HTC clarifies its security precautions for the fingerprints collected by the One max

HTC clarifies its security precautions for the fingerprints collected by the One max
Just like Apple thought long and hard how to sandbox the fingerprint algorithm that its new Touch ID technology is using to unlock the iPhone 5s or authorize iTunes purchases, so did HTC when it decided to put a scanner on the back of the One max.

HTC's first phablet features a small square on the back that unlocks the phone when you swipe down your index finger on it, or whatever other finger you have authorized to do so, as you can do up to three other fingers to launch different apps directly from the lock screen. A pretty neat idea hinting that biometrics are one of the ways to get around the aging identification methods like passwords or patterns we mostly use now.

There are, naturally, privacy concerns with the fingerprint storage technology, and we probed HTC several questions about the One max, one of which was precisely about the scanner on its rear. Here's HTC's answer to allay your worries:


There you have it, for those of you who were intrigued how HTC addressed the fingerprint safekeeping situation on its first phablet, the One max. Fingerprint sensors are apparently gaining in popularity with a bunch of companies big and small introducing them on their phones and tablets, so we'd better get used to the convenience they offer, but keep an watchful eye on the way the prints are handled by each maker. There are plenty of ways to leverage the fingerprint identification method still, on which you can read in our dedicated article.

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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)

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12 Comments

1. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

PA got answered by htc? Can you ask htc why they only had a 1.7 ghz snapdragon 600 to power the device? Btw, nice q&a for the fingerprint scanner

9. ZPM101

Posts: 36; Member since: Apr 12, 2010

HTC has already answered those questions. To save in construction costs and to extend battery life. It's anyone's guess if this will impact performance or battery life on a daily driver basis. i was looking forward to this device, but after the last few days, I might have to reconsider. We'll all have to wait and see the final retail iteration.

12. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 592; Member since: May 26, 2011

Sounds more like it's all about saving money on the production process and we as potential consumers just happen to benefit from what they say will offer better battery life than a snapdragon 800 processor. I can imagine that they've already placed large orders for the snapdragon 600 processors and since the HTC One isn't selling particularly well, why not just use what you already have and make as few tweaks as possible to market a new product towards a different market. This may be one of the smarter moves they've made in years compared to teaming up with Dr. Dre and Facebook for marketing purposes.

2. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

So if some one steals an iPhone 5s they would require the owners thumb (default). But if they steal a HTC One Max they have the option of riping off any one of the 5 fingers (depending on whether you are a lefty or a righty)... Nice options... Or they can just ask you to unlock it for them...

8. g2a5b0e unregistered

No. Touch ID works with any finger.

10. User72042

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 30, 2013

No,It doesn't,Just works with 2 Fingers,I have Touch ID on my iPhone 5s.

11. g2a5b0e unregistered

Perhaps you misunderstood. It takes the fingerprints of two fingers, but you can use ANY two fingers.

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Very nice.

4. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2266; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

this unlocking is just like those HP pavilions with fingerprint scan.

5. konnor

Posts: 30; Member since: Apr 25, 2013

So it's stored in flash, instead of on the chip like Apple does it? That seems less secure.

6. sunnyfpy

Posts: 288; Member since: May 12, 2013

How about Retina scan??

7. newbey123

Posts: 702; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

That;s good to know. Though it was not going to stop me from picking up this beast. Hope it comes to AT&T fast, or have to import.

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