HTC have just pulled back the curtains on their latest smartphone, the Butterfly S. Keeping true to their unimaginative smartphone naming convention, they have added an ‘S’ to its predecessor, the original Butterfly handset. That’s where the complaints end. Butterfly S will come with a fresh and potent mix of hardware which includes a 1.9 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor (if you notice this is faster than the HTC One), 2 GBs of RAM, 16 GB of storage and a nice, big 5-inch full HD (1080p) Super LCD 3 screen (440PPI).
Other than these, the features you can expect to see on the Butterfly S comprise of a pair of HTC’s heavy twin stereo speakers (which HTC has dubbed BoomSound), Android (most probably 4.2 Jelly Bean) accompanied by the newest Sense 5 UI, HTC BlinkFeed and a 4-megapixel “Ultrapixel” camera integrating HTC’s quite fancy Zoe Share capabilities.
HTC BlinkFeed provides content from over 2,000 media sources around the web. UltraPixel is claimed to capture 3 times more light than traditional phone cameras and will be able to deliver better performance in low lit environments. Also added is a front facing 1.2-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera. HTC Zoe offers sophisticated editing capabilities like combining photos to create high-definition 30 second clips.
You might feel the specifications are a little familiar and there is a reason for that. Most of the highlights of the Butterfly S have been borrowed from HTC’s current flagship smartphone, the HTC One. The Butterfly S, like its ancestor the Butterfly, is very slim, lightweight and is built with a ‘traditional’ plastic frame.
The plastic case is just one difference between the HTC One (all-metal sealed body) and the Butterfly S. Other changes consist of a microSD expansion slot for the Butterfly S to provide added storage space and the battery.
Although having an embedded battery like most HTC phones, including the HTC One X, the battery for the Butterfly S is a bit different due to its massive capacity. The battery pack claims a sizeable capacity of 3,200mAh, For comparison, the HTC One comes with a far lesser capable 2,300mAh battery. To save you the calculation this would mean up to 25 hours of talk time on W-CDMA and 29 hours on GSM.
An impressive battery life could be the selling point and claim-to-fame for this latest offering by HTC, as the battery size of Butterfly S almost rivals that of the fabled Motorola Droid Razr Maxx’s 3,300mAh power pack. Actual screen on time could very well prove to be average because of the 5 inch screen. A clear con for the phone is that it does not support 4G LTE (HTC has announced that the global GSM model won’t).
It is very likely that Butterfly S will feature in North America as a Verizon Droid version with 4G LTE in a few months like the previous Butterfly that morphed into HTC Droid DNA on Verizon last year. Of course at this point it is just speculation as the company has not commented about the North American market, saying the Butterfly S will be available in select markets across Asia. Butterfly S is set to be released in Taiwan this July for $767.