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HTC Butterfly S hands-on and first impressions

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After a lot of rumors and conjectures, last month HTC announced the successor to the Butterfly called the Butterfly S (the S stands for ‘Star’) at an event in Taiwan. The Butterfly S is an evolution with HTC introducing some new hardware and software features from the original Butterfly, which only adds to the already impressive Butterfly. Today, we got a chance to spend some time with the phablet and here are our first impressions. Also Read - HTC Butterfly S available in India for Rs 52,428

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At first glance the Butterfly S looks quite big, but hold it and it feels right at home in the palm of your hands. Weighing in at 160 grams, it doesn’t feel very heavy either. Unlike the Butterfly, which had a black matte finish, this phablet has gone glamorous with a glossy back that is said to have been given seven coats of paint to give it that finish. The device will be offered in Metallic Grey and Glamor White, but the most glamorous of the lot is the Fervor Red.

On the top of the phone is a 3.5mm audio jack, the power button which is also an IR-blaster and a flap covering a microSD card and micro-SIM card slots. On the front the device there are three red capacitive buttons and BoomSound speakers with built-in Beats Audio technology like you see on the One. The sides of the device still retain the mesh grille like design along with the volume rocker on the right.

Like its predecessor, the Butterfly S, too flaunts a 5-inch full HD (1920×1080 pixels) display, which is just as brilliant at reproducing colors and photos and videos look super sharp too. Viewing angles too are great. That said, we found the display to be a bit too reflective for our liking and it was quite the fingerprint magnet too. We had to wipe the display clean every few minutes when clicking pictures of the phone.

The phablet is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.9GHz and complemented with an Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB RAM. The little time that we spent with the phone, we found the device to be absolutely fluid with no hiccups and lag. HTC has also put in a massive 3,200mAh non removable battery in the device.

Talking of its photo-clicking capabilities, the device features a 4-megapixel UltraPixel rear camera with add-ons like you see on the One and a 2.1-megapixel camera on the front. Unlike the HTC One, the Butterfly S foregoes optical image stabilization. It’s too early to tell you just how good the camera is until we put it through the tests, but we did manage to click some decent photos under ambient lighting conditions in the conference room.

On the software side of things, the device runs on Android 4.2.2 wrapped in HTC’s latest Sense 5.0. This update brings features like the expanded HTC BlinkFeed, Instagram integration, enhanced quick setting menu and lock screen widget, an improved Zoe and about 12 new themes for video highlights among others. The Sense UI with its minimalistic design language is quite pleasing to look at and is ever so smooth too.

To conclude then, the HTC Butterfly S is quite an impressive and glamorous looking device that has been well-built and works like a charm. There is currently no word on when HTC plans to bring the device to India or at what range it would price it. Stay tuned for our in-depth review in the coming weeks where we will look at the device in depth and see just how good the device is.

Photo Credit: Sambit Satpathy

Disclosure: HTC paid for our stay and travel for the Frequencies Asia summit in Bangkok.

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  • Published Date: July 11, 2013 11:03 AM IST
  • Updated Date: July 12, 2013 1:28 PM IST


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