You know a smartphone’s too big when it ships with a remote control
Over the past few years we’ve seen smartphone screen sizes inch upward from 3.5 inches to larger than 6 inches. As the line between phones and tablets continues to blur, you have to wonder — are phones getting too big to hold up to your face to make a call?
It looks like HTC may have anticipated that question with its new HTC Butterfly 5 inch phone. In China it will ship with an HTC Mini remote control which you can use to control media playback and even make phone calls without pulling the Butterfly out of your pocket.
The HTC Butterfly features a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor, a 1920 x 1080 pixel display, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. Sold in the US as the Droid DNA, the Butterfly is one of the most powerful Android phones available.
But it’s also one of the bigger phones available. While that high quality screen is great for surfing the web, watching videos, or playing games, it might be overkill for making a quick phone call.
So Chinese users will be able to pair an HTC Mini remote with the phone over a Bluetooth or NFC connection and use it to make calls or send text messages. You can also use the remote to control media playback or even capture photos using the phone’s camera.
If you misplace your phone you can also press a button on the Mini to make your phone ring — but as the smaller, less necessary device, it’s more likely that you’ll misplace the HTC Mini while knowing exactly where your phone is.