

Official HTC One E8 Dot View Case - Orange Popsicle    Official HTC One E8 Dot View Case - Grey

The first case is the Dot View Case that captured so much critical and public attention upon the debut of the One M8 earlier this year. The case’s key feature is its front cover, which is ventilated with dozens of tiny dots. The screen can shine through these, showing the time and notifications like incoming calls, alarms and low battery warnings.

Official HTC One M8 Dot View Case - Grey

It’s makes for a beautiful retro-style effect, and it’s practical as well as it removes the need to open your case every time you get a notification. The One E8 Dot View cases will be available in four colours to start for the One E8: orange popsicle, grey, imperial blue and baton rouge.

Official One E8 Flip Cover

Official HTC One E8 Flip Case - White    Official HTC One E8 Flip Case - Grey

If you’re not fussed about getting your notifications on your cover or you’d prefer a more affordable cover, then you can opt for the official flip cover. This is made from a nice synthetic material, with a flip cover that protects the screen from damage. As with the Dot View Case, you’ll find there are four colours available: white, grey, pink and red.

Conclusion

So there you have it. We’ll have many more One E8 cases and One E8 accessories in the future, so stay tuned!

To voice your comments and questions, please leave ‘em below or speak to us on Twitter @mobilefun. Thanks for reading and have a good one!

Top 5 One Mini 2 cases and covers – August 2014

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Today we’re going to have a look at some of the best cases and covers available for the HTC One Mini 2. I’m sure you all know how this works by now, so let’s get right into the recommendations!

5. ArmourDillo HTC One Mini 2 Hybrid Protective Case – Blue

ArmourDillo Hybrid HTC One Mini 2 Protective Case - Blue    ArmourDillo Hybrid HTC One Mini 2 Protective Case - Blue

Our first case is also one of the most protective on the list: the ArmourDillo Hybrid Case. The case has a two-tone design, with two TPU pieces locking together to form an impressive barrier against scratches and drops. The case’s rigid exoskeleton is singularly effective against damage, and includes space for a built-in media stand. The Armourdillo is a good looking case, available in plenty of colours and at a fair price.

4. FlexiShield HTC One Mini 2 Gel Case – Purple

FlexiShield HTC One Mini 2 Gel Case - Purple    FlexiShield HTC One Mini 2 Gel Case - Purple

 

The FlexiShield is one of the most often recommended cases on the site, and that’s true once again for the One Mini 2. The case has a simple gel design that covers each side and the back of the phone, while a lip around the screen prevents scratches and other damage. The case is available in many colours as well, so you should be able to find something that matches your style. The gel material used to construct the case adds significant grip, while remaining flexible enough to make installation an easy process.

3. Official HTC One Mini 2 Flip Case – Grey

Official HTC One Mini 2 Flip Case - Grey    Official HTC One Mini 2 Flip Case - Grey

 

HTC have done well to craft excellent cases for their smartphones, like this official Flip Case for the One Mini 2. The case has a simple form factor with few surprises, boasting a good fit and slim signature. The Flip Case does that vital job of protecting the screen, allowing your phone to survive in good condition for a long time. This is also one of the most stylish cases available for the One Mini 2.

2. Noreve Tradition HTC One Mini 2 Leather Case – Black

Noreve Tradition HTC One Mini 2 Leather Case - Black    Noreve Tradition HTC One Mini 2 Leather Case - Black

 

If you like the style of the HTC Flip Case but you’d prefer a natural material to a synthetic, then this leather case from Noreve might be just the ticket. The case has a slightly thicker design that offers additional protection, and of course includes the look and feel of real leather. The case is slightly more expensive than its peers, but you certainly get what you pay for.

1. Official HTC One Mini 2 Double Dip Hard Shell – Grey and Red

Official HTC One Mini 2 Double Dip Hard Shell - Grey and Red    Official HTC One Mini 2 Double Dip Hard Shell - Orange and Pink

This official case is hard to find in all of its colour variations, but the most common grey and red version (shown to the left) is quite brilliant. The case clips together, with caps on the top and bottom joining onto the middle section. This provides an exceedingly tight fit, allowing the case to add minimal bulk while maintaining a perfect appearance. The case adds good scratch and moderate impact protection, and the additional colours really make the One Mini 2 look great. The Double Dip Hard Shell is a fitting winner of our roundup today.

Conclusion

Thanks for checking out the article. Stay tuned to the blog for more recommendations, and be sure to let us know if you have any comments either in the relevant section below or on Twitter @mobilefun.