HTC’s latest J Butterfly is basically a waterproof One M8 with a potentially better camera

by: Andrew GrushJuly 31, 2014


When we first learned that HTC would be releasing a plastic variant of its One M8, it was largely believed that this device would end up replacing the J Butterfly series, unifying two flagship brands under one moniker. Apparently this wasn’t the case after all, as the latest version of the J Butterfly has now touched down as an exclusive to KDDI in Japan.

Reading over the spec list and looking at the device’s build material, this handset is pretty much a step in between the E8 and M8, keeping the M8’s Duo Camera approach but ditching the UltraPixel sensor in favor of a 13MP shooter. The secondary 2MP rear cam is said to deliver a “Duo Effect” by giving depth-of-field adjustments and other features. Like the E8, the J Butterfly is plastic, though it also happens to have IPX5/IPX7 water and dust resistance. Other specs include a Snapdragon 801 CPU, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, microSD, Bluetooth 4.0 and Android 4.4 with Sense.

Bottom-line, if you love the idea of a waterproof HTC One and liked the Duo approach but weren’t sold on Ultrapixels, this could be the perfect device for you. Unfortunately, it’s pretty likely this handset will remain an exclusive to Asia, at least for the time being. That said, it’s not unheard of for the device to cross over to Europe or even the United States, as the last J Butterfly model to make it stateside was the rebranded Verizon HTC Droid DNA.

What do you think of the latest J Butterfly? Based on specs and looks, how do you feel it compares to the One M8 and E8?

  • gregwlsn

    Add wireless charging and/or quad HD and I’m in.

    • A Skylit [S]unjΔy

      The HTC One’s battery life is already behind the Z2 and S5. The battery life will be even shorter than the G3 with a QHD screen. 2600mAh just isn’t enough for a 2014 phone.

      • a+i

        but m8 is a power sipper, literally

        • A Skylit [S]unjΔy

          Proof? The battery life is already shorter than the competition.

          • Guest

            Your proof? -__-

          • Woe of [S]unjΔy
          • Luis

            The HTC One M8 battery life is almost the same than S5 and is Bigger than LG G3
            The Xperia Z2 has a great battery life and is a great smartphone, but not the best design

            In conclusion the battery life of the HTC One M8 is very competitie to minimize it….

          • Woe of [S]unjΔy

            The G3 has a 2K screen while the HTC One has a 1080p screen. That is why I said that the HTC One will have worse battery life than the G3 in my original post. Lets not forget that the G3 has a much bigger battery than the M8. I also love the Z2’s design.

          • Andrew Hope

            Bullshit stats from journos that only had the phone for a few days, has not much basis in the truth. Htc do a better job with software optimization than even stock android. In real world, it’s a battery champ & leagues above the M7. I’m a very heavy user, & it never let’s me down.

          • Woe of [S]unjΔy

            They’re not stats from someone who has barely used the phone.
            They have their own app that benchmarks so it’s true…

            Proof of that?

          • kg2105

            Lol, what you just said is bullshit, not the journalists. Htc does not do better with optimization than stock. HTC has never been the best when it comes to battery life, and at times they are the worst. The M8 has fine battery life but not the best and QHD would indeed make it worse.

    • Karly Johnston

      1080p and usb is good enough for me.

  • WantNewNexus

    No HTC logo on the front cover??? Amazing

    • dodz

      HTC should have released this with the metal build, but as usual, HTC never listens to their customers and figured things out too late.

      • geospa300

        They have genius, it’s called the one m8.

        • dodz

          yeah “genius” but a lot of people never liked the camera.
          they still have not learned about the m7 camera, a lot of people complained about it.
          they could have just used a 13mp camera module.

        • Jesus

          No one asked for a 4MP camera. No one asked for a ‘Ultra pixel” camera. No one asked for a fat ass HTC logo bezel.

