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HTC Announces the Butterfly S – Like a Slightly Better One, Without the Terrible Button Setup

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Last night, HTC unveiled their newest flagship in Taiwan, dubbed the Butterfly S. The device is every bit as good on paper as the HTC One, but one could argue that it’s an even better phone thanks to additions in some key areas. Keep in mind that the device will likely never reach our shores, at least as the Butterfly S. You never know if we’ll see it re-branded as something else though, just like we saw last year with the J Butterfly blossoming into the DROID DNA on Verizon. 

The HTC Butterfly S sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 clocked at 1.9GHz, 5-inch FHD LCD 3 display, 3200mAh battery, UltraPixel camera, BoomSound front facing speakers, 16GB internal storage, microSD slot for expansion, Sense 5.0, and Android 4.2.2 out of the box. So from that list, we can see that it has a much larger battery over the One (2300mAh), has expandable storage thanks to a microSD slot, and already runs Android 4.2.2. Oh, we forgot to mention that it doesn’t carry the terrible Home-Back button combo for navigation like the One. The Butterfly uses last year’s button setup of Home-Back-Multi-task, a much more traditional Android setup.

So last year, we saw the J Butterfly arrive in the U.S. as the DROID DNA on Verizon. A few months ago, we were starting to think something similar would happen again this year, however, Verizon has already announced that they will carry the HTC One at some point this summer. There is certainly a chance that they sell the Butterfly S and brand it as the One, but that seems sort of unlikely and odd. No, we’re probably stuck with the One that has been out for months already, and has lost some of its luster.

No matter what, HTC’s new Butterfly S, which comes in three colors, looks like an amazing device.

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Press release:

HTC Butterfly s large capacity battery life Leap
HTC Desire 600 ultra-popular choice for high-quality

Variety of options to meet market expectations to create comprehensive and innovative experience

Taipei, Taiwan (AD June 19, 2013) – China Telecom (China Telecom Co., Ltd., hereinafter referred to as “China Telecom”) and the global leader in mobile phone innovation and design HTC (High Tech Computer Corporation, hereinafter referred to as “HTC” ) today (19) days to launch a large-capacity battery with the life of the HTC Butterfly s Great Leap Forward and the ultra-popular high-quality choice for HTC Desire 600 two products, the use of Android Jelly Bean operating system and equipped with HTC Sense ®, has a smooth and unique use of speed powerful features, providing consumers with diversified choices.

Chunghwa Telecom mobile communications branch general manager Lin Guofeng said: “HTC Butterfly hit China Telecom alone this year, Android smartphone highest sales record, showing that China Telecom teamed up with HTC perfect tacit cooperation. Continuation HTC Butterfly Hot momentum, the together again the first to launch HTC Butterfly s cooperation with the HTC Desire 600, with the best quality of Chunghwa Telecom’s mobile Internet and diversified value-added services in the hope that consumers can instantly with people around Keep In Touch, anywhere with family and friends to keep in touch with each other concerned. ”

HTC North Asia Jack Tong, general manager, said: “HTC Butterfly launch market response, the longer tailored to users in Taiwan HTC Butterfly s, providing more diverse portfolio of products, so that consumers choose products that meet their needs. HTC Butterfly s powerful smart with HTC Desire 600 high-quality, easy for consumers to find the best work-life balance. ”

HTC Butterfly s large capacity battery life Leap
HTC Butterfly s equipped with Qualcomm ® Snapdragon ™ 600 1.9 GHz quad-core processor with multi-tasking high performance, and is equipped with Full HD 1080p 5-inch high-definition screen; built-in 3,200 mAh large capacity battery, show the most excellent endurance. And also introduced three color styles, including: sports car with colored Teshi gray, pure pearl white with elegant ruby red, the HTC Butterfly s build for the high-fashion Yiping.

HTC BlinkFeed ™ Home News perfection do not miss
our consumers HTC BlinkFeed home communities and media information can be integrated, global news immediately grasp, let you easily become information between peers guide.

HTC Zoe ™ Reality Album stimulate creativity
HTC Butterfly s combination of HTC Zoe Reality album with HTC UltraPixel camera, breaking the traditional picture thinking, retained vivid memories of the exclusive; taking pictures and also record a 3 seconds video, can be ” Continuous synthesis “,” best face “,” object removal “and other wonderful features, more possibilities to create pictures. Video Highlights living micro film also provides 12 kinds of rich themes, diversity of choice for consumers.

