The HTC Butterfly isn't a very old device, but HTC has just announced its successor, the Butterfly S. This is another 5-inch beast of a phone, but it takes some cues from the HTC One to up its game.

The Butterfly S is built like a slightly bigger, beefed-up HTC One. It looks like it will be a fairly substantial improvement over the original Butterfly, though. Here are the specs:

  • Android with Sense 5
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, quad-core, 1.9GHz
  • 5.0 inch Full HD 1080p, 440PPI, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 16GB, microSD for up to 64GB additional storage
  • 2GB of RAM
  • HTC UltraPixel Camera.
  • Dual front-facing BoomSound Speakers with Beats Audio
  • 3200mAh Battery
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • UMTS/ HSPA: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz with HSDPA up to 42 Mbps

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It's an impressive device, especially that battery. It's almost as massive as the Droid Razr Maxx HD in that department. Bringing the BoomSound speakers to more devices is also a great move for HTC. The exact version of Android running under Sense 5 is not immediately apparent, but the Butterfly S will have software features like BlinkFeed, Zoe, and Beats Audio.

The Butterfly S is an Asian device set to launch in July, which explains the apparent lack of LTE. The original Butterfly was essentially a Droid DNA, so maybe we'll see the new version come to American shores sometime soon. Full PR is below.


Taipei, June 19, 2013 — HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, has today announced the HTC Butterfly S. This stylish, supercharged 5-inch device is powered by a 1.9 GHz quad-core processor and features HTC BlinkFeed™, HTC Zoe™ and HTC BoomSound™, first introduced with the award-winning HTC One. The new device also offers HTC’s latest Sense 5 experience and Android Jelly Bean, with astamina battery that packs 3,200 mAh of raw power, guaranteeing peak performance for


“We’ve upgraded the popular HTC Butterfly to reflect the new standards set by the HTC One for smartphone performance.” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “The HTC Butterfly changed the way people looked at a smartphone thanks to the world's first full HD 1080p, 5-inch screen and that complete viewing experience has been taken to the next level with HTC BlinkFeed. HTC BoomSound and HTC Zoe integration also make the experience of the HTC Butterfly S unlike that of any other 5-inch device.”

HTC BlinkFeed: Stop digging for information with live home screen updates from

your favourite sources HTC’s acclaimed BlinkFeed makes perfect use of the breath-taking 5-inch, full HD Super LCD 3 display of the HTC Butterfly S. Transforming the home screen into a customisable, vibrant stream of live information, BlinkFeed delivers the freshest content from social updates, news and articles at a glance.

With local and global content drawn from more than 2,000 media sources, BlinkFeed pulls more than 10,000 articles from some of the world’s leading media companies including AOL, ESPN, MTV, The Financial Times and Reuters to give you the most interesting and important stories of the moment, wherever you may be.

HTC BoomSound: sharper, richer, bigger sound

HTC BoomSound’s dual front-facing stereo speakers and two dedicated amplifiers deliver sound quality and power like no other. Listen to music, play games and watch videos with less distortion and more clarity. Beats Audio™ integration completes the unrivalled audio experience for you and your friends’ ultimate listening pleasure.

HTC UltraPixel Camera with HTC Zoe and Video Highlights: reimagining mobile photography

HTC’s revolutionary camera experience delivers high-quality, instantly-sharable images wherever you are and whatever you’re doing. The HTC Butterfly S’ stunning UltraPixel Camera captures 300 per cent more light than traditional smartphone camera sensors, ensuring fantastic images even in low light. With its advanced editing capabilities and functionality of HTC Zoe, you’ll always be able to create the perfect picture wherever you are. Further enhancing the imaging experience is the phone’s 2.1 MegaPixel Ultra-wideangle front-facing camera, which makes room for you and your friends to create more natural self-portraits with incredible detail.

Bring all of your spectacular photography to life and share it easily with Video Highlights, a part of the HTC Butterfly S’ living, breathing gallery. Automatically creating 30-second shows accompanied by a soundtrack of your choosing, Video Highlights requires no professional editing software but produces visually stunning, instantly sharable online videos.

Stamina battery: Stay at full speed for longer

The HTC Butterfly S is powered by the highest-capacity battery ever seen in a HTC smartphone. 3,200 mAh of raw power means that you can now take photos, watch videos and listen to music without worrying about battery life, giving your mobile life a turbo boost exactly where it needs it the most.

