HTC Butterfly quietly announced: Droid DNA goes global

HTC Butterfly quietly announced: Droid DNA goes globalWe’ve scribbled a fair bit about the HTC J Butterfly (Japan) aka the HTC Droid DNA (US) aka the HTC Deluxe, though the most recent whispers suggested the beastly 5in handset mightn’t make it to the UK at all.

Well, those fears have been largely allayed, as a GSM version called the HTC Butterfly has popped up on HTC’s global site. Awesome.

The strange thing here is that the US-only HTC Droid DNA was largely heralded as the best thing the Taiwanese had churned out in ages – with only the lack of microSD threatening to ruin the party.

The HTC Butterfly adds a microSD slot (sah-weet), though it’s appeared with little to no fanfare. There doesn’t even appear to be a press release. Zuh?

In any case, HTC Butterfly specs include a 5in display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor clocked at 1.5GHz, and 16GB internal storage (augmentable via microSD – as I was saying).

Other HTC Butterfly specs include a meaty 2GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 2.1MP front webcam, and 2020mAh battery.

HTC Butterfly price will of course be crucial. We’ll bring you more on that just as soon as we find out. Similarly, there’s no official HTC Butterfly UK release date just yet, but we’ll be keeping one ear pointed firmly in HTC’s direction. Stay tooned…

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Pondlife  Dec. 8, 2012 at 14:30

That screen with that battery doesn't sound a recipe for success unless they've come up with quite some trick to extend battery life.

Treab  Dec. 8, 2012 at 15:05

Its htc.. they wont have.

Pondlife  Dec. 8, 2012 at 15:23

...and he's back....

Jim988  Dec. 8, 2012 at 15:45

That screen with that battery doesn't sound a recipe for success unless they've come up with quite some trick to extend battery life.

Exactly, you know with HTC your gonna get a crappy battery life.

At least the microsd is a step back in the right direction, now they just need to add bigger/removable batteries, and have unlocked bootloader on shipping ( this HTCDEV crap is not acceptable, nor is it fully hackable)

Pondlife  Dec. 8, 2012 at 16:00

Especially as the battery is backwards step from the X+ impressive that's it's barely larger than the X+ though.

NickMUK  Dec. 8, 2012 at 18:20

Almost every DROID DNA review puts the battery as a close second to the GS3. Most reviewers have been surprised by this, it seems to me you guys complaining haven't done your research. I'm wondering if the Butterfly won't be coming to the UK and an early launch of the rumored M7 could be on the cards. Early chatter seems to put the M7 as a similar spec as the Butterfly but with a much better camera and aluminium unibody.

Jim988  Dec. 8, 2012 at 19:34

I also listened to these same "reviews" that you take as gospel truth when buying the HTC one X. Good battery they said, but it equated to terrible 2 hour screen on time in real life performance.

You shouldn't believe everything you read.

AhmadCentral  Dec. 8, 2012 at 22:37

The one x battery life was terrible. I was one of the unlucky ones who fell for their marketing campaign which promised better battery life and other things. Had to exchange the phones 3 times in the first month due to a huge number of faults, one of them being related to the battery

OMFCody  Dec. 9, 2012 at 00:16

Inductive charging. Need I say more?
It's a great phone and when you're home or in the car lay it on the charger, it's simple..

Pondlife  Dec. 9, 2012 at 04:12

Wondering how much that effects charging cycles tbh.

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