HTC BoomSound ™ Audio shake hearing
more spot to make sound effects, equipped with dual front stereo speakers, allowing users to enjoy audio and video entertainment can feel when the left and right channels of the sound field effect culvert rich, built-in Beats Audio ™ sound reduction recordings room high quality, shake the user’s auditory nerve.

HTC Sense TV ™ allows you to become masters of the remote TV
could not find the remote control is a common scenario for each family, HTC Sense TV phone combines the power button infrared remote control function, easy to set up a few steps to be able to remote control TVs, set-top boxes and home theater, mobile phones become the interactive TV channel list, intuitive to launch TV viewing.

HTC Desire 600 Advanced features preferred smartphone
is HTC Desire HTC Desire 600 new members of the classic series, powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and 4.5 inch super LCD2 screen to bring consumers smooth operation and comfort visual experience. In order to better meet consumer demand for color, HTC Desire 600 will launch the film black and white two classic colors condenser, a symbol of understated black film character, the rich heritage of the film-coated black solid li; condenser white in dual stereo speaker and lens peripheral decorate red color, let the phone overall color is more shine, so that everyone can choose the most personalized colors.

Video Highlights living micro film easily create exciting movie
HTC Desire 600 In addition to having HTC BlinkFeed home , but also offer popular Video Highlights living micro-film, will shoot videos and photos into the essence of the permanent collection. Use 8 megapixel camera, you can automatically generate 30 seconds brilliant movie clips, built six kinds of special effects and rich in theme and moving soundtrack, with HTC BoomSound stereo viewing, allowing superb sound rich emotional memory.

HTC and China Telecom jointly build a new vision to enjoy high-definition video and audio mobile value-added services
to the perfect HTC Butterfly s meticulous fashion design and exquisite excellent excellent performance level of the smartphone market fully raised, showing a new style; HTC Desire 600 has a smooth processing speed as well as unique features for creative, completely tailored for mobile life science and technology, both fully humanized HTC Sense user experience, with China Telecom’s mobile Internet quality and stable environment and a rich and diverse Canadian value-added services, combining mobile technology and life applications, allowing users to experience the unprecedented action of the top intellectual life. While Chunghwa Telecom Hami unique value-added services, including Hami Music, Hami Bookstore, Hami software shops, etc., but also combined with HTC BlinkFeed Homefeatures first-hand information and special offers will give users real-time, allowing consumers to keep abreast of China Telecom a full range of value-added services and upcoming events special offers, Hami value-added services combined with the powerful HTC hardware performance for consumers to create a wonderful life and facilitate rich mobile entertainment experience with the best.

HTC Butterfly s and HTC Desire 600 7 Months Taiwan synchronization started selling
HTC Butterfly s suggested retail price of NT $ 22,900 million alone, HTC Desire 600 suggested retail price of NT $ 12,900 million stand-alone, two new machines are expected in July in full Province, China Telecom outlets and distribution outlets HTC Sync on sale, so that mobile technology and intellectual life more quality services.

About China Telecom
China Telecom Co., Ltd. in the Republic 1 July 1996 by the then DGT operating divisions established restructuring, the main business covers wireline communications, mobile communications, as well as three major areas of data communications, providing voice service, leased circuit , Internet, broadband access, intelligent networks, virtual networks, e-commerce, enterprise integration services, and a variety of value-added services, the Department of the domestic operations of the most experienced and largest integrated telecommunication’s also international carriers important partner in promoting globalization instant messaging communication, and comprehensively improve the quality of life of the community, as well as a general increase in economic and social operational efficiency, performance is outstanding. For more information, please refer to Chunghwa Telecom website www.cht.com.tw .

About HTC
HTC was founded in 1997, is the mobile communications industry in award-winning innovation leader for sure. By putting people at the center of the business philosophy, HTC constantly breaking both design and technology, the introduction of innovative products and personalized experience to meet the needs of consumers worldwide. HTC’s product portfolio includes smartphones and tablet PCs, equipped with HTC Sense ™ user interface rich and vivid, greatly enhance the user experience. HTC Corporation is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498.Additional information about HTC, please refer to HTC corporate website www.htc.com .

  • I just hope they keep the freaking button layout for ALL future HTC devices!

  • Miguel

    HTC Butterfly S Mini 4.5″ 720p Display, 3200 mah battery. Shut up and take my money!

