HTC announces new quad-core Butterfly s smartphone

butterflysSmartphone maker HTC has just unveiled the next version of its popular Butterfly smartphone at a press briefing in Taiwan.

Dubbed the Butterfly S, the new phone will be faster than the popular HTC One, thanks to its 1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor. Like most top-drawer models, it’ll come with 2GB of RAM and this one will feature 16GB of on-board storage, expandable through its MicroSD card slot.

According to engadget, the phone will come with a sizeable 3200mAh Lithium-ion battery, which is big, even for a 5-inch phone. That 5-inch panel also comes with full HD (1920×1080-pixel) resolution driven by the Snapdragon’s Adreno 320 graphics core. Like most flagship phones, it’ll have quad-band coverage and this one will come with HTC’s Sense 5 base-level software.

Compared with the original Butterfly smartphone released at the beginning of the year, this version gets a faster CPU (1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 vs 1.5GHz Snapdragon) and a battery that has nearly 60% more capacity to compensate. What we don’t yet is the new model’s weight and whether it’s heavier by the same proportion.

HTC is expecting the Butterfly s to arrive in-store in Taiwan by July for NT22,900 (approx. $US760). Although there is no official word yet on overseas launches, it’s rumoured the phone will arrive in Europe during the latter part of the northern summer.

ModelHTC Butterfly s
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 600
ClockUp to 1.9GHz
GPU typeAdreno 320
Screen size (inches)5.0
Screen resolution1080×1920
Screen typeTBA
Operating systemAndroid 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
Internal storage16GB
External storageMicroSD
Battery type3200mAh Lithium-ion
- standby timeUp to TBA
- talk timeUp to TBA
Wi-Fi connectivityTBA
2G coverage (MHz)quad-band
3G coverage (MHz)quad-band
4G coverage (MHz)TBA
Rear cameraUltraPixel
Front camera2.1MP
Video recordingTBA
Announce DateJune 2013

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