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HTC Butterfly 2 Review

HTC Butterfly 2

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HTC Butterfly 2 Review

HTC Butterfly 2 Review
HTC Butterfly 2 Review
HTC Butterfly 2 Review
HTC Butterfly 2 Review
HTC Butterfly 2 Review

Who doesn’t like to root for the underdog, right? In a way, it’s arguable that veteran smartphone maker HTC is indeed an underdog in the mobile space – one that’s being dominated by the likes of Apple and Samsung at the moment. Very recently, however, they’ve proven in continuing to be relevant in the landscape thanks to its flagship phone, the HTC One M8. Even for all of its acclaims, many people still felt that certain qualities of the phone were underwhelming – mainly its 4-megapixel “UltraPixel” camera. Aiming to hopefully mitigate those concerns, HTC released its sibling, the Butterfly 2, coming with a 13-megapixel Duo camera setup. Asian model by heart, don't expect to see this one to be widely available, but it will hit the shelves of some shops offering imported unlocked phones.

The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • Wall charger
  • Stereo headphones


Swapping out metal for plastic, the premium element is obviously lost, but it gains a useful water-resistant property.

Depending on your preference, the tradeoffs with the HTC Butterfly 2’s design might be a good or bad thing. For starters, it sheds the M8’s iconic, unibody aluminum design in favor for an all-matte finished polycarbonate chassis. Although this choice of material contributes in a lighter frame of 151 g, versus the slightly weightier 160 g of the M8, its profile increases by a smidgen to 0.39-inches.

Most important, though, is that the Butterfly 2 receives an IP57 certification – giving this phone a water resistant element that many folks crave in a high-end thing. Now, we really have to applaud HTC for adding water resistance without the need to cover its ports with those annoying covers, which many other waterproof phones employ.

Seeing that this is fashioned around the HTC One M8, it shouldn’t surprise anyone to know that the Butterfly 2 bears other signature elements. Specifically, it features an IR blaster, dual front-firing speakers with HTC BoomSound, and a Duo Camera. With the latter, however, we’re treated to a larger 13-megapixel camera, which we’re ecstatic to find.

HTC Butterfly 2
5.72 x 2.76 x 0.39 inches
145.4 x 70.2 x 9.99 mm
5.33 oz (151 g)

HTC Butterfly 2

HTC One (M8)
5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches
146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm
5.64 oz (160 g)

HTC One (M8)

Samsung Galaxy S5
5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches
142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm
5.11 oz (145 g)

Samsung Galaxy S5

Sony Xperia Z3
5.75 x 2.83 x 0.29 inches
146 x 72 x 7.3 mm
5.36 oz (152 g)

Sony Xperia Z3

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Same old display from before, same old lovable results.

The display here is the same as its sibling, a 5-inch 1080 x 1920 Super LCD-3 panel. Judging by its looks, we don’t find a whole lot too different here, as it produces nearly the same results from before. Details are nice and crisp, which isn’t too surprising taking into account it’s the same display size and resolution.

In addition, its color temperature of ~7400 K, which is rather cold, closely matches its sibling’s result, as well as its color reproduction. Delivering a maximum brightness output of 510 nits, it’s a miniscule improvement, but it’s not something dramatic enough to give it a clear advantage – more so when it’s still very easy on the eyes to view under direct sunlight. All in all, we’re not too shocked to find that the panel here in the Butterfly 2 doesn’t deviate from the qualities present in HTC’s flagship.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
HTC Butterfly 2 510
HTC One (M8) 490
Samsung Galaxy S5 442
Sony Xperia Z3 713
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posted on 01 Oct 2014, 05:14 2

1. garlic456 (Posts: 251; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)

Without premium materials, there it doesn't have any difference between a Samsung phone.

posted on 01 Oct 2014, 05:31 16

3. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1614; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)

Better android skin, less lag, still better built even with same plastics, looks better. Yep nothing over samsung.

posted on 01 Oct 2014, 14:19 1

11. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

You are crazy if you think HTC plastic designs are built better than Samsung ones. HTC plastic is horribly finished at the USB ports, headphone jacks, and SIM card slots.

