Today, HTC announced the J Butterfly for Japan to be launched on their Japanese partner’s network. HTC has partnered with KDDI to launch their latest LTE phone in Japan prior to launching it anywhere else. This device has been rumored to be coming for many months and was believed to be dubbed the HTC DLX or HTC Deluxe. The rumors regarding this device were mostly spot on with the exception of the RAM amount which is still negotiable.
The HTC J Butterfly is clearly the Japanese name and branding for this HTC phone and knowing Verizon it will get a rename, as most phones usually do once bound for Verizon. However, in this case, we actually welcome Verizon’s incessant desire to rename phones for the sake of the HTC J Butterfly being an awful name in English.
Now, regarding the specifications, there isn’t much surprise anywhere here as the phone itself will sport a 1080P (1920 x 1080) display, which means that the 5" phone/tablet or phablet will sport a pixel density of 440.58 ppi or 440 PPI if you want to round to the nearest whole pixel. In addition to having an absurdly high resolution display, the HTC J Butterfly also sports Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon S4 Pro applications processor, the APQ8064 which just so happens to be a quadcore processor with Adreno 320 graphics. I believe that this device would fare quite well without a quadcore processor, however, the Adreno 320 is absolutely necessary in order to be able to drive a 1920 x 1080 resolution phone smoothly. Since the APQ8064 is just an applications processor, HTC has also opted to go for Qualcomm’s MDM9615 for data connectivity, which means that it will enable global LTE (including Verizon). This is the same modem that is found on the iPhone 5. Since it uses the latest Qualcomm chipsets, this also means that the phone will support dual-band 802.11n wireless connectivity which many phones currently lack.
Since we’re talking about the iPhone 5, the iPhone 5 sports an 1136 x 640 non-standard ratio resolution while the HTC J Butterfly sports a 1920 x 1080 resolution also known as FHD or Full HD. This represents an increase of 185% in screen resolution and an increase of PPI from 326 (Retina) to 440. Perhaps HTC should coin their own phrase that trumps Retina because apparently Retina is not really as high as PPI in phones can go.
In addition to all of that, the phone comes with 2GB of RAM (1.5GB rumored) and 16GB of built-in storage. It also has a memory card slot, which we’re not entirely sure will stay with the device once it crosses into the US. We believe that the US version of this phone will unfortunately drop the MicroSDHC memory card slot and lower the RAM to 1.5GB to save costs. Hopefully we’re wrong, but history tends to repeat itself. It will also come wit a 2020 mAh battery, which should be enough for a single day’s use but won’t really deliver any stellar battery life with such a large display and such top-end hardware. The phone will also be shipping with Jelly Bean, making it HTC’s second device to ship with Jelly Bean. The HTC OneX+ being the first.