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HTC to Release Butterfly 2 in Q4 of This Year; True Successor to the Butterfly

June 13, 2013 - Written By Tom Dawson

 

We’ve been hearing a lot about HTC and their operations in Asia recently, mostly concerning one product line – the Butterfly. You must remember the Butterfly, that seemingly came out of nowhere last year to become the first mainstream smartphone to feature a 1080p Display, it then went on to become the Droid DNA on Verizon. The Butterfly S is something that we’ve heard of a couple of times, and it’s pretty much a given for a June 19th unveiling. What we haven’t heard about – until now – is a proper follow-up to the original Butterfly.

Focus Taiwan seem to think that device is coming later on the year and have this to say about the upcoming Butterfly devices:

“To capitalize on its success in the large-screen phone market, HTC said it plans to launch the refreshed Butterfly S in Taiwan June 19, while the market anticipates another upgraded model, to be called Butterfly 2, to be available in the fourth quarter.”

It makes sense that HTC will want to provide a follow-up to the original Butterfly, in Japan and other parts of Asia, the Butterfly has been a successful product for HTC. Especially in Japan, where the company has actually outsold Samsung in smartphone units. For once, HTC have a product that has achieved great success and is commanding a decent brand presence. It’s no wonder that they’ll want to keep this up.

Just what could they be putting in this second Butterfly though? Well, it stands to reason that they’ll use the fastest processor they can find – as they did with the original – which is more than likely going to be the Snapdragon 800 at a high clock speed. The screen size however, is unlikely to change – there’s a reason HTC shipped the HTC Mini in Asia, a device that was essentially a small Bluetooth handset, because Asia doesn’t necessarily like large phones. This is no more true than in Japan, where the carriers rarely launch devices above 4.7-inches, NTT DoCoMo even had their own version of the Optimus G Pro coming in at just 5-inches.

Could the Butterfly 2 become a follow-up to the Droid DNA? What do you think, let us know in the comments!