It was already rumored that the Taiwanese mobile phone maker is planning to launch a 5 inch phablet, similar to the Samsung’s Galaxy Note family of smartphones. Today, HTC finally went ahead and announced the new HTC J Butterfly smartphone in Japan. As expected, this device comes with a large 5 inch 1080p display along with 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB RAM and a disappointing battery.
HTC J Butterfly will be exclusively available for the KKDI subscribers in Japan. You will have to wait for a couple of months to get your hands-on this device since HTC is planning to release the company’s first phone-tablet hybrid device at the end of this year. HTC is also expected to launch a similar smartphone in other major markets.
HTC J Butterfly features a 5 inch Super LCD 3 display, sporting a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm S4 Pro processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, 3.5 mm headset jack, Google Play Store, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, 4G LTE connectivity, NFC (Near Field Communication), HDMI-out, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA and 2020 mAh battery. This handset measures 143 x 71 x 9.1 mm and weighs 140g.
HTC J Butterfly is also a dust-proof and waterproof smartphone. This handset will be available in red, black and white colors. The price of this device will be announced in the coming weeks,
We already knew that LG was working on the successor of its original phablet, the LG Optimus Vu. Today, the Korean mobile phone maker finally announced its second phone/tablet hybrid device, the LG Optimus Vu II. It comes with the same 5 inch display with 4:3 aspect ratio, however the processor, RAM and battery have been upgraded in this device.
LG Optimus Vu II is the company’s second device to feature the unique QSlide Function which shows two different screens simultaneously on one display. Basically it means that you can view once apps on the first half and a second app on the another half of the screen. It also packs a stylus dubbed as “Rubberdium Pen 2.0″ that offers a finer point for more precise input.
LG Optimus Vu II features a 5 inch IPS display, sporting a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and so on.
It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, MHL, NFC, USB 2.0, DLNA, Wi-Fi direct, GPS with A-GPS, LTE connectivity, Google Play Store, 2 GB RAM, 400 hours of stand-by time, 500 minutes of talk-time and a 2150 mAh battery. This handset measures 132.2 x 85.6 x 9.4 mm and weighs 159 grams.
LG Optimus Vu II will be available in Black, White and Pink colors. This handset comes with a price tag of 966,900 won (approx. $865) in Korea. LG Optimus Vu II is expected to be available in major European and Asian markets in the coming weeks.