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

by: Ankit BanerjeeMarch 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.

  • dogulas

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

    • Nick Schiwy

      don’t hold your breath…

    • 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

  • 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 ??!!

  • 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.

  • disqus_XQTYMFVKlf

    Had one of these 2 years so far and going strong, selling it to upgrade, new owner will most likely get another 2 years. Antutu of 15,000. Paid $235NZ and selling for $100NZ. People buying $1000 phones are getting ripped off.