Its predecessor, the Butterfly, held the crown of India's most expensive Android phone at the time of launch, before ceding the position to the recently-launched Sony Xperia Z Ultra. The corresponding 16GB Apple iPhone 5 costs Rs 45,500, while its top-end 64GB variant has been priced at Rs 59,500.
The all-new Butterfly S has a 5-inch screen with 1920x1080p resolution and 441ppi pixel density. The phone runs on the 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 processor (that powers the Samsung Galaxy S4) and comes with 2GB RAM. This device packs 16GB onboard storage and supports expansion up to 64GB via microSD cards. HTC also offers 25GB of free Dropbox storage with the phone.
HTC has included its UltraPixel technology in the 4MP rear camera of Butterfly S; the front camera of this handset has resolution of 2.1MP and a LED flash is placed on the back. Connectivity options in the phone include 2G, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0 and NFC. The phone runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), topped with the manufacturer's proprietary Sense user interface.
The HTC Butterfly S will compete against the new crop of phones with full HD screens, including Samsung Galaxy S4, Sony Xperia Z, LG Optimus G Pro and its siblings HTC One and Butterfly. Other rivals are Apple iPhone 5, Nokia Lumia 925 and BlackBerry Z10 and Q10.
Butterfly S has been listed on HTC's India website since July, but the company has not given its price on the official listing page. Other e-commerce players like Flipkart and Snapdeal have not listed the phone on their website as of now.