HTC’s releases this year have been much more interesting than previous years. While last year gave us the incredible HTC One M7, there was little else to be excited out of the Taiwanese company’s release list, but this year has been very different. The HTC One M8 was a solid phone with a few lurking issues that HTC didn’t fix from last year, namely just the camera and little else of course, and now HTC is continuing to release more interesting devices that it hopes will change its fortunes in the mobile marketshare game. The HTC Butterfly was the first 1080p phone when it release in Japan back at the end of 2012, and it spawned the nearly identical Droid DNA here in the US.
While those hopes aren’t quite dashed yet, the Butterfly 2 is definitely not making its way out of the Asia-Pacific market any time soon. The phone already launched in Japan as the J Butterfly, and there’s not much of a reason to think that this won’t be the same model, just released in different regions. That means it’ll feature the same amazing JBL BoomSound speakers on the front, the 13MP + 2MP Duo Camera and IP57 water resistance. It’ll likely also feature the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 at 2.5GHz, 5-inch 1080p LCD3 display, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. You’ll also find Android 4.4 KitKat on board, the latest HTC Sense, and a 2,700 mAh battery that should get you through the day with no problem.
What’s really fantastic here is not just the specs, which are all top-end and seem to not skimp on any one thing in particular, but the fact that HTC is including all the Duo camera features from the HTC One. That means all the cool sketch and blur modes that make photos look really excellent, but this time in a resolution that actually matters, 13MP. That on top of all the other features HTC put into the HTC One M8 and you’ll quickly see that this is the phone the One M8 should have been.