  • MariaxNY


  • Tyler James Edward Hills

    Is this a metal body too or the plastic used on the DNA?

  • master94

    And here I thought HTC One was its flagship device. Butterfly >One.

  • DainLaguna

    Dear HTC: why wasn’t this the ‘one’. Why?

  • DainLaguna

    Dear HTC: why wasn’t this the ‘one’. Why?

  • 18footJ

    This is superior to the HTC One IMO. I’ve been using the DNA for months now, and I always that it would be the perfect only if it had a better battery life. I’m Glad HTC is listening to the customers’ needs.

  • Liderc

    This doesn’t look anything like the One… Looks like a big Droid DNA with speakers on the front.

  • Brian

    Am I the only one who cringes at seeing yet another built in, non-replaceable battery? Granted this battery is freakin’ huge, but after 8-12 months of use, they don’t seem to hold a charge nearly as long as they did when new — and now you have to keep the phone the full 24 months!

  • Fresh360

    Am I the only one who thinks the release of this phone and the reactivation of the ‘Droid’ twitter account are related?
    The last Droid was the renamed ‘J Butterfly’ and the day before the ‘Butterfly S’ is announced a dormant ‘Droid’ Twitter account reinitializes, hmmmmmm

    • beaumac

      I sincerely hope you are right. 8/15 is right around the corner.

  • Cory Wilson

    Butterfly. What a stupid name. I dunno who comes up with these terrible names

  • MariaxNY

    i still like the HTC ONE better this doesn’t look or feel like a
    flagship phone it was only meant for Verizon. it will nevr come to
    Tmobile or at&t or sprint

  • Tony Byatt

    Forget the One, the Butterfly S looks like the better device…

  • BRIM

    This is a BIG mistake if Verizon does get this phone ESPECIALLY because it’ll be “exclusive” to the carrier. Let’s look at all the Verizon exclusives that have been ever so neglected: HTC Thunderbolt (no 4.0–later was but a mistake), LG Revolution (no 4.0), HTC Rezound (no 4.1) and now DNA, which I doubt will receive anything passed 4.2 and that’s if they even bother to push out 4.2 since it’s already EOL.

  • This is the HTC One that Verizon will announce, with the DROID moniker, with the AR game they annouced.

  • Maybe this is the Droid you’re looking for? re: DroidLanding going live again?

  • Chris Lo

    HTC’s phone series are all messed up.
    their secondary series (butterfly) is superior than their main series (one)

  • rotard

    am i the only one who isnt upset with the phone, but upset with the stupid looking bottom speaker?

  • richkoos

    Well that takes all the fun out of what phone Verizon is going to announce, Droid DNA 2.

  • Those capacitive buttons look awfully close to the bottom of the screen. That may have been a mistake.

    • Greyhame

      Are you alluding to accidental button presses?

  • Eric R.

    The battery will kill my DNA I want this now.

  • Tyler Casilio

    For those wondering, the tagline “Change your CurFew” means “Change your Current View”
    Current View

    • Tyler Casilio

      Why am I getting down votes?

      • RhinoxtheFatass

        Because those people are stupid and can’t comprehend how Asian countries abbreviate English words.

      • bprichard

        Hahaha, you don’t deserve it. The downvoters probably just hate that linguistic abomination.

  • Toasty

    Can’t think this is the new Droid Combat… Combat is more likely to be the new Casio G’Zone. Not sure that they would say coming in June for this new Droid Combat if it were the butterfly S… that doesnt even launch JDM utnil July. who knows US. Somewhere I saw that the HTC One will not be Droid branded.

  • roberthenderson

    also, thanks HTC for fixing the button order and not giving in to ugly illogical on screen buttons that just happened to waste screen space as well. If you ever want to see how on screen buttons should be done look up the applications pie control or wave launcher. Anything else is just for techtards trying to have something different without thinking about function or aesthetics.

  • AxemRed

    HTC needs to settle down and stop releasing phones for a while.
    Also, I wonder if this will be Verizon’s new DROID that they announced yesterday?

    • Tyler Casilio

      Possibly. The HTC Droid DNA+

  • roberthenderson

    Beautiful phone HTC. I’m in Verizon with a tweaked GS3 and all looking to upgrade. After listening to front facing speakers I’m the Nexus 10 and HTC One, I will never buy a phone or tablet with rear speakers again. If the Note 3 doesn’t have front facing speakers and much improved low light shooting, I will buy this phone immediately when it comes to VZW (nicer build quality wouldn’t hurt either).

