HTC M4 in June, Butterfly 2 in early third quarter, analyst says

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The HTC M4 is coming this June and will be followed in the third quarter by the Butterfly 2, according to an analyst.

Quoted by Focus Taiwan, analyst Laura Chen of BNP Paribas Securities Taiwan Ltd gives HTC credit to make a comeback in terms of earnings in the second half of the year, helped by the upcoming HTC One Verizon release. The more interesting part is that she mentions some information on HTC upcoming product releases.

While this may not be official information, it seems to reveal some of the company’s plans, especially since some of it fits with what had already been rumored before. According to the mentioned source, the HTC M4 will be coming in June, with the second version of the HTC Butterfly following suite “in the early third quarter.”

Chen also mentions that the Butterfly 2 would be aimed at Asia, China, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, while the M4 is set to go global. A new flagship HTC device is also mentioned by Chen for the second half of the year, which would include a 5.9-inch screen and an “upgraded” CPU (presumably better than the Snapdragon 600 the HTC One uses).

Previous rumors

Some of this information is consistent with some previous rumors regarding the HTC M4 and the second Butterfly. As you may remember, the HTC Butterfly 2 has apparently made its presence felt in a recent OTA test, with three versions spotted.

A report, quoting industry sources, published earlier this month, was also mentioning that the HTC Butterfly 2 was slated for a third quarter release date. The same report was saying that it would have a Full HD display, as well as an UltraPixel camera and BoomSound speakers. Some software features, like BlinkFeed, would also be borrowed from the HTC One.

As for the HTC M4, you may remember that famed leaker @evleaks has provided some information about it, along with the image you can see below, showing a device very similar to the HTC One in terms of design.

HTC M4

According to the mentioned source, the HTC M4 would be smaller and would use lower-quality materials than the HTC One. A dual-core CPU would be on board, alongside 2GB of RAM memory. The display would be a 4.3-inch 720p one, with the device also using an UltraPixel camera. It would run Android 4.2.2 and would include 16GB of internal memory.

We can only hope to get official confirmation for the information above soon enough. Would you be tempted to purchase one of these two devices when they come out? Which one?

Comments

  • milksop held

    What happened to HTC having only one high end phone this year

    • Pradeep Viswanathan R

      Right, but the One series is the Flagship. The Note like series is for phablet’s users.

      • MasterMuffin

        Buttefly is 5″ so it’s not a phablet and One has so much stuff around the screen that a 5″ butterfly could be even smaller!

        • Kyle

          The butterfly 2 will prolly not be coming to the statea and if it does it wont be on all carrier’s!

          • MasterMuffin

            It will probably come to states and to Verizon at least (which is the biggest one). And so what if it doesn’t come to USA, they’re still making two flagships even though they said they wouldn’t

        • Pradeep Viswanathan R

          Butterfly 2 does not seem to be a 5″ , its almost 6 :)

          • MasterMuffin

            Nope, that’s another rumored device that the article mentions having 5,9″ screen

          • Pradeep Viswanathan R

            LOL thats what i said.

          • MasterMuffin

            LOL no you didn’t, you said that Butterfly 2 is 6″, the article doesn’t say that BUTTERFLY 2 is 6″, it says that some other rumored device is 6″ -_-

        • amine ELouakil

          I think the Butterfly 2 will be something around 5.3″ unless there is some higher resolution screen 1200p at 6″ or so then you’ll have that

        • Ashley Glover

          The phablet they are releasing is known as the T6. Here is a size comparison to the One.

          • MasterMuffin

            Yes I know that know. BTW that size comparison is wrong, the

          • http://www.cargocollective.com/vivimagic Ashley Glover

            Potentially no. I guess we will have to find out when they release the tablet. Maybe a joint release with the M4.

      • milksop held

        Still HTC said they would make only one ( see what I did there,of course you did although it wasn’t very good) high end phone this year

        • Pradeep Viswanathan R

          Too much of new stuff on the market, they cannot miss the opportunity can they?

          • butCHU R Rong

            The HTC M4 is not a flagship device. It’s a mid level device. The butterfly 2 will be for the Asian market, likely Japan – where the HTC One is not available. It wont be making its way to the rest of the world. So yes the HTC ONE is the only flagship device from HTC available ‘globally’.

  • Aj

    NOoooooo! I got my new HTC butterfly! NOT another one so soon :(

    • Protoss

      and? you’ve got your phone… where is the problem?

      • MasterMuffin

        He wants the latest and best

        • Justin Winker

          He well always be behind then

          • MasterMuffin

            That’s his problem, I just answered your question :)

        • OMGgary

          If that is so, then it baffles me as to why is he buying any HTC?

      • Justin Winker

        Nice username. My favorite race xD

    • OMGgary

      This is HTC’s new way, which is exactly the same as their old way.
      Sure HTC are already testing the One 2, testing One 2, One 2.

      • amine ELouakil

        Please get your fact straight, the Butterfly 2 will be released one year after the release of the first one I remind you that the Butterfly was released in Q4 2012

    • amine ELouakil

      It’s your fault for getting half a year later if you want the latest and greatest, but worry not,the next iteration will not come out before the holidays season

  • JB

    M4 is what I have been waiting for

  • gommer strike

    I thought they were doomed, with all their senior management from Seattle jumping ship.

    Well it’s good to see that HTC still has a pulse.

  • jetsliketaxis

    I’ve been fiending for a good 4-4.3″ Android phone. I have a One X and love everything but the size. Definitely looking forward to an M4 as I’d love something smaller. Looked into the Xiaomi MI-2S but it just seems like a hassle to obtain and set up.

    • Ashley Glover

      Yeah I am looking forward to the M4, The only thing which is worrying me is the build quality being below par to want it to feel like and bad battery life. I hope HTC have done a good job on the mid range phone!

      • jetsliketaxis

        I don’t think it’ll be any worse (or more plasticky) than the S4 Mini. I’m more concerned about timing…I don’t want HTC to wait forever, or I’ll get too impatient and get the S4 Mini. I’ve wanted a smaller (and better than good) phone for a while now.

        • http://www.cargocollective.com/vivimagic Ashley Glover

          Yeah you have a point. I think is more to do with battery life more than anything now. It would be great if they released a black copy of this phone like the One S.

          • jetsliketaxis

            Even if the battery life can come close to my One X, I won’t complain. I always charge my phone overnight and I’m not too heavy of a user. I guess we’ll see…supposedly it’s going to come out in late July. I hate waiting that long, but I guess patience is a virtue haha.