Now, this is the kind of fight I always, always wanna see in HTC! Don't you just love it when they go all out on their handsets?! (Kinda reminds me of that they did two years ago, when they pushed the boundaries of how big a smartphone could be with the 2010 TechPinas Favorite, HTC Desire HD.)

Not only is the upcoming HTC J Butterfly flagship release the first handset to flaunt a 5-inch 1080p resolution display but it's also practically the first waterproof phablet in the world!

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Officially announced by Japanese carrier KDDI just a few hours ago, HTC J Butterfly is a smartphone-tablet hybrid (just like Samsung Galaxy Note) that runs HTC Sense skinned Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system right out of the box with its Quad Core Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 chipset CPU and handles multi-tasking with 2 GB of RAM. Other key features include LTE support, 16GB of internal storage expandable via microSDHC card slot, 8 MegaPixel autofocus camera with LED flash, FullHD video recorder, and a 2020 mAh Li-Ion battery.

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The phablet features an ultra-sleek design and a powerful set of internal specifications but, for me, the one thing that truly makes this device a stand-out is its 5-inch FullHD resolution display. Made by Sharp and JDI, HTC J Butterfly's screens packs an unbelievable 440 pixels per inch, making it look even sharper than Apple's Retina Display on the iPhone 5, which only has 326 ppi.

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And if all that isn't enough to convince you that the Taiwanese indeed went all out on the handset, HTC even got an IPX5 certification for HTC J Butterfly, which means that the device is protected against 'water jets projected at all angles through a 6.3mm nozzle at a flow rate of 12.5 liters per minute at a pressure of 30kN/m2 for 3 minutes from a distance of 3 meters.' So yes, despite its svelte form factor, we can call HTC J Butterfly 'rugged'.

Looks great and all but will it even reach Pinas? This phone has just been launched in nearby Japan but there's no telling if the Philippines will likewise get it. I really hope though that HTC would bring it here even if it comes in another name (although J Butterfly sounds really, really cute, I think) because if the success of SGNote here were any indication of Pinoys' taste in Android smartphones, I think that we have a soft spot for phablets.

If HTC brings it here, how much do you think it should cost? HTC Android smartphones tend to be a lot more expensive than their counterparts from other companies; And considering the materials that HTC uses in crafting its handsets, that's something I totally understand. My TP Guesstimate for the J Butterfly phablet (should it land here) is around Php 36,000 to 38,000 -- any higher than that and consumers might think it's already too much for a handset.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name HTC J Butterfly HTL21
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category High-End (Flagship Level)
DimensionsTBD, 9.11 mm thin
Weight 140 grams
Available Colors Red, Black, White
Operating System Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Display 5-inch, 440ppi full-HD Super LCD 3 Display
Processor 1.5GHz Quad Core Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 chipset
RAM 2 GB RAM
Internal Storage 16 GB, expandable via microSDHC, supports up to 32GB
Camera 8 MegaPixels, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus and LED flash, 2.1 MegaPixels front camera
Video Capture Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second
Audio and Video Playback DivX/MP4/H.264/H.263/MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
Ports microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G, NFC, 4G LTE
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100, 4G LTE
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity, Gyroscope
Battery Li-Ion 2020 mAh
Uptime TBD
Value-Added Features New HTC Sense UI, IPX5 Certified Waterproof
Announcement In the Philippines: TBA
Availability Q4 2012 or Q1 2013
Price TP Guesstimate: Php 36,000 to Php 38,000