HTC Butterfly s arrives with massive 3,200 mAh battery and UltraPixel camera

June 19, 2013
The successor to the HTC Butterfly (and the Droid DNA) is now official. Packing souped up specs and several features borrowed from the One, the Butterfly s shines in the battery life department.

    HTC Butterfly S

    At an event in Taiwan today, HTC lifted the veil on its latest flagship, the Butterfly s, a revamp of the Butterfly, the world’s first smartphone with a Full HD display, which launched in late 2012.

    The new HTC Butterfly s features a 5-inch 1920 x 1080 Super LCD 3 display, just like its predecessor, and is powered by a Snapdragon 600 processor, clocked at 1.9GHz. In this respect, the Butterfly S outshines the HTC One, which is powered by a CPU running at 1.7GHz. The 2GB of RAM and the 16GB of storage complete the picture of what is mostly standard fare for current high-end Android phones. The good news is the Butterfly s boasts a microSD card slot, unlike its One brother.

    HTC transplanted many of the One’s most popular features to the new Butterfly s, including the stereo BoomSound speakers and the UltraPixel camera, capable of recording Zoes, HTC’s proprietary short animations format. In addition to the 4UP main camera, the wide-angle front shooter of 2.1MP should be a boon for selfie addicts.

    While most of the hardware features of the HTC Butterfly s are similar to what we’ve already seen on other devices, the device’s strong suit seems to be the battery. HTC managed to cram a massive 3,200mAh battery into the Butterfly s, which is a huge improvement over the 2020mAh battery in the original Butterfly and the 2300mAh unit on the HTC One. The HTC Butterfly outguns even the Note 2 and the Optimus G Pro, which both have about 3100mAh batteries, but larger screens. We’ve yet to receive the dimensions of the Butterfly s, but even if the beefy battery adds a couple of extra millimeters to the girth of the device, many users will be happy to put up with it.

    In terms of software, the HTC Butterfly s features Android Jelly Bean with HTC’s Sense 5 overlay on top, just like the HTC One. The popular BlinkFeed homescreen replacement also makes an appearance.

    HTC stated that the HTC Butterfly s would become available in Taiwan starting with July at a price of NT $22,900 (about $766). The company didn’t specify if or when the device would be made available in the rest of the world, but looking at the evolution of last year’s Butterfly, we expect to see variants of the  Butterfly s released in Japan and Europe, at the very least.

    As for the United States, a noted HTC leakster recently tweeted that Sprint, not Verizon, would carry a variant of the Butterfly s. This would be surprising, considering that Verizon launched the Droid DNA (a rebranded Butterfly) stateside and that it skipped the HTC One, which is being carried by all the other major American carriers.


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    • Jaun Lombard

      Okay so this phone is a bigger HTC One? Why buy the the HTC One then?

      • Jaun Lombard

        Okay wait I take it back after I looked at the video…..its UGLY!!! When it comes to plastic the S4 looks better. Now the HTC will be the same as the S4…cant wait for comparison!

        • MasterMuffin

          But it’s the baby of One and S4, you can’t be angry at it, it’s perfect!

        • joser116

          I thought the Butterfly S wasn’t plastic.

          • Harry

            its not plastic… samsung fanboys just making noise

      • joser116

        Ahem…microSD card slot

      • joser116

        Its not just a bigger HTC One, this one has microSD slot and a bigger battery than even Note 2.

    • MasterMuffin

      This is much better than One, and I’d say even better than S4, though I don’t like the UP camera. Butterfly Maxx

      • Brad Ward

        Yeah, the S4 is about to get some hefty competition.

        • MasterMuffin

          HEFTY in caps lock!

    • Jaun Lombard

      Okay I know this is not the place but don’t know where to post it. My Google Play store is not functioning well since the new look…it fails to get connection 4 out of 5 times! Never had this problem!

      • milksop held

        Google it… If you put a hash tag in some file it fixes it I just can’t remember which one

    • Luka Mlinar

      They keep jacking up the prices of phones. At some point people will just stop buying high lvl hones.

      • Bogdan Petrovan

        The Taiwan prices are usually higher than in Europe, which are higher still than those in the US.

        • Luka Mlinar

          I know but little by little it keeps going up. If you only knew how much stuff costs in Croatia. An iPhone is just a bit under 2000$. Not that i would ever buy that POS.

          • Bogdan Petrovan

            Haha, I believe you, it’s the same in Romania. $800 for a iPhone 4s…

    • milksop held

      So awesome

    • No One

      Awesome phone.

    • sailfish

      waiting for comparison review with htc one

    • B3nlok

      Thats really awesome . Never thought I would see the day of HTC choosing battery life over design-thickness. Hopefully others manufactures do the same and stop with this silly obsession.

      • Bogdan Petrovan

        Yeah, I remember last year, when they were talking about a survey they did, that said people prefer small thickness over battery. That didn’t work out too good…

    • Ares

      This will be My next phone. At last they realized that battery is a real deal.

    • dapovi

      Sexy beast! Selling my xperia zl and HTC butterfly for this!

    • 16gbisworthless

      16 gb only? for me that makes this phone worthless. So disappointed.

      • David RT

        We have an Apple fan here lol. You fail at trolling like your phone fails at notifications.

      • Brad Ward

        The good news is that it has a microSD card slot, unlike the One. So while 16GB isn’t much, you can still offload some of that to the SD card.

      • AndresQuintana

        How is that worthless? 16gb is quite a lot of space for a phone I mean are you planning on using it to store your entire music library?

    • Cl3v3rName

      i wonder how 16gb will keep up with all the zoe’s, apps & bloat….
      i hope they make a 32gb version as well but they probably won’t because that’d defo kill the one.

    • AndresQuintana

      I got the Droid DNA in January and I absolutely love it. This new butterfly looks like a beast compared to what I thought was already a beastly phone lol.

    • SeraZR™

      Finally htc nails it! well sort of anyway…… :P

    • Jared Persinger

      It doesn’t seem like a huge improvement over the one, other then for battery life

      • MasterMuffin

        And sd card slot and the screen size

    • mjolnirxz

      This is an amazing phone…

    • dli7319

      16gb storage, htc, lets not kid ourselves

    • Sky Ang

      if it got snapdragon 800 processor, s4 or iphone will have no match against it

      • $$GS4

        SS is launching Snapdragon 800 S4 soon, this year….

    • IncCo

      This is the phone I wish The One would have been! It’s got everything right this time! Home button! Bigger battery! SD card slot! Faster CPU! And a bigger screen! The only negative is that low res camera at the back.. but oh well.

    • No name

      what a shame after 2 month of htc one.
      but it should get snapdragon 800

    • Ishaq

      What about Canada?

    • Cj Escuadro

      Only few stores have this in dual-sim and I really scoured the internet for that.Credits to for letting me have this phone at such cheap price.(they ship wordwilde btw) Was really excited when I got it.HTC Butterfly S is not as bad as it looks in pictures as users have been having second thoughts when it comes to its design.Plus the front facing speakers is superb!I couldn’t really complain with this phone. :)