HTC announces Butterfly 2, a 5″ FHD display mid-range smartphone
Taiwan’s HTC has introduced the newest member of its Butterfly range of smartphones, the HTC Butterfly 2, a 5-inch smartphone which is set to go on sale across Asia from next month.
Sporting very similar designs as previous models, the Butterfly 2 touts to house specs as good as the company’s flagship, One (M8). The smartphone runs Android 4.4 Kit-Kat and features a 5-inch FHD 1080x1920p display. Under the hood, it packs a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, clocked at 2.5GHz and coupled with 2GB of RAM.
“HTC Butterfly 2 follows HTC’s iconic design and globally acclaimed user experience,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC. “Its elegant appearance and fantastic performance will certainly provide consumers with the best experience ever.”
The device will have 16GB and 32GB inbuilt storage options, which is expandable via microSD up to 128GB. It sports HTC’s BoomSound technology with dual front speakers, said to be 25 per cent louder than the M8 flagship due to the revamped speaker layout. Furthermore, it features a 13MP f/2.0 camera sensor Duo Camera system on the rear along with a 5MP selfie camera. Additional depth information is recorded simultaneously by a separate camera sensor on top.
Although the body is plastic, the Butterfly 2 is IP57 water and dust resistant rated, though, definitely more affordable compared to the metallic One M8. Sensors onboard the smartphone include an accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, gyro sensor and barometer.
HTC has been keeping itself busy recently. Not only has it decided to set up a new business unit with aims to penetrate the apps market, the company is also rumoured to launch a new version of its flagship, HTC One W8 Windows Phone, on the 21st August.
The Butterfly 2 will become available in Taiwan from 2dn September, and will roll-out to Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand subsequently. However, pricing details are unavailable at the moment, nor is availability outside Asia. For all we know, the device may never make it out of Asia, just like the company’s previous Butterfly devices. We really do hope this is not the case, as from early impressions, it looks pretty decent phone for a mid-range device.