HTC unveils stunning 5-inch, 1080p phone in Japan

Today in Tokyo, HTC unveiled their latest device; a mobile phone touting a 5-inch, 1080p display, something which is completely unmatched in the market so far. 

The device -- named the J Butterfly -- is a follow up to the previously released HTC J and features a quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, and an 8-megapixel camera. Those details alone should be enough to make any Android fan melt, since it'll also feature Jellybean from launch. It gets better, though, since the device also has a microSDHC expansion, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 (LE), NFC, LTE and CDMA/GSM/UMTS/GPRS radios (which means you can use it anywhere in the world).

Those specifications are nothing to shake a stick at, and truly give even HTC's new flagship phone -- the One X+ -- a run for it's money. HTC says the phone featured a massive 440 pixels-per-inch, which should be enough to satisfy any pixel enthusiast. The Verge noted that whilst the device looks huge, it doesn't feel unwieldy in the hands since it's just 9.1mm thin. Oh, by the way, it's waterproof too.

Sadly, the bad news is that HTC says the J Butterfly  isn't coming to anywhere outside of Japan, but, pixel enthusiasts will be able to pick up a device "soon" that features the same panel. We're excited, and are going to start trying to get our hands on one of these. They'll be available in Japan on KDDI in December in either Red or Black.

Source: The Verge / Engadget

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I think everybody should scrap their "phone" and buy alphanumeric pagers instead. OK, so the pager needs to take pictures and have an on-screen keyboard... throw those features on it too. In fact, take all features a typical smart'"phone" would have and just strip away the phone function... you'd be able to sell the device as most users tend to text while driving, and take pictures whenever they're out and about anyways. It's ironic how badly these functions seem to have been forgotten in the form of the devices that pioneered them... all for the sake of satisfying that "I-need-it-right-now" convenience that the masses have grown so quickly to not know how to live without.

Simpler times would be so refreshing. I wish there was a way we could all just dial it back a bit and realize the damage that too much of a good thing can do to the world and the people that occupy it's space.

There you have it, apocalyptic thoughts waiting to be ignited by following comments ;-)

You really don't need anything over 300dpi, I think there should be a standard resolution for phones though. I would say 720P will do for anything from 3.5-6.5 inch. 1080P is only really justifiable in devices 7 inches or up.

This phone is just using 1080P screen as a number grabber, bigger numbers means better.

Gaffney said,
You really don't need anything over 300dpi, I think there should be a standard resolution for phones though. I would say 720P will do for anything from 3.5-6.5 inch. 1080P is only really justifiable in devices 7 inches or up.

This phone is just using 1080P screen as a number grabber, bigger numbers means better.


Back in time people were saying - you don't really need anything over 80*25...
More means better.

I think 300 PPI isn't really enough. Pixel is still noticeable. I would say 450-500 is that limit.

Looks good. There are a lot of fanboys here - "make it WP8"? Seriously, what is wrong with people? Phone manufacturers should stick to a 3 model lineup system, and offer them with both WP8/Android, that way people can stop whining/bitching.

It's gorgeous! I wish HTC would release a Android tablet like the new line of its phones. The One X, One X+, and now this!

Why a 1080p phone, though? Just release a 1080p Android tablet!

The screen res. really seems like overkill to me. Actually that seems to have been a trend in my eyes with android phones-pure spec-whoring.

I wonder how many will complain about this or perhaps will close their eyes on this and sweep it under the rug, but, from the looks of it, it seems like you cannot change the battery.

Syanide said,
Make a Nexus version of this (call it, wait for it... Nexus 5) and you have a clear winner.

That would be so good...Stock android on it and make it so carriers cannot block updates....THEN you would have a phone that's unstoppable.

A slightly better spec phone called Vega R3 is already available in Korea (quad snapdragon, 2gb ram, 13 mp camera, 5.3-in HD TFT LCD, external memory supporting up to 2 TB) but not available outside the country.

doh said,
A slightly better spec phone called Vega R3 is already available in Korea (quad snapdragon, 2gb ram, 13 mp camera, 5.3-in HD TFT LCD, external memory supporting up to 2 TB) but not available outside the country.

Doesn't have 1080p res screen. Only 720...

And by the time it is released internationaly, HTC will unveil the new J Butterfly +...... For Japan only to start with........

DAMN! Every single one of those specs blows the Surface RT out of the water, and thats a tablet with more room for components.

International release...now! Perhaps the price of the thing is what keeps it only on the Japanese marked.

I'm usually a physical QWERTY person, but I could be tempted with that size of screen.
I'd like to see it in person before committing though, and that could be difficult!

Buy it and then wait few months for repairing (like mine Radar now)... HTC doesn't deliver at the moment the spare parts. MediaMarkt in Germany advises (unofficially, of course) not to buy anything from HTC.

moloko said,
Great specs for a world phone that is only sold in Japan

Ahh they'll export it. You know it'll happen.

Mother of God, specs wise this is fantastic!

Of course it's Japan-only... Reminds me of pre-iPhone times... Japan always was ahead by multiple years.

GS:mac

simplezz said,

But then no one would buy it

Having Android on it is a waste! Unfortunately WP8 doesn't support this high res though!!

trip21 said,
Warning it's a rectangle with rounded corners. UNLEASH THE LAWYERS!

Warning that joke is soooo played out. UNLEASH THE CREATIVITY!

trip21 said,
Warning it's a rectangle with rounded corners. UNLEASH THE LAWYERS!

You forgot the coloured back. Nokia will be suing shortly...

StevenJ said,

Warning that joke is soooo played out. UNLEASH THE CREATIVITY!

Yes, they will, by adding a 6th row of icons to iPhone 6

subcld said,
sadly its android hope to see 5inch windows phone from Nokia or htc or samsung

Seriously, I've gotten so used to my Galaxy Note that I don't want to go down in size! But I really want to go back to WP with WP8! I hate Android!

mrp04 said,

Seriously, I've gotten so used to my Galaxy Note that I don't want to go down in size! But I really want to go back to WP with WP8! I hate Android!

I dunno about 5" but the the few 4.7" phones WP has so far are getting there. I think if anyone does a 5" first it'd probably be HTC now since they like to reuse their android designs for WP as well.

GP007 said,

I dunno about 5" but the the few 4.7" phones WP has so far are getting there. I think if anyone does a 5" first it'd probably be HTC now since they like to reuse their android designs for WP as well.


Samsung has started to do that as well. The Focus 2 and Ativ S both look very similar to the GS3.

GP007 said,

I dunno about 5" but the the few 4.7" phones WP has so far are getting there. I think if anyone does a 5" first it'd probably be HTC now since they like to reuse their android designs for WP as well.

you mean htc likes to use nokia designs

Raa said,

The iPhone 6 will be out in about 12 months.

you mean the iphone 5s with a "better" cpu the same specs and the same price?