At long last, HTC has decided to take the plunge into the phablet market by introducing the 5-inch HTC J Butterfly (aka HTL21), where it was unveiled by KDDI in Japan although there were whispers of a 5” HTC device that was meant to arrive on Verizon Wireless since July this year. The HTC J Butterfly will be powered by the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system right out of the box, where it comes with a 5” Full HD “Super LCD 3” display at an incredible 440ppi pixel density, with a rather able 1.5GHz quad-core APQ8064 processor underneath the hood.

At the back, you will not find anything more than a two-digit megapixel count for its camera, as it carries an 8-megapixel shooter which should be enough to get the job done, even handling 1080p video recording with aplomb. In front, there is a 2.1-megapixel camera for your video calls and vanity shots. Additional hardware specifications include 2GB RAM, 16GB of internal memory, a microSDHC memory card slot just in case the aforementioned 16GB is not enough, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 (LE), NFC, LTE and CDMA/GSM/UMTS/GPRS connectivity, all coming in a waterproof (IPX5-rated) and 140 gram package. Hopefully the 2,020mAh battery is able to last the distance with the kind of performance figures the LCD display churns out. No idea on pricing, but it should be out in KDDI Japan early December in either red, white or black colors.

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