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HTC Butterfly S Officially Announced

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HTC infuses Droid DNA with the One: Out of the cocoon comes the HTC Butterfly S.

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 , June 27, 2013 12:26 PM
    No LTE = no deal
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    Estix , June 27, 2013 12:51 PM
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    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 , June 27, 2013 1:01 PM
    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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    falchard , June 27, 2013 3:19 PM
    I wish they would release a new Windows Phone. Their Windows Phones are so good. Hopefully they will when Windows Phone 8.1 rolls out.
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    acerace , June 27, 2013 4:59 PM
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    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.


    Show me which phones have the same great audio quality as the Butterfly. Phones is different.
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    Rockurkok , June 27, 2013 5:16 PM
    ^ All of the above; first world concerns.
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    Larry Bob , June 27, 2013 5:30 PM
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    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.


    Show me which phones have the same great audio quality as the Butterfly. Phones is different.


    It's just the logo on the back that bugs me. I don't care about the quality.

    And apparently it's worse.
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    Marcus52 , June 27, 2013 7:40 PM
    "Beats Audio" is just a label, it doesn't actually support any kind of standard. And, Beats products aren't exactly known for great quality in the audiophile world, either. The sound of the phone may be great, but the label has nothing to do with it.
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    acerace , June 27, 2013 9:14 PM
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    "Beats Audio" is just a label, it doesn't actually support any kind of standard. And, Beats products aren't exactly known for great quality in the audiophile world, either. The sound of the phone may be great, but the label has nothing to do with it.


    In the phone world, Butterfly and One (they are essentially the same) are one the best phones, besides iPhone when it comes down to audio quality. They also has headphone amplifier built in, not many phones have them.

    For a true audiophile they will use external headphone amp like FiiO or Pocket Amp, but how convenient it is when you can just plug a high impedance cans and it sound good without using any external amp.