HTC Butterfly S Officially Announced

Last year November HTC showed us the J Butterfly (otherwise know as the HTC Droid DNA), which was one of the first waterproof 5-inch 1080p devices of it's kind (just after the Oppo Find 5). Subsequently, both companies are working on successors, so while the Oppo Find 7 is still in development, HTC has gone ahead and announced the Butterfly S, an elegant fusion of the Droid DNA and the One.

Similar to its predecessor, the phone comes with a full-HD 5-inch screen (1920 x 1080 pixels), but got a SoC upgrade to the Snapdragon 600. With the system on chip comes a Krait 300 CPU clocked at 1.90 GHz, along with an Adreno 320 GPU (which can run at a respectable 52 GFLOPS). 2 GB of RAM supports the system along with 16 GB of internal storage, which is microSD expandable unlike the HTC One. Unfortunately, the Butterfly S will not have 4G LTE support, but will come with the expected array of radios, allowing for Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac at 2.4/5 GHz.

Image capture comes at the hands of a 2.1 MPx forward facing camera, while the rear camera is a HTC Ultrapixel from the One. The battery capacity is claimed to be a larger 3,200 mAh, which should hold the phone strong throughout the day running Android Jelly Bean 4.2 and the HTC Sense 5 UI. 

Currently, the phone's price is listed at $765, and will go on sale in Taiwan sometime in July. We suspect that the phone will make its way around the world eventually like the J Butterfly did, landing in the U.S. with possible a different name and hopefully a tweaked model for some 4G LTE capabilities. 

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  • phatboe
    No LTE = no deal
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  • Estix
    95684 said:
    No LTE = no deal


    This, exactly.

    Unless the phone is targeted specifically at markets where 4G LTE is not available, why would they even bother making a flagship-level phone without LTE support?
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  • Larry Bob
    I won't buy any HTC phone until they get rid of the stupid "Beats Audio" logo that's a joke to anyone who knows anything about audio and/or provide another version without the logo.
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