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HTC One max official: 6" phablet comes with Fingerprint Scan and Sense 5.5

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HTC One max official: 6
Rejoice, big screen lovers, as the HTC One Max - the company's first phablet - is finally here to bring its take on the whole huge phone conundrum with everything you know and love about the One line of HTC, plus some exclusive takes like the Fingerprint Scan feature.

Design


Clad in an aluminum body, the One max (yep, it's not titled with a capital letter) looks like a natural addition to the One and One mini - three's a family, and now HTC has most every market niche covered. It's not a unibody design, though, so thankfully you can pry off the battery cover and add a microSD card for more storage to load all those movies you are going to carry. The battery compartment is sealed, but it's a 3300 mAh unit, so no sweat, at least until we do the first battery tests.

The phablet is not for the faint of heart, though, as with its 164.5 x 82.5 x 10.29 mm dimensions and 217g of weight, it is one "supersized" handset, as HTC itself is calling it in the description.

Fingerprint Scan


You get your excellent BoomSound speakers at the front, but the back strays away from the One portfolio design paradigm, adding a flat and square fingerprint scanner, which can unlock your handset or start up to three favorite applications immediately upon touching it with three different fingerprints - a pretty svelte idea.

Specs


Just as speculated, the One max is powered by a 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor. Granted, it's not 800, but has plenty of oomph to run everything you throw at it on that big, vibrant 5.9" Super LCD3 display. As far as we know HTC, the panel should be a thing of beauty, both in terms of peak brightness, and in terms of contrast, not to mention that HTC always goes through the trouble to calibrate its color representation almost as perfectly as Apple does. The screen is, naturally, Full HD, with 1080x1920 pixels of resolution, which brings about the excellent 367ppi pixel density.

The rest of the specs are top-notch, with 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal memory plus the memory slot we mentioned, and UltraPixel camera with f/2.0 aperture on the back plus a 2.1 MP frontal shooter with wide 88 degree viewing angle. A 3300 mAh battery rounds up one excellent phablet offer.

Software


The new HTC Sense 5.5 that comes with the One max brings some much needed improvements, some of which we already saw leaked, namely the ability to turn the BlinkFeed social aggregator on and off. Not only did HTC listen to its customers, but it also added more functionality to BlinkFeed, making it harder to look for anything else in the Play Store. It's now more social, folding Instagram and Google+ feeds, plus more content providers and topic categories have been added. In addition, you can download up to 120 articles for offline reading later on, when you don't have Internet access, or don't want to weigh on your data plan. The Video Highlights option now can be any length you want, making a complete movie out of your amateur footage by adding a soundtrack and custom theme of your choosing.


The HTC One max will be available for immediate release globally, while Verizon and Sprint in the US will get it for the "holiday season" in Glacial Silver, which likely means a few weeks from now. What do you think about HTC's first phablet effort, sounds good on paper?

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posted on 14 Oct 2013, 05:34 2

1. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)


the fingerprint scanner was unnecessary

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 06:39 5

13. tiara6918 (Posts: 1322; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Fingerprint scanners are a gimmick. I don't know why manufacturers had to follow Apple's footsteps by giving something that's unnecessary

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 12:06 2

46. TomTheNerd (Posts: 67; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


i highly doubt that the one max followed apple. it's just coincidence that they were both in development at the same time.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 09:30

39. pyradark (Posts: 738; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


They even tryin to do what sony did last year, using old hardware just to save cost, too bad they wont gettin any 8.1 Million sales like sony did with only dual core.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 05:35 19

2. aayupanday (Posts: 454; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Note 3 > One Max

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 05:59 5

7. emadshiny (Posts: 1127; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Definitely

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 07:37 1

24. fouadqr (Posts: 280; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


brace yourselves Nokia lumia 1520 is coming 22/10/2013

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 08:06 5

28. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Will still remain a nokia limited by the crappy WP.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 11:09 2

42. fouadqr (Posts: 280; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


Just brace ur self

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 11:46 1

44. Tommy1960i (Posts: 95; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


The design is better on One Max

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 05:37 4

3. Smokin (Posts: 117; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


It's a fail. HTC I thought dis will save you but nothing will save you now. Yes S600 is enough for almost anything but its.. Ya know everybody is using 800! And that 4UP camera? Oh. Dis will sell only like 500k maximum

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 08:06 4

27. exusaiha (Posts: 10; Member since: 18 Sep 2013)


Hopefully they can save us from you (your grammar is wonderful). Rest seems like a nice phone. have fun

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 08:30 2

32. Smokin (Posts: 117; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


YEAH my grammar sucks. i know it. eventhough i live in the states i'm not american LOL

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 05:37

4. Smokin (Posts: 117; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


It's a fail. HTC I thought dis will save you but nothing will save you now. Yes S600 is enough for almost anything but its.. Ya know everybody is using 800! And that 4UP camera? Oh. Dis will sell only like 500k maximum

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 05:43 3

5. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5047; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Snapdragon 600? Now, I'm not saying that the Snapdragon 600 is bad but flagships from other manufacturers already have Snapdragon 800. What's the point of releasing this, HTC?

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 06:38 5

12. htc_evo_3d (Posts: 84; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


And yes!! the price will be on par with other other top notch models out there!!

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 06:50 1

14. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


...the handset is on par with other top notch models out there. Unless you play games or believe benchmarks actually mean something, there is no difference between a 600 and an 800.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 07:22

20. misiu9091909 (Posts: 5; Member since: 02 Oct 2013)


But if the price is the same, this means that something else in HTC One Max should work better than in other phablets.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 11:58

45. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7328; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Yes there is. S800 is more efficient than the S600 and handles 1080p perfectly.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 07:01 1

16. Commentator (Posts: 2293; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


This was a pretty dumb move by HTC. The Fingerprint Scan is pretty cool, and by the looks of it more functional than the iPhone's, but they needlessly made the phone WAY too big.

