HTC Butterfly vs Sony Xperia Z

Today, HTC launched the HTC Butterfly in India, making it the first smartphone to be launched with a 1080p display and the quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor in India. This however will not be the only of its kind. Soon we will see the HTC Butterfly have an armada of competition and this will almost surely start with the delectable Sony Xperia Z we saw first at CES. We pit both the devices in a head-to-head specification comparison, read on to find out more.

While 1080p displays is the theme, the HTC Butterfly is not a solo roadrunner in this party. Even the Sony Xperia Z boasts a 5-inch 1080p panel that matches the PPI count of the Butterfly.

The Xperia Z goes one step further and adds waterproof and dust protection, however even the Butterfly touts similar water resistance which makes both these devices resistant to water induced damage.

Both devices share the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset that has quad-cores and a clock speed of 1.5GHz. Additionally both also have 2GB of RAM embedded for a silky smooth experience.

When it comes to photography, both the Butterfly and the Xperia Z have some laud worthy chops of their own. The Butterfly has an 8-megapixel camera with HTC’s image sense chip. It even has a 2-megapixel front-facing camera that as a wide-angle lens which makes it perfect for video calls. The Sony Xperia Z puts all this imaging business to mockery with its latest 13-megapixel sensor that can shoot HDR for video and stills on the fly. It also has a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera.

In the memory department it’s a stalemate between the Butterfly and the Xperia Z. Both the devices also have microSD card slots to boot.

Even in the battery department, the Xperia Z has a slightly ahead of the Butterfly thanks to its 2,330 mAh battery. The Butterfly on the other hand has a smaller 2,020 mAh battery.

So all this makes us believe that as much as we’d love to say that the Butterfly is the best in the business, it will not hold that title for long and if one is considering shelling out so much money, it will be advisable to wait for a bit. That said, new phones keep coming out all the time and we always say that if you need a phone buy it now don’t wait for something better, because there will always be something better in the near future.

Features HTC Butterfly Sony Xperia Z
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core 1.5GHz
RAM 2GB 2GB
Display 5-inch 1080p 5-inch 1080p
Memory 16GB, microSD card slot 16GB, microSD card slot
Camera 8-MP rear, 2-MP front 13-MP rear, 1.9-MP front
Battery 2,020 mAh 2,330 mAh
Operating System Android 4.1 Android 4.1
Extras Beats Audio Bravia Engine


  • Psytech Bunshin

    Both devices are innovative and surely have something to brag about. The main competition lies within the number of sales that each would be getting. Among all the smartphones already out in the market, only few have survived and, be at par with Apple in terms of quality, prestige and technology.

    Sony is making a buzz and is out to prove to the world that, as one of the pioneers of technological advancement, it is only rightful that they dominate the “communication tech” world.Seriously, it takes a whole lot of effort to do that and while that is already in the process, Sony should be mindful about the other competitors that also have the same goal as them – pure domination. Sony Executives should exhort innovation to their team on a daily basis, if need be.

    HTC’s partnership with the overrated Beats Audio – as perceived by most critics, will still have an impact to the people who appreciate smartphones not only as a phone itself, but as a complete package of both entertainment and communication. With an already impressive sales record and reputation, the Butterfly model is definitely a “force to be reckoned” with. The specification of the Butterfly is a lot better than its predecessor. In addition, they have yet to release their flagship phone of 2013 – HTC M7, which has the new 5.0 sense.. something I personally look forward to.

    I’d say 2013 is a great year for communication technology. Truly, these mammoths are bringing out the techy-geek in all of us. Android driven phones are evidently in charge as of the moment. So Apple, what say you?