Called the Butterfly S, this model is much different than the combo gadgets that other brands like Samsung are releasing. It is aimed more towards the phone side with the design, especially the size. It is only 5-inches, much tinier than anything you would consider a mini-tablet.
It is more the focus of the features that are giving it that title. HTC has based it primarily around media, both music and video. The Super LCD 3 display is high definition at 1080 pixels and 440 PPI. Audio is enhanced with BoomSound through the dual front speakers and amplifiers. It comes with a quad-band HSPA/WCDMA radio.
The CPU speed and other specs are pretty impressive. It will run on a 1.9-GHz Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, 2 GB RAM and on-board 16GB storage that can be expanded through microSD. It runs Android with HTC Sense.
So far, these are only expected to be sold in Taiwan this July. However, it shows that HTC is expanding their product line in order to fit the more media based needs of their customers. It doesn’t seem far fetched to expect similar models eventually being developed for markets overseas.
In addition to the Butterfly S, another device is being launched. It is the Desire 600, a less feature heavy smartphone that was created for multitaskers that want a multi-purpose handheld that is still primarily a phone.
The Desire 600 uses a quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 200 processor, a less powerful version of the one in the Butterfly S. It comes with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB storage, with a microSD slot.
Both models have improved battery life, front facing cameras and Bluetooth 4.0.
Prices for both are going to be pretty high. The Butterfly S will be launched at $22,900 NT ($770 USD), and the Desire 600 at $12,900 NT ($435 USD). The price tag might limit the amount of success either sees.
Earlier today, HTC posted a first-look video showing off the capabilities of the HTC Butterfly S. Sadly, it didn’t show much such as actual use of the features. Hopefully, physical reviews from people who have bought the phablet will be released in the coming month. I cannot be the only one eager to find out how HTC did, compared to the other combinations being launched.