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HTC Announces 5 Inch Quad-Core S4 2GB RAM J Butterfly Phablet

Earlier this month, we heard about how Sharp was working on a new smartphone whose main selling feature would be a crisp high definition display with a resolution of over 440 pixels per inch (ppi) by the holiday season, it appears that they have been beaten to it by HTC on their newly announced 5 inch phablet dubbed the J Butterfly.

This device’s display is the most intriguing feature, with a display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels on a small 5 inch wide screen.  The iPhone, one of the most famed smartphones for its display, sports a 1136 x 640 pixels and display density of 326 pixels per inch.  Samsung Galaxy S3 boasts of a 720 x 1280 pixels resolution on a 4.8 inch screen gives it a display density of about 306 ppi.  Samsung Galaxy Note II with its 5.5 inch display can offer only 1280 x 720 hence a display density of about 267 ppi.  There of course have been a number of phones, especially out of china, that have almost this impressive display quality but this is the first from an established manufacturer.

The rest of the specs of this device make it quite an impressive and powerful device, especially the 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 CPU, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of onboard memory but with a microSD card slot.  It also boasts of a 8 Megapixels camera capable of taking images 3280 x 2464 pixels in resolution and record HD videos 1080p.  The battery is 2020 mAh which to me HTC could have done better considering that its direct competitor Galaxy Note 2 comes with a removable 3100 mAh Li-Ion battery.

The bad news is that HTC has no plans of releasing this device outside Japan, it is exclusive to the island nation if you are outside Japan, you probably will have no chance to buy it anytime soon as HTC did not show any indications of making the phablet global, but I hope that if the device does well in the Japanese market they just might decide to sell it in newer markets, starting with the European and US markets.

HTC J Butterfly is now showing as ‘Coming Soon’ on HTC Japan’s website.  This is a sequel to the original HTC J and is probably the smartphone whose pictures we saw making rounds on the web as the next Nexus device from HTC.  Well, it turns out it isn’t, and we aren’t getting it either.

Core Specs

Processor: Qualcomm S4 Pro 1.5GHz quad-core APQ8064 CPU

Operating System: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Memory: 2 GB RAM, 16 GB Onboard memory with MicroSD card slot

Display: 5 inch 1920 x 1080 SLCD3 1080p ~440 ppi screen

Cameras: 8 Megapixels rear, 2.1-megapixel front

Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, LTE and CDMA/GSM/UMTS/GPRS

Build: 34.4 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm, 140g

Battery: 2,020mAh

Available in Black, red and white colors

What do you think of this surprise from HTC?  Personally I think HTC should consider making this phablet available in other markets, even unlocked, as it looks like a device I would recommend a friend to buy.

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  1. Err it will, unless Samsung release an A15 Quad too….. It’ll probably have a 5″ 1920x1080p Amoled acreen, and the note 3 will get even larger – probably 5.8″.

    For the storage, It’s supposedly coming late 2013, so it won’t come in time, and even if it did….. It would cost a lot for the 128GB version.

  2. Even with these specs it won’t beat the Galaxy S4. We have something amazing coming from Samsung and I promise you it will be a huge leap forward for all mobile phones. DDR3 and Faster NAND storage will make the difference between other phones and Samsungs..

  3. You said “It turns it isn’t, and we aren’t getting it either.”
    It’s possible, and I do hope that it does come as a Nexus phone on the 5th of November.

    Htc did say that we can expect the screen in another model though, and I bet it’ll have the s4 pro processor in it too since that’s the top one at the moment.

    So we won’t be expecting this particular HTC J butterfly, but we can be expecting a similar model that will probably be released everywhere else hopefully late this year or early next.

    I would love to get a nexus version of this device though!

  4. That’s why I used the word ‘probably’ because no one knows for sure. HTC haven’t mentioned anything about the Nexus but there were rumors about it.

  5. Hi, I was wondering when you say at the end

    “HTC J Butterfly is now showing as ‘Coming Soon’ on HTC Japan’s website. This is a sequel to the original HTC J and is probably the smartphone whose pictures we saw making rounds on the web as the next Nexus device from HTC. Well, it turns out it isn’t, and we aren’t getting it either.”

    How do you know that it won’t be a nexus device, did HTC say something? Are you just speculating, since just like the LG Optimus G, LG have made a special version which is based on their optimus G. Same thing can be for this phone, but with similar specs to this HTC.

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