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

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.


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.


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.


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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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. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

the fingerprint scanner was unnecessary

13. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

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

46. TomTheNerd

Posts: 67; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

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

39. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 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.

2. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Note 3 > One Max

7. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012


24. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

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

28. SleepingOz unregistered

Will still remain a nokia limited by the crappy WP.

42. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

Just brace ur self

44. Tommy1960i

Posts: 144; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

The design is better on One Max

3. Smokin

Posts: 120; Member since: Oct 10, 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

27. exusaiha

Posts: 15; Member since: Sep 18, 2013

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

32. Smokin

Posts: 120; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

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

4. Smokin

Posts: 120; Member since: Oct 10, 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

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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?

12. htc_evo_3d

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

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

14. quesoesgrande

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 03, 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.

20. misiu9091909

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 02, 2013

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

45. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

16. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 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.

33. Epicness1o1

Posts: 309; Member since: May 30, 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

6. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 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

35. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 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.

8. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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.....

9. jackson_kaeluen

Posts: 87; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

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

41. jackson_kaeluen

Posts: 87; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

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

10. SleepingOz unregistered

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

11. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 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

17. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Not to mention its monstrously unwieldy size.

15. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

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

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