HTC J Butterfly impresses with 5″ 1080p display, Japan-only for now

This week HTC and KDDI au announced their first 1080p smartphone, the HTC J Butterfly. The J Butterfly has a massively pixel-dense 1920 x 1080p display that measures just five inches across. This is enough to put it barely into phablet territory, but the massive increase in display makes it one-of-a-kind.

The new display can play back Blurays and other Full HD content at native resolution without stretching, making it a media powerhouse. The fun continues with a powerful Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor running at 1.5 GHz, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage - backed up by up to 32 GB of additional storage via micro SD. The phone features the same rear camera as the HTC One X, with the wide-angle front-facing 2.1 megapixel camera from the Windows Phone 8X by HTC.

A comparison between the iPhone 5 and J Butterfly, courtesy of The Verge.

The J Butterfly is running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, although a version with a UI similar to the Sensation that is apparently preferred in the Japanese market.

The J Butterfly looks to be a beautiful phone, and I’ll be curious to see the first reviews when it is launched this December. We should also see more 1080p displays in other smartphones, as the pixel density and image quality of the Super LCD 3 screen will mean that it’ll be hard to make a case for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and its 5.5″ 720p screen. Exciting times!

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