The HTC One Max was practically unveiled by a slew of leaks forcing the struggling mobile makers to prelaunch the device before things got out of hand. So now that the device has become official, here’s what we know about it. The HTC One Max is basically a bigger phablet version of the HTC One and its star features include a 5.9 inch display and a fingerprint scanner.
The HTC One Max Features
The first thing that you’re going to notice with the HTC One Max is the screen size, at a mammoth 5.9 inches with 1080p display and 367 ppi, which should be a task if you’ve got dainty hands, but will definitely be great if you spend a lot of time watching streaming media and playing games.
The One Max is 6.5 inches tall, 3.3 inches wide, 0.4 inches thick, and weighs 217 grams. It does resemble the HTC One Mini in a lot of design aspects such as the silver aluminum chassis and white plastic edges. And just like the HTC One, you’ll find two speakers above and below the display to give its BoomSound audio the due respect it deserves( No Beats Audio unfortunately).
At the top of the screen is the 2.1MP front camera, while the rear sports the 4MP UltraPixel camera and LED flash. The power button has now moved to the right side, next to the volume button, while the back cover, which is removable holds the microSD card and microSIM slots. The One Max’s larger than life battery (3300mAh) is embedded and is still non removable.
The HTC One Max does disappointment with a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor and 2GB RAM and certainly fall short of the Snapdragon 800 CPU and 3GB RAM seen in devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Sony Xperia Z Ultra.
The devices comes in 16GB or 32GB variants that can be expanded to 64 GB. Max One owners also get an exclusive 50GB additional free Google Drive storage account.
The much hyped fingerprint scanner finds itself at the back of the device as a black square and users can swipe across the print scanner using up to three fingers to unlock the device. HTC says that people will be able to assign three separate finger prints to launch three different applications, if they choose to. The One Max is also likely to allow storing of multiple finger profiles belonging to different people.
On the software side, the One Max is running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and a refreshed HTC Sense 5.5 on top. The BlinkFeed homescreen comes with support for RSS, Google Plus and Instagram and can be customized by topic categories. With options to download up 120 articles this news aggregator certainly sweetens the deal for offline article readers.
HTC One Max Specs
- Dimensions: 164.5 x 82.5 x 10.29mm; 217g
- Display: 5.9″ Full HD 1080p
- Processor : Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600, 1.7GHz quad-
- Platform: Android 4.3 with HTC Sense™ 5.5, HTC BlinkFeed
- Memory : 16GB/32GB; 2GB RAM; supports microSD memory card for up to 64GB additional storage
- Sensors: Gyro sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Fingerprint scanner
- Connectivity: 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, NFC, Bluetooth® 4.0 with aptX™ enabled, Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n, DLNA® for wirelessly streaming media from HTC Connect™, Support consumer infrared remote control, micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port with mobile high-definition video link (MHL) for USB or HDMI
- Sound : HTC BoomSound™, Sense Voice
- Camera : Rear: HTC UltraPixel Camera, BSI sensor, Pixel size 2.0 µm, Sensor size 1/3′, Dedicated HTC ImageChip™ 2, f/2.0 aperture and 28 mm lens, Smart Flash with five levels of flash automatically, 1080p Full HD video recording with HDR video; Front: 2.1 MP, 88° wide angle lens, Front Camera: 1080p Full HD video recording.
- Camera Features: HTC Zoe™ with Sequence Shot, Always Smile and Object Removal. Gallery with Video Highlights and HTC Share. Continuous shooting and VideoPic. Slow motion video recording with variable speed playback.
- Multimedia: Audio playback supported formats: aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, wma (Windows Media Audio 9). Recording formats: .amr; Video playback supported formats: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3). Recording: .mp4
- Battery: 3300 mAh. Talk time: Up to 25 hours for WCDMA. Up to 28 hours for CDMA. Standby time: Up to 585 hours for WCDMA, Up to 393 hours for CDMA
HTC One Max Video Teaser
The HTC One Max doesn’t appear to bring anything refreshingly innovative to the table, but appears to simply expand its family from a One Mini, a flagship One to a mega sized phablet, the One Max. The device will be available in Glacial Silver and will become available globally from mid – end October. In the UK, it is expected to become available this week (Vodafone), while Verizon and Sprint will usher its arrival in the U.S before the end of the year. There is still no confirmed pricing available but we will update the post when it does come out.