Smartphone shootout – HTC Butterfly vs HTC Butterfly s

butterflyIn this comparison, we’re setting up the newly-announced HTC Butterfly S along side the original Butterfly announced in December 2012 to see how they value up.

In the engine room, the new HTC Butterfly S gets a 1.9GHz Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 CPU while its predecessor features a Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon chip under the bonnet running at a lower clock speed of 1.5GHz. The screens on both models are identical – Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen panel with resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels in a 5.0-inch chassis. While the CPUs are slightly different with the Butterfly S enjoying slightly more speed, in terms of gaming power, both have the excellent Adreno 320 GPU. On the RAM front, things are equal here too with both phones receiving a 2 GB cache of volatile storage.

Both phones also get the same internal storage cache of 16GB. But when it comes to external storage, the original Butterfly can handle up to 32 GB, thanks to its MicroSD card slot, while the new S model can support up to 64 GB for lots of extra files. The original Butterfly’s operating system comes courtesy of Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) with a planned upgrade to 4.2, but there’s no specific word on what the HTC Butterfly S will come with just yet.

Battery capacity is generally growing in all devices and here is where you’ll see the greatest difference between the two – the HTC Butterfly S comes with a 3200mAh Li-Ion battery inside, which is nearly 60% larger in capacity than the 2020mAh Li-Polymer (non-removable) unit built into the original.

You can’t make a smartphone without Wi-Fi these days and these products don’t disappoint – you’ll find 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac on the Butterfly S and 802.11 a/b/g/n-standard Wi-Fi inside the original release. For close-proximity features, both feature Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP on-board. Quad-band coverage is the norm these days and here, you’ll find the Butterfly does 2G over 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz bands and provides 3G coverage via 850 / 2100 MHz; by contrast, the Butterfly S gets you on the air with 2G connectivity on 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz and 3G coverage via 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz.

As for photos, the HTC Butterfly offers a simple 2.1 MP image sensor on the front but will take its best photos using the main 8 MP (3264×2448 pixels) with autofocus image sensor on the back. However, the HTC Butterfly S by contrast has a much smaller 4 MP (2688 x 1520 pixels) with autofocus image sensor on the back with the same 2.1 MP option doing personal shots and selfies.

All of those features are squeezed into a reasonably tight space with the HTC Butterfly measuring 143 x 70.5 x 9.1 mm and weighing in at 140 grams. By contrast, the new Butterfly S tips the scales at a heavier 160 grams and measures a slightly larger and thicker 144.5 x 70.5 x 10.6 mm. The HTC Butterfly S was announced in June 2013 while the HTC Butterfly first appeared in December 2012.

NOTE: All specifications are subject to change and may not be correct at time of purchase. Please check before you buy any device that it meets your expectations and requirements.


ModelHTC Butterfly SHTC Butterfly
ProcessorQualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon
ClockUp to 1.9GHzUp to 1.5GHz
GPU typeAdreno 320Adreno 320
Screen size (inches)5.05.0
Screen resolution1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels
Screen typeSuper LCD3 capacitive touchscreenSuper LCD3 capacitive touchscreen
Operating systemAndroidAndroid 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean), planned upgrade to 4.2
Internal storage16 GB16 GB (11 GB user available)
External storagemicroSD, up to 64 GBmicroSD, up to 32 GB
Battery type3200mAh Li-Ion2020mAh Li-Polymer (non-removable)
- standby timeNot availableNot available
- talk timeNot availableNot available
Wi-Fi connectivity802.11 a/b/g/n/ac802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetoothv4.0 with A2DPv4.0 with A2DP
2G coverage (MHz)850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G coverage (MHz)850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100850 / 2100
Rear camera4 MP (2688 x 1520 pixels) with autofocus8 MP (3264×2448 pixels) with autofocus
Front camera2.1 MP2.1 MP
Video recordingTBAUp to 1080p@30fps
Dimensions144.5 x 70.5 x 10.6 mm143 x 70.5 x 9.1 mm
Weight160 grams140 grams
Announce DateJune 2013December 2012

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