After an endless amounts of leaks and photos and everything in between, the HTC One Max is now official. HTC’s first flagship is set to challenge the likes of the Galaxy Note III and Xperia Z Ultra, but it may leave specs enthusiasts a little bit disappointed. Here are the specs:
5.9″ 1080 Display
1.67GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 600 Processor
16GB/32GB Internal Storage
microSD Card Slot
4MP UltraPixel Camera
2.1MP Front Facing Camera
3300 mAh Battery
Android 4.3 with Sense 5.5
While these specs are by no means poor,they don’t “wow.” The Max’s main competition, the Galaxy Note III and Xperia Z Ultra, are both running Snapdragon 800 processors. Furthermore, the Galaxy Note III packs 3GB of RAM which pushes it even further ahead of the competition (specs wise that is). Many were also hoping to see a slight increase in the megapixel count of the camera. While we know that more megapixels don’t automatically equal a better photo, a slight increase would have been nice and bigger numbers do catch consumers attention a little bit more.
On the plus side, HTC has added a micro SD card slot which many will love. This does mean that you lose the one piece aluminum body but the device still looks pretty darn nice. The battery is also plenty large and should be able to power you through a day without much problem.
The big addition to the phone is definitely the fingerprint scanner. According to HTC, you can assign three apps to three different fingers so that you can quickly launch into them by scanning the associated finger. While it all sounds good, early reviews I’ve been reading say that the scanner needs some serious work . Of course I’ll save final judgement for when I actually get to try out the phone.
Speaking of trying out the phone, global availability has not been made known quite yet. In the Press Release, HTC states that “The HTC One max will begin rolling out across the globe from mid – end October” but we need to “See specific regions for details.” We’ll get in touch with our HTC contact to see if they know anything yet.
So what do you guys think of the device? Does the One Max have a chance to compete in the increasingly competitive phablet market?
THE HTC ONE GETS SUPERSIZED WITH THE HTC ONE MAX
World’s best smartphone now in 5.9? with new and improved HTC Sense 5.5 ® experience
London, October 15, 2013 – HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, today announced the HTC One max, a super-sized smartphone that brings the award-winning design, functionality and performance of the HTC One to fans of larger handsets. A new Fingerprint Scan feature takes convenience to a new level while acclaimed features including HTC BlinkFeed™, HTC Zoe™ and HTC BoomSound™, combined with the new HTC Sense 5.5, which are all enhanced to continue to deliver the best overall smartphone experience, now on a larger screen.
“The addition of the HTC One max means that we now have an HTC One phone for everyone. The family has been built on quality and game-changing innovations and the HTC One max is certainly no exception,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “The upgrade to HTC Sense 5.5 will provide our most amazing mobile experience yet, with the HTC One max delivering the size and power required to do everything you want, and more, without compromise.”
Big and powerful
The HTC One max’s 5.9? full HD1080p display is perfect for enjoying photos, videos and movies on the go. Smooth and efficient performance comes courtesy of a quad-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600 processor featuring a quad-core 1.7 GHz CPU enabling jaw-dropping performance, ultra vivid videos and booming sound. Whether you’re watching videos in stunning HD, playing games or checking out what’s hot online, the HTC One max sounds amazing, looks sharp and keeps working when you need it.
The 16GB or 32GB onboard memory can be expanded thanks to a microSD™ card slot, with a massive 50GB of additional free Google Drive online storage being offered exclusively to HTC One max owners
The large 3300mAh embedded battery means that this level of performance will last and last. Even the most intensive users will find the HTC One max is up to the challenge thanks to the optional HTC Power Flip Case, a stylish 1150mAh battery expansion for your HTC One max which offers both protection and extra juice when you need it most.
Maximum convenience at your fingertips
The average person checks their phone multiple times a day, so the HTC One max welcomes a new era of convenience and advanced functionality thanks to a built-in Fingerprint Scan feature. Located on the back of the device, the fingerprint scanner allows users to lock or unlock the screen and quickly launch up to three favourite applications by assigning an individual finger to each.
More content than ever before
The HTC One max’s Sense 5.5 upgrade comes with a more social, personalised HTC BlinkFeed that can be further refined by customisable topic categories and new integration with premium content providers including Instagram and Google+. Up to 120 articles can also be downloaded for offline viewing, making BlinkFeed even better for snacking on information wherever and whenever you are.
Featuring HTC’s UltraPixel camera technology, HTC Zoe mode, that brings your photos to life, and a 2.1MP front-facing camera, the HTC One max will capture stunning photos and full HD 1080p videos whether you’re the photographer, the subject or both. Dual Capture means you can now snap memorable moments and your reaction to them in one extraordinary photo or video by simultaneously shooting with the front and rear cameras.
Improved imaging is also introduced through Video Highlights, which combines your photos and videos to create a mini movie complete with the soundtrack and visual theme of your choice. And with the HTC One max, your Video Highlights can now be any length you want.
Design at its Best
Available in Glacial Silver, the HTC One max shares the same premium design credentials as the rest of the HTC One family, providing an all round exceptional experience.
The HTC One max will begin rolling out across the globe from mid – end October. See specific regions for details.