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.
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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.