If by now you’ve grown tired of reading about the HTC One Max and seeing it in leaked images and would just like the Taiwanese company to announce it already, here’s some bad news for you. No, the One Max is still not official. On the other hand, it leaked again.
This time, the first HTC phablet managed to get certified for sale on the Chinese market, courtesy of local regulator TENAA. As usual when this happens, we get some images showing the device from all angles, alongside a list of specs (complete or not). That’s the case now too. So one more time, feast your eyes upon the HTC One Max, will you?
Not one, but two variations of the One Max got certified. The HTC 8060 is headed to China Unicom, the country’s second largest carrier, while the HTC 809d is going to China Telecom, the third largest carrier and the only one to use CDMA tech. Both models have dual-SIM dual-standby support, which should make Chinese customers real happy.
Other than their support for different network tech the two are identical. That said, they’re not likely to be identical to the internationally-sold model. First of all, that dual-SIM support shouldn’t be expected to come to other markets. Furthermore, both of these China-bound One Max units sport a removable back cover, and microSD support (the battery isn’t removable, though). If HTC sticks to its past behavior on the matter, neither of these features will make it to the One Max sold in ‘developed markets’, for whatever reason. So a unibody metal construction a la the One is likely.
In terms of hardware innards, the One Max comes with a 5.9-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, a 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 4 MP UltraPixel rear camera, a 2.1 MP front camera, and a 3,300 mAh battery. The built-in storage capacity is 16 GB for the Chinese models, but if the international one doesn’t get a microSD card slot then it could come with 32 GB. The battery capacity may also be different for One Max units sold outside of China.
In the mainland, the One Max is expected to hit the streets sometime in October, and could retail for around 5,000 yuan (that’s around $816 or €604 at the current exchange rates). So it will be anything but cheap.
These Chinese certifications don’t usually come many weeks before a device is released, so we’re hoping that the wait for the One Max will finally be over soon. Stay tuned.