HTC announces Butterfly S with a 5-inch 1080p display, 1.9Ghz Snapdragon 600 and a 3200mAh battery

Daniel Bader

June 19, 2013 9:26am

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At a Taiwan press conference today, HTC announced the follow-up to its successful Butterfly smartphone, the aptly-named Butterfly S.

Like its predecessor, the Butterfly S comes with a 5-inch 1080p display (in fact, it was the first handset to boast such a resolution) but is otherwise a huge upgrade, internally and externally. There’s a 1.9Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC (the HTC One runs at 1.7Ghz), 2GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage augmented by a microSD slot, an Ultrapixel camera on the back and a 2MP wide-angle front camera, a massive 3200mAh battery, all running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

The device takes its design cues from the HTC One as well, though its glossy polycarbonate paneling more resembles the lower-end Desire series than the company’s more recent premium fare. There are two BoomSound-enabled front-facing speakers on the face and Beats Audio capabilities inside. The 3200mAh battery should, along with improvements to Android 4.2, bring the uptime to well over a day, but the lack of an LTE baseband chip will turn off quite a few potential North American importers. Instead, the Butterfly S has a quad-band HSPA+ radio that should support Canadian networks.


Of course, with Android 4.2.2 comes Sense 5 and a number of improvements over the original shipping version from the HTC One. We see the quick settings toggle in the notification shade and a number of enhancements to the camera and overall performance. HTC also saw fit to give users back their precious capacitive multitasking button and, with support for making it into a menu button out of the box, there shouldn’t be any issues with virtual menu buttons taking over screen space.

The Butterfly S goes on sale in Taiwan sometime next month for an estimated $750USD. Don’t hold out hope for a Canadian version — the One is still very much its flagship smartphone — but the Butterfly S proves that HTC is still willing to cater to its more niche audiences around the world.

Source: YouTube
Via: Engadget

  • Tony Sarju

    Wow, great specs! If this had the same build quality/materials as the One, it would be a prime choice.

    • Plazmic Flame

      Oh gosh, this is so close to perfect. All it needs is the build quality of the HTC One and 32 GB of internal storage as the base model. I like that they kept it at 5 inches for the screen size while still putting in a 3200 mAh battery. That size battery should have been in the HTC One.

    • Chris Lo

      No need for a large internal storage since this has a MicroSD card expansion slot

    • Plazmic Flame

      Maybe you haven’t used Android in a while but the MicroSD card is only good for pictures, docs and any personal videos. Apps no longer can be stored to the MicroSD card. The recent outcry about the internal storage space available on the Galaxy S4 will bring you up to speed if you read up on it.

      Apps are taking up more space these days, especially with the increase in screen resolution.

    • Ryan Hobart

      What about music? Can music be put on the MicroSD?

    • JammerMan79

      I agree…Almost a perfect phone.
      I’ve been eligible for an upgrade since November waiting for HTC.
      32 gig’s internal (or 64) with the micro sd card, the HTC One build and LTE and I would get this day one!

    • S2556

      ant they fixed their terrible button layout!

  • Bri

    HTC One’s screen ratio seems a little awkward and it seems similar with this one.
    It just seems a little too long than wide for my liking.

    • Plazmic Flame

      I know what you mean, almost reminds me of an iPhone… *cringe*

  • Evayo

    Now this looks like a sexy phone! If it it came out before the S4 :(

  • qu3becker

    That’s one great specced phone. Now we just need it in here with another name. I just hope it won’t be exclusive to any of the big three.

  • Nick Gallant

    Really… no LTE? So the One doesn’t have SD support and the Butterfly doesn’t have LTE. They are so close to making something perfect. Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of the One and will likely pick it up in Aug to replace my original Desire, but they get sooooo close to making something absolutely perfect and miss it with one feature or another. Damn. Otherwise this Butterfly could end up in my pocket instead of the One, even with the not as nice build quality.

    • Dimitri

      Its because LTE its known better for US & Canada where in Taiwan & countries up their they barely use LTE. Many devices built for Taiwan barely use any TLE radio. I would by this phone even without LTE. LTE is not a life saving feature.

    • Nick Gallant

      I am considering it even without LTE. I know it’s not a huge thing for me, but it can be a deal breaker for a lot of people these days. Curious to see if this comes to North America before I’m ready to finally upgrade when I’m off contract. If not, not a big deal – One it is!

  • JustToClarify

    Good that they’ve moved logo to top and place home button properly.

  • RandomThrowawayDisqus

    I’m eligible for an upgrade with Bell in September, hopefully they have this by then!

  • Mobile Nerdy

    is it the snapdragon 600 or 800 that allows for quick 1hr charging from 0 100%?

  • ineptone

    This is what I wanted the One to be from the beginning. The 5.0″ screen, three navigation buttons, and bigger battery make this device an easy purchase choice. That is, until you consider that it’s only HPSA+ compatible. Despite the other specs, and their near perfection, I can’t justify an MSRP of that price for a device without 4G/LTE.

  • shashi indoria

    Mile Stone …Well done HTC always having prime products..!!

  • Potato

    This is like the perfect phone. We should get it even though it doesn’t have LTE. It’s not like any carrier offers an unlimited LTE plan.. what’s the point of having fast internet that you can only use for a few hours because of data caps right?

  • shashi indoria

    Like to write a lot on this for HTC No-1 company, just like to experience this Butterfly S…just if HTC provide me this on discounted or promotional cost or a free gift…..HAHAH…..can’t afford the cost of it many who like to have this one !!

  • jackjiarocks

    so flagship every 4 months huh? I see.

  • EvanKrosney

    This will never reach NA shores. If anything, the closest that we’ll get is another Droid DNA-esque device exclusive on Verizon, or perhaps another Evo for Sprint.

  • OMFCody

    Boomsound! But I’ll wait for the One Max, 5″ isn’t phablet to me.

  • mjolnirxz

    DC-HSPA+* Having been on Tmo in NYC for 2 years, I can confidently say it can sometimes reach LTE speeds at about 15Mbps down

  • Brian

    Can’t they just put the power button on the upper right side of the phone? The power button right on the top seems uncomfortable.

  • Dize Odisu

    this is what HTC One shouldve been
    micro sd cards make all the difference—a must for a high end phone

    Finally a HTC phone i would buy!