          • Cor

            It’s not a fat ass htc logo. And the UltraPixel camera is great. Try using it you bloody twat.

  • wezi427

    I always liked the Droid DNA.

  • Kelvin Ti

    I don’t mind going back to HTC as long as HTC gets rid of the 4MP Ultrapixel’s crap!

    HTC Sense is the best Android UI!

    Currently, I’m using LG G Pro 2!

  • CarsonTiffany

    HTC’s latest J Butterfly Looks great! ESP the plastic case .But i have bought one M8, metal body. Too slip to hold it and ugly. So I buy one customize plastic case on Now it looks better.

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  • Andrew Hope

    Oh the world , thinks it’s a Fucking photographer when in truth they know nothing! If you actually have any understanding of the science of photography, instead of being an idiot who has joined the pixel race, you’d know that with current technology, a13-16mp and definitely that 20.7mp Sony 1/3″ sensor on a flagship phone is too much achieve the best pictures possible…period…As a semi- photographer I can say hand on heart that the M8 has the best camera on any phone I’ve used. Admittedly, auto idiot mode, it’s pretty useless but having the ability to have full manual controls on how I shoot like white balance, iso upto 1600, exposure & – /+2 exposure comp & a colour saturation as I want it & then to be able to save my most used chosen settings is fantastic. My friend has a Z2 and it doesn’t even touch the M8 camera wise. Is a piece of crap in low light & only improved when I went into his settings & dropped it down to 8mp. The pro photography industry standard cameras the Nikon D4S & Canon 1DX are 16 & 18mp respectively. Their sensors are many, many times larger than anything on a phone. Many pixels on small sensors equals poor low light & noisy photos which then have to be heavily processed & have no basis in reality, just looking like cartoons… No thank you, I’d rather have the image I actually see…

    • kg2105

      Well guess what, a “semi photographer” is an amateur too. You don’t have more credibility than journalists or even other people who post here. And it’s unanimous the M8 has the worst camera, and ultrapixel is a pointless gimick people didn’t ask for. A solution to a problem that doesn’t exist. The M8 is a really good device in every other way, but the camera is terrible.

      • Andrew Hope

        It’s definitely not unanimous mate, but agree that 8mp at ultra size pixels would have smashed the competition. Case in point, Apple get this. The truth is, for what idiots like you use it for, i.e. Selfies, Facewank & Instacunt!, it works like a champ. Class leading low light shots. I wouldn’t even think of printing anything that ever comes out of a phone, any phone even a Nokia Lumia 1020. A $500 compact shits over anything any phone spits out. As I already said, the auto idiot settings aren’t great on the M8. Auto white balance, is way out, but unlike most other flagships I have the ability to adjust things manually for each of my most used scenarios & then save them . Indeed, if I want cartoonish, oversaturated colours like on a Samsung or iPhone I can choose that. The other thing I think many journos didn’t pick up on is the focusing. That depth sensor isn’t just for gimmicky fake bokeh or 3d effects, it actually has a practical use…focusing is lightning fast & very accurate, in the same way that the G3 uses a laser sensor, but I don’t think most people realise that to get best results you touch the screen to focus rather than let it hunt itself. Nice try though Fucktard! And thanks for pointing out my grammatical error.. Corrected!

      • Andrew Hope

        And I’m guessing a) You’ve never used the M8 day 2 day or b) Just going on journos first impressions.
        I’ll give you an example : Pretty much every editor at Pocketnow, Jaime Rivera who was the most critical now uses it as his main phone, has said actually once you know what your doing it takes great shots.Yes, it could be improved, and I would have like to see 8mp(Ultra) but bumping a 1/3″ sensor upto 16mp cannot scientifically produce great shots without making lots of noise …fact…So the only way to get around this is over-processing which turns your shots into water coloury mush. Drop your phone down to 8mp in low light & see which takes better shots. I already know which camera takes better shots between the M8 & Butterfly J and it is not the latter…period…