HTC One Max: What do we know so far about HTC's phablet ?
The HTC One is a great phone, with a stunning design and powerful innards. But for some its 4.7 inch screen just isn’t big enough, so HTC has seen fit to develop the HTC One Max, combining a bigger display with better specs, for a phablet fan pleasing handset.
The HTC One Max is still thought to have the gargantuan 5.9 inch screen that we reported on last month. It’s 1920 x 1080 giving it a pixel density of 337 ppi. That’s not quite as high as the HTC One’s 469 ppi pixel density, but in general use you’d be hard pushed to notice the difference.
The HTC One Max is rumoured to run Android 4.3, which would make sense as the HTC One is soon getting an upgrade to that. It will also likely come with a new version of HTC Sense.
It’s thought to have a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, which is a big jump up from the 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor in the HTC One, though it has the same amount of RAM as the HTC One, specifically 2GB.
The HTC One Max is likely to have a 3200 mAh battery, which should keep it going for a long time given that the HTC One has just a 2300 mAh battery.
The camera is looking like it won’t see too much of an upgrade, as it’s expected to sport the same Ultrapixel technology as the HTC One. There’s no word on how many megapixels it will be, but the front facing camera has 2.1 megapixels, which is the same as the HTC One, so it’s likely that the main camera will also have the same megapixel count of 4.
There are conflicting reports on storage, with some claims stating that it will come with 32 or 64GB of storage, while other sources state that it will have just 16GB of built in storage but will also have a micro SD card slot, which the original HTC One doesn’t.
Given that the standard HTC One comes with 32GB of storage and that HTC tends to avoid micro SD card slots on its flagship phones, we’d be inclined to say that 32 or 64GB of storage with no micro SD card slot is most likely to be the case.
Aside from being larger the HTC One Max is thought to look almost identical to the HTC One, so expect the same premium aluminium build and dual front facing stereo speakers.
We’d take this with a pinch of salt but there are some rumours that suggest the HTC One Max may feature a fingerprint scanner a lot like the iPhone 5S. In some ways it would make sense as it would give Android users access to one of the iPhone 5S’s killer features, on the other hand Apple worked hard to make its fingerprint sensor as accurate and secure as possible and despite that it’s still been found to have security holes, so if this is a rushed reactionary feature it may not work too well.
Release date and price
Update: HTC are expected to unveil the HTC One Max on October 15th
As yet we don’t know when the HTC One Max will launch. Previously it was rumoured that it would be announced at IFA 2013 at the beginning of September, but that has been and gone with no announcement.
We’d wager that it will almost certainly arrive this year though, so there shouldn’t be too much longer to wait. There’s no word yet on a UK price for the handset either, but given the extremely high end specs and large screen we’d expect it to set you back at least £500.
With the possible exception of the fingerprint scanner all of these rumours seem very believable, so we’d expect the final handset to be largely in line with them. Assuming it is, the HTC One Max should have no problem standing up to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in terms of performance, though whether it will sell as well is another matter entirely.
Users who’d rather wait for a follow up to the HTC One with a more pocket friendly screen will be waiting a while longer, but a proper successor is likely to show up early next year, as these things tend to have yearly cycles
By Kevin Thomas on 30th September, 2013