The HTC Butterfly S can't come sooner, so here's what you can do about it
If patience isn't your strong suit and the built-up anticipation is driving you insane, there are some options if you live in the good ol' US of A.
If eBay is too shady for your taste, or the price tag there puts you off, you now have an additional option. Overseas Electronics is now officially offering to sell you the Butterfly S unlocked, should you deem $850 a worthy investment for HTC's latest and greatest. To sweeten the deal, you're also offered a choice of color ranging from Black, Grey, Red and White with a UPS delivery that will set you back an additional $12.
A tad more affordable, the folks over at Negri Electronics offer you almost the same deal for $772 with a few noteworthy drawbacks – the device is only available in black as of this writing, and there's no indication as to when exactly the device will ship to your doorstep.
Lest you forget, the HTC Butterfly S is scheduled to launch with some juicy internals – a quad-core 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, 2 gigs of RAM and 5 inches of 1080p glory. Accompanying those are an Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, HTC's trademark 4MP 'Ultrapixel' camera and a set of two stereo speakers, dubbed BoomSound by the Taiwan-based manufacturer.
1. MachidoDen (banned) (Posts: 202; Member since: 30 May 2013)
htc please make 10 flagships every year
and please dont release it sooner
please this is the request
and please dont give fast updates
and never ever give micro sd card expansion
please htc please
3. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4649; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
This is PhoneArena, not HTC.
If you have any questions, please go tohttps://www.facebook.com/HTC. :)
4. MachidoDen (banned) (Posts: 202; Member since: 30 May 2013)
i already mailed them :D
bt i think they a
before u posted comment :D
7. MachidoDen (banned) (Posts: 202; Member since: 30 May 2013)
i already mailed them :D
bt i think they are not listening
so better try PA
before u posted comment :D
2. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Well, Verizon fans, this could have been your phone if everyone weren't clamoring for the One instead. We'll see if the Butterfly S ever comes to the States.
5. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 641; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
I'm so lost, didn't Htc say they were making one flagship for this year? Now we've got the One and then the much better Butterfly S, One users must be pissed as this addresses the lack of expandable mem option in the One.
6. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I guess they don't consider the Butterfly to be their global flagship (only select markets). Just because it's a more capable phone doesn't mean it's the flagship. Also, the One is positioned against both larger (S4) and smaller (iPhone, Lumia) phones. The Butterfly is clearly positioned against big phones.
8. ngo2dd (Posts: 754; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)
So how is this phone a flagship if it is only being release UN tawin so far? How many S4 did Samsung release so far?
9. MachidoDen (banned) (Posts: 202; Member since: 30 May 2013)
actually HTC is so smart that rather than focusing on marketing they make 5 flagships every year
this is the only key to HTC's success today
thats y they are on top beating samsung in every market :D
10. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Snark aside, HTC really shot themselves in the foot in 2011-2012. Instead of focusing on getting one great phone on all carriers, they kept playing the carrier exclusives game that Apple refused to play all along (by which I mean they control the entire device) and Samsung stopped playing with the GS3. They're still suffering from the dozen flagships they had 2 years ago. As the recent First showed, they're still acting like a contract manufacturer when it suits them.
12. tech2 (Posts: 1114; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
Its HTC ! Just wait for them and they'll release another flagship by the year end with SD800
13. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
The note 3 and Sony z Ultra will be out by the time HTC releases a flagship with a snapdragon 800 soc
14. axbog (Posts: 21; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)
Would you stfu? Every f.cking body is an expert on what the market wants. I see here nerdholes that have all sort of criticism about a product or another. Stfu, nobody cares what you, a niche consumer who buys mostly second hand deviced, want. Just be glad there is such a variety to choose from. All I hear is: "final nail in the coffin for HTC", "shot themselves in the foot etc". Just shut it. All I see is a company with a variety of products I can choose from. Maybe I don't want to have the same Iphone as my fat neighbour or the same Galaxy as the sales agents all across town. Maybe I want metal body with no card, maybe I want card, big battery and plastic, maybe smaller screen, wtfever. I don't even care if HTC goes bust. I'll buy something else. Till then, people can buy from them whatever device suits their personality.
15. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
HTC may have a good variety of products to offer, but if they can't keep their profitability up because of poor product planning, positioning, and marketing, they will not be a successful firm. I want HTC to succeed, but they need to stay focused and not repeat the mistakes of the past.
21. babyk (Posts: 192; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
Totally agree with u. Currently have an s4 I will sell this crap away and get butterfly s.if htc one was 5 inches I would have never bought this crap s4.
16. PK1983 (Posts: 130; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
I'd rather have the One.
Looks better, is cheaper, basically the same chipset and same
That being said, considering how the One S is being treated (no 4.2.2) update, why trust HTC to update any of their new products?
17. rawbow (Posts: 394; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
sadly, everywhere it has become about the companies, their shares, marketing , strategy etc etc.. One should go back to basics and learn to appreciate good phones.
18. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Unfortunately, it's not 2009 anymore. The market has gelled around the iPhone and Galaxy S. The rest are fighting for remaining market share and relevance.
19. rawbow (Posts: 394; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
That may be true, but bashing decently specd phones seems so misplaced. Maybe its just me but we cant expect underdogs to become champions in a day and with one phone. HTC is listening to customers with its battery and SD slots.
20. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Battery yes, SD slot may only be for markets that absolutely demand it. Last year the Droid DNA was almost identical to the Butterfly, but it lacked an SD slot. Between the iPhone, Lumia, Nexus 4, and now the One, removable batteries and memory are becoming things of the past.
I'm skeptical of phones that look great on paper but either aren't proven or have no carrier support. The Oppo Find 5 looks great, but it's an uphill battle for smaller companies in the US.
24. PK1983 (Posts: 130; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
Oppo constantly releases updates to the device, their overlay not Android. They actually read the suggestions people leave on their facebook page. To me that is the hallmark of good customer support. I'd buy an Oppo over a Samsung or HTC in a heartbeat.
22. PermanentHiatus (Posts: 229; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)
Or just wait to get it on Verizon as the DNA 2 aka DLXPLUS.
23. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I'm not convinced that's ever coming. I think they may have scrapped the DNA 2 in favor of the One. It's just as well. We don't need the Droid DNA 2 and Droid Ultra cannibalizing each other.