HTC Butterfly 3 release date, specs: new handset lands October 20 with Snapdragon 810, 4K camera, Sense 7 UI


After being the topic of numerous rumors in the past, the HTC Butterfly 3 is now official, standing as the flagship successor to the last year’s Butterfly 2. However, the “new flagship” is in no way new, as it is basically the very same HTC J Butterfly that was released exclusively for the Japanese market way back May of this year.

The “new” HTC Butterfly 3 flagship smartphone boasts of a 5.2 inches display, with a 1440 x 2560 Quad HD resolution and a 565 ppi pixel density rate. It runs under a Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 chipset, with a Cortex-A53 and Cortex-A57 quad core CPU, and an Adreno 430 GPU.

It packs 3 GB worth of RAM, along with a 32 GB worth of built-in internal storage capacity. It supports external microSD expansion of up to a massive 2TB capacitythat is, when the time comes that a 2TB microSD card is available for the mass market.

The HTC Butterfly 3 also boasts of an impressive camera, as it packs with it a 20.2 megapixels rear main camera, which can record videos of up to stunning 4K resolution, and is complemented by a secondary sensor, dubbed by HTC as the Duo camera, which allows for various functions and options post-shooting of the image. It has a 27.8 mm wide-angle Sapphire crystal-protected lens, with an f/2.2 aperture.

The front camera boasts of a 13 megapixels 28.2 mm wide-angle BSI sensor, with an f/2.0 aperture, the ability to record videos of up to 1080p Full HD resolution.

The device is powered by a 2,700 mAh battery, and has an IP57 rating for dust and water resistance. It boots on Android Lollipop 56.0 with HTC’s Sense 7 UI running on top of it.

The HTC Butterfly 3 will be released in Taiwan for TWD 19,900 on October 20. No word yet for an international release.