Global Availability

The HTC Butterfly S will be available in select Asia Pacific markets from July.


Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • http://www.twitter.com/ricankng787 Hector Marquez

    Thanks HTC. It isn't like I just bought your flagship (HTC One) last week or anything...

    • http://www.sosherz.com/ Nicolas

      OLD flagship!
      By the way I can stop trolling because I've bought Sony... XZ/XSP/XL/XM...

    • HellG

      I don't get your point, If you wanted a device like this you should have went with the Note in the time you bought the One, And if it's for bragging to have the latest and greatest again i don't get it, did your phone start lagging of jealousy or it's battery is draining due to the phone not going to deep sleep due to crying all night for not being HTC favorite SON anymore? -_-

      • http://www.twitter.com/ricankng787 Hector Marquez

        You don't get my point, then why assume I'm crying myself to sleep? Second, why would I want the Note? If I wanted a Note II, I would have gotten it. This new phone has everything that was "missing" from my One (larger battery, removable storage), so yeah...that's a little disheartening thinking that hardware-wise I could have gotten everything I wanted in a single package from HTC.

        But no harm, no foul, I am loving my HTC One regardless. Thanks for your input though.

        • btod

          I think what HellG was trying to say was that this phone is aimed at the phablet crowd because of the larger screen. Yes HTC has 2 flagships technically (One and Butterfly) but they're aimed at different markets in the same way that Samsung has the S4 and Note 2.

          • HellG

            Yup exactly, as a Note 2 user this device actually seems pretty good but for people like my friends who can't bear to use my note 2 (most of them have S3's/Nexus devices being a galaxy or LG nexus), i don't think this device will be well greeted by them

          • Greyhame

            Not sure the Butterfly S is aimed at Note users.. they have a phablet already in test codenamed T6. This is just a puzzling update to the Butterfly (and maybe DNA).

            Not sure why a) the One wasn't released with the same build and these stats, or b) they didn't just release the One worldwide and cut their maintenance duties in half.

        • HellG

          I didn't mean YOU crying, i meant the phone lol

      • ProductFRED

        You're both right. On one hand, this is to be expected with any manufacturer's products. On the other hand, not only did the One just come out, but HTC said they'd be sticking to a "single flagship per year" strategy; apparently that promise went down the shitter.

        In any case, I highly doubt this phone is coming to the US. It's an updated Droid DNA, so most likely, if it does it'll be on Verizon. And judging by the fact that you already have an HTC One, @hectormarquez:disqus, you're not on Verizon.

      • SetiroN

        That is just a pretentious, entitled response made just to feel artificially superior.

        First of all it's obvious that that the butterfly and note series are nothing nothing alike.

        Second, you can't accuse someone just because they want more from their money when what what they had to buy didn't fully satisfy their needs, this isn't a newer car edition with 15 more hp, an ultra edition of the the same video card or just just a 200 MHz processor bump, this is a device that addresses some major shortcomings two months after the previous, and there's nothing bad with feeling angry with the manufacturer for not including them when they obviously could have. It makes your 2 year agreement or $700 purchase feel like rip off, because guess what, it really is.

        Th only point that could be made is that it it won't be available in western countries, but it still burns a little.

        Anyway, I really think HTC should have waited for the 800, their intention to keep up with the spec-hungry Asian will go to hell as soon as the updated S4 and multiple Asian bound superphones will come out.
        At least I hope they're going to use this as a template for an updated western flagship, keeping the same attitude towards battery and storage.

        • HellG

          I thought the amount of sarcasm i had in that post, then my reply to OP would make it obvious that i was kidding

          • SetiroN

            it really wasn't :/

    • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

      This device is much bigger in every dimension and the One has a beautiful all metal construction, not to mention you will be able to flash the latest version of Android and get done with your life and enjoy 4.3 and 5.0 as soon as they come out.

      I don't think that will be the case with this device.

      • http://www.twitter.com/ricankng787 Hector Marquez

        Good point, I still would have liked to have a larger battery and removable storage. Regardless, I love my HTC One. I hope that HTC will continue to support this phone, instead of releasing 5 new "flagship" phones in the next 6 months.

    • TY

      Well, the One has full metal construction and should be more durable. Other than the battery, the specs are comparable. Either premium build and more compact, or bigger size, larger battery, and Japanese-style design. Your choice.

    • yobbei

      So much for "One" flagship per year.

