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HTC J Butterfly First Impressions

News by admin on Friday May 15, 2015.

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J Butterfly
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HTC's Butterfly J series has often led the company in a pure hardware perspective, launched as Japanese exclusives these handsets are unlikely to ever be released elsewhere. The new J Butterfly fits all that well, it is the most decked out smartphone HTC has ever made, which is really quite something considering the smartphone flagship blitz the company has been on recently.

While the J Butterfly trumps the One M9 and One M9 Plus in a pure specs race by combining the best aspects of the two, it certainly loses out on the design front. That's really the big differentiator here besides the Butterfly's exclusivity to the Land of the Rising Sun. We could make a strong case for this being the blandest flagship quality smartphone HTC has pushed out for some time, and although it is probably a bit controversial considering the beauty of some of its smartphones, we think the company is falling into a design funk.

So, while you won?t be drooling over the looks of this handset, the specifications might just get you. They read like what?s what of the smartphone tech world right now, including Qualcomm's headline making 64-bit Snapdragon 810. Of course, the 810 is the chipset that has been at the center of issues with overheating, with Qualcomm denying the problem for the most part, while tests on other handsets prove otherwise. We hope HTC has found a way to solve any problems with the chip because it is a potent performer when not in the mood for heating some coffee.

The 5.2-inch Quad HD screen we first saw on the One M9+ has made the journey to the J Butterfly, with a pixel density of 565ppi we should add. 3GB of RAM provides the grunt for the handset, while a 2,700 mAh battery will hopefully keep the high end hardware running for long periods. Elsewhere there is a 20 megapixel rear camera with dual lenses, and a very enticing 13 megapixel front facing snapper; take that selfie phones. Out of the box the HTC J Butterfly comes with 32GB of built in storage, but it also comes with a micro SD card slot so you can expand the space if you need. As you would probably expect, this LTE device comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop with HTC's own Sense 7.0 UI on top.

A very potent package, despite the rather plain looks. However, this is the fourth flagship quality smartphone HTC has released in the space of two months, including the One M9, One E9+, and One M9 Plus. We could make a strong case for HTC simply not needing another high end device, although as the J Butterfly is a Japanese exclusive it is easier to swallow its release without ridicule. That said, it seems as though the Taiwanese company is merely juggling specs and slapping them in multiple devices, we would like to see a bit more of a clear strategy from the company.

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