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HTC Butterfly S now official with Snapdragon 600 and massive battery

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HTC Butterfly S now official with Snapdragon 600 and massive battery
Right on cue, the HTC Butterfly S was presented on stage today during the company's press event in Taiwan. And as the "S" in its title suggests, that's an upgraded variant of last year's HTC Butterfly, packing a faster processor, Ultrapixel camera, and a much, much larger battery.

How large, you ask? Well, HTC has managed to stuff a massive 3200mAh cell inside the Butterfly S. Somewhat unsurprisingly, the handset is thicker (10.6mm) and heavier (160 grams) than its predecessor due to the space taken up by the larger battery. 

Powering the HTC Butterfly S is a 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 SoC, backed up by 2GB of RAM. Note that the HTC One has the same Qualcomm chip, but running at a lower frequency, so it may get outpaced by the Butterfly S on AnTuTu. 16GB of storage are on board, which can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 64GB. The screen is probably identical to that on the Butterfly, with a 5-inch diagonal size and resolution of 1080 by 1920 pixels.

HTC Butterfly S specs

HTC Butterfly S specs

The HTC Butterfly S has adopted a few tricks from the maker's One flagship. For starters, we see that an Ultrapixel camera has been slapped on its back. Our guess is that the camera module would be similar, if not identical to the one found on the HTC One, so perhaps its performance won't be any different. Another handy feature we're happy to see are the dual front-facing BoomSound speakers for a richer experience while enjoying video or listening to music. 

To no surprise, the latest version of HTC Sense comes loaded on the HTC Butterfly S, packing goodies like HTC BlinkFeed and HTC Zoe. The exact Android version that will be loaded onto the smartphone isn't mentioned on the specs sheet, but we hope its Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. As the case is with all recent Android from HTC, 25GB of free Dropbox storage is provided for two years.

And that's the HTC Butterfly S for you, guys. The smartphone is due for a July release in its homeland of Taiwan where it will retail for about $766. Whether we'll ever see it land in the U.S. or Europe isn't yet known.

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posted on 19 Jun 2013, 03:03 12

1. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

oh wow, if this came to Verizon as the DNA+ i'd consider it just for that MAXX battery. o:

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 03:35 4

16. Reverence (Posts: 224; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)

whatever ..a nice htc video on this phone

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 04:09 18

23. Johnnokia (Posts: 1140; Member since: 27 May 2012)

HTC is the most idiot company ever seen.
They produce 4 flagship phones at the same time and make their customers lost and regretted to buy HTC products.

They should change their marketing strategy.

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 04:10 9

24. rantao333 (Posts: 322; Member since: 21 May 2013)

compare to s4, i think butterfly s wins hand-down

1. 2600mah vs 3200 mah - butterfly s miles ahead
2. both have expandable memory slot - tie
3. both plastic --> some say "scratch resistant, shock absorb" - tie
4. design - butterfly s
5. touch wiz vs sense - tie
6. back speaker vs front speaker - butterfly s
7. blink feed - butterfly s
8. screen - personal preference
9. performance - tie
10. price - s4, giving that s4 16gb non-lte only sell $580 here. (drop too fast for sammy phone)

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 04:17 6

29. Reverence (Posts: 224; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)

without a doubt...i mean whats the point of launching htc one if butterfly s was coming

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 06:13 2

44. rizevnarastek (Posts: 349; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

thay are in a seperate groups...

HTC One - for the fashionista
metal clad, slim phone that people look uppon with envy

HTC Butterfly S - for the geek
thick plastic phone with a huge battery, 5" and SD slot

huge screen, huge battery, SD slot, integrated stylus

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 06:34 3

46. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

i think that the htc one was important for marketing and preventing many people from buying the galaxy s4
....aluminium body was the htc one's selling point
i have noticed that htc is trying to make two flagships every year...
samsung makes two flagships every year the galaxy s series phone and a note...
now htc has two flagships...a 4.7 inch phone and a 5 inch phone...
htc one x------> htc one
original butterfly/dna-------> this year's butterfly/dna
it doesn't make sense because neither of the two is a phablet but htc has two good phones...
i think they felt that one flagship wasn't enough especially because samsung is selling many high end phones...
now if htc make a phablet, they would have 3 flagships.

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 06:58 1

47. jaychildz (Posts: 129; Member since: 31 May 2013)


posted on 19 Jun 2013, 07:49 3

49. saffant (Posts: 274; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)

What about the UI features? TW destroys sense when it comes to those.

What about weight? Thickness?

You're considering make-belief criterias as "blink feed"... how apt a category is that.

That's like someone considering S-Beam as a category when compare S4 and HTC phones..

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 08:51 8

57. Synack (Posts: 680; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)

Are you kidding me!?

Sense 5.0 destroys Touchwiz, no lag at all.

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 09:42 2

66. cripton805 (Posts: 1472; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)

Lol@ Sense.

If you want a phone without any future support, buy an HTC.
Design is also a personal preference.

I dont see why it matters where the speaker is and I wouldnt even consider it buying a phone as long as its audible.

Battery wise, even the GS4 with the battery it has, it lasts all day anyway. But we have the option to either stay slim or get a larger battery if we need to. So technically both have a pro and a con battery wise. Sure you have 3200mah, but they do wear out and need to be replaced. Usually after the first year depending on how you store your phone and charge it.

Im going to assume blink feed is a feature using blinking gestures... What about the GS4 features?

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 09:46 5

69. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1119; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

This phone won't be released worldwide, the One is still the flagship, i find rather amusing that people forget Samsung made 4 Galaxy S4 variants, by that same logic Samsung backstabbed people who bought the SIII when they released the Note II as it was faster, better and with a bigger battery.

