Oct 17 AT 6:13 AM Taylor Wimberly 79 Comments

HTC J Butterfly packs 1080p display, coming soon to Verizon


The rumors were true. HTC is working on a 5-inch phone with an eye-popping 1080p display. Today in Japan, HTC announced the J Butterfly, their first device with a Super LCD 3 display, which features an amazing 440 pixels per inch. The device that was revealed is headed to Japanese carrier KDDI, but we already know a version is coming to the United States soon by way of Verizon.

Japan’s version of the device is said to launch in December, and we should see a similar timeframe for the US. Verizon testers already have their version of the device in-hand, so we should be getting an announcement soon after the device is certified. We can’t say for sure, but our gut tells us that Verizon has an exclusive on this 1080p device, the same way that AT&T had an exclusive on the HTC One X+.

Highlights of the HTC J Butterfly include:

  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Sense 4+
  • 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro + MDM9615 modem
  • 16GB of storage, 2GB RAM
  • 8 megapixel camera with a f/2.0 lens, 2.1 megapixel front camera
  • 2020 mAh battery
  • Beats Audio
  • MicroSD card support
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
  • LTE support
  • 71 x 143 x 9.1 mm, 140g

Sam Byford of The Verge already has a hands-on report and his first impressions are good. Sam says, “[The display] is truly a sight to behold. Color reproduction is excellent, the 440ppi resolution is astonishing, and the screen’s slightly curved edges make the image look like it’s melting off the side of the phone.”

Overall, it looks like the HTC J Butterfly has almost every spec an Android nerd could hope for. The only real disappointment is the average sized 2020 mAh battery. Most Android phones with a 5-inch display now pack a 3000+ mAh battery, so it will be interesting to see what kind of battery life this HTC J Butterfly can get.

Check out the pictures and teaser video below and let us know what you think. Is the HTC J Butterfly what you had hoped for?

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Via: The Verge

Source: HTC

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  • mfg68

    I don’t know…it’s weird to say it but I may just get the Razr Maxx HD. After having the Nexus for a year (and loving it) I am fed up with crappy battery life. It always hinders my use of the phone. Motorola’s skin is light enough that I will be able to deal with it until I root and ROM it.

    Unless the next Nexus comes out for Verizon, my next phone may be a Moto.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      I totally agree with you. Battery life is my one major gripe now, and the MAXX HD with its 3300 mAh battery looks really tempting. I’ll never sign a Verizon contract, so hopefully Motorola will release an unlocked GSM version.

      • h0ruza

        Before you dive down the moto route…

        • Sandro

          wp is so Flat and Boring.

          its almost no games and apps to my work phone. wp is boring.

          Love Android.

      • mfg68

        Yeah, and switching carriers/joining a new one can be a big deal. Me, I’m already on Verizon making the Maxx HD more tempting. If a dev version is released, I may ever go with that and keep my unlimited data on Verizon. Either way, I’m not making a decision until AFTER the Nexus event.

        • Ryan O’Neill

          I’m the exact same. The Razr Maxx HD is at the top of my current list, but I’ll wait a couple weeks before I make a final decision. 2 years is a long time when technology moves this fast, so I want to get something relatively future-proof.

      • Richard Yarrell

        I applaud HTC in general we deserve choice in this new smartphone arena created by Samsung. The only problem here is since it’s a Verizon exclusive you can’t on disabling bloatware filled applications which will render the device useless. Plus with the overall track record of Htc based on battery life why wouldn’t they not go with at least 2500mAh battery?? In this space Samsung dominates they understand what it’s customer base wants and needs and they cater to that. Large screens, lovely software features, plenty of storage options, great battery options with the ability to swap out anytime. These are all features the Galaxy Note 2 offers something the Htc Droid Incredible X will never compare with. This exclusive deal really hurts Htc but one thing is for sure parts of this device will be the next Evo in 2013 you can count on that. It’s Galaxy Note 2 time on Tmobile October 24th i will be purchasing on day one. Nothing will beat that device for over the next 180 days..

