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HTC Butterfly gets companion HTC Mini handset in China

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HTC Butterfly gets companion HTC Mini handset in China
In China, HTC will soon be offering the HTC Mini, a companion handset to the HTC Butterfly. Resembling a small wireless home phone, the Mini uses Bluetooth to allow you to make and take calls even with your Butterfly safely tucked away in your pocket. Once the HTC Mini is paired with your HTC Butterfly using NFC, it can be used to show your calendar, call logs, and calls on the small monochrome screen.

The HTC Mini companion phone for the HTC Butterfly

The HTC Mini companion phone for the HTC Butterfly

When you have your HTC Butterfly hooked up to your television via the HDMI port, the HTC Mini becomes a remote control to help you navigate through menus. And the HTC Mini can also set off the shutter  on your HTC Buttefly's camera by remote control. Suppose you put down your HTC Butterfly somewhere and can't find it. No need to panic, the companion phone can make the Butterfly ring so you can locate it.

HTC hasn't put a price tag on the accessory yet and perhaps if the HTC Mini goes over big in China (see what we did there?), it will get released around the globe.

source: HTCShop via SlashGear

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posted on 26 Jan 2013, 07:25 3

1. wendygarett (unregistered)


It brings my childhood back :p

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 07:28 11

2. ghanemsam (Posts: 60; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


may be this thing will be useful for a tablet not a phone

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 10:01 1

12. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 241; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


yes that will be a great idea for tablets with 3g capabilities :)

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 16:09 1

16. Jonathan41 (Posts: 526; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


A phone too. I can't tell you how many times I've gotten a call while playing a game on my phone. Even when the phone on speaker my hand sometimes covers up the mic or I have to go to setting to turn down my game volume instead of my in call volume because the game is to loud. Plus some games restart as soon as you exit out. Have as HTC Mini wold save me a lot of hassel. Not to mention using it as a camera remote!

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 07:30 6

3. mocir (Posts: 20; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Dumb.

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 22:24

17. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1334; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


yo dwag , we heard you like phones ...so we made a phone for your phone ..

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 07:34 3

4. brycdavis (Posts: 30; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


Dumb dumb dumb!

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 07:45

5. maxis3G (unregistered)


Only in China...

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 07:55 1

6. nicholassss (Posts: 348; Member since: 10 May 2012)


I'm the only one i'm sure, but i really like that. cant say I'd ever use something like that but its pretty nifty. haha

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 08:34 7

7. lovefist (unregistered)


omg i hope no other OEMs think of following with this "tech" of using a remote for your phone. a black and white screen phone so you won't have to pick up your phone with it's beautiful slcd3 screen. quietly brilliant indeed.

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 09:01

8. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


Why?

How many times do you say this in a week? : Where the f### has the f###ing remote control gone?

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 09:05

9. appleandsonylover (Posts: 7; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Asus has this similar technology on their Eee Pad MeMO 171 launched a while back. It's a 7 inch phablet. I wonder why they did not succeed in selling that phablet.

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 09:21

10. kanagadeepan (Posts: 664; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Whether this remote is coming with removable battery or NOT????

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 09:23 2

11. mercorp (Posts: 968; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


Yo dawg, we heard you lije phones, so we gave you a mini phone to accompany your smartphone.

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 10:03

13. aayupanday (Posts: 516; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Why didn't they fit it with a Snapdragon or Tegra Processor???

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 12:05 1

14. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1195; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Interesting idea but it should be wearable on the wrist. Give it a tri-folding body that detaches from a high quality holder. Your phone rings and you look at the watch display to determine if you want to answer. Either use your free hand to detach the body and unfold it to speak or keep it attached and use it as a speaker phone. There are so many options to implement this. Imagine keeping your 6 inch phone in your pocket or backpack while beaming news, traffic, weather, sport scores or stock info with the ability to make and answer calls via bluetooth. The watch is the the dumb terminal while the phone is the brains.
I don't see why a third party could not invent this and just release a app that does all the work. Wouldn't matter which brand of phone you own.

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 12:05 6

15. jibraihimi (Posts: 695; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


Omg, new innovation from HTC, a phone for a phone.......... And they are scratching their head, thinking why don't they succeed like samsung..............

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 10:23

18. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Um... what's the point for this...

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 19:05

19. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


For the other features...its a nice idea.. Very nice idea. As a house phone...leave the main phone near a network extender, maybe a nice idea. I have a Bluetooth headset tho....thats a lil more convienent than carrying a phone.... As a companion for tablets, nice idea if it can be done.

As a phone companion out n about....bad idea IMO. I use my smartphone for too many other things. Why do all the switching back n forth when I can just use my smartphone?

When I was using regular cell phones...I always made sure to get phones I could listen to music on, to get rid of another device: mp3 player. I do so much with my smartphone....this would be a waste. IMO...if you use this instead of your smartphone...whats the point of the smartphone? If you use this for calls and your smartphone for everything else....why not get a cheap cell phone and a tablet? Your bill will could be cheaper.

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