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HTC Announces the J Butterfly for Japan – 5″ 1080p Display, Quad-core Processor, and Fingers Crossed for Verizon

You know the HTC “dlx” or 5″ 1080p Verizon phone that we have been talking about for months now? HTC just announced it for Japan as the J Butterfly, and it looks stunning.

The device does indeed sport a 5″ Super LCD 3 1080p display (440ppi), Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, LTE, Jelly Bean (Android 4.1), 16GB internal storage, 2GB RAM, 8MP rear camera, 2.1MP front camera, 2020mAh battery, and a microSD card slot. The J Butterfly weighs 140g and is 9.1mm thick. For Japan, it will come in 3 colors:  red, white and black. HTC is expecting to launch it in December.

As you can see from the pictures of the black version, this looks a lot like the phone that was leaked back on September 1.

So what does this mean for a U.S. variant? Typically when we see a phone get announced internationally, OEMs tend to announce it stateside before long. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the phone is going to be unveiled tomorrow or the following week, since Verizon’s schedule is pretty full, but you never know, we could see it in the next month or so.

Thoughts? Is this your next phone, should it come to Verizon?

Via:  HTC

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  • Jeff

    They should give it 64gb of internal storage though, or ANY of their phones for that matter. With microSD compatibility AT LEAST @ 64 GB.

  • Jeff

    I will buy that phone tomorrow if it comes to verizon

  • droidbeat

    Yes, and yes! But, the battery had better be removable or larger.

  • nightscout13

    Why do these OEM’s persist on using small capacity batteries? Do they really thing consumers prefer to charge twice a day?

  • DAMN YOU HTC !!!!!
    Why no launch for India ??
    I would’ve actually went out of my way to get something like this !

    *Sob* *Sob*….

  • That’s lovely

  • NemaCystX

    The Black/Red version will likely come to Verizon, but they’ll find a way to keep it “under-competitive” just like they did wit hthe Rezound around this same time last year.

    The Vigor was on everyone’s radar until its true specs were revealed.

    The Butterfly has to be the most stunning device HTC has ever made, to date. I actually like it in White. This one would be a worthy successor to the DROID Incredible as the DROID Incredible X, but DLX “Deluxe” is just as good I guess, but its just a name,

    Do we know any comparison specs? like how does it measure up against the latest top tier devices like the Galaxy S3/iP5/RZRHD etc

    how thin is it compared to the GS3? a number is a number compared to seeing it before I get people pointing out the 9.1mm thick spec above

  • iNfAMOUS70702

    Samsung makes a 5.5″ phone and throws a monster battery in it..Motorola makes a thin ass phone an throws an even bigger battery in it..htc makes this beast and puts a smaller battery than the one x+ or even the SGSIII…smh….smfh -__-

  • wm snyder

    I thought verge said it was only Japanese phone?

  • Phreak

    Im also a little worried about the battery. i got my missus the Note 2 and the battery lasts easily well into the next day with moderate – heavy use. 3500mah battery is awesome. I wonery why HTC went with such a small battery. Maybe theyll change it to a bigger battery when it is released elsewhere but who knows maybe it has extremely efficient power use. Either way i cant wait to see it and it may be my next phone!

  • Finally something worth talking about.

  • Sean

    2 things …. First the battery needs to be min 2500 mah. Second this needs to be a nexus phone. I’ve given up waiting for manufactures and telcoms to provide updates.

  • Ibrick

    Look at all those pixels!

  • tobie azeez

    The galaxy s3 has 2100 mah battery and might as well have a 5 inch screen. And the battery does just fine.

  • Tyler Casilio

    I hate that version of Sense. In my opinion they killed it and it looked better in the leaked pics. Looks nothing like the leak

  • Diablo81588

    Typical HTC. Make a 5 inch device and put a 2Ah battery in it. What a joke!

  • paul_cus

    HTC continuing their tradition of small batteries. The
    phone looks like the best thing I’ve seen out of their camp, though.

  • Ohiwastedmylife

    Hands on review compared to Galaxy SIII: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GhFnUP7rlQ

    • Trevor

      Looks like a glossy backplate. Why HTC, WHY????

      • Ohiwastedmylife

        It comes in two different styles. I saw some pictures of a very matte black backing and the shimmery/shiny backings as well. Interested to see what ones they offer. Check out these photos and see what i mean : http://www.theverge.com/2012/10/17/3515214/htc-j-butterfly-hands-on-photos#3883853

        • Trevor

          Oh, awesome. Good find! I much, much, much prefer a matte/rubbery backing to the phone than glossy. Better grip, less fingerprints (depending on color…and how greasy your fingers are).

  • Ibrick

    Yes please.

    And if anyone is still doubting this will show up for VZW, in an email I received after voicing my opinion on them not opting for the Optimus G, the tech called it the DROID Incredible X, said it looked like a terrific device. He was hoping it would be available on Verizon since I mentioned it was a phone I was waiting for. I’m not sure if he wasn’t aware its common knowledge DROID branded phones won’t be on any other carriers..

  • nobody72

    Assuming the battery is not removable i would prefer it to be a bit larger. Other than that it is tough toss up between this and the LG Opt (though that might not make it verizon). The draw feature on the LG is pretty nifty.

  • big_Stefano

    Wow! Imagine how fast this will be when it finally comes running Windows Phone!

  • nightscout13

    Looks good. But be prepared to buy an external battery pack, and carry it on your back.

