Android from HTC: ‘Butterfly’ versus Upcoming ‘M7’

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The HTC Butterfly is a reincarnation of the J Butterfly that was released in Japan by HTC. The 5 inch Butterfly is powered by a Snapdragon processor and has a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels with a 441 pixels per inch pixel density. It was released in both CDMA and GSM versions. It was launched as the Droid DNA in the States, and made available through the Verizon network.


When the Android OS was first launched, HTC Smartphones ruled the roost; however they were soon overtaken by the wildly popular Galaxy S series from Samsung. It was also unable to keep pace with the iPhone. In a move seen by industry analysts as posing a serious challenge to the Galaxy S4 (which is expected to hit the market soon, say by April), the Taiwanese manufacturer is all set to release a new Android phone called the M7, in March this year. Investors seemed to be buoyed by this announcement, with the HTC shares showing a sharp rise in the stock market.


If the tech grapevine is to be believed, HTC is going all out to ensure that they can make enough casings and semiconductors so that they will be able to manufacture between 4 and 5 million handsets of the M7 in the first quarter of 2013.


Leaked images of this new device have appeared on several websites, generating even more interest. It is believed that this phone will have a uni-body aluminum shell.


Let’s see how the HTC Butterfly and the M7 stand head to head:


ñ     Both phones are 3G compatible. Both are of course touchscreen phones with the M7 being a tad smaller at 4.7 inches to the Butterfly’s 5. The M7 will also sport a lower resolution at 720 x 1280 pixels.


ñ     Both devices features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon APQ8064 quad core processors, but the new phone is expected to have a 1.7 GHz chip, faster than the 1.5 GHz of Butterfly.


ñ     Both Smartphones have the same 2 GB RAM, but the M7 will have double the storage capacity, at 32 GB.


ñ     While the Butterfly has an 8MP camera, the standard for today’s Smartphones, the M7 will feature a massive 13 MP camera. The cameras on both phones have digital zoom, auto focus, LED flash and 1080p HD video recording capability. However the image quality is expected to be better on the M7 as it has a much higher image resolution.


Both phones support multiple formats of music files; the M7 however features Beats audio, with its superior speakers and amplifying capability.


The Butterfly and M7 have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, micro USB ports and slots for MicroSD cards. The M7 will have a more powerful battery Li-Ion 2300 mAh compared to the 2020 mAH of the Butterfly.


Again we will be able to confirm these specs only when the M7 is actually released; these are a mix of speculation and wild guesswork.


Rumors are that the Samsung galaxy S 4 will feature a never seen before eight core processor; you can expect that there will be even more power packed features in this yet to be released Smartphone. In the light of these facts, it is difficult to say if the M7 will be able to hold its own against the mighty S4.


In the last year, HTC had really struggled to keep their head above the water, with revenues seeing a sharp decline of 60 %, in comparison with 2011.


They will also have to contend with the iPhone 5S which is rumored to be not too long in the future, and the slew of Windows Phone 8 Smartphones released by Nokia, like the Lumia 820 and 920. HTC certainly have an unenviable task on their hands.

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