      Soon we will have One+ and all that mess.

    • Cory_S

      Meh, It's better than the following situation.

      Hey dude, cool phone which is that?

      It's the Butterfly..isn't it cute?

    • Matthew Fry

      No worries. It'll probably take Verizon a couple years to actually release it here.

  • Greyhame

    This is what the One should have been.

    • Ryan Lounsbury

      Exactly, now if we are lucky it will come to America. Unfortunately, for most folks it will be a Verizon only device most likely.

    • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

      Is this made out of plastic, though?

      • Greyhame

        Fancy plastic, but yes I believe it is. My comment was going for them shoehorning in this massive battery, button layout, and SD card expansion into the premium shell of the HTC One (actually I'd rather just have 32 GB onboard, but the ability to expand is always nice). That would have nixed most of Samsung's advantages and really made it an all out equal battle.

        • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

          That would have been the tipping point - I would've bought this phone for sure. I really love the aluminum feel, but I'm sure this feels very solid as well. Maybe a Google Edition is in the works :P

  • Ben

    I wonder if the DNA S will be the new Droid that sparked the reactivation of the Droid Twitter account....

    • Greyhame

      Those fire sales on the DNA are suddenly more interesting.....

  • jack

    First 1080p 5" screen? HTC are forgetting the Xperia Z that I have in my hand right now....

    • TY

      The original butterfly, released late 2012, was the first phone with a1080p 5" screen.

    • Bendichi

      Maybe they meant the first decent 5" 1080p display?

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    • Utsav

      Don't think you remember the fact that htc are the one who brought full hd 5" screen ahead of everyone in the market with Droid DNA! So yeah they have that record!

  • Utsav

    I'm getting really hopeful with the fact that the next crop of flagships will surely have that juicy-above-3k mAh battery! :)

  • Bleakvision

    So the "ONE" branding is falling apart. Again.

  • Robert Macri

    That battery without LTE? That could last 2 days with decent usage.

  • TY

    Does it have an IR blaster like the One? "pew pew"

  • Christopher Robert

    This is a great phone. Its like a slightly bigger HTC One with expandable storage.

    • Ryan Lounsbury

      And bumped processor specs; larger battery which I read somewhere indicating it is reparable.

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    This is what the HTC One should have been. With the inclusion of a microSD card slot and a large battery, they've solved most of my complaints. I actually would consider buying this phone over the S4, whereas the HTC One wasn't even an option because of my need for expandable storage and great battery life.

  • David Margolin

    So its the HTC BS... great name htc

    • Greyhame

      Thought the same thing!

  • roberthenderson

    Samsung, are you listening? If the note 3 does not have a front facing speakers, better lowlight camera and a nicer build quality I will immediately buy this when it comes to Verizon. I have been happy with my Galaxy S three, but I'm not looking to upgrade to a note 3 that is basically a bigger version of what I have with a pen. This is my only warning Samsung. :-)

    • btod

      I highly doubt the note 3 will have front facing speakers, a better low light camera, and nicer build quality. Samsung has a set design language that they've been using for all their phones and tablets as of late. If they're ever going to move away from that it'd be for next year's S5 and subsequent Note 4 at the earliest.

      • roberthenderson

        ,I am with you on that prediction. I just wanted to give Samsung the heads up as to why I'll be, in all likelihood, switching away from the Samsung brand. I am impressed that HTC have made a major change with the front facing speakers and we're willing to do a quick about face on the sd card.

  • just me

    Got my fingers crossed that the microsd slot and awesome battery make it to the T6/One Max as well! And hopefully it makes it to my carrier choice as well. Come on, HTC, time to beat Samsung at the phablet game...!

    • Brandon Fletcher

      Yeah, I'm not sure why they're wasting time with this when they could be focusing on the T6.

  • Nicholas

    Once again, HTC is releasing their phone just TOO fast. Too fast. The elements of the Butterfly S could have been included into the One to form the unbeatable flagship, and I bet it must pain many since the One just became available for less than a month in many countries. One of my biggest concerns is that HTC will soon neglect the One and stop rolling out updates and support for the One. This has happened to many HTC devices (*cough* desire hd ics *cough*) and HTC will really blow it if this happens again. Don't get me wrong guys, I'm not hating on HTC. Sent from my HTC.

    • MITM

      meh... this phone will probably only be available in Asia

  • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

    The one thing that baffles me is why they went back to the three button layout of the previous One line. I actually prefer it over the current One line's 2 button layout, but it is strange... I wonder if they are going to pick a format and stick with it.