  • Kyle Miller

    HTC Droid One or DNA ONE. All stupid names but I would like this version on VEEZEEDUB!

    • Timothy Sternig

      Lol @ saying the phones all have stupid names and then calling Verizon VEEZEEDUB.

  • hkklife

    HTC’s best effort yet. Give me this exact phone but with 32 or 64Gb of internal storage and in a Nexus Experience unlocked version and I *might* consider leaving VZW & grandfathered unlimited.

  • jbreezy

    what’s so terrible about home/back??? I think that 95% of the time those are the only buttons I use? Do people really use the recents/multitask button that much?

    • Taylor Levesque

      To answer your question: Yes

      • jbreezy

        i guess, to each there own i suppose.. i wouldn’t miss it i guess, but i do love my on screen buttons… LTE verizon nexus please (aka HTC Unicorn)

      • abrego47

        i find myself using the recent/multitask button more to get to things quicker

    • Fresh360

      Yes, all the time.

  • Franklin Ramsey

    So is this going to be the Droid Combat Butterfly?

  • leenephi

    Let the phone overall color is more shine, so that everyone can choose the most personalized colors.

  • normmcgarry

    Droid Incredible Butterfly.

  • John Jenness

    …and I don’t think I can own a “Butterfly”

    • Sirx

      Don’t worry dude: It’ll be the HTC Droid Butterfly! It might still be a butterfly, but it’ll be all roboty and ninjotic!

  • John Jenness

    “Change Your Curfew”? What the hell does that mean? Because you can stay out later because of that battery?

    • Tyler Durden

      Or stay in the basement and call mom at any time of the night.

    • Tyler Casilio

      It means “Change your Current View.” And Yes I’m serious.
      Current View

  • Richard

    Anyone notice it says “Use 8 megapixel camera, you can automatically generate 30 seconds brilliant movie clips”

    Does this mean it will have a 8 ultrapixel technology?

    • Richard

      Oh nevermind that’s for the HTC Desire, my bad. Had me excited there for a second.

  • Tyler Durden

    To bad that battery doesn’t justify the the ultra gimmick camera. Oh well.

    • Greyhame

      Ultra gimmick? They boast better low light quality pictures and it delivers on that front. True, 4 MP is 4 MP and sucks for cropping, but as someone who frequently takes pics in low light settings and hates using flash, this isn’t all gimmick.

      • Tyler Durden

        Because the only time to take pics is at night

        • Greyhame

          I love how you take arguments and make them completely black and white, like what I said is that I only take pics at night… smh.

          • Tyler Durden

            Unless you live in a house with no lights. I mean, idk. Let’s all take low light pics now.

          • Greyhame

            There you go again. Are you 12? Good day.

          • Tyler Durden

            Idk what you’re talking about.

            Daz not me home boy

          • abrego47

            he is just trolling! sammie fan maybe

        • TylerChappell

          Uh, lots of times people take pictures at night. Out on the town having dinner with friends, etc. It doesn’t even have to be at night, it can just be indoors. The low-light performance on my Droid DNA is vastly superior to that of my mom’s Galaxy S4, even when the S4 is in “Night mode”. It’s sad really.

          • Mike

            I personally love the camera on the One…You can take a picture anywhere and at anytime without using a flash and you will most likely get a great result.

            I also love the camera on the S4. It is ridiculously clear as long as you take the picture in a very well lit location.

            But to be honest, if the S4 is put in 8MP mode it takes a somewhat good low light picture (but still nothing close to the One)

          • TylerChappell

            And it is one of the many reasons I will recommend the HTC One to people looking to buy a smartphone 8/10 times over the Galaxy S4. Only if they are adamant on wanting an extended battery do I recommend the Galaxy S4 since the 7500mAh ZeroLemon battery has just been released for it.


      While I’ll agree the UltraPixel term is merely a marketing term, I will gladly take better low light performance on a phone’s camera over higher resolution. If I want a high resolution picture, I’ll grab my DSLR.

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      • Chris Hannan

        If you wanted a good low light picture, wouldn’t you also grab your DSLR?

