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£579 HTC Butterfly: a superb smartphone with a full HD display

The HTC Butterfly is the successor of the HTC One X which has proved to be one of the better Android handsets of last year. It can still be found for around £330 at some retailers and for £15.50 on monthly contracts.

The Butterfly, which was launched back in October 2012, on the other hand costs £579 from DigitalRev and comes with free shipping as well as local warranty (note that this is a gray import).

Its most compelling feature is a 5in Super LCD 3 display with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, which translates into a pixel density of 440ppi, around a third higher than Apple’s own.

Other notable points include a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 system-on-chip clocked at 1.5GHz (the APQ8064, the same that powers the Nexus 4), 2GB of RAM, 16GB onboard storage, an 8-megapixel camera with an F2.0 aperture and a 28mm lens, a 2.1-megapixel camera with full HD video recording, a microSd card slot, Beats Audio technology, a 2,020mAh battery, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with HTC Sense.

The phone hasn’t been launched officially in the UK and it is likely that it will carry another name. Rivals include the iPhone 5, the just announced Sony Xperia Z and the LG Nexus 4 which shares a number of features but costs around half the price.

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