If the plastic version of HTC One M8, the One E8 is not enough for you, HTC has announced the HTC Butterfly 2 today. It is a plastic phone with better specifications and waterproof. The HTC Butterfly 2 is also named as the HTC J Butterfly HTL23 in Japan but with slightly different specifications. In Malaysia, we are going to have the Butterfly 2 instead. However, neither price nor availability date had been disclosed.
HTC’s Butterfly 2 has the same 5” 1080p Super LCD 3 screen found in One M8 and E8, which is a great display. It also has the same Snapdragon 801 processor but clocked slightly faster at 2.5 GHz. The 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB internal storage, micro SD expansion up to 128GB, Motion Launch sensors and BoomSound speaker are kept the same here. Although HTC has kept all the sweetness in the internals, there are a few key differences which we will see in the Butterfly 2.
The Butterfly 2 is made of plastic and the prolific metal construction in HTC One M8 will be absent here. However, this does not mean that the phone is ugly. In my opinion, the phone looks catchy in renders and I hope the real unit will fare the same. But if you ask me, I would still prefer the design for HTC One M8. Well then, what do you get instead of the elegant metal body? Waterproofing and a higher megapixel camera!
Water resistant phones are getting common lately thanks to the push from Sony and Samsung, with HTC finally joining the pool party. The Butterfly 2 is rated with IP57, which seems to be a step behind other phones. (Click here to learn more about these IP ratings) However, what HTC is doing great here is that the ports have no flaps to cover them. I have no idea how they make it but it is definitely a piece of good news for users as they do not have to open up the flaps to charge their phone. More importantly, no breaking flaps will ever occur on this phone.
The front camera is the same 5MP wide angle shooter. In the case of the rear camera, the Butterfly 2 has the same Duo Camera setup in One M8 which means that we have 2 sensors at the back to improve focus time and capture the depth of the image. The depth of the image allows photos that are taken in auto mode to change the focus point after the phones are taken and other software effects too. However, the main shooter is no longer a Ultra Pixel 4MP camera anymore. HTC has replaced it with a 13MP shooter. This allows more freedom in cropping and editing but theoretically it should not perform as well as its Ultra Pixel counterpart in low light condition. You need to understand your own preference first if you are to choose between Butterfly 2 and HTC One M8.
Overall, the specifications looks promising and the design is not bad at all. The trade off between the metal body and Ultra Pixel camera in HTC One M8 with the water resistance and higher megapixel count might be the better preference for some people. Although HTC released this phone quietly and will only be available in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand, this phone is no doubt a flagship phone that is on par with other than the more popular choices such as Samsung Galaxy S5 or LG G3.
HTC might consider making the Butterfly series another flagship line up in the second half of the year so that they can have appealing flagship devices throughout the year. Samsung has its Galaxy S series at first half of the year and Galaxy Note series at the second half of the year and both of them are selling well. Who knows if this model might work out great for HTC too?
Source: HTC Blog