HTC Butterfly S now official with Snapdragon 600 and massive battery

HTC Butterfly S now official with Snapdragon 600 and massive battery
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 massive 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. 

Powering the HTC Butterfly S is a 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 SoC, backed up by 2GB of RAM. Note that the HTC One has the same Qualcomm chip, but running at a lower frequency, so it may get outpaced by the Butterfly S on AnTuTu. 16GB of storage are on board, which can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 64GB. The screen is probably identical to that on the Butterfly, with a 5-inch diagonal size and resolution of 1080 by 1920 pixels.

The HTC Butterfly S has adopted a few tricks from the maker's One flagship. For starters, we see that an Ultrapixel camera has been slapped on its back. Our guess is that the camera module would be similar, if not identical to the one found on the HTC One, so perhaps its performance won't be any different. Another handy feature we're happy to see are the dual front-facing BoomSound speakers for a richer experience while enjoying video or listening to music. 

To no surprise, the latest version of HTC Sense comes loaded on the HTC Butterfly S, packing goodies like HTC BlinkFeed and HTC Zoe. The exact Android version that will be loaded onto the smartphone isn't mentioned on the specs sheet, but we hope its Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. As the case is with all recent Android from HTC, 25GB of free Dropbox storage is provided for two years.

And that's the HTC Butterfly S for you, guys. The smartphone is due for a July release in its homeland of Taiwan where it will retail for about $766. Whether we'll ever see it land in the U.S. or Europe isn't yet known.


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Butterfly S
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3200 mAh(25h 3G talk time)

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110 Comments

1. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

oh wow, if this came to Verizon as the DNA+ i'd consider it just for that MAXX battery. o:

16. Reverence

Posts: 224; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

23. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

HTC is the most idiot company ever seen. They produce 4 flagship phones at the same time and make their customers lost and regretted to buy HTC products. They should change their marketing strategy.

29. Reverence

Posts: 224; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

without a doubt...i mean whats the point of launching htc one if butterfly s was coming

46. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

i think that the htc one was important for marketing and preventing many people from buying the galaxy s4 ....aluminium body was the htc one's selling point i have noticed that htc is trying to make two flagships every year... samsung makes two flagships every year the galaxy s series phone and a note... now htc has two flagships...a 4.7 inch phone and a 5 inch phone... htc one x------> htc one original butterfly/dna-------> this year's butterfly/dna it doesn't make sense because neither of the two is a phablet but htc has two good phones... i think they felt that one flagship wasn't enough especially because samsung is selling many high end phones... now if htc make a phablet, they would have 3 flagships.

47. jaychildz

Posts: 144; Member since: May 31, 2013

YOU TELLIN ME THEY COULDN'T MAKE THE ONE LIKE THIS!?

44. rizevnarastek

Posts: 349; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

thay are in a seperate groups... HTC One - for the fashionista metal clad, slim phone that people look uppon with envy HTC Butterfly S - for the geek thick plastic phone with a huge battery, 5" and SD slot HTC T-6 - ULTIMATE MOBILE DEVICE huge screen, huge battery, SD slot, integrated stylus

69. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

This phone won't be released worldwide, the One is still the flagship, i find rather amusing that people forget Samsung made 4 Galaxy S4 variants, by that same logic Samsung backstabbed people who bought the SIII when they released the Note II as it was faster, better and with a bigger battery.

102. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Clueless HTC fanboyism at it's best. There are a few HUGE differences between your really weak analogy and reality. One, the HTC One and this is pretty much the same size and in the same category while the Note 2 is another beast entirely. It has a wacom digitizer too boot. Of course it doesn't surprise me how unobservant you HTC fan boys are. Two, Samsung is known for that strategy because they make everything from cameras to tvs to mp3 players etc. You know they are going to release multiple variants and they do not promise anything else. HTC however, promised that the HTC One was going to be their one and only flagship. Hence the One name. Galaxies are infinite almost while One is just one. Of course you HTC fanboys do not have the brains to analyze it properly. Why am I not surprised. LOL

109. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Re-read my comment and maybe you will understand it this time, THIS PHONE WILL NOT BE RELEASED WORLDWIDE. Implying someone doesn't have a brain for liking HTC only shows how closed minded and shallow you are. Oh, and just by the way i just bought a One which should be arriving next week, am i brainless for buying whatever i like?

73. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Just like how Nokia makes 3 different flagships at the same time with practically no difference between them and gives them each arbitrary, potentially confusing names in the 900-range.

77. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

So far there's only been two, the One and the Butterfly S. We also expect the T6 phablet to launch later this year, but that is a niche device. I wouldn't call the Butterfly S a flagship though; it's a device for those who held back on the One because of the smaller battery, smaller display, slightly slower processor, and lack of expandable storage in comparison to the GS4. It's more of a filler device to get a broader spectrum on the market, just like Samsung does with the Galaxy S and Note series.

103. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

LOL It is entirely different. Read my post to the other HTC loser.

81. b1acktiger

Posts: 223; Member since: May 19, 2012

Butterfly is made for Asia markets. Japan, Taiwan, China, India particularly. For now, its not going to hit europe and US. What would you call between Sony Xperia Z and ZR ? 720p+4.6" and 1080p+5" phone ? Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 3 ? LG Optimus G and G Pro ? Nokia 920 and 925 ? Good low light camera and better camera than 920 ?

24. rantao333

Posts: 346; Member since: May 21, 2013

compare to s4, i think butterfly s wins hand-down 1. 2600mah vs 3200 mah - butterfly s miles ahead 2. both have expandable memory slot - tie 3. both plastic --> some say "scratch resistant, shock absorb" - tie 4. design - butterfly s 5. touch wiz vs sense - tie 6. back speaker vs front speaker - butterfly s 7. blink feed - butterfly s 8. screen - personal preference 9. performance - tie 10. price - s4, giving that s4 16gb non-lte only sell $580 here. (drop too fast for sammy phone)

49. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

What about the UI features? TW destroys sense when it comes to those. What about weight? Thickness? You're considering make-belief criterias as "blink feed"... how apt a category is that. That's like someone considering S-Beam as a category when compare S4 and HTC phones..

57. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Are you kidding me!? Sense 5.0 destroys Touchwiz, no lag at all.

66. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Lol@ Sense. If you want a phone without any future support, buy an HTC. Design is also a personal preference. I dont see why it matters where the speaker is and I wouldnt even consider it buying a phone as long as its audible. Battery wise, even the GS4 with the battery it has, it lasts all day anyway. But we have the option to either stay slim or get a larger battery if we need to. So technically both have a pro and a con battery wise. Sure you have 3200mah, but they do wear out and need to be replaced. Usually after the first year depending on how you store your phone and charge it. Im going to assume blink feed is a feature using blinking gestures... What about the GS4 features?

74. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

"Im going to assume blink feed is a feature using blinking gestures..." And I'm going to assume TouchWiz is a little wizard that pops up when you touch the screen. So Windows 95.

86. wrm2013

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Phones aren't optimized for future updates. Hence why they never perform the way they did after the update. I don't need a android os update on my HTC one that will no doubt eat my memory and lag my phone.

70. whoyton2

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

LOL mate do some research tw is the most feature packed ui ever and is the most advanced ......sense is nothing compared to tw

75. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Because of those features Touchwiz lags like hell. That's what he meant when he said that Sense 5 had no lag at all, which is true and can't be said for the GS4 which lags all around the interface.

82. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I guess you have never used touchwiz in its present form. Lags like hell? Even if it did lag, how would 1 millisecond be lag? In touchwiz you can decide how fast you want your touches to be predicted. You can make it instant or make it pause for as long as you want it to. It's default setting is a short pause. You can set it to 4x faster if you want to... You wouldnt know about that because youre using sense right?

89. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

whether there's a remedy for the lag or not the reality is that side by side with Sense 5 on the same magnitude, with the same settings Sense 5 outperforms the current iteration of TW and besides changing the touch scales removes the animations from TW meaning that Sense 5 is on a smoothness level as TW without the fluff from animations so Sense 5 would have more visual eye candy over TW and the animations are pretty nice, i know because i'm using Sense 5 right now.

91. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I'm using a GS3 right now, and it's very smooth. But, on the GS4, it does lag frequently. Unlocking it results in lag, switching between tasks lags sometimes, loading up the gallery lags often, etc. I've used the GS4, it lags; it's not Touchwiz in general, I should have specified that it was Touchwiz on the GS4 that lags, not the GS3.

93. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah, i never would've thought that TW on the S4 was going to be laggy if my experience with SIII's has been any indication. performance is something i didn't think i'd have to complain about from Samsung. o:

97. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Neither did I, but apparently they did such a terrible job optimizing the software not even a Snapdragon 600 @ 1.9 GHz and 2 GB of DDR3 memory couldn't help it. Meanwhile, the One and Optimus G Pro with a 1.7 GHz S600 and DDR2 RAM run perfectly. But there's so many features! - Samsung

100. wrm2013

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

I just sold my gs3. It was terrible. Using instagram and internet my memory was at 1.4 used. It lagged at everything it did.I now have a HTC one and couldn't imagine owning a galaxy phone in it's current form.

101. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Really? I never had problems like that. The only time I have ever made my GS3 lag is when I was web browsing with 3 tabs open and switching between 2 other apps in the background, and even then it was very slight, much less than what would've happened if I did the same thing on my old GS2.

105. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

It's called lying. A lot of HTC fans tend to do that.

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