Last year, HTC was the first mainstream manufacturer to release a smartphone with a 1080p display. Named the HTC J Butterfly, it was exclusive to Japan, but several spin-off phones were soon announced, including the Droid DNA for the Verizon network in America.
Today, it has revealed the J Butterfly’s sequel, and it’s the HTC Butterfly S. It’s not a whole lot different to the first phone, but there are some important internal alterations, which should make it a better phone. However, the Butterfly S hasn’t changed in one key area – the screen.
The phone still has a 5-inch touchscreen with a Full HD resolution, which is 1920 x 1080 pixels. This isn’t quite as exciting as it was last year, as now we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to big-screen, high definition smartphones.
Powering the phone is a 1.9GHz, quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, making it more powerful than before, along with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of memory. The Butterfly S shares several features with HTC’s other flagship Android phone, the HTC One. It has the same UltraPixel camera on the rear panel, plus it has stereo speakers powered by a BoomSound amplifier, and Beats Audio software tweaks.
Android 4.2 is its operating system, and HTC has used its Sense 5 user interface to bring the BlinkFeed news and social feed to the home screen. A key difference between this and the old model is the battery, as it’s now a large 3200mAh capacity cell, instead of the 2020mAh battery found in the J Butterfly.
At the moment, the Butterfly S has only been announced for Taiwan, where it’ll go on sale in July for around £500. Although HTC never released the J Butterfly in the UK, this type of phone is considerably more popular today, and it could change its mind with the Butterfly S, although there’s no official news yet.