So long HTC had put a teaser for Butterfly on its global site hinting that the handset is the global variant of Droid DNA and J Butterfly. On Tuesday, the Taiwanese tech giant has official announced the 5 inch phablet at a media event in Taipei.
Recently, the handset was released in China for $700 (approx. 37,500) and has been listed for pre-order in UK without price tag. As of now, there is no information on when the handset will be launched in India and on its pricing.
With Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and 5 inch 1080p display, Butterfly would definitely become a rival to the smartphones and phablets that are available in the market.
Already, Gizbot has done a spec comparison on Butterfly and Galaxy Note 2. Now, it is a wise decision to compare the HTC's latest offering with Samsung Galaxy S3, the hottest selling smartphone of 2012 with a 4.8 inch display.
Read the spec comparison below and decide if you have to buy Galaxy S3 or wait for Butterfly to launch.
Dimensions & Weight: Butterfly is slightly on the thicker and heavier side measuring 143 x 70.5 x 9.08 mm and weighing around 140 grams as compared to Galaxy S3 with a dimension of 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm and weight of around 133 grams.
Display: In this segment, Butterfly sports a full HD 1080p 5 inch LCD 3 capacitive touchscreen display with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, whereas, Galaxy S3 packs a 4.8 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution.
Processor: When it comes to processor, Butterfly is powered by a 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, on the other hand, Galaxy S3 comes with an Exynos 4412 Quad chipset.
Operating System: On the OS front, Butterfly has been launched with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box, while Galaxy S3, which was launched with Android ICS has received the Jelly Bean upgrade.
Camera: Speaking of camera optics, both Butterfly and Galaxy S3 have an 8MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash features. Also, Butterfly has an improved 2.1MP front camera as compared to the 1.9MP front camera S3.
Storage: When it comes to memory storage, Galaxy S3 scores more with 16GB/32GB internal storage capacity as compared to 16GB in Butterfly. At the same time, Butterfly has a 2GB RAM, which is better than 1GB in S3. Further, both Butterfly and S3 have a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage.
Connectivity: On the data connectivity front, both Butterfly and Galaxy S3 have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.0, NFC and micro USB 2.0 connectivity features.
Battery: While Butterfly is powered by a 2,020 mAh battery, Galaxy S3 is equipped with a 2,100 mAh battery.
Price: HTC remains tight-lipped as far as the price of Butterfly is concerned, whereas, Galaxy S3 is priced at Rs 34,900 for 16GB and Rs 41,000 for 32GB respectively.
Though Butterfly and Galaxy S3 belong to different categories - phablet and smartphone, but expect for the major difference in display, they boast similar specs.
Moreover, based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, both the devices have software features including Project Butter smoother and responsive performance, expandable and contractible notifications, resizble app widgets, live wallpaper preview and more.
Further, Galaxy S3 has come exclusive S features including S Beam, S Voice, Direct Call and more. At the same time, HTC butterfly comes with Beats Audio Integration for better and oustanding audio quality.
If the concern is on a larger display with high pixel density for increased clarity, faster processor and improved front camera performance, HTC butterfly should be the right option.
On the other hand, for those concerned on the size and usuability of the device and increased internal storage options, Samsung Galaxy S3 with over 30 million sales in 5 months could be a better choice.