HTC announces the quad-core, 1080p Butterfly S Android smartphone

HTC Butterfly SLast 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.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars