HTC has silently lifted the lid on a global edition of the J Butterfly smartphone that was initially only announced for Japan.
Unlike its Japanese sibling, which has a bright red back, the Butterfly features an all-black chassis, but with two thin red stripes on the sides that give it a rather slick and eye-catching appearance.
The rear speaker, meanwhile, is now perforated right into the casing, helping it to blend in better. Aside from that, both versions look near identical. Thought we must admit we definitely like the way the Butterfly looks a lot better.
The specs, too, remain largely identical and are just as impressive, the highlight being the stunning five-inch LCD 3 panel that comes with a full HD resolution (1080p), Corning Gorilla Glass 2 for protection and a positively remarkable 440 pixels per inch density that wipes the floor with the iPhone 5’s 326ppi Retina display.
In the camera department, the Butterfly rocks a none-too-shabby eight-megapixel rear-mounted snapper with LED flash and a 2.1-megapixel front facer.
Keeping things shipshape and up to speed is a brawny 1.5GHz quad core Snapdragon S4 chipset from Qualcomm, with 2GB of RAM and 16GB on board storage (expandable by an additional 32GB via microSD) - all powered by a reasonably large 2,020mAh battery.
Unfortunately, HTC UK has reportedly told Pocket-Lint that this particular version won’t be released in our shores. However, it’s very much likely that there’ll be yet another variant that’ll be available here a little later.
As soon as we know more, we’ll be sure to tell you. So stay tuned.