The HTC J Butterfly was recently unveiled Japan with KDDI, but it could be landing in other destinations soon. The Butterfly hasn’t made it’s way out of Japan ever since the first iteration. In fact, it winded up being a Verizon DROID-branded product, the DROID DNA, at that time.
The all-new HTC J Butterfly — that’s based on the One M8 — is being released in Japan on KDDI and Okinawa Cellular. While it’s based on the 2014 flagship, it comes with a few caveats the all-metal phone doesn’t have. The phone is waterproof so dropping it in the sink or the toilet (if you’re one of those who can’t do their business without phone in hand) won’t cause any issues. However the kicker is, in order for you to have this waterproofing you’re not going to get the BoomSound speakers. However the Taiwanese company is throwing in a JBL in-ear headset.
The HTC Butterfly, which appears to be a variant of the HTC J Butterfly and the HTC DROID DNA, has surfaced on HTC’s web site. With the slight name change comes a couple other differences. Most notable is the absence of LTE capability. Although that may be a negative, on the positive side the Butterfly’s storage is expandable via microSD cards.
According to an HTC spokesperson, the HTC Butterfly is slated for release in China. However, no information regarding availability in other countries or markets has been released. At the bottom of HTC’s page for the Butterfly, there is an offer for 25GB of Dropbox space for two years if you sign-up or log-in to Dropbox using an HTC phone. The footnotes to that offer indicate the offer is only available on the HTC Butterfly device, but not in China. This would seem to imply the Butterfly will be available in other markets.
The elusive Droid Incredible X has been making the rounds over the past few months, and with the recent announcement of the HTC J Butterfly for Japan, it looks as though we could potentially be seeing a variant of the 5-inch smartphone make its way to the US. The long-rumored Droid Incredible X has been finally been spotted in the flesh, thanks to a set of leaked photos, ultimately revealing its suspected Verizon branding and red accents.
Interestingly, the device could make its American debut as the HTC DLX (pronounced “deluxe”) if the Taiwanese manufacturer has its way. This same DLX reference was also spotted in the bootloader menu of the J Butterfly, denoting the device as the Deluxe J. Regardless, the new Verizon-bound smartphone would mark HTC’s first attempt at a 5-inch device and also signify the newest major addition to the company’s One line since its introduction at Mobile World Congress in February.
Wait, can it be? Yes, HTC has finally revealed its long-rumored 5-inch smartphone, and it’s quite a device. The HTC J Butterfly is the company’s newest feat, sporting a Super LCD 3 1080p panel (440ppi), a Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, LTE and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean . Users will also receive 16GB of internal storage, 2GB of RAM, a MicroSD slot, 2020mAh batter, as well as an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2.1-megapixel front-facing shooter. The J Butterfly weighs in at just 140 grams and measures 9.11mm thick.
While we’ve seen this smartphone before wearing similarly-suited US attire, HTC’s J Butterfly is currently limited to KDDI’s network in Japan. Of course, there’s always a chance we could see a variant of this device announced for America (probably on Verizon), we’ll have to sit still until any more information emerges.
Regardless, HTC has crafted a magnificent device–one that boasts all of the latest hardware and specs. Are you impressed? Would you pick one up if it came to the US?