Even as HTC One is still ranking high amongst the most well performing smartphones in the world today, the company has released, albeit quietly, another high end smartphone that could be even better in performance than the HTC One and fanatics can now lay their hands on it. HTC Butterfly S, whose benchmark results show that it has a faster processor than the HTC One, has now gone on sale in some stores in Taiwan and the US, though it is not cheap.
Most people do not understand HTC’s release of this ‘different kind’ of HTC One, complete with a different name, unceremoniously launched released in various shops without much hype. Truth is that HTC intended to make the HTC Butterfly S is a high end smartphone for the Asian market. In the US and other western markets, HTC will still focus on promoting the HTC One as their flagship phone but those who have a little more to spend and want something with a better processor can walk to stores and get the Butterfly S. In essence, HTC’s move to sale the Butterfly S in the western markets, specifically the US, is a way to solidify its name following the success of the One.
If you follow our blog, you may have already read the specs and features of the HTC Butterfly S leaked a couple of weeks ago. Officially, the phone comes with a 5 inch 1920 x 1080 full HD LCD display, a 1.9 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 2 GB RAM and 16 GB onboard memory but with a microSD card slot for memory expansion. Just like the One, the Butterfly S also features an UltraPixels rear facing camera and a 2.1 megapixel wide-angle front camera, front duo speakers offering BoomSound experience thanks to the built-in amplifier, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out-of-the-box and a 3,100 mAh battery.
Price and availability
There is a possibility that HTC will make the HTC Butterfly S available on Sprint as rumored earlier or Verizon on contract as Droid DNA+, but we have already heard that the carrier will make the HTC One available on its network soon, so don’t bank on it. As of now, you can only get it off the stores for a steep unsubsidized price of $849. Yes, that is 850 bucks.
There is no doubt that some of the smartphones designed for the Asian market are downright amazing, but they often come at a low price, not just $150 short of a thousand bucks mark. At the moment, one place you can get the Butterfly S online is through Overseas Electronics, but if you would rather wait, I reckon it won’t be long before HTC starts marketing the phone in the US and European markets.
Will you be buying the Butterfly S? What do you think of HTC’s move to introduce this phone? Do they mean to counter Samsung’s introduction of variants of the S4?