HTC J Butterfly: The rumors about a 5 inch 1080p smartphone were true!

by: ŠtefanOctober 17, 2012

We’ve been hearing rumors about HTC making a 5 inch 1080p Android flagship device for several months now. At first we didn’t believe them, but then both Sharp and Japan Display (JDI) confirmed that they’ve begun mass producing the ultra sharp panels. Today we’re pleased to announce that the HTC J Butterfly has been unveiled in Japan, and it has that oh so delicious screen we’ll all soon be lusting after! According to The Verge, the name of the new screen technology is “Super LCD 3”. That makes a lot of sense since the HTC One X uses “Super LCD 2”. The new panel can pump out an astonishing 440 pixels per inch, easily making it the clearest display to ever be shoved into a smartphone.

So what about the rest of the phone? It’s got all the new flagship specs you’ve come to expect: quad core Snapdragon S4, 2 GB of RAM, though surprisingly the camera only does 8 megapixels. That and the battery is a little bit weak at just 2,020 mAh. The phone is 9.1 mm thick, has ultra thin bezels, but for reasons we fail to understand, HTC decided to put capacitive buttons of the front of the device.

Now for the important questions: When is the J Butterfly going to come out and how much is going to cost? Let’s start by saying we have absolutely zero clue as to when this thing will hit Europe and America, but we do know it’s going to land in Japan in December. It’s going to be offered by KDDI, which means it’s going to be subsidized, so we have no idea how much it’s actually going to cost.

We can now rest easy knowing that 5 inch 1080p phones aren’t just some lustworthy fantasy, they actually exist. Let’s just hope HTC makes a Nexus version of this thing!

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  • James Gao

    I WANT!!!!!!!!!!!

  • -=[midigas]=-

    Shut up and take my money!

  • v rosED

    my dream will come true if = HTC+quadCore+2GB+5inch+beatAudio+NFC+wirelessCharging+rainProof

    • Looks like sometimes dreams do come true. Just move to Japan. :-)

      • Anti_Ponjin

        Ahhhhh, you think you can just immigrate to Japan? Not unless you have a Guarantor or a-4-yr-degree. Good luck communicating with 99% of the folks. Might as well be France… piss in the streets as well. NO! NOT A TROLL. Lived there for 27 yrs.

  • MasterMuffin

    Battery is too weak :(

  • Darren Hilton

    please make this a nexus device and you can have my money…….wow

  • Matt uk

    Capacitive buttons? Good idea. I miss my HTC Desire buttons. My Samsung galaxy s3 pinch to zoom in browser is rubbish. The buttons at the bottom get pressed by accident all the time just by holding the edges.

  • Make this a Nexus device with bigger battery…….And will say buy buy to Nokia Lumia 920 :D

    • Anonymous

      *Bye bye

  • Mihai Andrici

    This is amazing news! I for one was a bit skeptical upon discussing recent rumors about a HTC 5-inch 1080p smartphone, but thankfully I was wrong !

    BIG UP HTC ! I knew you had it in you!

    On the other hand, it remains to be seen if the Butterfly will be the commercial success that the Taiwanese manufacturer so desperately needs at this point !

  • I’m sorry, but the name of [the] “J Butterfly” isn’t making me very excited about this phone – YES the combination of the screen and the processor are amazing, the camera and the ram are nothing new, and the battery is still far back in the past – if the battery were at least 2600mAh then I may have actually considered it, however I’m going to stick with the GS3 and it’s perfect combination of specs! << this also includes the 3100mAh battery, as a reminder – I care about what I use my phone for, but it has to last.

  • nottagrammernasi

    Yes! I can’t wait for this NOT to be carried by T-Mobile… like the last two HTC flagship phones… *grumble*grumble*

  • Ron

    it says with Google on the back !! will it be a nexus?? wud be a killer combination

  • But that BATTERY!!!! Damn you HTC…

  • Lboogy

    This is phenomenal! Quad cores with 1080 P HD and 2 Gigs RAM, now this moving forward. Sorry Apple but you lost yet again:(

  • 440ppi? Sweet mother of Cher Wang!

  • WOWWW, finally, Apple’s retina display has been beaten……….. :-)))

  • Heather C

    I Want one so bad ,I can taste it !!!I’ve been hanging in with my Thunderbolt ,which I purchased The day it came out ,I have 2 upgrades and Verizon has been pushing ,but I knew ,absolutely Knew HTC was far better than what was coming out as new ,even there own phones weren’t impressing me !!So I’m hanging in until it comes here!