HTC’s version of the American Droid DNA, the J Butterfly, outsold the Apple iPhone 5 in the former device’s first week on the Japanese market, according to a local carrier-based survey of best-selling handsets.
The J Butterfly, which was released in Japan on December 10, is the very first handset to come with a 5-inch display with full-HD resolution (1,920 x 1,080 pixel resolution). It was released by HTC in cooperation with Japanese carrier KDDI, which customized the J Butterfly accordingly for the Japanese market.
As per KDDI’s list of best-selling handsets for the week of December 10 to 16, the J Butterfly emerged on top of the charts, beating out the popular iPhone 5. As for all handsets sold in Japan over the same time frame, the J Butterfly finished in sixth place. These figures more than reinforced market analyst forecasts that the J Butterfly/Droid DNA would be a good way for HTC to catch up with other manufacturers of Android phones in terms of sales.
The HTC J Butterfly is also known as the Butterfly in markets aside from the US and Japan, and is expected to be launched soon for Asian customers. All three handsets share almost the same specifications and features, with the most prominent being the 5-inch, 1080p screen.
Aside from the full-HD display the J Butterfly features a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2 GB RAM, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box, an 8-megapixel rear camera, 2,020 mAh battery and HTC’s Sense user interface.