HTC Butterfly S now official with Snapdragon 600 and massive battery
0. phoneArena 19 Jun 2013, 02:58 posted on
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 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...
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40. darkskoliro (Posts: 1061; Member since: 07 May 2012)
yeah, now im just waiting on further camera innovations, maybe an awesome 5/8mp ff camera as well haha.
72. terabyteRouser (Posts: 457; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
the s800 is faster than the s600, but "smashes" it is just not true
55. maxican16 (Posts: 364; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
While I feel your pain, this is the nature of mobile technology. If you don't buy as an early adopter, you may as well wait till the next new phone drops, or the phone you'll buy will already be outdated.
Question for you. What version of Android does the Butterfly currently run?
17. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)
I wont buy China products, but HTC isnt from China but Taiwanese.
Oh, dont get me started on an essay-length lecture that Taiwan is a separate country from China. Taiwanese products like Asus and HTC are quite good.
20. pwnarena (Posts: 1047; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)
same here. no to products from china-owned companies.
50. roldefol (Posts: 3312; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
And I've seen this kind of comment multiple times. Calling Taiwan part of China is like calling Singapore part of Indonesia. Geographically, ethnically, yes, but culturally, industrially, and most importantly to me fair business practices are very different.
Basically I have zero problems buying from Taiwan, S Korea or Japan. China has a ways to go before I put them in the same class as the "Asian Tigers".
52. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)
I'm pretty sure that you don't know much about history when saying "..Singapore part of Indonesia."
56. roldefol (Posts: 3312; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Maybe you misunderstood my reference. Geographically and historically, Singapore is between Malaysia and Indonesia. Similarly, Taiwan was geographically part of China. That's about where the connections end in both cases.
26. wendygarett (unregistered)
Eww racists :)
28. tiara6918 (Posts: 1942; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
Eww! Get ready to get limited or banned for such a racist comment. Eew to racism!
31. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)
Hating on a country's products is different from hating on a race. Im a chinese but i hate China's products
32. tiara6918 (Posts: 1942; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
Yes,it's different. But what I'm trying to say is that he thinks HTC is a Chinese company and maybe because he hates Chinese products(knockoffs). He starts bashing China. +1 for you
13. Yankchef (Posts: 76; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)
Sooo what happened to that whole the one is the "one" for 2013.
19. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
Actually, I see this as a flagship but not a direct competiton to htc one. Just like lumia 920 and 925. It's a matter of preference. If you want a solid build with premium material go with one. There's a big difference between this and one.
Also, kudos to htc for not going with the thinness game of the competition. Rather went with an acceptable thickness with a great battery. And for people who couldn't shut their mouths for sd cards, there it is.
22. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5688; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
it's really kind of a "hero" device to the markets it launches in.
there's only one flagship device, one flagship series and that is One in this case.
58. maxican16 (Posts: 364; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
Splitting hairs here. The Butterfly S (BS, hah) is a flagship device due to its specs. Build quality does not a flagship make. A company's flagship device has all their best technology under the hood, and that is what the S has.
83. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5688; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i wouldn't call that a Flagship.
the Company Flagship device is the device that embodies the Company's hard work and effort for that year, it's their all-rounder that visually represents how the company measures in the market. it's the device that they're the most proud of. the One was an evolutionary jump for HTC, this is just an upgrade to a series they started last year. an impressive upgrade but still just an upgrade that lines up to what we should expect from a high-end phone now.
84. maxican16 (Posts: 364; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
This is definitely a HUGE upgrade though, and I think they're just building on the naming scheme they had already started. HTC also had the One X and One X+, so the One could be seen as an iteration of that as well. I'll say this... This is definitely HTC's flagship in Japan. =)
21. pwnarena (Posts: 1047; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)
good display. BIG battery. great! just wish the price could be lower than typical HTC.
33. hawkeye7 (Posts: 12; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
I feel this is not HTC Butterfly S but it is the HTC ONE S. Its an upgraded version of HTC ONE clearly. Heck it even looks like the ONE.
37. roldefol (Posts: 3312; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I would love to see this in the US, but have a sinking feeling they'd hobble it with 16 GB and take away the SD slot. And no, cloud storage does not make up for limited on board storage.
76. maxican16 (Posts: 364; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
Yup, exactly like they did to the DNA. It's a shame. And both the DNA and One are on older versions of Android. HTC is killing it with hardware, but their update record scares me. Yes, the 4.2 update will come eventually, but the wait is bad, and future updates will take just as long. At least the BS is releasing with 4.2.2 in tow.
85. roldefol (Posts: 3312; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I have one tiny glimmer of hope though, and that's the Droid Razr Maxx HD. The Maxx has both a bigger battery and double the storage. So maybe this can be a similar deal - Droid DNA+ with bigger battery and 32 GB on-board. That would make up for lack of microSD for me.
96. LionStone (Posts: 562; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)
"...but have a sinking feeling they'd hobble it with 16 GB and take away the SD slot."
That's how we know VZW is gonna get it! Hah! :-)
42. Techboi (Posts: 84; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)
I have a feeling Verizon might get this one.