  • carlisimo

    Didn't the original Butterfly also have an SD card, which was then removed for the US version? Should we assume the same thing will happen again?

  • Garry DeWitt

    Great now bring it to US shores with a snapdragon 800 so I can buy it.

  • Ryan Lounsbury

    Any more questions as to why HTC is slowly falling in to irrelevance and can't hold their market share against Samsung? HTC can't even figure out what they are doing.

    • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

      Seems to me that they're releasing some pretty badass phones. That's what they're doing. Seems like a good marketing strategy to me. The only reason Sammy is selling tens of millions of S4s is because it's basically become the iPhone of Android. People buy based on the Galaxy name alone, not specs or features.

      • Ryan Lounsbury

        You just completely nailed the reason why HTC won't be around in a few years.

        • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

          Honestly, I think that Sammy will start going downhill a bit, and HTC will start gaining. The S4 is really only an incremental upgrade over the S3, and Sammy is watering down the Galaxy name by releasing so many Galaxy branded phones (Y, Mega, Ace etc).

          The general public are gonna get confused, buy a low or mid range Galaxy phone thinking that it's the one that everyone is talking about, and get pissed off when it doesn't work like a top end phone.

          I think that those reasons, plus the fact that HTC are actually putting out decent phones again, will lead to a small comeback by HTC and a more competitive marketplace in the next 5 years.

          • Ryan Lounsbury

            I think Sammy is doing a good enough job with advertising and branding to help prevent folks from getting the S3 thinking it is the S4.

            I think if HTC can get it's branding strategy together and just go with something that works instead of retooling every couple months and then turning around and doing exactly what they said they wouldn't do they have a punchers chance. I would note that if the Buttefly S is really just a DNA S for Verizon and Verizon doesn't get the HTC One then this actually does make sense.

            I think HTC has far less than 5 years to turn their ship around though.

        • Greyhame

          By that logic, everyone would have iphones and Android would've lived and died already. Competition is a good thing and HTC is definitely on the right path. If they can keep their phones updated and remove some of the tarnish on their post purchase support, they'll survive - everyone loves an underdog. At least I hope... competition is good.

          • Ryan Lounsbury

            You complete took my comment and misconstrued the entire basis. The reason why Samsung is so dominate in the Android market is because they are largely considered by the consume base that the Galaxy phones are THE android phone. Not so long ago there was a consume study done and most consumers responded saying that the Samsung Galaxy phone series is Android. Not even acknowledging that Google has anything to do with Android.

            When a single company that isn't actually responsible for the OS it is running is synonymously linked as THE vendor for the platform it becomes very difficult for other vendors to break that conception. In today's smartphone market it really breaks down as follows:

            Apple - iOS/iPhone

            Samsung - Android

            Nokia - Windows Phone

            RIM - Blackberry

            There are third party companies that develop hardware for each environment (save for RIM) but the non-technical consumer largely views Samsung as the primary vendor for Android even though HTC, Sony, LG, Huawei, Acer, Asus, and other vendors make Android hardware.

          • Greyhame

            Ah, I see what you're saying. The point remains.. it's not all about popularity/market share.

            I recall that report and remember questioning its accuracy. HTC and others, especially now that Google owns Motorola, aren't going anywhere... IF they make good products. Marketing is a boon to sales, but good products can stand on their own.

  • SetiroN

    I really think HTC should have waited for the 800, their intention to keep up with the spec-hungry Asian will go to hell as soon as the updated S4 and multiple Asian bound superphones will come out.
    At least I hope they're going to use this as a template for an updated western flagship, keeping the same attitude towards battery and storage.

  • Matthew Merrick

    This is what the One SHOULD HAVE BEEN >_> if they'd released this, it might actually stand a chance against the GS4 in terms of sales.

  • Damien

    Ah man would be perfect without the ultrapixel camera. Would smash the S4 if they put a decent camera in it :-S

  • Cj Escuadro

    Only few stores have this in dual-sim and I really scoured the internet for that.Credits to merimobiles.com for letting me have this phone at such cheap price.(they ship wordwilde btw) Was really excited when I got it.HTC Butterfly S is not as bad as it looks in pictures as users have been having second thoughts when it comes to its design.Plus the front facing speakers is superb!I couldn't really complain with this phone. :)