HTC have just announced the biggest brother in the One Family (the other members being the original HTC One and HTC One Mini), the HTC One Max . Being the big brother, it comes with a gargantuan 5.9″ display, making it the family’s phablet contender. Much of the specs, however, is borrowed from HTC One.
The dimensions of the device is gargantuan, even when compared to . Also, while it incorporates the UltraPixel technology, it unfortunately loses the optical image stabilization of the HTC One. It seems that HTC is slowly moving away from Beats Audio, with the HTC One Max incorporating HTC’s BoomSound.
HTC One Max Specs
- 5.9″ Super LCD3 display, 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution (373ppi)
- Android 4.3 Jellybean with Sense 5.5
- Quad-core 1.7 GHz Krait 300 Snapdragon 600 processor
- Adreno 320 GPU
- 2GB RAM
- 16/32GB internal storage, expandable via microSD
- 4MP UltraPixel rear camera, 2MP front camera
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
- 3G, HSDPA, LTE
- Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP
- GPS, A-GPS
- IR blaster
- Stereo FM radio with RDS
- 3300mAh battery
It’s not just from the One that it borrows from, though. Like the One Mini, it has a removable back (but non-replaceable battery) to access the microSIM card and microSD trays. Yes, you read that right: microSD support! OMG! This makes the phablet an absolutely compelling buy! Galaxy Note 3, you better watch out, this might become my next phone! I am seriously considering this!
However, the biggest difference between this and the other HTC One series phones, and all its competition in fact, is the fingerprint scanner found at the back, which can be programmed to recognize up to three fingers, and can be used from anywhere between unlocking the phone to launching apps directly.
Also, HTC seem to have tied up with Google Drive this time around (as opposed to Dropbox), giving you 50GB of cloud storage free for two years. Aside from what’s already been said, it comes with some tweaks to features such as BlinkFeed, and Sense 5.5 makes its debut. The HTC One Max is said to be available to Asia and Europe, while the rest of the world will get it by November. Unfortunately, there’s no price yet. I, for one, VERY excited!