What's the point of the size? Aside from packing a larger battery, the rest of the specs are completely identical to the HTC One. It has no phablet functionality, yet by making a phone of this size HTC unwisely positioned itself to take on the Note 3, which this thing can't possibly compete with. They'd have done better to just throw the scanner on the back of the One, keep it the same size, call it the "One +" and stop there.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 08:41 3

33. Epicness1o1 (Posts: 201; Member since: 30 May 2013)


I read somewhere that the max doesnt need a better processor from that,beacuse they optimazed the software somehow,so it wont lagg or heat easely,and the gaming is going to be good to,if this is true it is going to be great

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 05:58 5

6. kobainez (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


I'm surprise that Z Ultra is much lighter than this when it has a bigger screen and bigger body with glass and aluminium frame. I'm disappointed that it comes with snapdragon 600. Shame on u htc

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 09:00

35. saiki4116 (Posts: 324; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


Xperia z ultra flunked on battery dept..but still xperia z ultra is not bulky for it's size.u have to give credit to Sony for that.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 05:59 4

8. Taters (Posts: 2584; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


LOL those specs and dimensions are horrible. And that finger print scanner is in an even crappier place than the power button and home button on the One series. What is HTC and the worst ergonomics in the world? And them and their fans wonder why they fail.....

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 06:07 2

9. jackson_kaeluen (Posts: 54; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)


Alright! Time for NOKIA LUMIA 1520! October 22th Abu Dhabi 11am!

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 10:34

41. jackson_kaeluen (Posts: 54; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)


Lol! Typo Its Oct 22nd ABu Dhabi 11am!

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 06:22 4

10. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Good job HTC!
Keep it up, you'll be dead by the end of this year.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 06:36 2

11. tiara6918 (Posts: 1322; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


HTC really doesn't have a good strategy. the timing of releasing this device along with the specs it's offering(processor to be particular)might make this doa

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 07:05 1

17. Commentator (Posts: 2293; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Not to mention its monstrously unwieldy size.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 06:57

15. amats69 (Posts: 967; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Ok ill pass htc.. ill wait for your next flagship...

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 07:16

18. SonyPS4 (Posts: 248; Member since: 21 May 2013)


This better be cheaper than Note 3, Z Ultra and G2 becase it has weaker specs.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 07:22

19. anleoflippy (Posts: 245; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


Well, the Note 3 and Z Ultra is definitely better than this.
Try again, HTC.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 07:27

21. wattabulb (Posts: 8; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)


It is times like these when my patience is tested.....why HTC why.....this phone has no purpose!!

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 07:29 2

22. Tomfromsouth (Posts: 49; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


I hate to say it. But I think they dropped the ball on this one. I have an HTC One X and will def's get the follow up to the HTC One next year. But the MAx has so many blaring weaknesses in comparison to the competition. I thinks its going to be a massive flop. And to make matters worse push this red line profits into a dire situation. I just hope they can still make a comeback after this.

Sad.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 07:37 1

23. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 801; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


They will price this one unlocked at a ridiculous amount. This is destined to flop just like Sony's own phablet.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 07:51

25. DONUT (Posts: 270; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


The Xperia Ultra is way more better than this tho

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 08:56

34. anleoflippy (Posts: 245; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


nah, Z Ultra is still better than this.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 08:01

26. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 801; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Yep and it could even be cheaper than this. HTC's devices are priced ridiculously when unlocked.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 08:22

29. ghanemsam (Posts: 59; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


i am an HTC fan boy but this device is full with crap really full of disappointment

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 08:28

31. Alex123 (Posts: 188; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


This time no one can help HTC to survive. HTC, have you ever survey users about your ultrapixel camera????????? How many people want it????????? You are not flexible at all HTC
Galaxy Note 3 way so much better than this phone. This is way to sell the company.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 09:12

36. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


disappointed. HTC always falls slightly short of changing the phone game.

They make beautiful devices but it seems they're so hesitant to put top notch specs in their phones.

They didn't have to "best" the Note 3 but atleast have "on par" specs with what's in the latest phablets.

smh

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 09:16 1

37. ngo2dd (Posts: 775; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


I am disappointed in processor but everything else is on par with other big tablet. Help theya have 3300 mah battery and SD but people are spec. Whore and just want the most up-to-date thing even if there is no different in real life.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 09:30

38. maherk (Posts: 783; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Aluminum body? Isn't the removable back panel is plastic?

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 10:10

40. donzeme (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Oct 2013)


Another half measure from HTC that may not succeed. A snapdragon 600 chip with a bad or weak camera is below what its's competitors have in the market.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 11:35 2

43. Taters (Posts: 2584; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


LG claimed that they didn't use the S800 in the aluminum gpad 8.3 because it would overheat. And LG is actually good at designing internal hardware. Imagine how badly it would overheat on garbage HTC internal design....

So I don't think HTC could use the S800 even if they wanted too.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 14:33

47. Android4Ever (Posts: 86; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


If this phone would have had 800 chip, removable battery and a real camera, (not that ultrapixle crap) this phone could have "maybe" held its own against the note 3. And I pray to god I hope this "fingerprint" thing is just a fad because I refuse to buy any phone that has one. This is a sure fire way that the NSA will have most of the world's fingerprint weather you're a criminal or not...

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