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HTC Butterfly S Review

HTC Butterfly S

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HTC Butterfly S Review

Introduction


Just like a real butterfly, evolving from a caterpillar to moth, the HTC Butterfly has transformed into the Butterfly S, a brand new device by HTC that flew into our office and reminded us of both its predecessor and the HTC One.

The Butterfly S has adopted a lot of the signature features of the HTC One - its UltraPixel camera, its front-facing loud and clear stereo speakers and its latest Sense 5.0 user interface. Plus, HTC has bundled in a whopping 3200mAh battery. However this butterfly comes with plastic wings (or rather body), and lacks the optical image stabilization that are key to HTC One’s appeal. Can it still fly? Or have we mistaken the HTC Butterfly S for a moth while it is still a larva? Let’s find out.

HTC Butterfly S Review
In the box:


Design


The Butterfly S is a chubby piece of glossy plastic, nothing in common with the exquisite aluminum or soft touch plastic designs we’ve come to expect from HTC. Yet we would not count the glossy plastic as a huge downside. The material is glazed and polished, and feels very soft and actually good to touch.

The body material of the HTC Butterfly S feels very soft and actually good to touch - HTC Butterfly S Review
The body material of the HTC Butterfly S feels very soft and actually good to touch - HTC Butterfly S Review
The body material of the HTC Butterfly S feels very soft and actually good to touch - HTC Butterfly S Review


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


Speaking in numbers, the phone is 10.6mm thick and at its large size that thickness gets noticed. The handset weighs 160g (some 5.6 oz), also above the average, but not excruciatingly heavy. Truth be told, it feels larger than we’d like, a bit unwieldy.

Front - HTC Butterfly S Review
Android buttons - HTC Butterfly S Review
Front camera - HTC Butterfly S Review

Front

Android buttons

Front camera


As similar as it is to the the HTC One in terms of specs, HTC’s Butterfly S stands as a total opposite to the sleek unibody aluminum body of HTC’s flagship. Yet, there are some elements that the HTC Butterfly S borrowed from the One. The stereo front speakers are here and they are painted red, just like the capacitive buttons and the same tone is used on the camera eye ring on the back. There are no physical buttons up front. On the right, there’s a patterned aluminum volume rocker that protrudes nicely and is very comfortable to press. The lock key however is a stretch to reach - it’s located way up top, next to the 3.5mm headset jack and the lid-protected microSD and microSIM card slots.

Left edge - The sides of the HTC Butterfly S - HTC Butterfly S Review
Right - The sides of the HTC Butterfly S - HTC Butterfly S Review
Top - The sides of the HTC Butterfly S - HTC Butterfly S Review

Left edge

Right

Top

Bottom - The sides of the HTC Butterfly S - HTC Butterfly S Review
Back - The sides of the HTC Butterfly S - HTC Butterfly S Review
Rear camera - The sides of the HTC Butterfly S - HTC Butterfly S Review

Bottom

Back

Rear camera




Display


The HTC Butterfly S comes with a spacious 5-inch Super LCD3 display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. We’re very impressed with it. The screen is extremely sharp and detailed, with a pixel density reaching 441 pixels per inch. You won’t be able to notice none of the annoying jagged icon edges or blurry text.

We love the rich and saturated colors on this display. They are not hugely overblown as on AMOLED screens, but still deliver quite the punch.

The Butterfly S does not have the brightest of screens. Its peak luminance reaches 360 nits and that’s perfectly fine for using the device indoors, but is puts a bit of an extra strain on your eyes when you try to read the display outdoors.

Viewing angles are fabulous. Colors don’t fade out even when you tilt the phone to most extreme angles.

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HTC Butterfly S

HTC Butterfly S

OS: Android 4.4 4.3 4.1
view full specs
PhoneArena rating:
8Good
Display5.0 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (441 ppi) S-LCD 3
Camera4 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz, Krait 300 processor
2 GB RAM
Size5.69 x 2.78 x 0.42 inches
(144.5 x 70.5 x 10.6 mm)
5.64 oz  (160 g)
Battery3200 mAh, 29 hours talk time

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