HTC Butterfly

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HTC Butterfly
Au by KDDI HTC J butterfly HTL21 ScreenSide.JPG
Manufacturer HTC
Compatible networks Droid DNA: dual-band CDMA2000
EV-DO Rev. A
800 1900 MHz
LTE 700 MHz
quad-band GSM, UMTS 850 900 1900 2100 MHz
J Butterfly: quad-band GSM, UMTS 850 900 1900 2100 MHz, LTE
Related Oppo Find 5
ZTE Grand S
Form factor Bar
Dimensions 143 mm (5.6 in) H
71 mm (2.8 in)W
9.1 mm (0.36 in) D[1]
Weight 140 g (4.9 oz) (HTC Droid DNA)[2]
Operating system Android 4.4.2 KitKat[1]
System on chip Snapdragon S4 Pro
CPU Quad-core 1.5 GHz "Krait" APQ8064 processor[3]
Memory 2 GB RAM[4]
Storage 16 GB internal[4]
Removable storage Expandable up to 32 GB with microSD (J Butterfly only)
Battery 2020 mAh[4]
Display 5 inch "Super LCD 3" display
1920×1080 pixels (441 ppi)[3]
Rear camera 8 MP, FullHD 1080p video recording at 30 FPS with re-invented zoom[4]
Front camera 2.1 MP, HD 720p video recording at 30 FPS[4]
Connectivity Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, NFC, DLNA, FeliCa, infrared[4]
Website (HTL21)

The HTC Butterfly is an Android-based, 4G LTE-capable smartphone designed and developed by HTC. First announced for release in Japan by Japanese carrier KDDI as the HTC J Butterfly (HTL21), the J Butterfly was released in Japan on 9 December 2012 as the successor to the HTC J. Outside Japan, in other Asian countries, the phone was released as the HTC Butterfly (X920d) and in China and Russia as the HTC Butterfly (X920e). The Chinese/Russian and US versions of the Butterfly do not have a microSD slot. In the United States, the Butterfly was released as the HTC Droid DNA as a Verizon exclusive, supporting wireless charging.[5] The DNA would become Verizon's final non-Motorola Droid smartphone; following its replacement in August 2013 by the HTC One and Droid Maxx, the carrier announced that all future Droid phones would be built exclusively by Motorola. In June 2013, the Butterfly was succeeded by the HTC Butterfly S.

It is the second smartphone in the world to feature a 1080p display, after Oppo's Find 5.[6] The phone has Android version 4.1, a quad-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a 2.1-megapixel front camera. It comes with 2 GB of RAM and a 2020 mAh battery.[3]

The Butterfly is water resistant with an IP rating of X5 and has a 5-inch "Super LCD 3" display with full HD resolution (1920x1080 pixels). This translates to a pixel density of 440 ppi.[3] In comparison, The HTC One X offers 312 ppi. The Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD (HD has 720p display) at 312ppi, the iPhone 5's "Retina display", 326 ppi, and the Nokia Lumia 920, 332 ppi. The display is manufactured by Sharp, JDI.[7]

In India it was launched at a price of 44,900 rupees, making it the most expensive Android smartphone ever. But after the launch of Vertu Ti for 600,000 rupees, it does not hold that title anymore.[8]

In summer of 2013, the Butterfly was succeeded by the HTC Butterfly S in Asia. The Butterfly s was never released in Japan. The J Butterfly was succeeded by a phone of the same name in summer of 2014, later released as the Butterfly 2 in other Asian markets.


  1. ^ a b Bora, Kukil (17 October 2012). "HTC J Butterfly Announced In Japan: Features Stunning 5-Inch 1080p Display, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean". International Business Times. Retrieved 20 Oct 2012. 
  2. ^ "Droid DNA by HTC". HTC. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Byford, Sam (17 October 2012). "HTC J Butterfly preview: a stunning 5-inch 1080p phone for Japan (video)". The Verge. Vox Media. Retrieved 20 Oct 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "J Butterfly". HTC. Retrieved 20 Oct 2012. 
  5. ^ HTC Droid DNA Review: Verizon's Big, Beautiful Beast, Pro Reviews .
  6. ^ Aryeh, Dima (17 September 2012). "Oppo Announces Find 5, Possibly First 1080p Android Phone". DroidDog. PhoneDog Media, LLC. Retrieved 17 Sep 2012. 
  7. ^ "HTC and Sharp unveil devices with next-generation screens". BBC. 18 October 2012. Retrieved 20 Oct 2012. 
  8. ^ Gaurav Shukla (13 May 2013). "Vertu TI Android phone reaches India for INR 6,49,990". Retrieved 23 Apr 2014. 

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