Posts tagged with: Butterfly
  • by | April 4, 2014 1:30 PM

    The original HTC Butterfly helped pave the way for smartphones with 1080p displays in late 2012. Then in mid-2013 we saw HTC release the Butterfly S, outfitting the phone with a more modern SoC, UltraPixel camera, and much larger battery. Now that the One M8 is a reality, will HTC be delivering a corresponding refresh to its Butterfly series? That's what we're thinking about this afternoon, after being made aware of some benchmark data that might just reveal the next Butterfly model. We're looking at HTC's model 0PAJ3, which just like the One M8 is powered by a Snapdragon 801 SoC and ...

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  • by | June 19, 2013 9:25 AM

    I didn't think much of it last year when HTC released the Butterfly alongside the Droid DNA, making up the manufacturer's first round of hardware featuring 1080p displays. After all, Verizon can be a serious prima donna, and if it had its way, it would probably only carry exclusive phones you couldn't get with any other carrier. Anyway, my interest was already turning to those HTC M7 rumors (which would eventually become the One), and that sort of arrangement with the Butterfly and Droid DNA was nothing like we hadn't seen time and time again. But this spring, I was surprised to already be ...

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  • by | June 4, 2013 1:10 PM

    The HTC One is still the company's flagship, but that hasn't stopped us from hearing rumors about a new Butterfly under development. The first Butterfly model (above), you'll recall, was the first 1080p smartphone and eventually came to the US as the Droid DNA. Back in March we learned that HTC wanted to develop a Butterfly sequel, and later we saw some possible evidence of such a thing, with signs of a model DLXPLUS in testing. Now a rumor is attempting to reveal just when the new Butterfly's launch might take place, and it could be sooner than we were expecting. The next Butterfly could ...

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  • by | May 9, 2013 5:00 AM

    Android 4.2.2 With Sense 5.1 Has Leaked, according to reports, for the HTC Butterfly, the international twin of the Verizon HTC Droid DNA. Sense 5 has been included and has debuted with the HTC One, though, on top of Android 4.1.2, but if the report, and the video below, is any indication, an Android 4.2.2 update should land soon (at least for the Butterfly). While you can't really see the Android version in the video below (as the About screen reports a "protected" version) you can definitely see the toggles in the notification shade. The system dump is available on XDA Developers and, ...

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  • by | April 23, 2013 12:27 PM

    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 ...

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  • by | March 26, 2013 10:54 AM

    In many ways, we've been looking at the HTC One as the sequel of sorts to the Droid DNA/HTC Butterfly. At least, as HTC's first devices with 1080p displays, the comparison seems appropriate on the surface, but could we be getting ahead of ourselves? After all, between the smaller screen, BoomSound stereo speakers, and unique construction, the One has enough going on in its own right to be considered a fully-formed concept for a smartphone, all on its own. That's sounding more and more like the right way to be looking at things, as HTC has now confirmed plans to bring the Butterfly a proper ...

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  • by | February 28, 2013 10:36 AM

    Earlier this month we got to see HTC launch its new One flagship, the phone that will usher in Sense 5. It's quite the departure from earlier iterations of Sense, and love it or hate it, existing HTC users have probably been wondering whether or not there were plans to make it available for current devices. HTC recently took to Facebook to address these questions, and let us know a little about how Sense 5 updates will arrive. This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of phones that will see Sense 5, but HTC specifically says that the global versions of the One X, One X+, One S, and the ...

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  • by | January 30, 2013 7:04 AM

    There's something about the introduction of the HTC Mini that almost screams "failure." Like a lawn sprinkler that only works when it's raining, or a can of bug spray that comes with a fly swatter, a phone that's so uncomfortable to use that it needs to have a separate, tiny companion phone feels like a tacit admission from the manufacturer that its product is broken beyond repair. I'm sure HTC is going to find itself the target of much ridicule over the release of the HTC Mini, and I think that's a shame, because it's a solid idea for a product that maybe just wasn't launched in the most ...

