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Next generation HTC Butterfly smartphone is in the works

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Next generation HTC Butterfly smartphone is in the works
It seems like ever since the HTC One was made official, everyone suddenly lost interest in the other high-end Android smartphone in the company's current portfolio. Of course, we're talking about the HTC Butterfly, known as the HTC DROID DNA in the U.S., which was actually among the very first smartphones to boast a 1080p, 5-inch display. Yet sales figures indicate otherwise.

The HTC Butterfly, which launched in Taiwan and Japan in December of 2012, has been enjoying strong sales ever since. In fact, it even sold better than Apple's iPhone 5 for a while via Japanese carrier CDDI, and it probably would have sold even better if it wasn't held back by a shortage in supply.

So, what is HTC to do when it has a hot, well-selling smartphone on its hands? Make a sequel, naturally. Ben Ho, who is the Taiwanese company's Chief Marketing Officer, revealed that a successor to the HTC Butterfly is in the works, bound to be announced in the near future. He even hinted that the follow-up might retain the "Butterfly" name, thus paving the way for future large-screened handsets to join the series. 

Nothing more was said about the next-generation HTC Butterfly, but we hope to learn more on the matter soon. What kind of upgrades would you like to see implemented in the new model?

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posted on 26 Mar 2013, 09:11 1

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


Maybe this is what will come to Verizon as the new Droid DNA or what have you.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 09:21 10

2. Dj_Yawar (Posts: 24; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


necessary updates required in the successor:

1)- Battery atleast 3000mAh or +
2)- Key Lime Pie

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 09:25 8

5. MikeG77 (Posts: 348; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)


I would also add in larger internal memory options and an SD card slot for all variants.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 09:30 4

8. iami67 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Agreed this phone couldve been one of the best if it only had a sd slot. Some people tell me im crazy and 16 gigs is plenty. I honestly couldnt get by with it. Why build a power house phone just to limit what you can do with it.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 09:33

10. Dj_Yawar (Posts: 24; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


butterfly doesnt have SD slot upto 32GB support??

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 09:38 5

12. MikeG77 (Posts: 348; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)


The Butterfly did have 16 gigs internal memory and an SD slot that supported upto 32 gbs. The Droid DNA did not have an sd slot which didnt make any sense to me.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 09:36

11. MikeG77 (Posts: 348; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)


To a lot of people 16 gigs is a lot because they feel they can just stream data from the cloud which is good if you have constant wifi access and unlimited data. With all the carrieres pushing some sort of tiered data option people think there saving money but in reality its just another way for you to get hit with overages AND the carrieres get even more money.

I agree that some phones limit there potential by having too litte internal memory.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 09:22 1

3. sonofzeus (Posts: 95; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


may be with a snapdragon 800 processor

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 09:25

4. Dj_Yawar (Posts: 24; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


its not necessary... current processors are still more than enough...an optimized OS is required rather than striking with big processors...

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 09:27

6. MikeG77 (Posts: 348; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)


I agree but it wouldn't hurt to put the better processor in there especially for future proofing the device.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 09:32

9. Dj_Yawar (Posts: 24; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


you are right, current marketing situations make vendors to put bigger processors but spending big budget on hardware R&D, vendors should equally spend finance on Better R&D on the software... ofcourse hardware & software both are necessary..

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 09:46

13. MikeG77 (Posts: 348; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)


I agree that you need to have a nice blen in regards to hardware and software but you can only do so much with both. I think HTC's issue is that they don't do enough marketing and they haven't been listening to there customers.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 09:48

14. Dj_Yawar (Posts: 24; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


HTC is not listening to their customers(agree)
what about Samsung? are they listening?

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 10:02 1

15. MikeG77 (Posts: 348; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)


What about them??? They make plastic phones and yet tons of people must not seem to care about build quality like you and I. I never mentioned Samsung as they were not relevent to this particular article or discussion.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 10:13 1

16. Dj_Yawar (Posts: 24; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


i would like to second this

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 16:53

25. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


tons of people "do" care about the nasty build quality of Samsung but most are so blinded by their amazing marketing campaign, it really leaves them with no choice.

Why? Because to the average joe the saying, "people ARE what they see" is still very strong and thriving.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 09:29 1

7. KParks23 (Posts: 422; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


Well if the thing had some freaking storage I personally know about 8 people including myself that would of got the dna but 16 non exp what a bone head move

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 10:38 1

17. Taters (Posts: 2374; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


So unless they release this in 2014, there goes HTC's claim that the One will be its only high end handset this year.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 10:45

19. MikeG77 (Posts: 348; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)


You know i was thinking the same thing but i think they will probably release this device in Q4 for the holidays but i could be wrong.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 10:42

18. adolert15 (Posts: 27; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


5.3 inch (at least)
3000 mah battery
Stylus (optional)
32 gb

HTC give me this and i'm sold out!

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 11:03

20. nazyr1803 (Posts: 45; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)


13mp....snapdragon 800..... 5.5inch...metal body.....sense 5 for sure... and low price..32gb... 4100mah battery......

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 11:46

22. MikeG77 (Posts: 348; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)


Please define a low price because such a device is going to end up costing around $750 and if they it did it would end up hurting HTC. The average consumer is not going to pay that price unlocked and the subsidzed cost would put the phone in the $400 but i could be wrong.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 06:55

29. nazyr1803 (Posts: 45; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)


in malaysia, below rm2500 for me is still an acceptable price for me to buy new phone... i mean the low price is not that to low but maybe can be cheaper than xperia z!

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 11:24 1

21. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4821; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


16 MP camera
Snapdragon 800
5.5" Super LCD 3 screen
Android Key Lime Pie
3900mAH battery
Sense 5
Sapphire Glass
( Please HTC, please.......)

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 12:04 1

23. rizevnarastek (Posts: 312; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


I really hope for a true Note III competitor (with stylus and everything) :D

5.5" -ish 1080p screen
with on screen keys
4000mAh battery
Stereo speakers
Wacom Stylus

.....everything else

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 12:21 2

24. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


This design looks better than The One!
S800
3GB Ram
12Mp OLED flash with optics and bigger lens
Stainless steel18
3500MAH

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 04:55

28. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3656; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Manufacturers are probably going to skip 3 GB and go straight to 4 GB of RAM, because who likes odd numbers?. It will definitely have the Tegra 4 or S800, and also might feature a higher resolution version of the ultrapixel camera in the One (5-8 MP). 3,500 mAh is asking too much I think, maybe 2,600-3,000 mAh is a better estimate.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 19:07

26. icyrock1 (Posts: 263; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


Isn't that basically what the HTC One is? The follow up to the (ie completed version of the) Butterfly/Droid DNA?

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 19:45

27. jsdechavez (Posts: 676; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Maybe this will kill the HTC ONE.

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