HTC One Max fingerprint sensor confirmed by WSJ, release date pegged for October 15

UPDATE: HTC has begun sending out invitations scheduled for different days at different places - the October 16th one is for Hong Kong, whereas the one for Taipei is for October 18th 6pm, whereas the WSJ sources below peg an October 15th announcement, likely in the US, and an ePrice invitation confirms the 15th as a global release date. The text of the invitation states: "One finger opens up a big view. You are invited to immerse in the sound with us," hinting at the fingerprint unlock sensor on the back and the BoomSound speakers at the front.

A Wall Street Journal reporter is chiming in from the publication's office in Taipei, that the Taiwanese from HTC are indeed going to plant a fingerprint sensor in its first phablet, called the HTC One Max.

There has been tremendous buzz on that front already, while leaked One Max pictures kept pouring with a mysterious square region underneath the rear camera that speculation pegged to be a fingerprint scanner, similar to the Apple iPhone 5s' new Touch ID technology. We even had an alleged tester of the One Max confirm he'd been using the fingerprint sensor for a few days already, and found it to be very accurate.

Not only that, but the Wall Street Journal piece also confirms the launch date to be October 15th, which is just a week from now, and reiterates that we will have the UltraPixel camera and BlinkFeed social news aggregator present on the One Max. 

The phablet wars have already heated up to the point of boiling this year, and we are really interested if LG will throw a curve ball - literally - with a 6" G Flex bendable display phablet next month.

source: WSJEngadget & ePrice

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One max
  • Display 5.9" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(25h 3G talk time)



1. KParks23

Posts: 729; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

Will this thing hurry up and come out so i can see how tall it is with them boomsound speekers im worried it will be to tall for me to carry comfortably.

2. t1gran

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 30, 2013

Engadget says they've received 2 invitations: for Oct'16 in Hong Kong and for Oct'18 in Taiwan.

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

First paragraph says: "HTC are indeed going to plant a fingerprint sensor in its first tablet, called the HTC One Max." HTC One Max is a tablet?

4. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012


5. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

The fingerprint scanner looks ugly and mostly looks like it was a very late decision just to add one. Its a shame cause HTC for me has the best design on android phones.

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

So HTC got so desperate they had to copy Apple?

7. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I was thinking about posting a meaningful reply... But then I thought "heck his IQ won't be able to handle it anyways"

12. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

You nailed it dude! Lol +1

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Aka, I don't have a meaningful reply so I act like I did so I can look like I'm accomplishing something.

17. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Lol why should a bother replying to someone like you? I could work to prove you wrong any day. but spending time posting links (like for example the leaks for the HTC device before the 5S was launched) but again it won't past your thick skull into that empty husk you call brain. Now go back to your HTC like multitasking ;) your 100 years too early.

20. CRizzy

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

Okay so the specs were leaked before the iPhone 5s was launched. Yes "launched". However the 5S already had rumors of that scanner back then the 5 was released. WAY before any leaks of the HTC phone. Thank you for confirming your stupidity.

21. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

So The HTC device copied a rumor? There where rumors about the iwach yet I don't see it materialize.... But we have the Galaxy watch, now when the iwatch "appears" all of a sudden then Samsung was copying apple because of rumors? Dream on

9. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Apple copied Android because the Motorola Atrix had the finger print sensor back in January of 2011. Do you even know what you speak of half the time?!? Are you that far Apple butt that you just only speak pure diarrhea? lol C'mon...

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

And the Droid copied several things from the iPhone when it first came out. What's your point?

16. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

No the iPhone/Apple copied the LG Prada. Man you really have no clue of what you speak of. You must like to embarrass yourself right? That's why you always talk the crazy talk right? C'mon...

19. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Are you seriously taking him? I mean like honestly? Even if the "droid" copied from apple just by looking at iOS you can tell who's the copycat nowadays

18. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Your argument was correct until you used the word droid... Then everything went downhill

8. newbey123

Posts: 702; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

It's about freaking time HTC. Been holding my upgrade for 6 months waiting for the beast phablet to come out! Bring it on HTC, time to enter phablet land.

10. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009


11. dspkblympkbl

Posts: 52; Member since: May 23, 2013

I think all those different dates can make it the exact same time, due to the different time zones.

13. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

We dont need leaks htc! We need the official announcement!

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