When the original HTC Butterfly came out earlier this year, it generated a lot of buzz for being the first smartphone with a screen that supported Full HD resolution. In fact, it generated so much interest that it went from being a Japan-only release to worldwide. However, that kind of screen, combined with some of the best specs on the market can be a real drain on the battery, and while many of today’s Full HD smartphones don’t exactly have smallish batteries, they simply can’t be maximized because you have to be careful about conserving battery life until you’re able to plug back into an outlet. And then the HTC Butterfly S came along.
The HTC Butterfly S is refreshing because not only does it combine some of the best specs in the market, but it also addresses the pitiful battery life issue that plagues most smartphones. Instead of the 2,020mAh battery that was on the original Butterfly, the Butterfly S is powered by a massive 3,200mAh battery. HTC had to make the body of the Butterfly S thicker in order to accommodate the larger battery. You don’t usually get this large of a battery on a phone that sports a screen smaller than 5.5″, and HTC says that the Butterfly S is capable of delivering 24 hours of straight calls on 3G or 659 hours on standby.
Of course, the HTC Butterfly S isn’t just the equivalent of a battery upgrade over the Butterfly. While it sports the same 5″ Full HD Super LCD 3 display as its predecessor, it’s powered by a beefier quad core 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 processor coupled with 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Think it won’t be enough to handle your entire media library? Expand it via micro SD up to 64GB!
There are also some awesome carry-overs from the HTC One, which is pretty cool if you find the HTC One’s screen to be a little small. First, there’s the UltraPixel Camera, which is said to allow 300% more light into the sensor than your typical smartphone camera. The Butterfly S also features HTC BoomSound and Blinkfeed and is capable of taking Zoe’s and creating Video Highlights as well — more things the original Butterfly can’t do.
Looking at it from a pure performance standpoint, the HTC Butterfly S has it all covered, right down to the problem of battery life. The weakness of most flagship smartphones is that you can’t even take full advantage of the features as often as you would want unless you want to charge it again every 3-6 hours. It’s hard not to like the idea of a flagship class smartphone that can realistically take you beyond a day of not being connected to a power outlet. If you’re interested in the HTC Butterfly S, it retails for an SRP of Php37,590.
HTC Butterfly S Specs
- 5″ Full HD Super LCD 3 display (1080 x 1920 resolution, 441 ppi) protected by Gorilla Glass 2
- 1.9GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor
- Adreno 320 GPU
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with Sense 5 UI
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB internal storage, expandable up to 64GB
- UltraPixel Camera (4mp resolution, 2 micron pixel size)
- 2.1mp front-facing camera
- Up to 4G/LTE
- WiFi a/b/g/n/ac
- Bluetooth 4.0
- GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS
- Micro USB port with MHL support
- FM radio with RDS
- 3,200mAh battery