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 09:47 1

70. whoyton2 (banned) (Posts: 142; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)

LOL mate do some research tw is the most feature packed ui ever and is the most advanced ......sense is nothing compared to tw

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 10:41 3

73. Commentator (Posts: 3721; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

Just like how Nokia makes 3 different flagships at the same time with practically no difference between them and gives them each arbitrary, potentially confusing names in the 900-range.

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 10:46 2

74. roldefol (Posts: 4362; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

"Im going to assume blink feed is a feature using blinking gestures..."

And I'm going to assume TouchWiz is a little wizard that pops up when you touch the screen. So Windows 95.

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 11:13 3

75. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

Because of those features Touchwiz lags like hell. That's what he meant when he said that Sense 5 had no lag at all, which is true and can't be said for the GS4 which lags all around the interface.

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 11:19

77. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

So far there's only been two, the One and the Butterfly S. We also expect the T6 phablet to launch later this year, but that is a niche device.

I wouldn't call the Butterfly S a flagship though; it's a device for those who held back on the One because of the smaller battery, smaller display, slightly slower processor, and lack of expandable storage in comparison to the GS4.

It's more of a filler device to get a broader spectrum on the market, just like Samsung does with the Galaxy S and Note series.

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 11:27 2

78. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

That battery capacity was completely unexpected for something other than a Motorola device or a phablet.

I would hope Verizon picks this up as a DNA+ or 2. My family had a pretty bad experience with T-Mobile customer service, so we're most likely going to switch to Verizon as soon as our contracts are over, and I would love to get this phone.

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 12:04

81. b1acktiger (Posts: 223; Member since: 19 May 2012)

Butterfly is made for Asia markets. Japan, Taiwan, China, India particularly. For now, its not going to hit europe and US.

What would you call between Sony Xperia Z and ZR ? 720p+4.6" and 1080p+5" phone ? Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 3 ? LG Optimus G and G Pro ? Nokia 920 and 925 ? Good low light camera and better camera than 920 ?

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 12:19

82. cripton805 (Posts: 1472; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)

I guess you have never used touchwiz in its present form. Lags like hell? Even if it did lag, how would 1 millisecond be lag? In touchwiz you can decide how fast you want your touches to be predicted. You can make it instant or make it pause for as long as you want it to. It's default setting is a short pause. You can set it to 4x faster if you want to...

You wouldnt know about that because youre using sense right?

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 14:45

86. wrm2013 (Posts: 206; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

Phones aren't optimized for future updates. Hence why they never perform the way they did after the update. I don't need a android os update on my HTC one that will no doubt eat my memory and lag my phone.

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 14:47

87. wrm2013 (Posts: 206; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

What happen with tmobile?

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 15:45

89. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

whether there's a remedy for the lag or not the reality is that side by side with Sense 5 on the same magnitude, with the same settings Sense 5 outperforms the current iteration of TW and besides changing the touch scales removes the animations from TW meaning that Sense 5 is on a smoothness level as TW without the fluff from animations so Sense 5 would have more visual eye candy over TW and the animations are pretty nice, i know because i'm using Sense 5 right now.

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 16:40

91. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

I'm using a GS3 right now, and it's very smooth. But, on the GS4, it does lag frequently. Unlocking it results in lag, switching between tasks lags sometimes, loading up the gallery lags often, etc. I've used the GS4, it lags; it's not Touchwiz in general, I should have specified that it was Touchwiz on the GS4 that lags, not the GS3.

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 16:52

92. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

One of the phones on our plan (a Galaxy S Blaze) was defective, it's been replaced 4 times so far (all the replacements are refurbished), so obviously by then it's apparent that the defects aren't by chance, there's obviously something wrong with the phone. We asked if they could allow that one line to upgrade to a new phone, but they said no. They gave us 2 options, buy a new phone at full price, or get another refurbished replacement, even though the phone has been replaced 4 times already.

Also, we had an unused 5th line on our plan, so we asked them to take off all the extra features that were on that one line like the handset protection, unlimited texting, etc. (we still wanted the line active because we're going to use it soon), but somewhere along the process they somehow pushed ALL of our contracts to end in August of 2014 instead of September of this year. I don't even know how they managed that.

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 17:12

93. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

yeah, i never would've thought that TW on the S4 was going to be laggy if my experience with SIII's has been any indication. performance is something i didn't think i'd have to complain about from Samsung. o:

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 17:15

94. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

wow, i can't believe you said that.
my friend on T-Mobile had a very similar problem yesterday.
he wanted to switch his line over to a prepaid line but he found out that upgrading one line on his family plan some months ago resulted in all of the line's contracts being renewed.
he was able to get them to reverse it but still, that's pretty screwed up.

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 17:25

95. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

We haven't got it to reverse. We spent about 2 hours on the phone with customer service and they didn't do anything, we even went to a T-Mobile store a couple weeks ago to try and settle it in person, the rep there said he couldn't do anything. So now it's either pay off the ETF for 5 lines or wait until August 2014.

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 17:29 1

97. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

Neither did I, but apparently they did such a terrible job optimizing the software not even a Snapdragon 600 @ 1.9 GHz and 2 GB of DDR3 memory couldn't help it. Meanwhile, the One and Optimus G Pro with a 1.7 GHz S600 and DDR2 RAM run perfectly.

But there's so many features! - Samsung

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 20:27

100. wrm2013 (Posts: 206; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

I just sold my gs3. It was terrible. Using instagram and internet my memory was at 1.4 used. It lagged at everything it did.I now have a HTC one and couldn't imagine owning a galaxy phone in it's current form.

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