India to see HTC Butterfly flitting its wings by the end of this month?

India to see HTC Butterfly flitting its wings by the end of this month?
India will soon see the most expensive Android handset in the country, if sources are right. The word is that the HTC Butterfly will be launching in India sometime before the end of this month. The high-end model is expected to be priced at INR 44,000 ($812.56 USD). For that kind of serious money, you are getting a 5 inch FHD Super LCD 3 screen with a 441ppi pixel density and a quad-core 1.5GHz processor. We'd be remiss if we didn't mention the 2GB of RAM, a multitasker's best friend.

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: via AndroidCentral

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1. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 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: Sep 06, 2012

but it doesn't support divx, xvid or avi video format for a full HD smartphone. Sadly.

30. kalandershihab

Posts: 57; Member since: Mar 09, 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.

37. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Nexus 4 on for 28,500 :)

45. li0nh3art

Posts: 29; Member since: Aug 05, 2012

Yeah, with a 2-3 month delivery time! Duh..

43. No_Nonsense unregistered

Not exactly, Nokia/Samsung phones are cheaper here if you compare the off contract prices from elsewhere.

2. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 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

4. vijaysivakula

Posts: 229; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

Maybe it is the conversion rate.

6. MeoCao unregistered

Maybe it's taxes?

31. kalandershihab

Posts: 57; Member since: Mar 09, 2012

yes it is taxes

12. AppleHateBoy unregistered


19. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 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, 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: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Absolutely, 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 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: Nov 24, 2012

that's true... most of us have 100 free sms a day plan in india..without paying a single penny

38. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

It's the import duty that sucks.

7. Grishm

Posts: 54; Member since: May 18, 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.

8. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

How about outright phones?

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: Nov 24, 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: Nov 24, 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: Aug 11, 2012

Intl warranty phones normally aren't covered in India. These are the phones that sell on under seller warranty. That's why they are cheaper on

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: Aug 28, 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.

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