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July 11, 2013

HTC Butterfly S hands-on impression, benchmarks

During one of the sessions at Frequencies Asia hosted by HTC they, they showed us the upcoming HTC Buttefly S, the successor to the first Butterfly added with the touch of the HTC One.

Basically, HTC took the original design and form factor of the Butterfly and added all the nice features found on the HTC One.

It now comes with a quad-core Snapdragon 600 running at 1.9GHz with 2GB RAM. The 16GB internal storage is expandable with up to 64GB microSD card (benchmark scores below will show it’s at par with the Galaxy S4).

The physically noticeable difference from the old model is that the Butterfly S feels a bit thicker on the side (by 1.5mm) and also slightly heavier (by 17 grams).

According to the design engineer of HTC, this is the only way they can add more battery capacity — bumping it up to 3,200mAh from just 2,050mAh. I think it’s a fair and welcome trade-off.

BoomSound is present and so is the 4MP ultrapixel sensor. We took a number of sample photos and video just to see if they reflect the same performance as the HTC One. See samples below.


Most of the shots here are under low-light conditions.

Other software features are there as well — like BlinkFeed, HTC Zoe, etc. The Butterfly S will also be shipped with Android 4.2.2 Jellybean, an update we’re looking forward on the HTC One.

While the international version will onyl be in 3G, HTC promises an LTE version will be released in countries that supports it (including the Philippines). So aside from LTE, also expect NFC and IR blaster to be present.

An additional color will also be introduced along with the old red and white variants. We’re not sure if the engineering unit we had was something like dark silver or teal but the one in the photos here is the 3rd color variant.

Here’s the complete hardware configuration of the HTC Butterfly S.

HTC Butterfly S specs:
5.0-inch 1080p Super LCD3 display @ 1920×1080 pixels, 441ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 1.9GHz quad-core
Adreno 320 Graphics
2GB RAM
16GB internal storage
up to 64GB via microSD
3G/HSPA+/LTE 100Mbps
WiFi 802.11ac
Bluetooth 4.0 A2DP
NFC
Stereo FM Radio with RDS
GPS w/ aGPS support, GLONASS
IR Blaster
TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
4MP rear UltraPixel Camera
1080p video @ 30fps
2.1MP front-facing camera
1080p video @ 30fps
Beats Audio
Li-Po 3,200mAh battery
Android 4.2.2 with HTC Sense 5.0
144.5 x 70.5 x 10.6mm (dimensions)
160 grams (weight)

As for the initial benchmarks, the Snapdragon 600 on the Butterfly S performed a bit better than the HTC One.

Nenamark 2 scores top at 59.2fps, Quadrant Stardard scored 13,073 reached and Antutu Benchmark scored 25,811.

HTC still maintains the HTC One is their flagship device. We just hope they sell the Butterfly S a bit lower than the flagship price of the HTC One.


16 Responses to “HTC Butterfly S hands-on impression, benchmarks”

  1. drew says:

    there is already an update for the htc one got mine updated last tuesday

  2. harold says:

    sir yuga, do you know if an update will be available for HTC Butterfly? im still runnng 4.1.1 and sense 4+?

  3. Bryan says:

    Abe, you just got the HTC One right? What was your initial reaction on this phone? Which is better? In terms of specs, performance and all other things?

    • yuga says:

      The only thing I liked about the Butterfly S is the large battery capacity. Still love the One for its looks.

    • Justin says:

      “The only thing I liked about the Butterfly S is the large battery capacity.”

      Sir Yuga, you might want to add the MicroSD expansion slot, which isn’t present in the One.

    • yuga says:

      I’m already okay with the 32GB on my HTC One.

  4. HNSCC says:

    HTC Butterfly S should perform better because its has a higher clockspeed than HTC One.

  5. Alec Chua says:

    Hi sir Yuga. I heard that sense 5 and 4.2.2 jellybean update on the htc butterfly is already in Taiwan, do you have any news about what date it will come to the Philippines? Thanks

  6. Lon says:

    The HTC Butterfly S seems to hv a plastic body, as compared to the HTC One.. Does this mean the price is lower than HTC One?

  7. Carl Sore says:

    Only stores have this in dual-sim and I really scoured the internet for that.Credits to merimobiles.com for letting me have this phone at such cheap price.(they ship wordwilde btw) Was really excited when I got it.HTC Butterfly S is not as bad as it looks in pictures as users have been having second thoughts when it comes to its design.Plus the front facing speakers is superb!I couldn’t really complain with this phone. :)

  8. Mik says:

    where can i buy one locally?

  9. Francis Valenzuela says:

    Any news on w/c carrier HTC butterfly S will be?

  10. Armand says:

    Sir,

    1 question only…
    how to configure camera setting because actual picture taken not that bright as compare to your sample pictures. Most of my pictures are more on color yellow…. thanks

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