Japanese carrier KDDI has announced a refreshed HTC J Butterfly, a colourful, slightly beefed-up version of the international HTC One M8.
Unlike the HTC One M8, the J Butterfly is encased in a waterproof body. It is fairly common in Japan to have their smartphones waterproof, however, allowing the J Butterfly to be submerge in water means that the quality of the Boomsound speakers that HTC is known for had to be sacrificed. Fortunately, HTC makes it up to users by bundling in a pair of high-quality JBL in-ear headphones.
The J Butterfly is a bit of both the HTC One M8 and the HTC One E8 when it comes to its camera. Turning over to the back, the phone carries the HTC Duo Effect camera such as the one found in the M8. However, instead of having a “4 UltraPixel” camera, the new phone uses a main 13-megapixel camera sensor similar to the one on the One E8. On the other hand, the secondary sensor uses a 2-megapixel camera sensor rather than the depth sensor the One M8 has.
According to the detailed spec sheet by the Japanese company, The HTC J Butterfly sports a Snapdragon 801, 802.11ac WiFi with LTE-Advanced capability of up to 150Mbps. There are 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage with a microSD slot, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and Android 4.4 KitKat onboard. The phone also supports the HTC Dot View Case.
Given that the availability of the J Butterfly is only exclusive to the Japanese carrier KDDI, it is highly unlikely that HTC will not mention the J Butterfly in the coming press event in New York.