HTC has confirmed long-time rumours by launching its flagship smartphone, the HTC Butterfly, in India. The world’s first smartphone with a 1080p display, the Butterfly's 5-inch Super LCD 3 touchscreen has a whopping pixel density of 441 ppi. The native resolution of the display is a phenomenal 1920 x 1080 pixels. This is the first full HD phone to be released in India and will cost you Rs 45,990.

HTC Butterfly with 5-inch 1080p display revealed

HTC Butterfly with 5-inch 1080p display here at last

The HTC Butterfly runs on a 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 Pro quad-core processor, and has 2GB of RAM. It has 16GB of internal storage, which is expandable by up to 32GB via microSD cards.

The smartphone runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but the HTC Sense 4+ software overlay hides most of the stock interface. The smartphone has an 8 megapixel rear shooter and a 2 megapixel front camera with HTC’s ImageChip on board. The HTC Butterfly is powered by a non-removable 2,020mAh battery, which seems like it wouldn’t be able to last long thanks to the full HD display, but we will have to wait for further tests before concluding on the matter.

“HTC Butterfly is quite simply the most stunning smartphone HTC has created to date, with a display that people will fall in love with instantly,” said Faisal Siddiqui, Country Head, HTC India. “It offers the best experience in terms of performance, design and innovation, and is our most eagerly anticipated smartphone with rave reviews from media and consumers alike.”

The smartphone will be available in retail stores later this month. Note that the device will need a Micro-SIM card.

The highlighted specifications of the HTC Butterfly are:

  • 5-inch Super LCD 3 1920x1080p display with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 (441 ppi)
  • LTE, 3G, HSPA+
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC
  • GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS
  • Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP
  • 8 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 2 megapixel front camera
  • 16GB internal storage, expandable by up to 32GB via microSD
  • HDMI out, microUSB

The Butterfly was first unveiled in October 2012 and started selling in Australia and Europe earlier this month. It is available in the USA as the HTC Droid DNA (with some modifications) through Verizon, and in Japan as the HTC Butterfly J.

HTC is said to be working on another flagship smartphone, the HTC M7, which will also have a 1080p display on a 4.7-inch screen. Information about the M7 has been leaked extensively over the past few months, with the latest video showing the handset’s housing. The M7 is expected to be announced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, next month.

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