HTC Butterfly 3

Just when you thought HTC's smarpthone line-up could not get any more convoluted and confusing, the Taiwanese manufacturer has launched two new models, both with a focus on camera capabilities and performance.

The Butterfly 3 is HTC's new high-end device with a polycarbonate body rather than metal as in the One series. It's also basically the international version of the Japan-only Butterfly J which was launched back in May. Specifications are impressive all around, with a 5.2-inch QHD LCD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset, and 3GB of RAM. On the software side of things HTC's Sense 7 runs on top of Android 5.0. There are 32GB of built-in storage and a microSD slot for expansion. Power is provided by a 2,700mAh battery and the body comes with an IP57 rating for dust and water protection.

In the Duo camera module a 20.2MP sensor is supported by a secondary distance sensor. Just like in the One M8 this allows for changing focus post-capture and simulation of a shallow depth-of-field effect. Light is captured through a lens with F2.2 aperture and an equivalent focal length of 27.8mm. The front element is made from sapphire glass for extra protection. There is a dual-LED flash for shooting in very low light and as you would expect from a device of this caliber the Butterfly 3 is capable of recording 4K video.

The front camera features a 13MP BSI CMOS sensor and an F2.0 lens with an equivalent focal length of 28.2mm. It can record footage up to 1080p Full-HD resolution. The Butterfly 3 will first be launched in Taiwan on October 20 and cost approximately $600. No information on international availability and pricing has been provided yet. 

HTC One M9+ 'Supreme Camera'

In addition to the Butterfly 3 HTC has launched an upgraded version of the One M9+, called the M9+ "Superior Camera". As the name suggests it's a One M9+ with an improved camera module. Instead of the original model's 20MP Duo-camera setup the 'Superior Camera' variant comes with a conventional 21MP sensor and an optical image stabilization system. The secondary lens has been replaced by a laser to assist the camera's contrast and phase-detection autofocus methods. HTC claims the new system can focus as fast as 0.1 seconds.

We have our doubts this kind of performance will be achievable in real-life conditions but nevertheless the new model has a camera specification that should be very appealing to any mobile photographer. It'll be available in Taiwan from October 6 for approximately $630.

HTC One M9+ 'Supreme Camera'

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