HTC One Max rumor round-up: 5.9-inch screen, Snapdragon 800, UltraPixel camera, Q4 release date
HTC One Max – that's one of the hottest names thrown back and forth through Rumorland right now. And that's because it is not the name of just any smartphone. The handset in question is going to be HTC's first "phablet" device, offering a humongous screen for those who just can't get enough display real estate. How do we know all that? Well, the rumor mill has been pretty generous on leaks about the HTC One Max. The smartphone even posed for the camera numerous times, revealing what the device will actually look like. Yup, it will be more or less a larger HTC One, as the name implies.
So all in all, there is little that we don't know about the HTC One Max. That's why we thought it would be nice to put together all the insider info about it that has leaked so far and update you, guys, on the matter. Here's what we got:
Yes, the phablet will be known as the HTC One Max. Or at least that's what a highly credible source of insider info says – a source that we definitely trust. The name makes sense, of course, since the device will be a physically bigger version of the HTC One.
This one is pretty much set in stone given all the leaked HTC One Max spy images we've seen. What we aren't sure about, on the other hand, is what material the company's designers have chosen for the back of the device. Hopefully, HTC has gone for a premium metallic design.
A fingerprint scanner will reside on the back of the HTC One Max, according to rumors. What it will be used for isn't entirely clear, but we sure hope that its functionality isn't limited to simply unlocking the device. Perhaps it might also be used to authorize Play Store payments?
That the screen on the HTC One Max will have a resolution of 1080 by 1920 pixels is easy to guess. After all, that's the pixel count of most recent Android high-ends, the HTC One included. The size, however, was nailed recently at 5.9 inches. That means the HTC One Max will have a screen slightly bigger than that on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
A high-end smartphone deserves top-of-the-line silicon, isn't that so? Well, the HTC One Max won't disappoint in that respect. According to rumors, it will be equipped with a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 SoC, which is most likely the most powerful chip on a smartphone today. The 2GB of RAM should suffice, although the Note 3 recently surpassed this milestone, packing 3 gigs under the hood. UPDATE: Some are claiming that the HTC One Max will use a less powerful Qualcomm SoC instead of the Snapdragon 800. That, if true, will be a bummer.
Just like the HTC One, the One max will be equipped with an UltraPixel camera. We're assuming it will be close, if not identical, in terms of resolution to the HTC One's 4MP snapper, also adopting its larger pixels for extra light sensitivity. Optical Image Stabilization is expected to be on board as well. And for the times when a selfie is all you need, a 2.1MP front-facing camera with a wide-angle lens will get the job done.
First the good news, the HTC One Max is expected to have a microSD card slot behind its removable back cover, complementing the smartphone's 16GB of on-board storage. The bad news, however, is that this particular model might not be available in all markets, as the case was with the Chinese HTC One.
A large smartphone should have a large battery. In this case, the HTC One Max is expected to pack a cell of 3200 or 3300 milliamp hours, which is pretty decent for the device's caliber.
As it can be clearly seen from all the leaked HTC One Max photos, the smartphone will sport a pair of front-facing BoomSound stereo speakers. That is great news as the pair found on the HTC One sounds awesome, leading us to believe that the One Max will not lag behind in that department. Naturally, Beats Audio enhancements will be supported.
We've been hearing rumors about the HTC One Max possibly launching in multiple variants, including a dual-SIM model made for the needs of specific markets. The rumor is credible as the HTC One that is on sale in China does offer dual-SIM functionality. Still, we aren't expecting this particular version to ever get launched in the US.
Evidence suggests that the HTC One Max will be released running Android 4.3 – the most recent version of the platform currently available. Then once it is out, we see no reason for HTC to not update the device to Andorid 4.4 once that version of the platform is released. Naturally, the UI of the OS will be treated to some serious modifications. And speaking of which...
A new version of the company's Sense user interface is expected to debut on the HTC One Max. It will be known as Sense 5.5, but unfortunately, that's pretty much all we know about this new UI so far.
The HTC One Max will be compatible with a number of accessories, among which we're expecting to see a landscape-style charging dock. Or at least that is the assumption we've arrived at after seeing the HTC One Max having three metal connectors at the back. Of course, these might also be used to pair the handset with a case enabling Qi wireless charging.
Invitations are being sent out by HTC to members of the media, confirming that the company will host an event on October 15. That's when the HTC One Max is most likely going to be announced.
We are most likely going to see the HTC One Max hit the shelves in the coming months, right around the US holiday season. Pricing is still up in the air, but we don't see it launching anywhere south of $199 on a 2-year contract with a US carrier.
In the US, the HTC One Max should launch with at least two of the nation's largest carriers. These include AT&T and Sprint, which have both expressed interest in offering the smartphone on their networks. Is anyone getting it? UPDATE: Leaks seemingly confirm that the HTC One Max is also headed to Verizon.