HTC has expanded its Butterfly series of smartphones by announcing the Butterfly 2. This new smartphone was announced at an event in Tokyo, and is the successor to the original Butterfly and the Butterfly S.
In terms of design, unlike the flagship One (M8), the Butterfly 2 features a polycarbonate body and glass front. It will be available in three color variants — white, red and blue — with the former getting a matte finish, while the latter two variants getting a glossy finish.
As far as specifications are concerned, the Butterfly 2 flaunts a 5-inch 1080p display, and is powered by a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM. HTC has introduced 16GB and 32GB storage variants, featured alongside a microSD card slot to expand the memory up to 128GB.
The HTC Butterfly 2 is the second smartphone after the One (M8) to boast a Duo Camera setup at the back. But unlike the Ultrapixel camera on the flagship, this device has a 13-megapixel primary camera, accompanied by a smaller camera at the top to help focus on other objects in the frame. The rear cameras are supplemented with a 5-megapixel wide-angle front-facing camera.
There is a 2,700mAh battery inside, which the company claims is good enough for 23.9 hours of talktime and 643 hours on standby mode. The battery also features a Power Saving Mode, which essentially can extend the battery life up to two weeks, by shutting down all but the very essential apps and services.
The smartphone is IP57 certified, which means it is resistant to water and dust. But what is really interesting is that unlike IP57-certified devices that have flaps covering the open ports, HTC has left them open. What the company has done is given a “short circuit protection” to the internals making them resistant to water. You can dunk the Butterfly 2 up to one meter for about 30 minutes.
Connectivity options include LTE support (India’s networks supported too), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and on the software front, the Butterfly 2 runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat, wrapped under HTC’s Sense 6.0 UI.
HTC today announced two versions of the smartphone — one meant solely for the Japanese market, and the other aimed at international markets. The international variant will be launched in select markets as early as the end of this month.