We weren’t expecting this one so soon, but it seems that the big amount of leaks and rumors have made HTC rush with the launch of the One Max. As the name suggests, this is definitely one big smartphone that makes the jump to the phablet category with an enormous 5.9 inch size. It’s slightly bigger than the 5.7 inch Galaxy Note 3 but “smaller” than the humongous Sony Xperia Z Ultra. Just like we were expecting, the HTC One Max comes with much of the same features and design language than what we have seen in the HTC One.
The HTC One Max comes with the same Snapdragon 600 processor and the same 4-megapixel UltraPixel camera. Yes, unlike the above-mentioned rival devices, the Xperia Z Ultra or the Galaxy Note 3, it doesn’t pack the latest Snapdragon 800. The reason is a failed agreement between HTC and Qualcomm, as it seems that the chip maker considers that the Taiwanese company can not guarantee a steady supply of orders. In other words, Qualcomm thinks HTC is too small a player to do business with them. But for most users out there, the 1.7 Ghz processor should behave itself just fine and I suspect that this will also contribute to offering the device at a slightly lower price.
An interesting new feature of the HTC One Max is the inclusion of the fingerprint scanner, but we’ll have to wait for early reviews to decide whether it can compete with Apple’s own reader present in the iPhone 5s. Even if could be pretty basic, the fingerprint scanner on the One Max will let you log in with a swipe of your fingertip. Unlike many recently launched smartphones, the HTC One comes with a side-mounted power button, probably because of its huge size. It also retains the infrared blaster from the HTC One.
The HTC One comes with the same aluminum chassis that we’ve seen in the HTC One and the HTC One Mini, but this time. A good thing is that unlike the previous One models, the rear cover on the Max is removable, letting you insert a microSD card. Now you can expand the standard 16GB or 32GB onboard storage with up to 64GB more via the microSD. The phablet comes with a very capable 3,300mAh battery, but alas, for those that still find this a letdown, it is non-removable.
It has a 1080p LCD display with a pixels-per-inch density of 349, meaning it will render crisp and sharp images. This is no toy, weighing 217 grams, having a height of over 16 centimeters long and a thickness of 10.3mm. The launch of the One Max introduces HTC’s Android skin, Sense 5.5, for the first time. Some of the most important changes are: refresh for the BlinkFeed and updates to the HTC Zoe picture mode.
Commenting on the launch, Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation, said:
“The addition of the HTC One max means that we now have an HTC One phone for everyone. The family has been built on quality and game-changing innovations and the HTC One max is certainly no exception. The upgrade to HTC Sense 5.5 will provide our most amazing mobile experience yet, with the HTC One max delivering the size and power required to do everything you want, and more, without compromise.”
Let’s have a look at the launch video and some other technical specifications and features of the HTC One Max that we didn’t mention above.
- Connectivity: 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n, DLNA for wirelessly streaming media from HTC Connect, infrared remote control, micro-USB 2.0 port with mobile high-definition video link (MHL) for USB or HDMI
- Sound: HTC BoomSound, Sense Voice
- Camera: five levels of flash automatically, 1080p Full HD video recording with HDR video, object removal, slow motion video recording
- Sensors: gyro sensor, accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor
- 50GB of additional free Google Drive online storage