HTC kicked off 2013 with a bang by launching india’a first smartphone with a full HD display, the HTC Butterfly. This trend of full HD screens on smartphones looks like it will soon pick up pace as Sony gets ready to launch the Xperia Z, followed by Samsung and others OEMs who will announce their flag ships at MWC 2013. For now, the butterfly is the only handsets in the market with a full HD display. It currently reigns over the high-end smartphone segment with it’s iPhone 5-esque price. The Butterfly has some big shoes to fill if it’s serious about luring Apple fans. Can it deliver something more than just an impressive spec sheet
HTC Butterfly A Complete Review
The first thing you notice when you lift the butterfly out of the box is how freakishly light it is in spite of having a 5-inch display. It’s just a teeny bit heavier than the HTC one X. the display does not seem obnoxiously large like the Galaxy Note’s did since it’s longer in length, like the iPhone and not too wide. This makes it comfortable to use if you have medium-sized hands. The volume rocker is wide enough to be used without stretching your palm, but you will have to shuffle the phone a bit to reach the power button, which is placed at the top. The Butterfly is completely sealed, so you can’t remove the battery, All entry points to the SIM slot ,microSD card and USB port are covered with flaps. The flaps prevent dust built up over time, but are terribly to use, especially the flap for the micreSIM tray.
The Butterfly does not have a uni-body design like the One X, but it still manages to look good. The front dominated by a Gorilla Glass 2 protective layer with the same lacquer finish we saw on the One X. this makes the colors pop. But it does leave nasty fingerprints on the phone. The sides feature a mesh-like trim, which does nothing for cooling the handset but is simply there aesthetic value. We liked the attention given to the power and volume buttons-they have concentric circle patterns that add to the grip as well as the cool factor. The butterfly’s back is glossy, but it still manages to mask fingerprints extremely well. The rear is also home to the 8 megapixel shooter with LED flash and a new notification light. This is the first time we have seen HTC, or anyone for that matter, put a notification light on the back of the phone as well. Just like the light on the front on the phone, it flashes amber or green depending on the type of notification. Both are extremely dim, though, and can barely be seen in day light.
HTC Butterfly – The Power of Jelly Bean
The build quality of the butterfly of the butterfly is excellent, but it does not really feel like a Rs.40,000 phone. The One X exuded a premium look and feel and you could tell that it was as expensive phone by just looking at it. The butterfly somehow fails to deliver such a feeling.
The HTC butterfly runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.1.1 along with the Sense 4+ mask. The main talking point ,the main talking point, the panel type, is super LCD 3 and boasts of an impressive 1920 x 1080 resolution, giving it a pixel count of 441ppi. This is nearly double the resolution you get from any other flagship phone in the market.
The pixels are so densely packed, you can’t see any pixellation around icons even if you look very closely. This makes everything, especially text, incredibly sharp and vivid. What’s more. HTC has had to bump up the resolution of their entire skin in order to keep up with extra pixels. While it does look great, you can’t really tell the difference between a 720p and 1080p display on a 5-inch screen just by looking at it. HTC upscaling engine does a good job of rendering games and apps on such a high-res screen, and we did not come across any issues here.
HTC Butterfly – Hardware Specifications
The butterfly is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon s4 Pro SoC and has whopping 2GB of RAM. The 16GB of on board space can be expanded to 32GB via microSD cards.
The sense 4+UI is free of any lag and navigation is buttery smooth, but we missed the shortcut toggles in the notification bar from previous sense versions. The music and video player are very similar to sense 4, with the addition of DivX and MKV playback. The only audio enhancement Beats audio , amplifies the volume and low frequencies and treble quite a bit. SD content does not look terrible despite the high-resolution screen and full HD videos play flawlessly. Colors are rich and vibrant and the display is bright with very good viewing angles and sunlight legibility. An FM Radio is also present, along with 7 Digital and Tunein Radio. However the sense 4+ keyboard is still not the best you can find and the word prediction could use a major update.
The HTC butterfly is a quad band GSM handset with dual band 3G support. it also has dual band Wi-Fi ,GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0. social networking and other services like sky drive and dropbox are baked right into sense. All your contacts are automatically synched with various social networking sites like facebook and twitter.
Besides the usual assortment of google apps , a few HTC-centric apps like Mirror. HTC Car setup apps gives you a landscape display with oversized icons, which make it easy to access while you are driving.
The camera sensors seem to have been lifted off the 8x, as the butterfly pack the same f/2.0 front facing camera and rear camera. The camera interface and features are very similar to that of the One X+, only. The quality of images is much better. The f/2.0 aperture gives you incredible depth of field effects for macro shots. The sensor is also able to pickup much more detail than before. The awesome burst mode also makes a comeback here.
The butterfly has a 2020mAh battery. The high resolution screen seems to be the culprit here more than Qualcomm’s SoC. With a price tag of Rs.45,990, the HTC butterfly is officially the most expensive Android handset and take pole position in HTC’s Android fleet.