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