Looks like the trend of the HTC Butterfly getting the higher-end specs is going to continue, as the HTC Butterfly 3 is rumored to be getting a QHD display, that's 2560x1440 resolution, and the HTC One M9 is going to be sticking it out with a 1920x1080 display. This isn't super surprising as the Butterfly almost always gets higher-end specs than the HTC One. For instance, last year, the HTC One M8 featured a 4MP UltraPixel camera while the HTC Butterfly 2 had dual 13MP cameras on the back.
We're looking at the Butterfly 3 coming with a 5.2-inch 2560x1440 resolution display. Which would make it one of the smallest displays with that resolution. The Motorola Droid Turbo also has a 5.2-inch display and is QHD. It sits at about 565 pixels per inch, and we'll likely see the same ppi for the HTC Butterfly 3 as well.
Before anyone gets too upset, the Butterfly line is normally made specifically for Asia, and specifically for the Japanese and Chinese markets which are huge on specs. In fact, the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro was just announced a little while ago with a QHD display, Snapdragon 810, 4GB of RAM, and it's just over $400 USD. So HTC has to do something similar to have a chance over there. China is the biggest market for any smartphone maker, so HTC can't just ignore them either. We've been salivating on the Butterfly line for a few years now, and the only one that really made it over here was the HTC Droid DNA, the last Droid that was not made by Motorola. We'd love to see the Butterfly 3 make it's way over here, but it's very unlikely that it will.
With that said, we likely won't see the Butterfly 3 at Mobile World Congress in a couple of weeks. But we might see a few new Desire smartphones from HTC this time around. Who's excited for HTC's MWC press conference on March 1st?