HTC Butterfly vs. HTC One – What’s the difference?

by Jerry D on March 12, 2013

If you compare the HTC Butterfly and the HTC One, which one emerges as the winner? Does the 5.0-inch display on the Butterfly, beat the One’s 4.7-inch screen? Is its quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon processor better? Is the One smaller and thinner than its rival? These questions (and more besides) are answered below.

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HTC Butterfly vs. HTC One: stat-fight

Here’s how the two phones compare. If you you want more information on any of the technologies that you see mentioned, click on a highlighted term to find out more about it. Or view our FAQs.

HTC Butterfly VS HTC One
Display 5.0-inch Super LCD3 4.7-inch Super LCD3
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
(440.6 PPI)
1080 x 1920 pixels
(468.723 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon 1.7GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
Software Android 4.1.1 Android 4.1.2
Storage 16GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB 32 or 64GB internal, no expansion slot
Rear
camera
8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, face/smile detection, geo-tagging, simultaneous video/photo recording and 1080p video recording 4.0 Megapixels with Ultrapixel image sensor, autofocus, LED flash, simultaneous HD video/image recording, face detection, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 2.1MP Yes, 2.1MP
4G LTE LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/ac/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP 4.0 with A2DP
Size 70.5 x 143.0 x 9.1mm 68.2 x 137.4 x 9.3mm
Weight 140g 143g
Talktime TBC TBC
Standby TBC TBC
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, gyroscope, stereo FM radio, TV-out, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality and Beats Audio GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, TV-out, stereo speakers, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality and Beats Audio

 

HTC Butterfly vs. HTC One analysis

You’ve seen the specs for the two phones above. But that doesn’t immediately tell you which one is technically superior. Here’s how this HTC Butterfly vs. HTC One fight plays out…

HTC Butterfly vs. HTC One – Connectivity

The spec sheet of the Butterfly lists NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP as the core connectivity options. Data downloads will zip over 4G (if your network supports it). HTC’s One, meanwhile, dishes up NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/ac/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. 4G is also included.
— It’s a tie, a point to each phone (1-1)

HTC Butterfly vs. HTC One – Size/Weight

As far as pocketability is concerned, here’s how the phones measure up. The Butterfly is a neat 143.0 x 70.5 x 9.1mm handset. While HTC’s phone is 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3mm. Out of the two, the One is the smaller and lovelier phone. Weighing 143g, the One is a mere 3g heavier than the Butterfly, which weighs 140g. Could the One be the phone to beat in this fight?
— The One wins (1-2)

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HTC Butterfly vs. HTC One – Camera/Video

The Butterfly’s 8.0 MP lens features an array of goodies such as: autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, face/smile detection, geo-tagging, simultaneous video/photo recording and 1080p video recording. Photos taken with the camera will have a resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels. For video calls, there’s also a second, front-mounted camera rated at 2.1 Megapixels.

The One boasts a poorer specification on paper, specifically a 4.0 Megapixel camera. But it packs an Ultrapixel image sensor (effectively doubling the performance), autofocus, an LED flash, simultaneous HD video/image recording, face detection, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording. An extra camera on the front is designed for video calling. The resolution is 2.1MP.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (2-3)

HTC Butterfly vs. HTC One – Display

The Butterfly features a touch-sensitive Super LCD3 display, 5.0 inches across with a quoted resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. In terms of pixel density, the pixels per inch (PPI) measurement is a sky-high 440.6.

XXXX pointy arrow The HTC Butterfly features a 5.0-inch Super LCD3 display with a quoted resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 440.6.

The touch-sensitive Super LCD3 screen on the One is smaller, measuring 4.7 inches. The resolution is the same. In comparison, there are 2073600 pixels onscreen, giving the One a strong pixel density of 468.723 pixels per inch.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (3-4)

HTC Butterfly vs. HTC One – Processor

As for the CPUs in this fight, the HTC Butterfly is powered by a quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon processor, clocked at 1.5GHz. The One has a newer, 1.7GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chip.
— The One wins (3-5)

Half-time: HTC Butterfly vs. HTC One

At the halfway mark, the One has opened up a good 2-point lead. But there are some big rounds coming up, including storage and operating systems. Can the Butterfly pull it back?

HTC Butterfly vs. HTC One – Software

— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (4-6)

HTC Butterfly vs. HTC One – Applications

— It’s a tie, the two phones share the points (5-7)

HTC Butterfly vs. HTC One – Storage

This round is about the storage options. We start with the HTC Butterfly, which comes with 16GB of built-in storage as standard. HTC’s approach to the One is more flexible. It offers 32 or 64GB versions to suit different price points. In this round, the 64GB of maximum memory in the One beats the 16GB maximum capacity of the Butterfly. Of course, plug a 32GB memory card into the Butterfly’s microSD expansion slot and the maximum capacity rises to 48GB. HTC didn’t build an expansion slot into the One, so 32 or 64GB is all you get.
— The One wins (5-8)

HTC Butterfly vs. HTC One – Battery Life

We can’t score this round until we have full talk and standby time information for both phones.
— Tie. The Butterfly and the One share the points (6-9)

HTC Butterfly vs. HTC One – Extras

— It’s a tie, one point each (7-10)

BPF Verdict: The HTC One wins! (7-10)

The HTC One impresses in this match-up, defeating the HTC Butterfly by taking 3 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 7 and losing 0. Why is it better? The quick answer is that it’s neater, arguably has a better camera and it has a newer, speedier processor.

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