Wednesday, October 17, 2012

HTC J Butterfly packs 1080p display, coming soon to Verizon

The rumors were true. HTC is working on a 5-inch phone with an eye-popping 1080p display. Today in Japan, HTC announced the J Butterfly, their first device with a Super LCD 3 display, which features an amazing 440 pixels per inch. The device that was revealed is headed to Japanese carrier KDDI, but we already know a version is coming to the United States soon by way of Verizon.
Japan’s version of the device is said to launch in December, and we should see a similar timeframe for the US. Verizon testers already have their version of the device in-hand, so we should be getting an announcement soon after the device is certified. We can’t say for sure, but our gut tells us that Verizon has an exclusive on this 1080p device, the same way that AT&T had an exclusive on the HTC One X+.
Highlights of the HTC J Butterfly include:
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Sense 4+
  • 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro + MDM9615 modem
  • 16GB of storage, 2GB RAM
  • 8 megapixel camera with a f/2.0 lens, 2.1 megapixel front camera
  • 2020 mAh battery
  • Beats Audio
  • MicroSD card support
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
  • LTE support
  • 71 x 143 x 9.1 mm, 140g
Sam Byford of The Verge already has a hands-on report and his first impressions are good. Sam says, “[The display] is truly a sight to behold. Color reproduction is excellent, the 440ppi resolution is astonishing, and the screen’s slightly curved edges make the image look like it’s melting off the side of the phone.”
Overall, it looks like the HTC J Butterfly has almost every spec an Android nerd could hope for. The only real disappointment is the average sized 2020 mAh battery. Most Android phones with a 5-inch display now pack a 3000+ mAh battery, so it will be interesting to see what kind of battery life this HTC J Butterfly can get.

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