HTC has taken the wraps off of the Butterfly S, the follow-up to its first 1080p Butterfly smartphone, and now pumped up with features like UltraPixel from the HTC One. The new Butterfly S has a 5-inch, 1080p Super LCD 3 display, using optical lamination and scratch-resistant glass to best present its 440ppi resolution, and has a 4-megapixel UltraPixel camera on the back supporting HTC Zoe.
That, as you might recall from the HTC One, snaps not only twenty stills in rapid succession, but a brief video clip; the Butterfly S’ HTC ImageChip 2 processor can then automatically stitch multiple Zoe clusters together into a 30-second highlight reel, complete with a soundtrack, effects, and transitions. On the front there’s a 2.1-megapixel camera for video calls, with HTC’s favorite 88-degree wide-angle lens.
Inside, HTC has slotted in the 1.9GHz quadcore Snapdragon 600 processor from Qualcomm’s line-up, along with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. Unlike most versions of the One, the Butterfly S gets a microSD cards slot, too.
Connectivity includes quadband WCDMA and quadband GSM/EDGE, along with WiFi a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX. The One’s infrared blaster is also included, for use with the preloaded TV remote app, and there’s NFC, GPS, and GLONASS too.
BoomSound, the dual-speaker system mounted on the front of the phone, has been included on the new version, replacing the old Butterfly’s rear speaker. There’s also a whopping 3,200 mAh battery, almost 40-percent bigger than what you get in the One, fitted into the Butterfly S’ 144.5 x 70.5 x 10.6 mm, 160g chassis.
OS is Android Jelly Bean, running the latest version of Sense 5; that means users will get BlinkFeed for pulling social networking updates, calendar reminders, and news to their homescreen.
The HTC Butterfly S will land in China on China Telecom in July, in grey, white, and red; off-contract, it will be 22,900 New Taiwanese Dollars ($766). Pricing and availability for other locations has not been confirmed.