The HTC One might already be on Android 4.4 on some models, but a lot of HTC phones are yet to make the jump to even Android 4.3. Today, we can scratch off one device off that list – the Taiwanese manufacturer has started rolling out the last version of Android to the Butterfly S, the successor to the company’s first 1080p handset. The update’s currently making its way to countries like Germany, Australia and Hong Kong, and in the usual staged fashion, it should reach everyone in the next few days/weeks.
The update brings all the Android 4.3 features you’d expect, like faster performance, Bluetooth 4.0 low-energy and OpenGL 3.0 support, and always-on Wi-Fi location scanning even when Wi-Fi is off, and also takes the version of Sense to 5.5, with improvements such as the ability to add soundtracks to Video Highlights, additional news sources in Blinkfeed, option to save articles for reading later, and to create custom feeds from Twitter, YouTube and other sources, and other improvements for various Sense features.
It’s a 746 MB update that you should download only via Wi-Fi to save on data costs, and if you haven’t received a notification for it yet, you can always do a manual check in the Settings » About phone menu. Oh, and we wouldn’t suggest waiting for an update to Android 4.4 KitKat – HTC isn’t exactly known to offer great support for non-flagship devices, so you’ll likely be seeing 4.3 as the last major update on the Butterfly S.
A new picture has surfaced courtesy of @leakschina, claimed to be of the dual SIM variant of the recently launched HTC Butterfly S smartphone. The image reveals a whole lot and looks a lot like the regular Butterfly S we saw last month. We saw HTC launch a dual SIM variant of the HTC One some time ago for Asian markets, so this might well be the real deal.
As we don’t have access to the specs sheet at the moment, we can only speculate. But it won’t be inaccurate to guess that the specs of this smartphone would be more or less the same as the regular Butterfly S.
The HTC Butterfly S packs a 1.9 GHz quad core Snapdragon 600 chipset, 2GB of RAM, a 5 inch Full HD display, the 4MP Ultrapixel camera with a 2.1 MP wide angle front facing camera. It’s basically everything that the HTC One isn’t, a bigger smartphone with an expandable storage and a longer lasting battery.
Source: @leakschina (Twitter)
Via: GSM Arena
HTC has not been in the best of their form with problems like supply issues, management changes, bad quarterly results haunting them in their last quarter. But it seems like the company is finally making some progress in the market as new rumors suggest that the company will be releasing Htc Butterfly S, the successor of the 5 inch Butterfly and HTC One Mini with Ultrapixel cameras later this year.
This comes at a time when the company announced that they would be doubling the production of HTC One. The Smartphone sales suffered a lot due to a camera component shortage and the company has promised to make it available in required quantities.
Now, along with this increase in production, the company will be launching two main devices later this year. The first one would the successor of the famous 5 inch Butterfly, the Butterfly S and the other one would be the HTC One Mini, a scaled down version of their flagship device. What’s interesting about both the devices is that, they would feature the much talked about UltraPixel camera, which is one of the USP of the HTC One.
The ultrapixel camera is said to have revolutionalized low light photography and hence, we are pretty this would be the feature which sets apart these devices from its competitors.
The Butterfly S would have the same display as its predecessor, i.e. the 5 inch with a 1080p screen. But it would be having a bigger batter and the ultrapixel camera, which would make it slightly thicker than the HTC One. I am sure most of the users won’t mind their devices being fat provided they have a large battery life. Other features include a newer version of the Snapdragon processor used and a Micro SD slot.
Now coming to the HTC One Mini, the device would feature the Ultrapixel camera along with a dual core processor, 4.3 inch 720p screen, 2GB Ram and android 4.2 with Sense 5. It may also have a 16GB internal memory with 1700mAh battery.
Both the devices would be unveiled soon. Rumors suggest that the Butterfly S is expected to be released by the end of June, while the One Mini will be unveiled around June mid.