21
Oct
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Last week, HTC announced the J Butterfly, a 5" phone with a monster 1080p display (that's 440ppi) mated to a quad-core CPU and 2 GB of RAM. The announcement made it pretty clear that the J Butterfly wasn't coming to the US, but similar devices certainly weren't out of the question.

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Now, we're seeing blurrycam photos of what's claimed to be Verizon's variant, dubbed the DLX ("Deluxe"). Sure enough, it's apparently packing similar specs: the same 5" 1080p display, a quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 8MP rear shooter and 2MP front. Otherwise, the source of the shots reports a 2,500 mAh battery, centered power button on the top, and capacitive touch buttons. It's also running Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) and Sense 4+, along with Beats Audio. Physically, the device looks a lot like the One X(+) in that it's a solid polycarbonate shell.

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The photos don't entirely match up the specs tweeted out by leaker @Football4PDA - he provided a specific CPU, less RAM, and a higher-MP camera. As always, that's exactly why you should take these photos (and Football's specs) with a giant grain of salt - something especially relevant given the recent spate of hoaxes.

[Source: Android Central]

Aaron Gingrich
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  • mobilehavoc

    If this is global out of the box I might consider going back to Verizon

  • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

    I want this to be a Nexus. Like, really want. So, so much.

    • Marko

      Capacative soft keys = not a nexus . It broke my dreams as well

      • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

        That could be pretty easily modified, I'd imagine. The Optimus G had capacitive soft keys, but the Nexus 4/Optimus Nexus/Nexus G doesn't. So I'm holding out hope that the J Butterfly will be a Nexus. It's unlikely, but I'm hoping!

    • Omar Khalil

      screw nexus. htc makes awsome for htc not for nexus. if you like htc phones buy a htc phone. dont be close minded

      • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

        ...Google contract a partner, or partners, to make Nexus phones. A Nexus phone can be HTC, or Samsung, or LG.

        • Aquanox

          If it's a Nexus it wouldn't have an SD expansion... that pretty much screws every Nexus as of now to me... as awesome as the quick updated are.

          • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

            16gb is fine for me.

      • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

        I'm not being close minded, either. Nexus phones are usually the best Android phones, because they have the best software and are fully endorsed by Google.

      • http://www.dsaif.tk/ Saif

        HTC's Skin & Physical Keys.. No Thanks

    • btod

      this could all be another hoax as far as I'm concerned. I'm not getting fooled a third time until I see some concrete proof, not another blurry cam. These trolls were able to fool android police TWICE!!! The take home is we shouldn't take every leak as gospel.

      • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

        They didn't fool them if it's not a hoax. And anyway, they said take it with a grain of salt.

    • Suzu

      uh, HTC J Butterfly it does have the small letters "with Google" on it's back cover. It's right above that beatsaudio. Does this make you little happier?

      • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

        No. That only says that it's been made iin co-operation with Google. It doesn't mean it's a Nexus. A Nexus would have Google design influence, stock Android, updates from Google, and onscreen keys.

        Nexus are the best Android devices, period.

  • James_C_L

    i guess this means we wont get the NOTE 2 on VZW...or a nexus for that matter

    • http://www.facebook.com/ShinobiPhoenix Cody Shiranai

      I'm fairly sure the leaked shots of the Verizon Note 2 (with tags and all as is Verizon's style, especially the lower center button) was shown weeks ago.

    • nhizzat

      Note 2? Probably. Nexus? Probably not.

    • kyle wiggington

      The verizon note 2 shows on samsungs website as coming soon. So yes there will be a vzw note2

  • NathanDrago

    Centered power button on top of a 5" device? Man, that's unreachable.

  • Casey Mills

    This just got me excited about HTC again. Might be a reason to finally move from prepaid to on contract. My Incredible 2 with CM 7.2 has been serving me well on Page Plus.

    • http://www.dsaif.tk/ Saif

      If it becomes a Nexus then you can stay with prepaid

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    If this doesn't have an SD card slot, I'm going to punch HTC in the butt.

