The Flagship device that will never be a Flagship.
While almost the entire world is enjoying their HTC One and One mini devices, HTC have released this little gem in the Asian markets of Hong Kong and Taiwan. The HTC Butterfly S. This device is clearly the HTC One’s bigger and better brother in the 2013 line-up.
Armed with a 5-inch display, HTC’s Ultrapixel Camera, Boomsound and a 3,200mAh battery, this behemoth of a device is sure to turn a lot of people’s heads.
[toggle title=”Price & Where To Buy” state=”open” ]Negri Electronics ($758 / £484) plus shipping to almost anywhere in the world.[/toggle]
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The box for the Butterfly S follows the same design as the rest of their 2013 releases, and has all the standard contents.
- HTC Butterfly S
- HTC’s (Unbranded Beats?) In-Ear Headphones
- USB Cable and Wall Charger (Mine luckily came with a UK Charger!)
- User Manual, Quick Start Guide and Warranty Card
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HTC have decided to go back to polycarbonate for this 5-inch mammoth’s uni-body design in White, Black, Grey and Red. The back of the handset has a very minimalistic look to it, only interrupted by the Ultrapixel Camera, the HTC logo and the Beats Audio branding at the bottom. Along the sides of the device are what almost look like speaker grills (unfortunately they are not) with a volume rocker on the top right which sits almost flush to the housing. Top of the device holds the Headphone jack, an IR blaster/Power button in the centre and a removable flap which hides the SIM and mSD slots.
The front of this device is absolutely stunning. HTC have gone with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 which has a slight curve to it around the edges which feels perfect when using the device. As with most of HTC’s range for 2013 they have popped what seems to be an improved version of Boomsound with red accents at the top and bottom of the device. A very interesting decision on the Butterfly S is that HTC have returned to the 3-button layout from it’s 2012 range instead of the 2-button layout we see on the HTC One.
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The HTC Butterfly S comes with Android 4.2 right out of the box along with HTC’s Sense 5 overlay. You’re instantly greeted by HTC’s Blinkfeed page and a simple side swipe will return you to the standard Android home screen. The software is exactly the same as the HTC One apart from a few camera modifications and some Asia specific applications built-in.
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The Ultrapixel camera has definitely been improved on the Butterfly S over the HTC One. Focusing times have almost been cut in half, as well as keeping more detail in the picture. This is clearly HTC saying “You don’t need more pixels to take a good picture.”
[toggle title=”Display” state=”close” ]One word – AMAZING. HTC have managed to take the One’s display and make it bigger without loosing quality. Blacks are definitely black unlike some of the other 5-inch devices out on the market currently. So far this screen has been a joy to read from as everything is so crisp.[/toggle][toggle title=”Modification Status” state=”close” ]The HTC Butterfly S is as easily rootable as any of HTC’s latest offerings through the HTC Dev website. Unfortunately there is next to no ROM development, probably due to the lack of world-wide availability.[/toggle]
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- 5-inch Display
- HTC Boomsound
- Amazing Battery Life
- Unibody Design
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- Polycarbonate – I guess HTC had to differentiate the Butterfly and One brands in some way, otherwise this device might as well be the rumoured HTC One Max. I can’t really fault the design and the materials used but it doesn’t have the same premium feel to the device as the HTC One does.
The HTC Butterfly S is a brilliant upgrade to the HTC One, minus a the premium aluminium feel. If you need a device that will literally last you a few days on a single charge, or that you feel the HTC One’s display is just a tad too small, or you absolutely need removable storage then this is the perfect device for you.