HTC Unveils Its New Flagship Phone Butterfly 2 For Japan
HTC CEO Peter Chou announced the latest flagship phone HTC J Butterfly (HTL23) yesterday on KDDI in Tokyo. J Butterfly — which might be called Butterfly 2 — will be focused on Japan only. HTC adopted the same strategy for its previous version of Butterfly. Butterfly phones released by HTC have rarely made it out of Asia. Verizon managed to make it available under the alias “Droid DNA” for the consumers in States.
Let’s see how this latest phone by struggling HTC fares against HTC One M8 — the most successful phone of HTC for this year. In fact, it has much in common with HTC One M8. It features a 5-inch screen 1080p display, Super-LCD and Snapdragon 801 processor just like One M8. Both Butterfly 2 and One M8 have Sense 6 UI and capacitive buttons are now part of the screen. There are three buttons like the ones we have seen in Nexus 5. Front facing BoomSound speakers are there too.
Butterfly 2 has the same secondary depth sensor inside the camera as One M8. There is still a 5-megapixel front-facing camera to capture awesome selfies like One M8.
So what is the difference between the two phones? Well, the biggest change has been made in back camera. HTC One surpassed megapixel range for camera and featured an a 4 MP ‘UltraPixel’ camera that performs extremely well in low-light conditions. But Butterfly 2 no longer has an UltraPixel camera — however, it has been given a 13-megapixel sensor. Is it a downgrade? It is too early to decide. Butterfly 2 has got improvements in autofocus speed as well as in post-processing capabilities.
While the One M8 sports a full metal uni-body, Butterfly 2 has been given a shiny, uniformly curved polycarbonate shell — in other words, a plastic body. It is water resistant and dust resistant too. According to Engadget, it can survive 30-minute dip at depths up to 1 meter.
Battery has been given an upgrade too. Butterfly 2 now has 2700mAh battery as compared to One M8’s 2600mAh. Trays for both nano-Sim and microSD do not require a pin in Butterfly 2. These cards can be inserted using simple pull-out trays. Butterfly 2 is available in three colors: Blue, White and Red.
“Both the HTC J and [the original] HTC J Butterfly became the best-selling phones at KDDI. Today I’m pleased to extend that momentum,” said Chou.
The bad news (for now) is that this phone is available in Japan only. It doesn’t support 4G bands available in U.S. It would be a disappointment for global HTC fans if they are not able to get their hands on this latest flagship phone and if HTC doesn’t add support for 4G bands used in U.S.