In mid August 201, HTC announced via the HTC Blog here that their latest version from their Butterfly series is out with HTC Butterfly 2. This Butterfly 2, however, would only be made available in selected markets – originally in Japan, then in selected Asian market.
A mere one month later, in mid September 2014, HTC Malaysia announced that HTC Butterfly 2 is now officially available for the Malaysian market. The smartphone is not quite a mid-range device, as it packs equally impressive specs next to their flagship, HTC One (M8) but with minor differences. The biggest selling point – it’s HTC’s first waterproof smartphone in its current lineup!
Introducing the HTC Butterfly 2
The HTC Butterfly 2 has pretty much packed all the goodness of its flagship superphone, HTC One (M8) but in a polycarbonate (plastic) body instead. There are some minor changes in the hardware specs as well.
As a refresher, here’s a high level specs overview of the HTC Butterfly 2:-
- 5″ IPS LCD Full HD 1080p display (1920 X 1080) with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
- 16/32 GB internal storage (expandable microSD up to 128 GB) + 2 GB RAM
- Powered by latest Android 4.4 “Kit Kat” OS (with new HTC Sense 6 UI)
- 13 megapixel Duo Camera rear camera (1080p Full HD video recording), 5 megapixel front facing camera (1080 Full HD video with HDR)
- 9.99 mm thin, weighing only 151 grams
- 2,700 mAH non-removable battery (up to 23.9 hours of 3G talkltime)
- Water Resistant IPX5 IPX7 (1 metre, 30 mins) and Dustproof IP5X
- Connectivity : nanoSIM for 4G LTE/3G HSPA+, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, DLNA
- Available in 2 colours : Canvas White, Rouge Red
For more information, technical specifications and feature highlights, go to HTC Butterfly 2 product page at http://www.htc.com/sea/smartphones/htc-butterfly-2/
See Also : HTC One (E8) Launched in Malaysia
Exactly like the flagship HTC One (M8), the HTC Butterfly 2 also packs Duo Camera with amazing photo capture with better depth adjustment. Instead of the 4 megapixel HTC Ultrapixel camera, you get a 13 megapixel shooter as the main lens instead. The depth sensor of the Duo Camera, allows you to capture and edit images, like altering the focus subject in your pictures. Like focus on foreground subject and blurring the background. Among other cool features of the Duo Camera covered in my HTC One (M8) review.
See Also : HTC One (M8) User Review
As if a 13 megapixel rear camera is not enough, HTC’s latest smartphones this year have started to cater to the selfie generation with a powerful 5 megapixel wide angle, front facing camera.
Going through the spec sheet of the Butterfly 2, it reads somewhat like the flagship HTC One (M8) with a 13 megapixel shooter instead of 4 megapicel Ultrapixel camera, or the mid-range HTC One (E8) with Duo Camera and plastic body.
There’s still the usual features in HTC Butterfly 2 like HTC BoomSound (dual front facing stereo speakers), HTC BlinkFeed (grid based home screen with the latest social media updates and news articles), Zoe (revamped image based social network by HTC), HTC Dot View case (complementary flip cases with mesh dots hole that displays notifications and interactions), Extreme Power Saving Mode (battery management settings) and the latest Motion Launch (gesture actions without turning on your screen).
But the most impressive, in my opinion, on the feature set of the Butterfly 2, has got to be the fact that it’s the first in the current portfolio of Android smartphones to be waterproof and dustproof. Yeah – surprisingly the flagship HTC One (M8) is not waterproof, when it seems to be the logical feature for most flagship smartphones today. So, it is indeed a welcomed spec in the HTC Butterfly 2 to see IPX5 and OPX7 certification on the Butterfly 2. This allows the phone to be submerged in fresh water of up to 1 metre for as long as 30 minutes.
Surprisingly also, this feature was not highly promoted on the website product pages or press materials. I wonder why?
Pricing and Availability
HTC Butterfly 2 is now available on sale in Malaysia in 2 colours, Canvas White and Rouge Red, at a Recommended Retail Price (RRP) of RM 2,299 at selected HTC retailers.
Note : As a comparison, HTC One (E8) retails at RM 1,699; while HTC One (M8) retails at RM 2,399.
See Also : HTC Butterfly S User Review
During the global announcement, there’s also supposed to be a Blue / Indigo coloured HTC Butterfly 2 released. Unfortunately though, no news of whether this colour will be released for the Malaysian market.
Online Reviews of HTC Butterfly 2
While I don’t (yet) have my hands on the HTC Butterfly 2, here are some links to online reviews for your reading pleasure:-
- HardwareZone : HTC Butterfly 2 – The best HTC smartphone yet?
- CNET.com : HTC Butterfly 2 Review : Gives even the One M8 a run for its money
- Android Central : HTC Butterfly 2 Review
- VernonChan.com : [Mini Review] HTC BUutterfly 2 (J Butterfly HTL23)