Taiwan's HTC pulled the wrap off its new smartphone HTC Butterfly on December 11 at an event held in Taipei. HTC's new offering boasts a 5-inch Super LCD 3 display with 1920 x 1080 pixels - a higher resolution display than Apple's latest iPhone 5. But the big question will be if it can takedown Apple's best?
The HTC Butterfly sports a 5-inch Super LCD 3 display with a pixel density of 441ppi (pixels per inch) and powered by 1.5 GHz Quad-Core S4 processor. The company claims that the new smartphone will enable users to stream HD movies to their TV sets wirelessly, besides surfing the Internet simultaneously. The device is crafted with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 technology which gives it a slimmer, curvier and exotic look.
The latest HTC offering is poised to challenge the Cupertino giant's iPhone 5, which was launched earlier in September with a bigger 4-inch screen and a faster processor with 4G LTE technology.
Here we compare the features of both phones to help you decide your best buy.
HTC Butterfly vs iPhone 5
While HTC Butterfly features a 5-inch Super LCD 3 display with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolutions at 441ppi, Apple's iPhone 5 offers a smaller 4in screen with resolution of 1136 x 640 pixels at 326ppi.
HTC's display is clubbed with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 technology which gives the touchscreen a striking look. Apple iPhone 5 is equipped with Corning Gorilla Glass and oleophobic coating for extra-protection against smudges, scratches and accidental display damage on daily use.
HTC Butterfly ports Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating system that is upgradable to v4.2 (Jelly Bean) where as the iPhone 5 runs on iOS 6 platform.
Though both the operating systems stand shoulder to shoulder, Apple's iOs 6 is not different from its previous iterations. Many features in iPhone 5 work explicitly with the iOS 6.0 operating system and with this Apple has introduces its own Map system which is struggling to find a place in the market as the geographical information provided in the new application is erroneous.
Android 4.1 is the fastest and smoothest version of Android yet. It lets the user to experience a new Google search on Android and gives an easy navigation between home screen and various applications.
HTC has opted for a 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (Krait) mobile processor with 2 GB of RAM. The model allows user to surf the internet as well as stream HD videos concurrently. On the other side, Apple iPhone 5 uses quad-core A6 chip which the company claimed will give double the CPU and graphics performance, while using just 1 GB of RAM.
On the connectivity front both the devices support Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot and Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP.
Both the devices are equipped with 8 Megapixel camera.HTC smartphone offers Auto-Focus (AF), BSI Sensor and f/2.0 with 1080p video recording. It comes with a 2.1 megapixel front camera. In contrast, the Apple iPhone 5 features simultaneous HD video and image recording, touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama and HDR, besides adding a 1.2 megapixel front camera.
Apple offers relatively better storage options, as the iPhone 5 comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants. On the other hand, HTC offers just the 16 GB version.
The HTC handset features a 2020 mAh li-polymer battery and assures a long time battery backup. iPhone 5, on the other hand, equips an improved battery that Apple claims will give 225 hours of standby time as opposed to 200 hours of standby in iPhone 4S.