HTC has released its flagship for 2013 in the HTC One, but that doesn’t mean it will stop releasing phones, even if it should. As you probably know, last year, HTC released the flagship One X, but then released several different branches of that, such as the One S and One V. It looks like it will take a similar approach in 2013, as well. So far, we’ve heard rumors of a smaller HTC One, dubbed the M4, and a bigger HTC One model, possibly codenamed the T6. We’ve also hear whispers of the HTC Butterfly, a flagship planned for later in 2013, possibly the successor to the DROID DNA.
@LLabTooFeR, who has grown the reputation of being one of the more reliable HTC tipsters, is now talking about the next HTC Butterfly model. When asked by a follower whether it would be better than the HTC One or not, the source claimed that “It will share almost identical hardware but with bigger screen.” That’s not too much information, but does lead us to believe that it will not be as big of an innovation as the original HTC Butterfly, which was the first device to launch with a 1080p display.
LLabTooFeR goes on to say that the HTC Butterfly 2 (or what ever it will be called) will feature an UltraPixel camera, just like the HTC One does. It’s unclear if they will be identical sensors, so it’s possible that the Butterfly 2 will feature an improved UltraPixel camera.
Current rumors claim that the HTC Butterfly 2 will launch sometime in the third quarter of 2013, which includes the months of July, August, and September. Specs are entirely unclear at this point, though. Last week, we heard a report from Pocket-Lint that claimed HTC was planning a One model with a screen bigger than 5-inches, but smaller than 6-inches, so it’s entirely possible that this is in fact that device. Earlier on Tuesday, DigiTimes reported that HTC was planning a device with a Liquidmetal design, but it seems unlikely that the Butterfly 2 will have that, assuming LLabTooFeR is correct in his report.
What do you think? Will the Butterfly 2 be a big update over the HTC One? Let us know down in the comments!