I guess the HTC One Max is the most leaked handset of the year, but the Taiwanese company has finally took some time to officially announce its biggest smartphone yet. While we spent the last couple of months discussing leaked One Max photos, specs, and benchmarks, HTC was sitting quietly in its corner, looking like they refused to show us the new phablet in the flesh.
The HTC One Max announcement has come to confirm most of the rumors that made the headlines over the past couple of months, but they also revealed a couple of surprises.
One of the biggest surprises is related to One Max’s hardware platform. While the rumor mill and all clues indicated towards a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, the Taiwanse phone maker has chosen to equip the new phablet with the same 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 600 chipset. The other big surprise is the camera mounted on the back of the One Max. Even though it has the same 4 MP UltraPixel camera as the original HTC One, the new phablet has lost the optical image stabilization.
HTC One Max’s hardware platform is pretty similar with the one of the old One, the new handset also sporting 2 GB of RAM and all the connectivity features worthy of a modern high-end smartphone. The main difference between the two is the 5.9-inch full HD LCD panel that was mounted on the smartphone launched today. Oh, I almost forgot, the HTC One Max also has a removable back that allows you to expand your 16/32 GB of storage using microSD cards. Unfortunately, the 3,300 mAh battery is not removable.
In terms of design the freshly announced HTC One Max keeps the same lines as the two One models launched ahead of it. The biggest visual difference is the fingerprint sensor mounted on the back, being positioned in the same finger-friendly location as G2′s volume rocker and power button. As you probably guessed, you will be able to use the fingerprint scanner to secure your smartphone’s lock screen.
The software is different as well. One Max is running Android 4.3 out of the box, bringing Sense 5.5 which comes with improved Zoe, Blinkfeed, and gallery apps.
The Taiwanese company announced that the HTC One Max will hit worldwide markets by the end of the month, also adding that Verizon and Sprint will retail it in US. Even though there’s no mention about them in the press release, don’t be surprised to hear that the HTC One Max will also make it to AT&T’s, T-Mobile’s, and other US carriers’ stores.
Unfortunately, HTC failed to reveal the smartphone’s price, but expect it to cost jut about as much as its main rival, the Galaxy Note 3.