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This article was published on October 17, 2012

HTC announces 5-inch HTC J butterfly smartphone bound for Japan

HTC announces 5-inch HTC J butterfly smartphone bound for Japan
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HTC on Wednesday unveiled its HTC J butterfly handset for the Japanese market. The device features a 5-inch Super LCD screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080, an 8-megapixel rear camera, 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM.

Under the hood, the handset is state of the art with Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon APQ8064 chip and the MDM9615 baseband chip, which sets its up for LTE service on Japanese carrier au. The phone comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean installed.

There’s no word on price yet, but given the size and specs of the handset, it should definitely be on the higher end. It will be available in three colors when it arrives in December.

The HTC J butterfly certainly looks good on paper, and, just based on the product shots, it’s got an attractive design. If a version of this phone doesn’t make it outside of Japan, I suspect there will be a lot of disappointed customers.

The Taiwanese handset maker has had a rough time of things lately as it’s struggled to compete with Samsung and Apple. In the most recent quarter, HTC barely made forecasts after experiencing a 79 percent drop in profit compared to last year. The company is hoping to kick up sales with the release of its One X+ Android phone and its 8X and 8S Windows phones.

Images via HTC

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