India to see HTC Butterfly flitting its wings by the end of this month?
The source adds that the HTC Butterfly will be introduced within the next two weeks and will be launched the same day. It is the same model known in Japan as the HTC J Butterfly and in the U.S. as a Verizon exclusive called the HTC DROID DNA. In China and other parts of Asia, the device uses the HTC Butterfly name. Earlier this month, India saw the launch of the high end Nokia Lumia 920 and its mid-range brother, the Nokia Lumia 820. The country has become one of the fastest growing in the world when it comes to the number of mobile phone users.
source: AndroidOS.in via AndroidCentral
1. VJo003 (Posts: 339; Member since: 11 Mar 2012)
That's some serious money..... For a serious phone.
3. MeoCao (unregistered)
it's more expensive than Xperia Z? The Z has much better camara, better design too.
Butterfly should sell for $700.
23. heyrondelgado (Posts: 2; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
but it doesn't support divx, xvid or avi video format for a full HD smartphone. Sadly.
30. kalandershihab (Posts: 57; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)
it is the most expensive android here but the most expensive smartphone is iphone 5.
the 64gb costs ~65000 INR.
everything is costly here.
35. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)
Not Everything. You can buy a Galaxy S3 for Rs, 31,900 (On Flipkart) or on a 6 month EMI of approx. Rs. 6000.
45. li0nh3art (Posts: 28; Member since: 05 Aug 2012)
Yeah, with a 2-3 month delivery time! Duh..
43. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)
Not exactly, Nokia/Samsung phones are cheaper here if you compare the off contract prices from elsewhere.
2. MrJerry (Posts: 399; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)
Just wanna know
What makes phone so expensive in india?
Here in Australia, many indian come to store buy iphones to send to india
They said it is damm expensive in india and I didn't ask why
6. MeoCao (unregistered)
Maybe it's taxes?
12. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)
19. techspace (Posts: 795; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
no, that's because of the taxes, this is not limited to india, even in countries like UK,the phones are as expensive as they are in india.......but there are many other reasons like, htc cannot guarantee that the droid dna will be successful in india, so they have to make more from the fewer phones that are sold....on the other hand, samsung's galaxy phones are very popular in india, so the galaxy s3 and the note 2 are not overpriced in india, for example, the note 2 is $200 cheaper than the droid dna
but samsung's tablets are very expensive in india, because people love the ipad(especially the 3rd and the 4th generation ipads).....and the nexus 7 (16gb) is almost as expensive as the ipad mini and the ipad 2
another wierd thing is that, the ipad 2 is cheaper(online) than the ipad mini, because its more popular than the ipad mini
so, we can say that the products are priced according to the demand and also because there aren't any locked phones in india(because in india the plans are so cheap....like, for $2 we get more than 250 minutes talktime, or unlimited messaging for a month(or more), or one month of internet)
21. XperiaUser (unregistered)
holy crap! they are trying to defeat iPhone pricing (sorry overpricing), In india some people are crazy about apple logo but not in the case of htc .
25. techspace (Posts: 795; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
apple products are really overpriced in most of the countries, some people buy apple product because its a very popular brand
to be honest, a typical iphone 5 user will say that its the best ios phone in the world,he/she didn't have any other choice.... and the iphones have good resale value
But this is not the case when it comes to htc......its not the best android phone in the world, there is an xperia z, there will be a galaxy s4, a nexus 5(maybe) and many other Good android phones in the market, so its impossible to compete with those phones unless you have more features and a good price tag
If the xperia z is sold at a cheaper price, then no one will buy the butterfly
seriously.....how can htc sell it with such a huge price tag, even apple(we know how greedy they are) is considering a more affordable iphone
29. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)
that's true... most of us have 100 free sms a day plan in india..without paying a single penny
7. Grishm (Posts: 52; Member since: 18 May 2012)
India doesn't have any carrier subsidies. Moreover, the prices in other countries drop quickly because of the introduction of other new models in subsequent weeks. That's hardly a case in India.
I'm guessing people would go for Sony Xperia Z rather than HTC Butterfly. Sony's brand image is much better than HTC's, here in India.
15. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)
That's because HTC prices their phones like Apple in India. Sony on the other hand prices their phones reasonably.
10. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)
All the smartphones are too expensive in india ...Because of taxes....
My friend Bought GS3 from UAE ..... and the price difference was around $200 less ....compared to india ...
14. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)
Without warranty I hope.
27. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)
i don't think so....even i buy phones from UAE with a year warranty.....
34. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)
Wow! Your friend is damn lucky!
39. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Intl warranty phones normally aren't covered in India. These are the phones that sell on ebay.in under seller warranty. That's why they are cheaper on ebay.in
11. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)
Even I don't know (I am an Indian). One reason could be that we Indians don't buy stuff from the Internet as much as Americans do, so companies like Google profit less.
