The phone-tablet hybrid, called phablet, is carving a market for itself. Leveraging this trend, HTC is introducing its Butterfly S, a large 5-inch device, which will have an overall spec-boost over HTC’s flagship smartphone, the HTC One. The HTC One Mini, codenamed HTC M4, is also underway.
Rumors say that HTC Butterfly S will come with all the features required to compete with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 waiting to be launched shortly. The Galaxy Note 3 will supposedly have better specifications than Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S4. Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and Sony’s Xperia Z are noteworthy 5-inch devices that have gained traction in the market.
The HTC Butterfly S is expected to come with a 5-inch Full HD display having a resolution of 1080p. It will have a slightly thicker profile to accommodate an enhanced battery and will come with HTC’s exclusive UltraPixel camera. More details have yet to be revealed, but the processor is definitely a Snapdragon chipset and the device will have a microSD card slot for expandable memory.
The HTC M4, a competitor of Galaxy S4 Mini, will have a 4.3-inch 720p display, dual-core processor, 2GB RAM and UltraPixel camera. Its front-facing stereo speakers and the Beats audio are expected to be exceptional. Among the standard specs, the device will feature Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, HTC’s Sense 5 user interface, 1,700mAh battery, 16GB internal storage and microSD slot. It will support 4G LTE. The HTC M4 is expected to launch in mid-July.
Of late, several companies have gained entry into the phablet market. For instance, Lenovo’s K900 features high-end specifications yet bears a lower price tag compared to its contenders. Slated to release in June, HTC Butterfly S is likely to make some sensation with its first phablet-grade device.