HTC has today officially took the wraps off Butterfly 2, the newest addition in its Butterfly family. One of HTC’s premium brand, which is quite popular in Japan, Hong Kong and several other Asian regions bestows interesting additions in the Butterfly 2 handset — a larger screen, better processor, LTE capability, water resistance, however, the plastic body is bit of a downer.


The smartphone will be sold as J Butterfly HTL23 in Japan, and Butterfly 2 in the rest of the places. There are several interesting improvements in the hardware segment that make the Butterfly 2 a decent pick.

HTC Butterfly 2 Specifications

  • Display: 5-inch LCD, 1080p res
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2.5 GHz, quad-core CPU
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16/32 GB, expandable via MicroSD slot
  • Battery: 2700mAh
  • Camera: 13MP with Duo sensor
  • Connectivity: FDD LTE – 1, 3, 7, 8, 28, TDD LTE – 38, 40, 41, WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100

Not as good as a flagship, but definitely a premium smartphone

As you can see the Butterfly does pack in a very decent hardware specifications. While it doesn’t match the specs of the recently launched flagship devices from LG, Samsung, and other, it is still among the high-end premium smartphones. In addition, the phone comes with company’s signature BoomSound speakers, which the company claims is now 25% louder than the speakers in HTC One. What’s even more interesting is the 13MP camera, which is rather heavy than what the company provides in its flagship device (HTC One/ HTC One M8 — 4MP).

The Butterfly 2 comes in several colors, and is IP57 water and dust-resistant. It will first hit the retailers in Japan, and then come to Taiwan on September 2. The Butterfly 2 will then arrive in India, Malaysia, Hong Kong among other Asian countries. The LTE band doesn’t comply with most of the supported bands by American carriers, so it is unlikely that the phone will arrive there. The company hasn’t revealed the pricing just yet.


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Manish is an Engineering graduate in Computer Science but spends more time in writing about technology. He has written for a number of Indian and international publications including BetaNews, BGR India, WinBeta, MakeTechEasier, MediaNama, and Digit magazine among others. When not writing, you would find him ranting about the state of digital journalism on Twitter.