Feb 1, 2013

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10 things you probably don’t know about the HTC Butterfly

We spent a morning with the folks over at HTC to know more about their latest flagship phone, the 5-inch HTC Butterfly. We learned some interesting things about this gorgeous smartphone (especially the red one) that you might want to know especially if you’re considering it for your next handset purchase.

10. It comes in many aliases

The HTC Butterfly might be a stranger in other countries but that’s because it goes in different names. In the US, it is known as the HTC Droid DNA and their model doesn’t come with a microSD slot. Hehehe. It comes in black for them though. It is known as HTC J in Hong Kong and HTC J Butterfly in Japan.

9. It has a microSD slot

Yes, what we took for granted in entry-level and midrange phones are usually non-existent on some premium devices. Starting with the HTC Butterfly though, the microSD slot will make its comeback in HTC’s future phones.

8. First Full HD smartphone in the market

HTC Butterfly front

HTC was the first to bring out a quad-core phone last year (HTC One X), and now they’re the first to market a Full HD phone which we’ll see more this year. The HTC Butterfly has a 5-inch Super LCD 3 screen with a 1920 x 1080 resolution for a best in class 440 ppi pixel density.

7. 2020mAh battery with Power Saver Mode

HTC Butterfly Power Saver Mode

One of the gripes people might have on this phone is its non-removable 2020mAh battery. HTC peeps who are using the Butterfly as their primary phone are reporting a whole day usage out of it. It also comes with a Power Saver mode that turns off push notifications while the phone is locked, and resumes it once unlocked.

6. No LTE on this one

Nope this phone doesn’t come with LTE if that’s your thing. The HTC One SV will arrive late this month though which will be their first LTE handset in the country.

5. Uses the fastest quad-core processor in the market

If brute performance is paramount to you, the HTC Butterfly is equipped with a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro that is still the best quad-core chip available today besting NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 and Samsung’s Exynos 4412 in benchmark tests for both processor and GPU.

4. 8-megapixel camera with 5fps burst mode

HTC Butterfly back

The HTC Butterfly sports the same fast 8-megapixel camera found on their HTC One phones that packs an ImageSense chip for an impressive performance. The one on this phone is slightly faster when it comes to burst shooting with 5 fps instead of 4.

3. Got Beats but no Beats earphone

HTC Butterfly Earphones

While HTC continues to use Beats technology on their handsets for this year, they somehow stopped shipping Beats earphones with them. Same goes with the HTC Butterfly which ships with regular on-ear HTC earphones.

2. Internal amplifier

Aside from a built-in headset amplifier, this phone comes with a dedicated rear speaker amp that gives minimal distortion even at maximum volume. And yes, it can get annoyingly loud so you might want to keep that in mind.

1. Water-resistant IPX-5 rating

HTC Butterfly port

Now we know why the HTC Butterfly has covered flaps on its port. This phone is rated IPX-5 which makes it water resistant that you can use it while showering (although I have no idea why would you) or when you get caught in the rain. Just don’t submerge it in water please.

There you have it. This phone is already available in HTC Concept Stores with an SRP of Php32,190. If you want our quick take on the HTC Butterfly, feel free to check our quick review of the phone.

HTC Butterfly Specs:
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ8064) 1.5GHz quad-core processor
Adreno 320 GPU
Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean
5.0-inch Super LCD 3 Full HD 1080p @ 1920×1080 pixels, 440ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 2
2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, microSD up to 32GB
HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; No LTE
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. EDR, NFC, MHL
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
8 MP autofocus camera with LED flash, ImageSense
Video recording at 1080p @ 30fps
2.1 megapixel f2.0 ultra-wide angle front camera
143 x 70.5 x 9.1 mm
140 g
Li-Po 2020 mAh battery
SRP: Php32,190


  1. considering this next december, im still holding on to my htc sensation and nexus 7 :) sana 20k na lang tos a december hehehe

  2. thejorlanb says:

    IPX5 is the grade at which a phone continues to function when directly subjected to 12.5 L of water per minute from all directions using a 6.3 mm inside diameter nozzle at a distance of approximately 3m for at least 3 minutes.

    Water Spill resistant?

    • 12.5 liters of water per minute for at least 3 minutes or a minimum of 37.5 liters of water in 3 minutes is a water spill to you?

      • thejorlanb says:

        then what would you call it? “from all directions using a 6.3 mm inside diameter nozzle”

        i have no idea what to call it, we call ipx3 and ipx4 are sprayed water resistant, but me and my subordinates have not tested ipx5 so i think it is spill resistant.

        have you seen ip testing?

  3. Masyadong mahal sya sa 32k, wala pang LTE at 8 megapixel lng ang camera. Lugi ang consumers!

  4. Pang 18-23k lang ang presyo dapat nyan hehehe

  5. extra 8-10k bayad nyo sa brand name alone, lols

  6. 8megapixel rear cam,but no front camera, HTC phone over price!

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