The HTC Desire Eye has just been unveiled and it’s ready to take on the world. Can the new device really compete against the competition, though? While it is a Desire series phone, it is definitely considered a high-end device.
We will have to compare it with the best devices, and the Sony Xperia Z3 was an obvious contender. These are similarly sized and carry very similar specs, but they both have their advantages and downsides. Let’s go over the details and see which one is the winner here.
HTC Desire Eye specs
- 5.2-inch 1080p display
- 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
- 2 GB of RAM
- 13 MP rear-facing camera
- 13 MP front-facing camera
- 2400 mAh battery
Sony Xperia Z3 specs
- 5.2-inch 1080p display
- 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
- 3 GB of RAM
- 20.7 MP rear-facing camera
- 2.2 MP front-facing camera
- 3100 mAh battery
Hardware and performance
As you can see in the specs, there’s not much of a hardware difference. Specs are pretty much on par and the devices are both snappy and powerful. The Xperia Z3 processor is clocked a smidgen higher, but it’s not a noticeable difference.
Some of you may prefer having that extra 1 GB of RAM, though. You will notice increased performance while multi-tasking heavily. Otherwise, these are both great devices and the biggest differences will be found elsewhere.
Design and build quality
One huge difference between the HTC Desire Eye and the Sony Xperia Z3 can be noticed as soon as you take a look at them. The designs are completely different. We will have to say the Sony Xperia Z3 has the upper hand here, with what looks and feels like a much more solid construction.
The Xperia Z3 is made of aluminum, glass and nylon. It’s designed to take a beating and the unit even features a water proof body that you can take for a swim any day of the week.
Meanwhile, the HTC Desire Eye does keep that classic Desire look. It’s made of plastic and definitely doesn’t feel as premium. We are not saying it’s badly built, because it’s actually far from that.
The colorful design and sleek body make HTC’s new phone look and feel great. There is nothing wrong with its construction, it just happen to be on a different level than Sony’s flagship.
This section doesn’t quite have a winner, as a lot of it will depend on personal preferences. The HTC Desire Eye implements a 13 MP camera, which is paired with the HTC Eye Experience software.
HTC Eye Experience offers face tracking, screen sharing, split capture, Face Fusion, Live Makeup, Crop Me In and more. This makes HTC’s camera a bit funner, but Sony’s 20.7 MP sensor is known for its stunning quality.
Turn things around and you will see a whole different story. While the Xperia Z3 houses an average 2.1 MP front-facing camera, the HTC Desire Eye crowns itself as the best selfie phone with a 13 MP front shooter.
They both have a dedicated camera button too, just in case that’s an important factor to you.
As you can see in our Sony Xperia Z3 review, it’s hard to beat the device in battery life. The Xperia Z3 can easily go for over a day and moderate users can easily make it last 2 days.
The HTC Desire Eye does have a smaller 2400 mAh battery. And with similar specs and performance, we doubt it can even get close to beating Sony.
Priorities, priorities, priorities. That’s really what it’s all about. The Xperia Z3 has a better build quality and great design, but that doesn’t mean you have to like it more. You may prefer HTC’s colorful devices.
If you really value a good selfie camera you will definitely want to go with the HTC Desire Eye, but Sony’s sensor may entice other users who want a stunning rear-facing camera.
Battery life is a big factor too, but we can assume the HTC Desire Eye will also be cheaper than Sony’s flagship phone.
Ultimately, this could be the best HTC Desire phone we have seen in a long time. I have never seen a Desire phone that can go up against the big guys in the block like this one does.