Google obviously stole the spotlight this morning with its barrage of announcements, but HTC had some things to say as well. We’ve previously heard about HTC’s event in Japan, and suspected that variants of the top-end One M9+ and Butterfly J would be discussed (rather than the One A9, which was just teased). Turns out those rumors where true.
One M9+ Aurora Edition
Looking past the silly name, we essentially have a One M9+ with upgraded camera abilities. The sensor is bumped up to 21MP from 20MP. This may sound like an unnecessary upgrade, but it appears that the real value is due to HTC switching sensors. We now have OIS on-board.
Additionally, to aid focusing speed, HTC forwent the depth-sensing duo camera for a laser autofocus. The camera already has Phase-Detection Autofocus (PDAF), so now it switch between them to make best of the situation.
Other than this, we’re looking at a very similar device as the standard M9+: 5.2″ QHD display, MediaTek Helio X10 octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage (with microSD expansion), and 2,840mAh battery. The One M9+ Aurora Edition was only announced for Taiwan, arriving on Oct. 5th for NT$20,900 (~$630).
The Butterfly 3 is a rebranded Butterfly J (previously offered in Japan only). This will be an “international” variant. It holds a lot of HTC’s top-end specs this year, but cheaper due to it’s plastic body.
The Butterfly 3 still has the secondary duo sensor on the back for depth control with images. The main rear sensor is 20MP with OIS. You’ll also notice a significant sensor on the front, which will provide 13MP high-res selfies.
Other specs are a 5.2″ QHD display, Snapdragon 810 SoC, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage (with microSD expansion), and a 2,700mAh battery. Also, this guy is rated for IPX5 and X7 water and dust resistance.
The Butterfly 3 will first launch in Taiwan on Oct. 20th, with the promise of other markets in the future. However, I wouldn’t hold your breath to see it overseas. It is priced at NT$19,900 (~$600).