  • john

    this is a joke right? we will be seeing this in america? I am a loyal htc fan. HTC Incredible & HTC Thunderbolt. Would get the HTC One x+ but it aint on Verizon….

  • Stevedub40

    Why the capacitive touch buttons!

  • Imagine if they came out with a nexus version of this device?

  • Ben Johnson

    It looks to me like there are POGO pins on the back of the device just above the Beats audio logo.

  • Bob G

    It’ll prob go to AT&T as the next upgrade to the One X+

  • flosserelli

    I would love to see this in Nexus guise, with a removable battery and no Beats bullshiat.

  • DainLaguna

    interesting that it says with google on the back…
    id love to see this come to verizion…but knowing verizon they’d muck up the design and it give it an awful name.
    if it came to verizon as IS, then we’d be talking.
    though….this as a nexus would pretty much make it the greatest phone EVER.

  • I’d heard this phone won’t be available stateside but the display will. So I’m holding out hope that the US variant has a bigger battery and non-Rhyme Sense overlay…or hell just make it a Nexus and make us all happy lol

  • If and only if I keep unlimited ( full retail…damn) and I can run CM 10

  • Seanfranchise6

    That phone has BEAST MODE written all over it. I’d ditch my Galaxy Nexus for that……………if it has better stock battery life and a removable battery.

  • Richard

    All phones coming out these days seem to be lacking at least one important feature.

    HTC DLX: small battery
    Motorola RAZR HD (MAXX): no Jelly Bean
    Samsung Galaxy Nexus: bad battery life and bad camera
    Samsung Galaxy S3: pentile display
    Apple iPhone 5: IOS 6 (map)

    Will we ever have best of all worlds? These lacking features on these phones are important enough for users to be their Achilles Heel. I am going to try out Samsung Galaxy Note II as this phone seems to be void of most of the neglected features, but even then I will have to adjust to the phone size.

    • flosserelli

      The pentile display is the only thing steering you away from the SGS3? Not to sound dickish, but have you actually used a SGS3 for more than 15 minutes in a store? It is arguably the best display for its size (with the sole exception of the One X)

      • Bob G

        It’s funny how Pentile displays were so hated on, until people were forced to use it on their GS3s, and now Samsungites act as if Pentile isn’t terrible.

        I remember when those same people cursed and cried at Motorola for using them in the first place.

        • flosserelli

          Again, have you actually *used* a SGS3? I was one of those people that “cursed and cried” at Motorola for using it in the RAZR, because it was utterly craptastic…unless you like the fuzzy screen door effect. The SGS3 display is exponentially better than the RAZR. If you think the SGS3 display is no better than the RAZR, then I want some of whatever you’re smoking.

      • Richard

        I have used couple of my friends for some time and although the screen isn’t bad it is not as good as its competitors namely One X (as you mentioned), Galaxy Note 2, LG Optimus, and etc. I read a detailed review of the screen and you can see that the white on Galaxy S3 is not very white and on close up since pixels share neighboring ones to proudce colors, it does not look as vibrant or sharp as non-pentile displays.
        Again, I’m not trying to bash the phone based on the display, but pentile display is known to be less stellar in the display community most people preferring other technology such as pure RGB.

    • steve30x

      Well yeah i agree about the pentile display but its not as horrible like Motorola Bionic’s pentile looking through a screen door display..ugh.

  • StoneColdCarl

    Battery really worries me. With that kind of display and specs, this is going to kill the battery quickly. Would it hurt to add a few mm onto the phone and put a bigger battery?

    • steve30x

      I agree they should be 2,500mah and up minimum for 5 inch devices.

  • Destroythanet

    If it is not much wider than my GS3, I’ll be intrigued with it. Not interested in a Galaxy Note type phablet.

  • Butters619

    RIP card clock widget

  • Brittany n

    sure if only it has a bigger battery maybe the US version will have a bigger one more then likely not gonna happen but would be nice if it did so I might be going for the note 2 after all

  • Jackson

    This device will die in like 6 hours especially with that much red even with the s4 pro

  • C-Law

    That’s HTC, always a smaller battery than what we want

  • Knlegend1

    Beautiful phone however if this phone comes to Verizon it will be another dead device.

  • Bionic

    Horribe battery by today’s standards. Even with an S4pro. Battery fail.

  • Phil Onyschuk

    I would potentially ditch my S3 for this, battery life has to be on par.

  • too late HTC.. i already got my SG 3 and now i am in another 2 yr contract..

  • jhjr24

    Hell yeah, now the only thing I will have to get over is the fact that the phone isn’t from Motorola. I have only owned Motorola phones, but for specs, I will move over.

  • If the battery is removable, I’m all in. If not, there’s just no way in hell.

  • Pegleg

    HTC phones never seem to have the build quality I want. Does VZW really need this in their lineup? They really need to clean house and focus on serious phones. The fact that the RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD are not going to be arriving with JB is another major stumble for them. The VZW/MOTO combination just seems to continue being left behind.

  • val45k

    that battery is a deal breaker for me….

  • SubaruUnited

    If Verizon doesn’t get the Optimus G, I’ll buy this. I’m not all that interested by the screen, though I do hope it is one of Sharp’s new IGZO panels, but more so the quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor. The Galaxy Note II looks beastly, but the S4 Pro is faster than the Exynos 4 quad-core.

    To those complaining about the ThunderBolt: try out the Droid Charge.

    • JoshGroff

      Also, the Bionic. That’s why I always laugh at anyone that complains about an OEM from one bad phone experience.