    • trob6969

      Yeah, because the J Butterfly DOES have a microSD slot so if the Verizon version doesn't I'm gonna be pissed!

  • JohnnyHempseed

    Please be real. My HTC Rezound is almost a year old now (still an incredible phone) but I've been waiting for another ground-breaking HTC release for Verizon. This will be my Xmas present to myself if it's real :)

  • kidheated

    It may just be me, but htc phones are not nice to look at. They all seem like they were designed by/for the K-pop, 13-16 year old crowd. For its size, this phone should be as sleek and elegant as possible. And these manufacturers need to stop fighting Googs on the on screen key issue. Just do what Googs wants, shut your mouth and take the money.

    • trob6969

      Do what Google wants?! And take away microSD for the sake of reliance on it's cloud service (example: Galaxy Nexus)?! HELL NO!

      • Tyler Chappell

        /sigh. 32GB is more than enough for anyone. Literally, anyone. If you require more than 32GB on your phone, you either fail at effectively using cloud services, or fail at being able to manage your data. 32GB can easily hold more than a few days worth of music, and more than a day's worth of videos. Unless you go each and every single day listening to your entire collection of music or watching movies nonstop, you simply dont need a micro-SD slot if you have 32GB of onboard storage.

        • trob6969

          It's not just about storage capacity: cloud storage needs an internet connection, can be hacked into, is prone to high rates, and media files can't be played on devices that don't support the web. And for the devices that do have internet, you still have to go through a login process to access your media. Where as SD storage enables you to simply swapp your card from your smartphone into nearly any device an quickly enjoy your content.

        • flosserelli

          Tell that to the folks that have spotty cell connection and no wifi.
          Tell that to the folks that listen to FLAC or APE music on their phones.

          • Tyler Chappell

            Pretty sure there aren't many people that listen to FLAC on their phones, so that point is moot. Secondly, if you can't manage to store all of the songs you are going to listen to in a particular day or week with 32GB of storage, then you either listen to more music than anyone else on the planet, or you failed to plan ahead about having the music you want to listen to on your device during that particular day.

  • nhizzat

    Uninspiring design. Looks like any other HTC phone already available on VZW.

  • toshistation

    Five inch, 1080p display? LTE? a 2500 mAh battery is not enough. Especially if it isn't removable, and knowing HTC, it won't be.

    • Freak4Dell

      Yeah, it's not enough, but it's at least better than the 2020mAh crap they announced with the Butterfly J.

  • http://twitter.com/LLStarks Starks

    Isn't this supposed to be the Droid Incredible X (DIX)?

  • http://www.dsaif.tk/ Saif

    Just noticed the file name has nexusae with them.. What's that? :P

  • Dean Smith

    If the htc 5 is a Nexus phone, and headed for Verizon---does that mean we can buy this phone
    from Google, and use it on AT&T?

    • kyle wiggington

      I doubt its a true nexus cause it would say google on the back

      • trob6969

        The J Butterfly has Google written on back in big, bold print so Verizon's version might be a Nexus...I hope not though; I'd rather have the SD expansion. Which seems to go against Google's cloud endeavors.

        • kyle wiggington

          Would be nice i prefer the sd card slot but its not a huge deal breaker

  • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

    too bad it wont be supported and thats why I will not buy it

  • Brian

    If Verizon doesn't get a killer nexus phone I will wait for the gs4. Buy it And root it to put a non skinned version of the os on it. After using a galaxy nexus I likely won't buy another skinned device. Pure Google benefits outweigh some extra OEM options in my opinion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/boe.dillard Boe Dillard

    I'm tempted to exchange my GS3 for this. As much as I like my S3 - it sucks as a phone - signal drops even in areas with great coverage. I'm not sure why Verizon and Samsung can't get along with eachother but my S3 and Nexus were both TERRIBLE for call quality/signal strength.

  • Geoff Johnson

    Figures, I just bought a MAXX HD...