The HTC Butterfly S is anticipated for Asian markets, and rumors surrounding it were confirmed with an announcement in Taiwan today. The HTC Butterfly S, as well as the HTC Butterfly, have been updated on the HTC products section.
The HTC Butterfly is a high end device comparable to the HTC One, which makes it unlikely that we'll see it in the US market since there's a lot of spec and feature overlap.
Android Central confirms rumors on the specs, "On the inside, the specs have been bumped to a 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, alongside 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a notably large 3200mAh battery. This Taiwanese version has a simple quad-band HSPA+ radio on-board."
Engadget reports about the display, UI and OS:
"It'll arrive boasting a familiar-sounding 5-inch 1080p display, front-facing BoomSound stereo speakers and Sense 5 as expected. When it comes to internals, the Butterfly s runs Android Jelly Bean on a quad-core 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 (faster than the HTC One), an impressive 3,200mAh battery, quad-band HSPA/WCDMA radio, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in storage, expandable once again through microSD. As for imaging, alongside that primary UltraPixel camera and Zoe software features, there's a 2.1-megapixel wide-angle shooter on the front. It's currently scheduled for a release in July in Taiwan, accompanied by a NT $22,900 (roughly $766) price tag, but no word when (or even if) it'll reach foreign shores."
It hasn't been confirmed which version of Android Jelly Bean it would be running but we would wager that Android 4.2.2 is most likely since Android 4.3 is still on a vague July release date (hopefully).
Our first impression is that it's a pretty good smartphone, it looks good and the processor outstrips the HTC One. However, it is very similar so we can be fairly certain that there won't be a US release. HTC won't want the Butterfly S cutting into the market share of their touted HTC One flagship.
Unlike the HTC One, this won't have an all-metal aluminum body. This is a plastic phone, which some users praise for its greater reparability, ability to expand memory, call quality and reception while others condemn it for its lack of durability and cheap appearance. It comes down to personal preference ultimately, but some consumers suggested that HTC could be well served by releasing the Butterfly S as a plastic HTC One variant, satisfying both sentiments. On the other hand, the hefty $766 price tag is imposing.
Some have described the phone as a phablet, capable of competing with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3:
"In short, the HTC Butterfly S is like an upgraded version of the HTC One, which leads us to the Galaxy Note - it looks like HTC is trying to devour Samsung again by announcing a flagship phone first. Apparently, Samsung is expected to unveil the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3 later this year, and similar to previous iterations, the Note 3 is expected to borrow its specs sheet from Samsung Galaxy S4, but with additional features that will take advantage of the S-Pen, the product's stylus pen."
Frankly, we are not convinced. It's not at all clear that this will be released for the US and it would be ill advised for HTC to release the Butterfly S to compete with a device that is still only a rumor.
Another announcement made by HTC was for the Desire 200, a low-end and fairly affordable smartphone, a mere $165 in the Taiwanese market. As with the Butterfly S, this also seems unlikely to show up in the US.
Would you have liked the HTC Butterfly S as a plastic HTC One variant or do you think it's a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 competitor?