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.
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
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.