They may use matte or thicker plastics but thinner and stringer is better period.

posted on 01 Oct 2014, 15:38 1

12. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3117; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

Oh look more nonsense about Touchwiz and Samsung being laggy. There is no "lag". My SGS3 runs smooth and fine, Note 2 runs smooth and fine, Note 3 runs smooth and fine.

posted on 01 Oct 2014, 22:11 2

15. Venkatramanan (Posts: 320; Member since: 15 Aug 2014)

Then You are used to the Lag and made up your mind that it is not a lag. But comparing the features what Samsung offers, Lag can be compromised.

posted on 02 Oct 2014, 22:29

19. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3117; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

If you're an idiot who thinks a milisecond delay is lag, sure.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 06:52

20. dommaden (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Oct 2014)

I exactly agree with you.

posted on 01 Oct 2014, 05:27 1

2. Rajanvir (Posts: 56; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)


posted on 01 Oct 2014, 05:35 5

4. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1614; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)

You prefer HTC skin or Sony? Sony or HTC exterior phone design? You need waterproofing? There you go ;)

posted on 01 Oct 2014, 18:16

13. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)

Xperia Z3...

posted on 02 Oct 2014, 08:38

17. tiara6918 (Posts: 2111; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

htc butterfly 2 and your phone will take 1 year to get old since htc releases it's butterfly yearly while sony has a 6 month cycle

posted on 01 Oct 2014, 06:30 1

5. Rajanvir (Posts: 56; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)

just few things i care about
1. Lag free(recently downgrade my Sony Xperia SP from 4.3 to 4.1.2 because it lags a lot)
2. keys placement across the body cuz i love my device's key placements
3. Body(BIG PROBLEM for me) cuz both devices got advantages and disadvantages at certain points SONY got Aluminium,glossy body but aluminium frame bothers me because i love my mobile's aluminium frame and i don't want to put a case on it but i have to on other hand i love HTC's Plastic design and don't have to worry about if i drop it (It barely happens but it happens) but man its true no matter how beautiful you make plastic it feels cheap
4. Camera my phone got 8 MP still behave like a 3MP camera (IN capturing pictures)
5. those flips over ports of XPERIA Z3 which are missing on BUTTERFLY 2 but still its water resist
and HTC and SONY both are the reason i love ANDROID

posted on 01 Oct 2014, 06:45

6. deanylev (Posts: 223; Member since: 11 Mar 2014)

Why would you buy a non-metal HTC phone for waterproofing? If you want a snappy, waterproof, premium phone with great stereo speakers the Xperia Z2 is perfect

posted on 01 Oct 2014, 07:31 5

7. tiara6918 (Posts: 2111; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

I would give it an 8.7/9, 8 seems a bit too low for me considering there are only a few cons about it and more pros over the m8

posted on 01 Oct 2014, 08:35 1

8. Hyperreal (Posts: 322; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)

only 8? this phone is almost perfect. Nice matte plastic finish, waterproof (without usb cover!), top specs, no lag, dual speakers, descent battery life. maybe too much bezel but at least they are a bit smaller than m8.

posted on 01 Oct 2014, 09:38 2

9. Tokuku56 (Posts: 11; Member since: 04 Jan 2014)

I don't understand why this got a 8 and the iPhone got a 9 this phone decreasing from 32 to 16 shouldn't be a big deal because you have external storage and saying nothing new with the experience come on now we been saying that about the iPhone for how long?

posted on 01 Oct 2014, 10:46 1

10. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

It's way too chunky and big even by suck t c standards. Especially for a plastic phone.

posted on 01 Oct 2014, 18:17

14. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)

Those bezels are huge and ugly...

posted on 01 Oct 2014, 22:21 2

16. Venkatramanan (Posts: 320; Member since: 15 Aug 2014)

I think PA is biased more nowadays. If plastic body is a disadvantage, then Iphone 5C and all the Samsung flagships got more Rating. (Samsung has a purpose of using Plastic - Removable back cover and battery) . If 16GB is a disadvantage, then all Sony flagship should get low rating I phone 6 and 6+ are having a big Cons list but got 9/10. PA you better stop reviewing any phones. It mislead the new customers.

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PhoneArena rating:
Display5.0 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (441 ppi) S-LCD 3
Camera13 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400 processor
Size5.72 x 2.76 x 0.39 inches
(145.4 x 70.2 x 9.99 mm)
5.33 oz  (151 g)

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