The Butterfly S is a strange sort of release for HTC, on paper it's much like the One but a little bit faster. In reality though, it's a very different smartphone and one that's only really meant for the Asian market. Over here in the West though, people have confused the Butterfly S as a "second flagship" for HTC in 2013, which is incorrect. The One is still very much the focus of HTC's operations – at least right now – for 2013. The Butterfly S is merely HTC's way of solidifying their recent success in the East.
Nevertheless, there's no arguing that some of the smartphones that hit the Far East are downright awesome, and the One is no exception. It saddens me, a little, when I write up our Worldwide Android News feature every week to see these awesome smartphones that will never make their way West. The Butterfly S though? You can pick it up now in the US…for $849.
We should note that we're in no way affiliated with this online store and have nothing to do with them but, if you really want to get your hands on the Butterfly S then right now one of your only options is to go through Overseas Electronics and purchase the device for $850. Yes, that's a crazy amount of money right there but, it's important to remember that this an imported device and would otherwise never go on sale outside of Asia as HTC aren't targeting this at any market other than the Asian one.
If you need a little refresher on what the Butterfly S is packing under the hood, take a look at the specs below:
- 5-inch 1920 x 1080 LCD Display
- 1.9 Ghz Quad-Core Snapdragon 600 CPU
- 2GB of RAM
- 16GB Internal Storage with MicroSD Support
- UltraPixel rear-facing camera, with 2.1-megapixel wide-angle front-facing camera
- Built-in amplifier, with a duo of speakers on the front of the device to make up the BoomSound experience
- Android 4.1.2 with Sense 5
- 3,200 mAh
There's still a slim chance that HTC will partner with Verizon to market this as a Droid DNA+ but, with the One coming soon, we'd very much doubt that. So, we have this to ask of you guys – $849 for a Butterfly S? Yay or Nay?