Who’s ready for a new round of HTC-related rumors? The Butterfly S and One Mini (aka M4) are in the spotlight… again, as reputable sources around the web reveal new, trustworthy details about them.
First off, there’s Focus Taiwan, whose “company sources” disclosed the Butterfly S will cost NT$20,000 in Taiwan, or around US$670. That doesn’t exactly sound affordable, but rumor has it the phone will be no featherweight, sporting a 5-inch Full HD screen and a “faster processor” compared with its predecessor.
Said predecessor, released in the US as the Droid DNA, packed a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC, so it’s safe to assume the Butterfly S will come with either a Snapdragon 600 or an 800 in tow. As the formal intro is slated for June 19, the commercial launch should happen sometime in July, so our best guess is there’ll be a 600 CPU (bummer) inside the thing, just like inside the HTC One.
The not so great news doesn’t stop there, as the Butterfly S is rumored to come in just one flavor, with 16 GB of on-board storage. On the flipside, there should be microSD support on the thing, unlike on the One, so balance shall be restored.
As far as the One Mini is concerned, its existence is right now beyond the shadow of a doubt, following that photo leak from last week, the Bluetooth SIG certification and a Bloomberg report published 24 hours ago.
According to the business publication, the 4.3-inch downgraded version of the HTC One will go on sale “by August”. The only other details Bloomberg mentions are there should be a lower-resolution screen and a less-powerful Qualcomm processor on the thing. Translation – 1,280 x 720 pix res panel and Snapdragon 400 SoC.
Between these two handhelds and the alleged 5.9-inch One Max, we can predict HTC will be back in contention for the number two Android manufacturer spot (behind Samsung, of course) by the end of the year, but it remains to be seen if the three gadgets will look in reality as good as they do on paper.