HTC got the 1080p ball rolling with last year’s Butterfly, released in the States as the Droid DNA. Since then, we’ve seen the company refine its full HD treatment with the HTC One, but we learned last month that there was still some life left for the original Butterfly, as HTC revealed plans to give the phone a proper sequel. At the time, it sounded like this new Butterfly could be arriving sooner rather than later, but we lacked a more developed sense of the timeframe. As we look for answers, evidence of this new Butterfly starts to trickle in.
Markers in a data file reportedly from an OTA test of the original Butterfly mention three new “DLXPLUS” handsets. With the original Butterfly going as the DLX, it’s not a huge jump to see these as its sequel. While two of the models look like they could be the Butterfly’s sequel, one with and one without LTE, there’s also a CDMA version; a new Droid DNA?
We’d have to guess “no,” since while the phone would support CDMA, GSM, and WCDMA, like we’d expect of a Verizon smartphone with global roaming, there’s no mention of LTE, which has become a prerequisite for the carrier’s offerings. Also, with the HTC One still yet to make its Verizon plans known, a new Droid DNA would seem seriously unnecessary.
Still, that leaves the question of what to expect for the international Butterfly 2. It looks like the handset could run a Snapdragon 600, but other than that, we’re at a loss for specs.