BY | January 18, 2013

In days after its release in Australia, HTC has launched its 5-inch FullHD phablet the HTC J Butterfly in Russian market. Russia is now going to be the first European country to get the HTC phone. European customers have been eagerly waiting for this gadget. With this phone, Russian fans of Android have two 5-inch FHD phablets in shelves. Earlier, the display giant Sharp has surfaced its Aquos Phone SH930W in the country. HTC is to sell its phablet for a price of €692 (approx. RUR27,990) in Russia.

Here we take the opportunity to compare the HTC J Butterfly with the Sharp’s phone. Sharp designed an own handset using its FHD LCD display, which you can see on many of 1080p phones in market. Sharp went on to coin up own device with an eye at the lucrative phablet market. Anyway, here comes our comparison between the J Butterfly and Sharp Aquos.

Display Screen & Form Factor: Both the handsets hail from the same 5-inch FHD phablet category. The Sharp handset is up with its own IGZO display, while HTC has mounted a Super LCD3 1080p display along with Gorilla Glass 2 protection. They also share the same pixel density, size and form factor. Being equally sized handsets, the Sharp and HTC phones have almost the same dimensions and weight.

Processor, Power: The phones are powered by quad core CPUs like all other released and upcoming 5-inch FHD phones. The Sharp handset has a 1.5GHz Krait processor with Qualcomm 8260A chipset, Adreno 225 GPU and 2GB RAM. Almost similarly powered specs are inside the HTC phone as well.  It is up with a 1.5GHz Krait processor, Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM. When it comes to internal storage, both the devices have the same 32GB of built-in memory.

Software: As we can guess, the handsets are running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It is the latest Android version available for regular Android devices as the most recent Android 4.2 is only available for Google’s own Nexus devices. But, soon after its release, let us expect the arrival of Android 4.2 to the handsets.

Camera: It is the point where both the Butterfly and Aquos Phone stay different from other recent FHD handsets. When all those phones have heavy 13MP rear cameras, the HTC and Sharp phones in discussion tout only 8MP rear cameras. They show off all essential camera features like LED flash, autofocus and 1080p video recording capability. The handsets also feature 2MP front-facing cameras for video chatting.

Battery: The phones also share almost equally powerful batteries for decent power backup. The Aquos packs a 2100 mAh battery, while the HTC phone has a non-removable Li-Po 2020 mAh battery.

Price & Availability: When it comes to pricing, the devices also have nearly equal price tags. Sharp is to sell its phablet for $694 (approx. RUR22,000) in Russia. It is when HTC has announced Butterfly’s price as €692 (approx. RUR27,990). Difference is narrower and so customers will be confused in choosing one. The Aquos Phone has been in Russian market since the fall 2012. But, HTC is just to enter to the market now.

Target Audience: The targeted audience of both the phones is actually the same. It is the time the tech market is getting more 5-inch FHD handsets. These handsets are two important versions among the first line of such products. They are meant at the customers, who look forward for a larger display with stunning clarity and performance. Following the phones, a host of tech makers – that include Sony, Huawei, ZTE, Lenovo etc… – launched their models of high-end FHD handsets. So the mobile market is going to be steeply competitive with those products. HTC and Sharp may find it hard to market their products across the world.

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