The fingerprint touting HTC One Max will be unveiled next week.
Back in August, HTC released a number of teaser videos hinting at the launch of its first phablet and now its launch is almost upon us. HTC are expected to unveil the phablet, known as the HTC One Max, on October 15th.
Sources familiar with the situation have also revealed that the One Max will pack a fingerprint sensor. Unlike Apple's iPhone 5S , the HTC One Max's fingerprint sensor is strategically placed on the rear of the phablet - at the spot where a users index finger naturally resides.
The exact functionality of the fingerprint sensor is still a mystery, but presumably it'll be used to unlock the smartphone and could be used to authenticate purchases on Google Play - eradicating unauthorised app purchases completely.
Security concerns are bound to resurface, and if the technology continues to spread there is bound to be a security breach somewhere along the line. Let's just hope that when it does happen that it doesn't involve users fingerprints being obtained by unscrupulous fraudsters.
A detailed specification for the HTC One Max has also been leaked on Twitter (posted above) giving us an even better insight into HTC's Android phablet. Apparently, it'll be powered by a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor, have 2GB of RAM and a 5.9 inch full HD display (1920*1080 pixels).
The HTC One Max's dimensions are listed at 114.5mm * 70.5mm * 10.66mm with the weight reported as 130g - although, it does say TBD and we highly doubt a phablet of that size would as light as that. It'll be available with a choice of either 16, 32 or 64GB of on-board memory with the potential to add another 32GB using microSD cards.
It comes pre-loaded with Android Jelly Bean (4.3) and the latest version of HTC Sense, while you also get all the connectivity options you've come to expect - although, one noticeable omission is 4G connectivity. However, it could well be that there are two versions of the One Max, one supporting 3G and one supporting 4G LTE!
We'll will bring you all the details of the HTC One Max as soon as HTC reveal the phablet !
By Simon Thomas on 10th October, 2013