HTC’s new J Butterfly is like a water-resistant One M8
HTC today announced its first water-resistant smartphone in Japan. It’s a successor to the J Butterfly, and in some ways, it’s a lot like the flagship One M8. It’s made out of plastic rather than aluminum, however, and there are some component changes underneath the hood.
Although it looks like a cheaper version of the One M8, the J Butterfly is actually a better phone in a number of ways. It has the same 5-inch 1080p display, the same quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, and the same 2GB of RAM — in addition to what many would consider a much-improved Duo Camera setup.
The depth sensor on the J Butterfly isn’t accompanied by HTC’s oft-criticized 4-megapixel UltraPixel camera, but a regular 13-megapixel sensor instead — like the One mini 2 and the One E8. That means it should be capable of taking much sharper photos, though it may not be quite as good in low light.
The other big advantage to the J Butterfly is that it’s water-resistant, but in order to make that happen, HTC did not give it front-facing BoomSound speakers. The company is giving all J Butterfly customers a set of high-end JBL earphones to use with it, however.
The J Butterfly launches with Android 4.4 KitKat, 4G LTE connectivity, and 32GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot. It also has a 5-megapixel front-facing camera for snapping selfies, and it’s compatible with HTC’s nifty Dot View case.
HTC hasn’t announced international availability for the J Butterfly — though we are expecting to see a similar handset for the U.S. and Europe — but the device will go on sale in Japan in late August.