        • TylerChappell

          I doubt his DSLR fits easily in his pocket and goes everywhere with him and can be grabbed at a moment’s notice to take a photo.
          With a smartphone, low-light performance has greater weight and importance than resolution. With a DSLR, resolution wins, unless you’ve churned out tons of money on an FX camera, at which point low-light performance becomes a significant factor again.

          • Chris Hannan

            Kinda not the point but yeah. He said if he wants a high resolution camera, he’d just grab his DSLR. If he’s carrying his DSLR around when he needs to take a high resolution picture, then I’m assuming he’s carrying it around when he needs to take a night time picture.

        • ERIFNOMI

          Let me put it this way. When I take a picture on my phone, it’s usually not all that important. In most cases, it’s something I want to show a friend or two and a picture would do better than words. For example, there was an old TVR driving around town the other day. My friend would be interested in knowing that, so I snapped a picture. I didn’t go over and hassle the guy and take proper pictures like I’d want to with my DSLR, just something to get the point across. He’s going to be looking at it on a phone so I don’t need it to be 30-some megapixels. However, it’d be nice if enough light was captured that you could clearly see what car it was. And remember, if more light hits each pixel in a given amount of time, then you don’t need a long shutter to get all the detail you want, which is the most important aspect on a phone which is hard to hold perfectly still and often times is used to capture moments in action.

  • esquivel

    HTC’s taking a page right out of Motorola’s book and dropping slightly better phones every 3 months.

    • Bob Buttons

      Yeah, Idk if I should wait for the Butterfly S Maxx or the Butterfly S Maxx HD.

  • MichaelFranz

    I would love for this to be the new Droid Campaign….doubt it though….here’s to wishful thinking

    just oh how i would love for them to ditch capacitive or hardware keys all together..

    • Franklin Ramsey

      The Droid Combat Butterfly. Nuff said.

  • Jeremy Wray

    It’s red, that screams Droid, and Verizon is on the verge of unveiling a new Droid device it seems. This may be more likely to be Verizon’s version of the One then you think. Plus VZ likes big batteries lol.

  • Walter Partlo

    With the timing, is anyone thinking Droid Butterfly S? Or DNA 2?

    • Greyhame

      Those fire sales on the DNA are certainly more interesting now….

    • Tommy Thompson

      Thought the same thing.

    • T4rd

      I guarantee that if Verizon gets a version of this, they’ll bastardize it somehow just like the DNA with limited storage and difference design.

      Exclusives are never a good thing nowadays. Esp. if you want good software support (updates). Just look at any Verizon HTC or LG phone in the past couple years (Moto is a bit different because of the Google aquisition, I think).

  • Allen Yates

    Oh my! That battery. My DNA just blushed.

    • Greyhame

      Oooh, dat battery!!!

    • Tyler

      I think your DNA is oozing jealousy.

  • Greyhame

    Had HTC kept the One’s build quality in tact and crammed this battery and button layout, and removable storage into it… Instant winner and best phone of 2013.

    • Tyler Durden

      Best phone and it’s June. I guess everyone needs to stop making phones now. /s

      • Greyhame

        Don’t be hurt that your Sammy got pwned.

        • Tyler Durden

          Uh I’m talking about Motorola. But good to know you’re a troll. We need more of those.

          • Greyhame

            Haha… oooooook.

        • anonymous

          The phone finally match the S4 specs and the pathetic HTC fanboys say Samsung got owned. If I remember correctly they all said the same thing when the One came out.

          And btw, look at the sales from both company and tell us again who is getting “pwned”…

          • Greyhame

            Way to log out and +1 yourself. I am not a Sammy or HTC fanboy. I was having a discussion with TD, who is a Sammy fanboy. That comment was meant for him specifically. But by most accounts, the HTC One is the better phone. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion of course. If I had to choose, I would go with the One.

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  • Walter Partlo

    Why can’t they just use soft keys? Is it an excuse for the extra bottom bezel??

    • hkklife

      Honestly, all of the phones and tablets I have seen that use soft buttons still lazily have tons of wasted space around the bezel. For phones that are 5″ or smaller , I am fine with capacitive or hard buttons. Look HOW much of the usable screen space is wasted on a GNex or Moto RAZR HD with the virtual buttons compared to a similar Sammy or HTC device (at least until HTC’s atrocious soft menu bar appears).

      • PhoenixPath

        Compromise. Expand the size of the screen to fit the soft-keys. Add some ability to adjust the size/layout, or even when/how they appear. Done.