Although we heard last month that HTC may not be bringing its 5-inch flagship smartphone to Europe, it doesn’t stop Expansys Italy from putting up the pre-order page for the HTC Butterfly. Intrigued?
We heard about Sprint’s plan to bring several LTE devices to its prepaid subsidiaries, Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile, last month. We now have more information about the Boost-bound HTC One SV and the ZTE Force.
Last weekend we reported that the HTC One VX was believed to be on its way to AT&T with an expected arrival date of December 7th. Now AT&T has officially confirmed that the One VX is available as of today for just $49.99 with a two year contract.
Although many frowned upon the launch of a new HTC flagship phone so close after the One X and One X+ releases, the Droid DNA (aka J Butterfly) might have just brought the Taiwanese a much needed breath of fresh air financial-wise.
The HTC Butterfly was just announced without fanfare. The full HD device is the international version of the Droid DNA and is coming to European and Asian markets at an undisclosed date.
Check out the HTC Butterfly specs after the break.
The HTC Butterfly is out, sporting a full HD screen, a Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, and an 8MP camera. The phone is the international version of Verizon’s Droid DNA and the Japan-only HTC J Butterfly. Previous rumors have suggested that this phone will be called HTC DLX/Deluxe, but HTC decided for something less tacky. Check out the official HTC Butterfly image gallery after the jump.
HTC has been in the doldrums for the past year or so, having been fast overtaken by other smartphone manufacturers, particularly Samsung and Apple. In fact, the company’s revenues had declined in the past four months. But even as analysts have predicted the demise of HTC, it seems the Taiwanese company is bouncing back.
In case you forgot, Apple and Samsung are about to face each other in U.S. courts again in a new episode of the first lawsuit between the two companies in the country. Earlier this summer Apple was awarded a favorable verdict, with the jury saying that Samsung has to pay $1.05 billion in damages to the iPhone maker.
The next big thing for HTC will be a device codenamed M7, that is slated to hit the market in March 2013. According to Taiwanese media reports, the M7 will feature a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ8064) processor, a 5-inch full HD display, a 13MP camera, and a metal (aluminum, we presume) unibody shell.
While Samsung and Apple’s patent war continues to wage on, HTC and Apple settled their differences last month with a ten-year patent licensing deal. Now a court in California has ordered that the HTC-Apple patent agreement must be disclosed in the upcoming Samsung-Apple hearing on December 6th.