It is definitely not the taxes since Samsung phones sell for just the same amount of money as they do in Europe.
I think the companies just hike prices here to make more profits.
13. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)
Also, we don't get price reductions in India.
The HTC One X launched in India for Rs. 35,000 and the price is still the same. The One X+ launched for Rs. 40,000 and now the DNA for Rs. 44,000. No wonder HTC sales are so poor in India.
I am terribly disappointed with companies like HTC and Apple. These f**kers keep showing they don't care about Indians. At least companies like Samsung and Nokia allow us to buy phones on a 6 month EMI (0% Interest) basis.
16. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)
This is why small companies like Lava, Karbonn, Micromax are growing at an exponential rate in India. Because they sell phones with qHD 5 inch IPS screens and Dual Core Cortex A5 (S4 Play) for only Rs. 10,000. And people are ready to buy them for that kind of money.
26. predator93 (Posts: 122; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
Htc one x is available for 30000 with some online dealers and it is available for less than 32000 in a popular shop near my home(Chennai). You got to blame the dealers too since some of them are still selling one x for 38000 and desire v above 20000 even after HTC officially slashed its price to 16000.
5. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3049; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
I wish i had that much money...sigh :(
18. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3049; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Wishing for money is biased now??
9. Adithya7184 (Posts: 317; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)
i will wait for S4.....investing that much money for a htc phone is dead waste...
17. GALAXY-STORM (Posts: 328; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)
Oh that thing is priced too close to 16gb iphone 5, even xperia z and lumia 920 is cheaper than that. It is better to wait for sgs4 or even the m7.
20. bipinm (Posts: 122; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)
I will wait for Xperia Z beacuse that is one mind blowing phone...
22. XperiaUser (unregistered)
me too :D
24. RohanM (Posts: 135; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)
ahhh I am from india and u knw what this is going to be a epic fail here cause in india HTC has really rare value. on top of that local brands are doing well too. and smartphone market is captured by sammy. with that super price one can actually get an Intel Core I7 with 8 gig of ram....
28. predator93 (Posts: 122; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
I think when this phone hits the store it will be priced lesser than 44000, if not then its going to be tough for this phone to compete with galaxy note 2 , Lumia 920 and Iphone5/4S.
40. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
U can get a decent notebook in that money :)
32. swapnilaxn (Posts: 5; Member since: 20 Dec 2012)
As HTC doesnot manufacture it within India it is assisted with import duty ,plus every state and city has a different tax structure in india . And yes apple is not as popular in india as in US .......there are very few takers for Tablets in india . Among smartphones Samsung is more popular and affordable in india because of its customising ability and lower prices. Some even argue why they should purchase useless(as they cant customise its look),littile (in size) and expensive apple product when the more better options are available . And most of indians use thier phone not for productivity issues but only as an entertainment unit. So if u can play same Games on cheaper phone who will go to buy apple or higher end phones?
33. Droiddoes (unregistered)
Every time I see an article about India getting a high end device my first thought is "Great! Any word on when women will get civil rights and the 95% of the population without running water will get plumbing?"
Not trying to slam the country but...priorities folks.
36. techspace (Posts: 795; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
women have civil rights in india, we may see a few violations but that's because the population is too high, and the govt is very soft.......indians are good and friendly,the crime rate in india is much lower than in america and most of the countries in the world, even after getting more freedom than most of the other countries
and 95% of the indian aren't without running water but yes, there are many people without running water in india, the things can improve, the govt should step in but, sincerely, if the population is reduced, everything will be fine....and don't forget that there are millions of people without running water in USA, even after having 4 times lesser population than india
when india gets back its trillions of black money from the swiss banks and when they reduce their population, they will become a super power.....there are more talent kids in India than there are kids in USA, china is doing well for itself but china isn't a democratic country,so......we have seen what foxconn does with their employees, democracy may not be as effective as the chinese govt, but people will have more freedom.....
41. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
India problem is the political class which basically is corrupt, swindles money to tax havens and then that money comes back to India in form of Wal-Mart et al. India doesn't need Wal-mart but it's politicians money which has to come back and such deals are the on ly way to make it look legal ... that's the biggest problem in India ... it's controlled by the "Mafioso" :(
42. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Come out of cave is the response ... if it's so bad why did walmart try all it's "Arsepower" to come to India? Why is Mosanto lobbying to push the s**t that it makes ... into India (though same crap is banned in many EU countries)?
44. techsavvy.jaz (Posts: 132; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)
I wanted to post a comment trying to explain why HTC mobiles are priced so high, then realized I dont have a reason!