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  • by | January 25, 2013 3:52 PM

    As the arrival of 1080p screens pushed smartphones up into the five-inch range, we just assumed that we'd have to adapt to larger handsets or wait for 1080p components to shrink down a little. HTC apparently has a different take on the issue, and has been selling its Butterfly in China with what it's calling the HTC Mini, a phone-like accessory for your smartphone that connects over NFC and Bluetooth. The idea seems to be that if the five-inch Butterfly is just too ungainly to be used as a phone, you keep the Butterfly in your pocket and use the HTC Mini to actually place calls and check ...

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  • by | January 23, 2013 1:45 PM

    Life frequently defies our expectations. For example, if it's your first full season covering mobile-technology trade shows, sometimes you find your expectations for a nice, quiet lull between CES and MWC completely upset -toppled, really- by reality. For this editor, that reality came fast and fierce, delivering an unbelievable bounty of rumor and speculation at his doorstep on the morning of this week's Pocketnow Weekly podcast. The bright side: you get to hear all the latest news and gossip surrounding Galaxy S IV and Note 8.0 speculation; HTC's Droid DNA upgrade with a very James ...

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  • by | January 21, 2013 5:19 PM

    In a mobile world that runs on rumor and speculation, the HTC device codenamed the "M7" is this season's belle of the ball. The smartphone broke cover courtesy of an analyst leak back on December 5th, and it's been generating all manner of excitement ever since. That's not just because the M7 is purported to be an Android flagship device (though that's scintillating enough on its own). The M7 is especially intriguing because its parent company has, for over a year, been trying to claw itself out of a hole it fell into back in 2011. If it were a less remarkable corporation, that wouldn't ...

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  • by | January 4, 2013 11:40 AM

    In early December we saw HTC reveal the Butterfly – not the Droid DNA, nor the J Butterfly, but this time the Butterfly X920E. It later came to light that this handset was intended for launch in China, and we eventually saw HTC confirm that the Butterfly wasn't officially set to come to Europe, let alone the US. Of course, a little thing like the manufacturer's intention isn't going to get in the way of dedicated smartphone fans, and if you're still interested in getting your hands on one of these Androids, retailers are ready to hook you up. Negri Electronics has listed the Butterfly ...

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  • by | January 2, 2013 4:47 PM

    Let more of the rumors we want to read begin. Just when you were wondering what HTC's strategy for 2013 would be, we got an early glimpse at a more aggressive company during the year, and now some more leaks confirm the rumors. If each of the following lines stands for a specific smartphone or variant, we're looking at a 2013 with as many as 35 devices. Again, we don't expect HTC to launch five different M7 models for example, but they'll definitely launch the M7 in different variants that make it compatible with specific LTE carriers, sine we already know that LTE is still a nightmare. ...

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  • by | December 18, 2012 7:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we go through our initial coverage of the much-anticipated Samsung ATIV S. Then we go through more Samsung news, only that this time with some unexpected, and not-so-stellar Galaxy Grand announcement. Then we talk about the HTC M7 leaks along with the bad news that the HTC Butterfly won't reach Europe. Google makes the news afterwards as their Play Store fills our Christmas hopes with lots of deals until January 1st 2013. We end today's show talking about Nokia's plans to bring Windows Phone 7.8 to previous Lumia devices, and the news aren't good. All this ...

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  • by | December 17, 2012 10:52 AM

    A little over a week ago, we caught wind of the HTC Butterfly, which the manufacturer had quietly added to its website without calling any attention to it. Considering that we only previously knew of plans to release the company's 1080p Android to the US as the Droid DNA and to Japan as the J Butterfly, we wondered if this might be the global version of the phone. Something didn't quite feel right about that, though, as the reported frequency support seemed far more limited than we'd expect from the international version of a phone. We heard rumors that backed-up those suspicions, claiming ...

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