The HTC Butterfly will be available in the Taiwanese market starting tomorrow, December 11. It will thus be available earlier than the iPhone 5, which is set to arrive a few days later. According to analysts, the schedule for the arrival of the smartphone is in time with the holidays, when some consumers would want to swap their older devices for newer ones.
The HTC Butterfly, which is also known as the international version of the Droid DNA mobile phone that was launched last month in the United States, will be sold in Taiwan by Chunghwa Telecom. Chunghwa Telecom is the largest mobile operator in said country. The smartphone is expected to have a price tag of $760 without a contract, although this is yet to be confirmed.
The handset’s arrival in the Taiwanese market is ahead of its scheduled date of availability in China, which will be around the middle of December. Consumers in Japan will be able to purchase the smartphone around the same time.
Meanwhile, in Europe, the HTC Butterfly is already available on a pre-order basis through Expansys.
As for its specifications, the HTC Butterfly is packed with a super-sharp SLCD 3 display that measures 5 inches diagonally. Said screen has a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and is protected by Gorilla Glass 2.
Under the hood, it runs ona Qualcomm S4 Pro Quad-core processor with a clock speed of 1.5GHz. It also comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. A built-in microSD card allows for expansion for as much as 32GB with a memory card.
Supported networks include HSPA/WCDMA, GSM/GPRS/EDGE. The smartphone draws its power from a 2020mAh.
It features two cameras, as well. The main one, located at its rear, offers an 8-megapixel sensor, autofocus, BSI, and HTC ImageChip, whereas the secondary camera on its front has a 2.1-megapixel sensor.
Connectivity is possible through GPS+GLONASS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0, and micro-USB 2.0. It also has several sensors, including a gyro, accelerometer, proximity, and light sensor.