A few months back, I reviewed the HTC Butterfly 5″ Android smartphone from HTC, also known as HTC J Butterfly in Japan or HTC Droid DNA in US. It was a nice large screen (5″ display might not be large for some of you) Android smartphone running on the slightly older Android 4.1 Jellybean OS with HTC Sense 4 UI.
See Also : HTC Butterfly User Review
In the recent months, HTC announced the flagship HTC One running on Android 4.2 Jellybean OS and their new HTC Sense 5 skin. The new HTC Sense 5 introduces a few new features like HTC BlinkFeed, HTC BoomSound, HTC Zoe and much more.
See Also : HTC One User Review
Last week, on 2 August 2013, HTC Malaysia announced the refreshed version of the 5″ Butterfly series smartphone, running on the latest Android 4.2 Jellybean OS and the new HTC Sense 5 UI – the HTC Butterfly S.
Here’s a quick specs overview of the new HTC Butterfly S, with comparison notes on the upgrade from its predecessor:-
- 5″ Super LCD3 Full HD display (1080p)(440 ppi) <–no change
- 1.9 GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor <–vs 1.5 GHz quad core Snapdragon S4
- 16 GB internal memory (expandable microSD slot up to 64 GB) + 2 GB RAM <– ext microSD support from 32GB to 64GB
- Powered by Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS (with HTC Sense 5) <– upgraded from Android 4.1 OS, Sense 4
- Build material : Polycarbonate unibody design
- 4 megapixel HTC Ultrapixel rear camera, 2.1 megapixel front facing wide angle camera <– upgraded to Ultrapixel camera
- 10.6 mm thin, weighing only 160 grams <– <1mm thicker, 20g heavier
- 3,200 mAh non-removable battery (up to 25 hrs 3G talktime) <– vs 2,020 mAh previously
- Connectivity : 4G LTE/HSPA+, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, DLNA (stream to TV/computer), NFC
- Available in 3 colours : Metallic Grey, Glamour White and Fervour Red
For more information on the hardware specs and key features of the phone, you can check out HTC Butterfly S SEA Product Page at http://www.htc.com/sea/smartphones/htc-butterfly-s/
The updated HTC Butterfly S doesn’t vary too much from the previous HTC Butterfly in terms of hardware and outlook. In the guts though, the hardware specs have all been updated – processor, Ultrapixel rear camera, battery and is now 4G LTE and NFC capable.
The biggest upgrade would have to be the software / OS running on the HTC Butterfly S. It’s now updated with the new HTC Sense 5 interface. In case you forgot, the new HTC Sense 5 includes some new features such as:-
- HTC BlinkFeed – Grid based Home screen with updates from your social media, news feeds and article from global and local content
- HTC BoomSound – Dual front facing stereo speakers, for lound and clear sounds powered by Beats Audio technology
- HTC Ultrapixel camera – HTC’s new camera technology with better low light photography capability
- HTC Zoe – Record video and select the best frame for picture, 30 sec Video Highlights and more editing functions
HTC Butterfly S will be available for sale starting mid August 2013, at a Recommended Retail Price (RRP) of RM 2,399 from all authorised HTC retailers.
Yes, RM 2,399 is a little pricey. More expensive than their flagship HTC One (RM 2,299) or the other 5″ smartphones in the market, like Samsung Galaxy S4 (RM 2,199) or Sony Xperia Z (RM 2,199).
Here’s a gallery of official press images of the HTC Butterfly S. Click to enlarge:-
Malaysia is one of the first few countries to launch the HTC Butterfly S, so there’s understandably not much review out there on the Interwebz today. But here are a some reviews that you can check out for now:-
- CNET Review : HTC Butterfly S review:Swift processor, fat battery offset by cheap plastic
- Hardware Zone SG : HTC Butterfly S – Supersized One (Updated)
- BGR India : HTC Butterfly S hands-on and first impressions
I liked the previous HTC Butterfly for its curved back that sits nicely in my hands and the 5″ screen is not too big. With the upgraded hardware and spftware specs on the HTC Butterfly S, I think people looking for the HTC experience but want a bigger display will find this worth checking out.
What do you think?