Star S5 Butterfly, a 5-inch quad-core smartphone with Android 4.2 on-board, looks a lot like its namesake

March 26, 2013
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    Joining the growing list of clones of high-end popular Android smartphones in China, that includes the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, iPhone 5, and the still unreleased HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4, is the HTC Butterfly aka the HTC Droid DNA. While Chinese manufacturer Goophone has become synonymous with releasing these “clones,” this time its another Chinese company, Star, that has done so, with the Star S5 Butterfly.

    The Star S5 Butterfly boasts similar design aesthetics, down to the black and red styling of its HTC namesake, but that’s where the similarities yet. The specifications of the S5 Butterfly include a 5-inch 720p display, 1.2 Ghz quad-core MediTek MT6589 processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage expandable via microSD, 12MP rear camera and 3MP front camera, dual-SIM support, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on-board.

    Of course, the specifications of the Star S5 Butterfly aren’t in the same league as the HTC Butterfly, but aren’t bad at all, and it does come with the latest Android OS iteration, especially considering the fact that the device is priced at just $222.99.

    The obvious concern with an unknown manufacturer, at least unknown outside China, is quality, availability of software updates, and after sales support. No doubt there are some good smartphones on offer from local Chinese manufacturers, but waiting for a few hands-on reviews to appear is definitely recommended before making the jump.

    What are your thoughts? Do you think the Star S5 Butterfly will be a good alternative to the far more expensive HTC Butterfly? What do you think about Chinese manufacturers ripping off the designs of popular internationally-renowned devices? Let us know in the comment section below.

    Comments

    • dogulas

      Good gosh. I guess I’ll have to wait for 2014 to get a flagship phone that I can use with one hand.

      • http://www.facebook.com/nschiwy Nick Schiwy

        don’t hold your breath…

      • http://www.facebook.com/kay.own90 Khairol Helmi Taharim

        Agree.. Smartphone today are more smart but less phone. Using phone with both hand is annoying

      • whatsbeefy

        Its actually not as big as you think. I have held the Droid Dna, which is a 5inch phone and its manageable with one hand. Now on the other hand (No Pun Intended) anything bigger than that, like the Note 2 is oversized in my opinion. I’ll rather stick with my Nexus 7

    • nivla

      8 mega pixel? the picture you shared says 12 instead…

      • Ankit Banerjee

        thanks for the heads up. “official” specs said 8MP, but I checked again, and obviously it’s there right on the phone. :P

    • http://twitter.com/danmcsw danmcsw

      Well, the absence of Sense is kind of endearing…

    • seyss

      typical cheap asian plastic android

      • Jared Persinger

        You forgot knockoff because Sony and HTC are Asian and those phone makers make really high end devices

    • Jim Sorensen

      Are they serious ??!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002929815624 Peter Fuglerud

      It’s a ripoff but shit it looks good :p compared to all the other android phones :P

    • Tai Nguyen

      the hump in the back just killing it. this is so 2011 if you ask me. a hump in the back of a phone is unacceptable in this day and age.

      • trollkid

        errrm, thats a camera.

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