Smartphone makers continue to turn out ever bigger high-end handsets and buyers show no sign of resisting them. The Butterfly is yet another stylish high-end Android phone from the Taiwanese device maker HTC. From Sensation to One X, the company’s mobile phones are known for their extraordinary touchscreen, superior technology and stunning design. But the Butterfly seems to have marked the arrival of the era of the smartphone with full high definition screen; it is equipped with a 5-inch super LCD 3 display with full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels). As a comparison, Apple’s iPhone 5 has a pixel density of 326ppi while the Samsung Galaxy Note II offers 267ppi.
Market analysts say that the Butterfly is part of HTC’s efforts to regain its footing in a market increasingly dominated by Apple and South Korean technology titan Samsung Electronics. Inside there’s a quad-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and an 8-megapixel camera with an f/2.0 lens. Recently, a test unit of the HTC Butterfly was sent to us for a product review. Let us take a closer look at this R49,900 big screen wonder from the HTC stable.
The design of the phone makes a great first impression. The Butterfly has a 5-inch display size but once you hold it with one hand, you won’t really think it’s that big. It is constructed largely from plastic, a major deviation from many of HTC’s previous aluminium unibody designs. This 140 grams device (model X920d) looks very fine with its slim body.
There are a number of small touches that add to the Butterfly’s premium feel including a metallic-like, gloss white finish on the back, thin edges that taper in from the centre of the device and what HTC calls a “micro-grill” pattern along both sides. The micro-SIM card slot and micro-SD are both found on the top end of the phone, beside the power button and 3.5 mm audio port, and is hidden by a small flip cover. The bottom end is where the micro-USB port is also hidden under a similar plastic flip cover.
The real attraction, though, is the 5-inch full HD super LCD 3 screen—it’s truly a sight to behold. The super LCD 2 seen in HTC’s previous flagship One X was arguably the best panel on the market, but we think its successor is the new champion. Colour reproduction is excellent, the 440ppi resolution