Japan-exclusive HTC J Butterfly is a less-stylish One M8 with a waterproofed body and a 13MP Duo Camera

Japan-exclusive HTC J Butterfly is a less-stylish One M8 with a waterproofed body and a 13MP Duo Camera
Japanese carrier KDDI has just announced that it will be carrying a new HTC flagship model, dubbed J Butterfly. The new device basically builds on top of the One M8, but there are a few key differences between the two, both good and bad.

Perhaps most importantly, the J Butterfly appears to have a plastic body, not aluminum. Keep in mind that this information isn't confirmed, however, at least at this point, so we could be mislead by the available renders. On the bright side, the new body is, in typical Japanese fashion, IPX7 rated, meaning that it's waterproof. What's even more, the handset packs a 13-megapixel "Duo effect" camera, which is basically the same thing as the config on the M8, save for the "UltraPixel" part. 

The HTC J Butterfly is also set apart from the current generation of HTC devices in that it does not make use of the now signature BoomSound front speakers. Instead, while the J also sports two front-facing speakers, it seems like they're not of the BoomSound type, and honestly don't fit as well with the design of the handset. The rest of the specs include a 5-inch 1080p screen, a quad-core Snapdragon 801 chip, 2GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel front-facing selfie camera, and support for LTE-Advanced speeds of up to 150 MBits (downstream). Battery capacity sits at 2700 mAh.

The HTC J Butterfly is expected to hit the Japanese market in late August, though it's unlikely that it'll make it outside of the island country. 

source: KDDI (translated) via Engadget



1. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I'm just hoping that this isn't the final design when launched internationally

14. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Man, this phone ugly

16. CarsonTiffany

Posts: 18; Member since: Jul 31, 2014

i hope too, but i like a plastic body. My M8 have an aluminum body, too hard to grip. I have to buy one custom plastic case for it from casecoco.com/personalized-cases-for-others/htc-one​-m8-casecoco-cases-165. Look better.

2. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Seems like a reasonable compromise between using what's good of the M8, fixing what's not so good of the M8, and getting something to market sooner rather than later. I would still like to see capacative buttons return to the empty black space, though.

11. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Notice the JBL Branding on the Rear? This seems very Interesting.... BoomSound (JBL Version) :)

3. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Looks more like a bit better HTC One E8. But nice..

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I like the specs, but the looks of it is...well, a weird looking in a unique way. This may be a hint of the HTC Butterfly 2 I guess.

5. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

It's great they kept the duo camera and upped the resolution. It's also nice that it's now officially water resistant (though the M8 did survive a water test) and I'm confident in HTC's use of plastic if the phone is really found to be not made of aluminum. The speaker grills don't really match the design all that well but as for quality JBL knows how to get the most out of a small space. I have a couple of their recent earbuds and their Flip bluetooth speaker. Despite having a bluetooth speaker I like having the onboard speakers while I'm watching videos because I don't like having to switching the speaker back on and pairing it while I'm lying in bed and have the tendency to go long periods without the use of sound so the speaker shuts off.

6. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

Is it just me or do those top and bottom bezels seem a little too big? It's very noticeable in picture 3.

8. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

That's just how HTC rolls. They don't even try to make compact phones and yet they don't understand why people don't buy their handsets.

7. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Even without the boom sound speakers HTC can't get rid of those huge top and bottom bezels. Talk about shoddy engineering.....

10. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

My name is Taters and i only come out of the closet when it's an HTC post. I don't have anything better to do with my life than question every single product HTC does and label them as a fail.

12. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Htc one x dont have boomsound and it looks beautiful than the s3 that looks as ugly as sh!t..lmao

13. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

From the condescending tone of your comment you obviously must have a degree in engineering, took apart this device, and through your professional obsersvations have decided you could do a better job at this than HTC. By all means, start your own company and show us all what a device with the same components as this should REALLY look like. Your apparent expertise and leadership in this field will guarantee success.

17. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Don't need to have a degree in anything except common sense to see that every other single company uses space much better than HTC. Those are facts and yes, the HTC internals show some shoddy engineering.

18. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Except every other company either doesn't use front facing speakers, or has devices with huge bezels and front facing speakers just as HTC does, like the Xperias Z2, because it's just not possible fit high quality front facing speakers on a device without large top and bottom bezels. I'm willing to take a few extra millimeters in height for excellent front facing speakers.

15. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

No BoomSound but dual front facing speaker. The fact that you know nothing about engineering yet you keep trolling

9. josephnero

Posts: 782; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Dat bezel.i don't care if its a Speaker or not thats huge

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