HTC Butterfly vs. Sony Xperia Z – Fight!

by Jerry D on March 11, 2013

If you compare the HTC Butterfly and the Sony Xperia Z side-by-side, which one is the smartest? Does the 5.0-inch display on the Butterfly, defeat the one on the Xperia Z? Does the Butterfly have a better mobile OS? How do the Xperia Z’s measurements compare? These questions (and more besides) are answered below.

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HTC Butterfly vs. Sony Xperia Z: 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 Sony Xperia Z
Display 5.0-inch Super LCD3 5.0-inch Reality
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
(440.6 PPI)
1080 x 1920 pixels
(440.6 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064
Software Android 4.1.1 Android 4.1.2
Storage 16GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB 16GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB
Rear
camera
8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, face/smile detection, geo-tagging, simultaneous video/photo recording and 1080p video recording 13.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, face/smile detection, touch focus, image stabilization and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 2.1MP Yes, 2.2MP
4G LTE LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP 4.0 with A2DP
Size 70.5 x 143.0 x 9.1mm 71.0 x 139.0 x 7.9mm
Weight 140g 146g
Talktime TBC 14.0 hours
Standby TBC 530 hours
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, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality

 

HTC Butterfly vs. Sony Xperia Z 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. Sony Xperia Z fight plays out…

HTC Butterfly vs. Sony Xperia Z – Connectivity

Let’s consider the wireless options first. The Butterfly boasts NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. As for 4G, you get that too. In comparison, the Xperia Z features NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi And Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. It also supports 4G.
— It’s a tie, a point to each phone (1-1)

HTC Butterfly vs. Sony Xperia Z – Size/Weight

The Butterfly and the Xperia Z measure 143.0 x 70.5 x 9.1mm and 139.0 x 71.0 x 7.9mm respectively. Overall the Butterfly is the bigger phone. Checking on weight, the Butterfly weighs 140g, while the Sony Xperia Z is 146g. There’s not much in it, but the Xperia Z edges into an early lead.
— The Xperia Z wins (1-2)

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HTC Butterfly vs. Sony Xperia Z – Camera/Video

HTC has built the Butterfly with an 8.0 Megapixel camera that boasts autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, face/smile detection, geo-tagging, simultaneous video/photo recording and 1080p video recording. You might have spotted the front-facing camera too. It has a resolution of 2.1MP.

The 13.0 Megapixel camera on the Xperia Z is an improvement on the Butterfly’s lens and also includes autofocus, LED flash, face/smile detection, touch focus, image stabilization and 1080p video recording. A second 2.2MP camera on the front can be used for video calling.
— The Xperia Z wins (1-3)

HTC Butterfly vs. Sony Xperia Z – Display

As for screen size, the HTC Butterfly features a 5.0-inch (1080 x 1920) touch-sensitive Super LCD3 display. The resulting pixel density of this handset is a lofty 440.6 pixels per inch. Nice.

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.

In terms of size, the Xperia Z’s touch-sensitive Reality screen is identical. There’s no difference in the resolution. With 2073600 pixels on the 5.0-inch screen, the pixel density is also a formidable 440.6 pixels per inch.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (2-4)

HTC Butterfly vs. Sony Xperia Z – Processor

— It’s a tie, one point each (3-5)

Half-time: HTC Butterfly vs. Sony Xperia Z

At the halfway point, the Xperia Z leads the Butterfly by 5-3. There are five more rounds to go. Can the Butterfly turn this around?

HTC Butterfly vs. Sony Xperia Z – Software

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

HTC Butterfly vs. Sony Xperia Z – Applications

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

HTC Butterfly vs. Sony Xperia Z – Storage

— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (6-8)

HTC Butterfly vs. Sony Xperia Z – 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 Xperia Z share the points (7-9)

HTC Butterfly vs. Sony Xperia Z – Extras

— It’s a tie, one point each (8-10)

BPF Verdict: The Sony Xperia Z wins! (8-10)

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