        • squiddy20

          1. “The only problem here is since it’s a Verizon exclusive you can’t on disabling bloatware filled applications which will render the device useless.” That’s a load of crap. Considering this thing is launching with Jelly Bean and the ability to disable pre-installed apps has been around since the launch of 4.0.0, pretttty sure you CAN disable “bloatware filled applications”. Wanna try that again?
          2. “Nothing will beat that device for over the next 180 days” You said basically the same exact crap of the Evo 3D and Galaxy Nexus. The Evo 3D was taken off shelves not even 8 months after it’s availability date, and the whole time you were saying how it would be “Sprint’s flagship device well into 2012″. You somehow got the impression that the Galaxy Nexus would be a flagship device for Verizon, when NONE of the previous Nexus phones had even remotely been flagship material for any of the other carriers. Not to mention the fact that “the best” is completely subjective, and means different things to different people.

        • dacatalyst41

          The Verizon version is rumored tohave a 2500+mAh battery, but even that might not translate to the real world well after having to power a 1080p display and a quadcore processer…OH and and LTE radio. So close…..and yet so far.

        • redraider133

          You can disable the apps on verizon, maybe do some research before you go spouting fud!

        • snowbdr89

          How long did you have to stand by the freeway exit to collect enough money for the g note dick?

        • snowbdr89

          P.s. dick you can disable bloatware on any carrier with any phone running 4.0 n above!! Farking dumb dumb

      • vitriolix

        Unlocked GSM Maxx HD… yeah.. I’d buy that for sure

      • juan

        I don’t believe Moto does gsm droids

        • Mark S

          I don’t believe you know what you are talking about…..

      • Lars

        i remember when the desire HD came out, there were similar concerns. Smaller battery and an LCD screen in those amoled times had everyone wondering about the power consumption (myself included). But when it was calibrated correctly the HD outperformed the galaxy and prety much every other mainstream android phone at the time when it came to battery. today my desire HD still holds its charde for days, while my friends old galaxy wont even grant him a drive with GPS for more than 40km (i have no idea what that is in miles). so my money is with HTC knowing what they are doing.

    • lilmoe

      How much battery life can you get out of it? You know, in “real world” usage, and honestly plz….

  • dtraini7

    That’s battery will make that awesome phone just a “meh” phone.

  • Galen20K

    Extremely nice phone but yea, worried about that battery also especially since the majority of htc phone in the past haven’t been very efficient in that respect.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Even the GS3 with its smaller display has a larger 2100 mAh battery.

      • RX-78-7

        There really is no excuse for a phone like this to have 2,020mah battery.

        Makes you wonder why other manufacturers aren’t fallowing Moto, they’re putting out thin phones with huge batteries.

  • Troll

    Final nail in the coffin for HTC.

    • iamXiV92a

      At least he got his name right! ;-)

    • Hom0ncruse

      so true

      • CTown

        While I hate the fact your comments are never deleted, I have to admit that what you did this time is hilarious!

  • LG Nexus

    Hmm the UI looks a bit wierd, what happened to the usual Sense? Otherwise it should be an okay phone.

    • Scott

      Those little tabs on the LEft of the screen were something they tried in a previous phone of theres. I cant recall the name but it was purple and on Verizon. but i guess theyre bringing them back. I believe if you tap one, for example the messaging then a text message slides out from the tab.. Something neat someone might like

      • epps720

        Not sure how I feel about that but with the larger screen it might make the phone a little easier to manage

      • iamXiV92a

        Scott, I think you’re referring to the HTC Rhyme: http://goo.gl/DcSD1

        • scott

          yes! thank you iamX… haha

  • yankeesusa

    I would probably pick this over the note 2 if it was cheaper than $300. But since this may only be an exclusive to verizon I guess I wont even get the chance to. Maybe this is why htc keeps loosing money. Exclusive phones are not a good idea. The only time it was ok was with the iphone but now every phone should be with every company. Oh well, I guess I will have to save up so I can get the note 2 or wait till best buy drops the price.

  • Scott

    This phone looks abolsutely stunning. If the battery life was better than i would be switching from Sprint to Verizon to get my hands on this boy!

    • LG Nexus

      The phone has superphone specs and an amazing camera, everything. But I don’t know why, but when I look at that picture I can’t help but think of it as a mid-range phone. Seems cheap and not like a high-end phone. I seriously don’t know why. I think it’s because of the different UI

      • Scotsman

        With the small battery compared to the LG and Samsung Phablets, plus not having a stylus, I’m still leaning towards the SGN2. LG’s Phablet is just too wide for my personal taste…I’m looking for a “widescreen” display and not the old “Pan & Scan” box.

  • thejuiceman236

    Just what I need, another super phone to make it hard for me to decide. ;-) I would love this. I wonder how much better the screen is than the LG Nexus.

