The HTC Butterfly hit the market a few weeks ago and for the large part took the world by storm – proudly sporting a massive 5-inch 1080P HD display, water-resistant design and enough power to reverse the big bang. In fact, had it not been for a battery that really didn’t cut it in any way, shape or form, chances are we’d have been looking at the HTC Butterfly as one of the devices of the year – big time.
However, for the Chinese market at least HTC seems well and truly sold on the idea of bringing as much of the potential of the Butterfly to light, having just released the all-new and rather curious HTC Mini. Rather than serving as a phone in its own right, the HTC Mini is in fact a rather intriguing add-on for the HTC Butterfly, which connects to the mother-ship by way of NFC. Once hooked up, the gigantic Tabphone hybrid can be kept in a bag, desk, pocket or anywhere else and used via the Mini – something of a remote control to operate the Butterfly without having to touch it.
The appeal of the HTC Mini as a toy and a gadget is clear – the thought of playing around with one for a while is borderline irresistible. However, in terms of a product of genuine purpose and consumer interest, it’s difficult not to wonder whether HTC has somewhat missed the point here. Are they admitting that the Butterfly is too big to own and operate as a Smartphone? What about the idea of having to carry around two devices at all times as opposed to just one?
Probably the biggest saving grace of all for the HTC Mini is the fact that it’s being bundled as a freebie with the HTC Butterfly – value for money therefore doesn’t even come into the equation. And of course, you’ve got to hand it to HTC as a whole for really pushing the boundaries of innovation – even if the result is one that leads to more head-scratching than outright celebration.