By Stephen Schenck | September 30, 2013 5:15 PM
HTC broke into the 1080p game last year with the Butterfly, the international version of the Droid DNA. We saw the company follow things up this summer with the Butterfly S, updating the handset’s hardware to be more in line with the HTC One. It really felt like that might be it for the Butterfly lineup for a while – until HTC had a new flagship to replace the One, at least. But now we get word that a Butterfly 2 is already in development, with the leak of this new imagery arriving to support the theory.
First off, we can see that this phone uses more One-like styling for its capacitive buttons; we lose the “HTC” in the middle, in favor of what’s either a mouthpiece or front-facing speaker (BoomSound-style), left with only back and home buttons.
There’s also word that the Butterfly 2 might grow its display a little, aiming for a 5.2-inch component instead of a five-incher. It should remain 1080p, though, and the phone should be running a Snapdragon 800.
It all sounds fine, and we like the idea of those alternate faceplate colors (as the face is all too often ignored when outfitting smartphones with alternate color schemes), but is it just too soon for a new Butterfly? The Butterfly S is still brand new, so we wonder if HTC might be stumbling back into old habits, releasing too many models with not enough differentiators between them.