    Although, I was getting pretty fond of the idea of having no contract.

  • ionorov

    Really loving HTC’s new focus on design and colours. Their recent phones have been oh so sweet. Much improved from the boring grey/black slabs of before.

    Keep at it, HTC!

  • Gsizzle

    Butterfly? Really? Couldn’t find a better name?

    This was it, I was waiting for that 1080p display HTC nexus but that blowed up in my face.

    LG Nexus 4 here I come.

    • thekaz

      Well, I WAS able to find references to Butterfly Condoms via Google search, so I suppose it makes sense… :)

      I don’t know if this reinforces the rumor that Android phones are named after condoms, or that condom makers will name their products just about anything….

  • LittleGreenDude

    That phone is gorgeous. I really wish they would make an unlocked version.

    • gpatrick15

      Engadget says that it’s a world phone, so an unlocked version should be available from somewhere online like Clove or Negri.

      “There’s an eight-megapixel camera that naturally handles 1080p video at the back, accompanied by a 2.1-megapixel front-facing imager. Other details include 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, microSDHC expansion, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 (LE), NFC, LTE and CDMA/GSM/UMTS/GPRS radios — that’s right, it’s a global device” -Engadget

  • Nate B.

    Specs are awesome. Build will be nice. But it doesn’t wow me. Nothing is perfect in this world but there are already things about this device that holds it back. Yea you can root and whatever but as a native device it has its hiccups. Personally I don’t like Sense anymore. It’s just to much. The battery is tiny for such a device. They must really think this new screen or S4 will handle that. Or maybe it’s some new battery we never heard of. Doubt. I wonder if the front cam is HD. Might as well. Went over the bar with the rest of the specs. Should of slapped a 13mp camera on the back. It’s like they decide to go almost all out but keep everything else the same. Not that a 13mp is needed but you slapped a 1080p screen on there. We don’t need it but you did it. This should have been HTCs second phone this year after the One X. I think they’re desperate.

  • Nate B.

    I would of loved these specs for the Nexus but bigger battery and a quality camera for vid and pictures. Because Nexus cameras suck.

  • NexusNYC

    J Butterfly??? WTF What does retina melting screens have to do with butteflies?? Plus, didnt HTC say they wouldnt release a bunch of carrier branded variants?

    • Fexus Naggots

      HTC Jerk Butterfly is the real name

  • Harsh Kalra

    I just had a Mini Orgasm

  • Jerrah

    This has locked-down p.o.s, XDA-hated, zombie-like excuse for an android phone, written all over it…. I’ll get the Nexus4, let this tech advance a little more than swoon when they release a 5-inch 1080p nexus device next year :)

  • get off of me

    Damn that sucks I wish a version would come to tmobile I wouldn’t mind on getting a 5 in HTC phone. HTC are so reliable with software not like LG. So crossing my fingers that there’s another version coming to T-mobile. If not I guess LG nexus or the Samsung galaxy note 2 would be fine. But 1080p that’s mind blowing

  • Paul Atreides

    Sounds like a beautiful screen but another failed attempt from HTC. That battery was a poor choice and Sense remains. Ooh, but it has those glorious red stripes! Wrap the red all the way around HTC and make it thinner maybe even slightly glowing at times(subtle is the new sexy). Get rid of that ugly thing at the top and make the capacitive buttons glow red. Bigger battery for Pete’s sake! Too many logos on the back it’s not a Nascar.

  • gpatrick15

    Personally not impressed by the design of the front. The speaker grill doesn’t look right. It throws off the look of the phone, to me.

  • Verizon HTR

    I HATE verizon, it’s at&T with even more money sucked out of people’s wallets. The problem is I love HTC phones, and it seems like every great phone HTC comes out with goes to Verizon. Don’t count the OneX because well there’s so much competition with that phone, it really can’t compete. First was the rezound, which had quite literally EVERYTHING I wanted at the time. Now guess what so does this beast. I will never ever give them a dime, nor will I do so to at&t. If this phone somehow came unlocked, HTC would single handedly blow all other manufacturers out of the water in one single blow. Battery, yeah sucks, but I can live with that as long as my phone has these specs.

  • Revalence

    This is simply ridiculous. That phone has more pixels than my 15.6 inch laptop. (And I wouldn’t be surprised if it had more processing power, either) This is an exciting time for technology, but what’s scary is that the lifespan of every new model and flagship will be shorter and shorter.