43. rizevnarastek (Posts: 338; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
It's interesting to see HTC following my suggestions :D ...and I'm kinda happy they do ;D
45. mercorp (Posts: 995; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)
Oh dear...should have waited for this than the HTC one...:(
51. roldefol (Posts: 3312; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
People comparing this to the One... it's a much bigger phone overall. Taller, thicker, heavier, bigger screen. I don't see a problem with HTC selling small (Desire), medium (One), large (Butterfly), and jumbo (T6) lines.
53. maxican16 (Posts: 364; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
This is what the HTC One should have been! Why HTC, WHY?!?
59. roldefol (Posts: 3312; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Slightly different target markets. The One competes with both the iPhone 5 and S4. The Butterfly is a more niche device for people who must have that 5" screen and don't mind the bigger footprint.
62. maxican16 (Posts: 364; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
I disagree. This goes against what HTC promised, which was one flagship device a year. But it's more than just that...
This battery eliminates the need for a removable battery, and adds expandable storage - both bragging points for the S4 over the One. Had HTC released the one with these two improvements (4.7" or 5" screen), it would have been the ultimate phone needed to really take sales away from the S4 and Samsung, which, ultimately, is their goal.
64. roldefol (Posts: 3312; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
But if HTC sees itself competing not just with Samsung but Apple and Nokia, they need to conscious of size, weight, and materials. There's more to a winning phone than just screen size and a microSD. One is smaller, lighter, and shiny metal. That design is a big reason why the One gets so much good press. In comparison, the Butterfly S is just a well-equipped plastic HTC.
67. maxican16 (Posts: 364; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
I can see your point. I was suggesting it keep the same build quality and add these two options. It would have been the ultimate phone for "fashionistas" and power users at the same time.
The One Mini is what competes with the iphone in terms of size and build quality. But that competition is fought along the OS front more than the phone front. I have Apple friends that love what Android is doing, but they're so vested in the Apple ecosystem that to change would be a huge investment in time and money.
54. sonisoe (Posts: 386; Member since: 06 May 2009)
so are we still getting htc one phablet ? anyway this may not be aluminum like htc one, but still soooo appealing...
61. terabyteRouser (Posts: 457; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Wow, I currently have the DNA and I think this is looking pretty good. I was so upset about the One. This is worth the wait.
65. dorianb (Posts: 547; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
1. This is what they should of released in Nov to begin with.
2. This should just sell for whatever the current DNA sells for IF it comes to Verizon.
3. Original DNA owners kiss getting 4.2 & Sense 5 goodbye.
4. No wonder Best Buy has this for 'free' (in the USA) this week.
71. roldefol (Posts: 3312; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
1. Agreed, but the One would have been that much less groundbreaking if BoomSound debuted on the DNA. Processor is almost the same. Battery is the big deal here to me.
2. Agreed. And I hope it comes to Verizon, because otherwise the One will make the DNA moot.
3. I think the DNA will still get 4.2 & Sense 5, but not until after the One and/or DNA+ arrives. Don't want to steal thunder from the new flagship.
4. I had that thought too.
68. jove39 (Posts: 1518; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
HTC one should have come with these specs!
79. flynfree (Posts: 374; Member since: 09 Jun 2013)
Getting hTc One is not regrettable, compare to this coming butterfly with sd slot, atleast hTc One have enough space for hd games and so on. Comparing my hTc One to my gnote 2, I didn't xperience the excitement that I feel when I get my gnote 2, considering the hTc One is more snapper than my gnote 2.
And I'm more comportable carrying slim xtra batt than carrying thick xternal batt juice, charging your phone in the middle of nowhere is annoying, than replacing it with slim batt pack.
98. Danishs (Posts: 147; Member since: 23 May 2013)
Everyone is saying this is coming to vzw. It's not for the near future. Sprint might pick it up though.
99. roldefol (Posts: 3312; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I don't know. The timing is pretty uncanny... Verizon puts the DNA on closeout, and the phone has already leaked before as a DNA replacement. Sprint could surprise us yet with a new EVO. As long as they don't 'infringe' on the Droid red-on-black color scheme. (Which judging from the pics above, they have other ptions.)
106. Gguy8 (Posts: 10; Member since: 11 Jun 2013)
This is my perfect phone and of course it if it does come here it will be too late...
108. nikhilcr7vsmessi (Posts: 2; Member since: 08 Feb 2013)
Htc At Its Best!!!!!!
HtC has done a good thing with the memory card slot as other samsungboyz where complaining of htc's non-expandable memory.........with performance and design htc is better than samsung.....
110. krysplayb (Posts: 2; Member since: 29 Jun 2013)
phone is all of an invention but without snapdragon 800 it would not stand competitiion from all of the other competitors like gs4 with sd800 and new xperia z the butterfly s should be able to for once in htc lifespand be a phone which people would buy because the phones in all benchmark test outperforms all of the competitors(optimus 2 gs4 snapdragon 800, xperia z and all of the rest) nevertheless i still love htc but just asking maself why they can't do does obvious things to become the best on the market.some waterproof would not be bad too hoping next year we shall see outsatnding 8mp ultra pixel