HTC Announces Latest Flagship Smartphone for the Asian Market
HTC has officially unveiled the Butterfly 2, its popular high-specced phone that’s usually only available in Japan and Asia, that could actually be better than the company’s flagship HTC One M8.
The Butterfly 2 sports very similar specifications to the company’s flagship HTC One M8 including the 5-inch Super LCD3 Full HD display (1080 x 1920 pixels), 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of internal storage (expandable up to 128GB via microSD), the 5-megapixel front-facing camera, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, and NFC, among other things.
The first big difference comes with the Butterfly 2’s new rear camera which is, in some ways, better than the HTC One M8’s. The rear camera is now a 13-megapixel f/2.0 camera coupled with the same 2-megapixel Duo camera also found on the HTC One M8. That means HTC decided to forego using its 4-megapixel Ultrapixel camera with the Butterfly 2, which is something they were really trying to push with the HTC One and HTC One (M8).
The other big difference comes in the Butterfly 2’s shell, which is now made of plastic instead of the metal found on the HTC One M8. Some may say that this is a downgrade but choosing to go with a polycarbonate shell has led to the Butterfly gaining an IP57 rating for being water and dust resistant. The surprising thing is that HTC is implementing a unique way of protecting the phone’s innards from water damage because the company has also gone away with the finicky flaps that are expected to cover the different ports and sockets of the device. The company did not elaborate on how it’s achieving this though.
A few smaller changes include the slightly larger battery (from 2,600mAh to 2,700mAh), and the device’s color options including Blue, Red, and White. Additionally, the nano-SIM and MicroSD card trays no longer need a pin to eject from the device which makes the device a lot more user-friendly.
Sadly though, the HTC Butterfly 2 will only be released in select regions in Asia. Taiwan will be getting it on September 2 in a few more colors including Rogue, Canvas, and Indigo, while Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Malaysia, and Thailand will get the new device soon after. No word yet if the device will be coming to the US but the last Butterfly was sold in the country in the form of the Droid DNA.