Ending weeks of rumours and speculation, HTC have officially announced their first big phone of the holiday season. Apologies for the pun, but the new J Butterfly packs a 5″ 1080p that has to be seen to be believed. Speaking at an event in Tokyo, the corporation confirmed the rumours that they were working on such a phone and also mentioned that the display at its heart would be making its way to other handsets soon.
The phone’s 1920 x 1080 display is quite something, capable of playing Blurays and other full HD content at fully quality, without stretching. The phone is built on Super LCD 3 technology, a hearty follow-up to the One X’s LCD 2. The One X was widely considered to be an excellent display and by some to be the best contemporary smartphone display, but the new tech looks to have surpassed it with an excellent increase in resolution and better colour accuracy as well.
The J Butterfly has some impressive hardware inside as well. The phone is powered by the quad-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor we saw on the Optimus G, as well as 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage augmented by up to 32 GB of micro SD. There is an 8 megapixel f/2.0 camera on the back and the wide angle 2.1 megapixel front-facing camera we’re expecting on the HTC 8X. The phone also includes LTE support. All of this is powered by a 2,020 mAh battery, which may prove to be the only weakpoint of the phone, depending on the displays power demands.
The J Butterfly looks like a convincing first 5″ 1080p phone and hopefully we’ll see this standard grow as quickly as 720p did this year. 440 pixels per inch is an awesome figure, and makes a convincing case against the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, which looks dated with its 5.5″ 720p display!