  • Mike S

    Maybe I missed it somewhere, but is there a removable battery??? If so, I don’t mind the added bulk if I can get more life out of the phone. I actually prefer my Incredible 4g LTE with the extended battery. It fits into my hand nicely and is easier to hold.

  • Derek

    All android phones have terrible battery life. I have an HTC Rezound for personal use and it barely makes it for 10-12 hours with minimal usage. I just got a new company phone and it’s an iPhone 5 and the battery life is absolutely insane. i can go 3-4 days on one charge, that’s using a mixture of wifi and LTE. It has only a 1420mAH battery. The Rezound has 1650mAH and cant even make it through one work day before I have to recharge it. Ridiculous.

    • spacebar2012

      Try a Galaxy S3 or the new Optimus G (when its available) or the new PadFone 2 (when its available) and then talk about battery life. The iPhone 5 cannot go 3-4 days on one charge eben with moderate use on 3G, forget LTE.

  • jamal adam

    This is quite the smartphone though I must say that the 2020 mAh battery is trouble considering that this is a 5 inch, 1080p screen with a 440 ppi resolution, and a Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. All that awesomeness needs a larger battery.

    • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

      That s4 will help with battery 28nm, remember?

  • alexanderharri3

    With the battery size of the average display phone….paired with a 5″ 1080p display….battery life would be terrible while the screen is used….aka whenever you use the phone! HTC task killing battery saving techniques would probably help…..but still….more battery for an extra mm!

  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    Could that “With Google” hint at that HTC nexus :p?

  • MoSDeeb

    Spec wise – This phone is a beast.

    I’m not sure about the appearance just yet. A great phone none the less

  • mustybooks

    This looks amazing… really hope they release a gsm/uk LTE version

  • Raptor

    The only what may save this phone with the superphone i was waiting for is Sharp’s IGZO. It’s twice more energy efficient. So think as if you’ve got 4000+ mAh battery unless you are a heavy gamer.

    • Raptor

      sorry – typo” “with the superscreen”.

      Where is effin Edit button, Taylor?

    • Tarwin

      This is actually a slight possibility. According to the Engadget article, HTC has confirmed to be using panels from Sharp and from JDI. The reason I say slight is because as far as I know IGZO is only available from Sharp at the moment, meaning that if they did use it it would result in disparate battery lives between the Sharp panel toting models compared to the JDI equipped ones.

  • scott

    this is why HTC should make a nexus device because theure hardware is soo high end and innovative. vanilla android would feel great compared to samsung or LG

  • Orion78

    Now if they only turn this into a Nexus.

  • kwills88

    honestly don’t understand why HTC keeps doing this, make an amazing device only to leave you feeling disappointed because they don’t have a bigger battery, Samsung manages to keep their phones slim yet give it a large battery, so HTC can do the same, they promised their customers bigger batteries for years now and nothing has really changed.

  • thetechmaniac

    Guys , an over excited guy wrote this article – LOL – An over excited guy wrote an article on it too – http://esponential.com/2012/10/17/440-ppi-5-inches-but-you-probably-wont-get-any-of-it/

  • Juan

    It says with google on the back just like the “nexus” from lg kind of weird…

  • AnthonyRyan

    Man.. i hate the icons they used on this it’s the same from when they had the HTC Bliss phone with that crap icon style after sense 3.0 they came up with that idea and that was a wrong direction for HTC now they are back at it again..

  • Nathan D.

    Dam!! That screen resolution is amazing, I would like to see it with my own eyes.

  • spacebar2012

    What is it with HTC and tiny batteries? Way to kill an awesome device.. My otherwise-brilliant One X had to be sold for exactly this reason. Poor battery life. Well, at least they got the microSD part right with this one!

  • Elijah

    This phone isn’t going to sell well with the pathetic battery inside especially with the 3100 mah the galaxy note 2 has. I think the majority of people who buy the phone are going to be people looking for a PDA/Tablet type device with similar battery life.

  • Alex Buonsante

    The company name holds a hidden tip when buying their phones.


  • Hexen302

    Well I still have till June till my AT&T contract is up. cant wait to see what awaits me then. I hope a version of this comes to AT&T or maybe the next in line. Till then I will keep rockin my Galaxy S2 with Jellybean. Still an awesome phone!

  • Kroms

    Make a Google Nexus version of this PHONE with a Bigger Battery and THIS WILL clean up the market !

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  • lala

    good looking phone