Hands On: HTC Butterfly

HTC has usually been on the forefront of bringing the latest hardware a month or two before others. The Butterfly is no different, claiming the bragging rights to be the first Android smartphone available in India with a 5-inch 1080p display and running on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor. (LG hasn’t launched the Optimus G in India, yet.) But having the best specifications comes at a price, and a hefty one at that. The HTC Butterfly has a best buy price of Rs 46,000, which is higher than that of the iPhone 5. While it is too early to suggest whether the Butterfly is worth its weight in gold, check out our first impressions.

As a rule of thumb, a device with a 5-inch display or bigger tends to border around being a phablet than a smartphone. The Butterfly, surprisingly, feels and plays the part of a smartphone very well. Thanks to the thin bezel and curved back, it feels very comfortable to hold and use with one hand. Of course, one cannot access all corners of the display with a thumb but it doesn’t feel uncomfortable to use at all.

I have always been a big fan of HTC’s design language and the Butterfly doesn’t disappoint on that front either. In the black variant, the back is matte finish, very similar to what HTC had in the 8X. The display is a bit too reflective for my taste but it is something one gets used to living with over a period of time. I really like how the edges taper, thankfully not as much as the HTC 8X that made it difficult to use the camera shutter and power buttons. Then there is the speaker grille on either edge in red accent that lends a personality to the device.

With a pixel density of 440PPI, there is absolutely nothing to complain about as photos and videos look super sharp. Even the viewing angles are insane, though it is too early to judge if it gives the same experience as the in-cell display found on the iPhone 5, where everything just pops out to the surface rather that being under a layer of glass.

Overall, I believe the HTC Butterfly has the chops to make it steal the crown as the best Android smartphone out there. What remains to be seen (and we will find that in our in-depth review) is if it is worth spending Rs 46,000 on it. Also, not to forget Sony’s Xperia Z, which offers similar features with a higher resolution camera, that will give the Butterfly intense competition. Stay tuned for our review to find out answers to all these questions and many more.

HTC Butterfly key specifications

  • 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 Pro quad-core processor
  • 5-inch S-LCD 3 with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 & Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • Android 4.1 with HTC Sense
  • 16GB of storage with microSD card slot supporting up to 32GB of storage
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • Bluetooth with aptX enabled (Bluetooth 4.0)
  • DLNA for wirelessly streaming media, micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port with MHL for USB or HDMI connection
  • 8 megapixel camera with auto focus, LED flash, and BSI sensor (for better low-light captures), F2.0 aperture and 28mm lens
  • 2.1 megapixel front camera (1080p for video chat)
  • Dedicated HTC ImageChip
  • 2,020 mAh battery

Photo Credit: Rohit Sharma

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