The debate over why the HTC One Max will not have a Snapdragon 800

The debate over why the HTC One Max will not have a Snapdragon 800
Yesterday, we saw a post on Weibo from China Mobile indicating that the HTC One Max will not have a Snapdragon 800 processor as was previously rumored, but instead would have a slower chip running at 1.7GHz, which could mean either a Snapdragon S4 Pro, or perhaps a Snapdragon 600. It turns out that may be due to supply issues with the Snapdragon 800, or it could be cost concerns. No one is quite sure.

Some sources are saying that HTC couldn't get the component because of supply issues, but that theory doesn't really hold much weight. The Snapdragon 800 is the chip to have this holiday season. And, given that it is what you'll find in the U.S. version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the LG G2 (and also the rumored LG Nexus 5), the Asus PadFone Infinity, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, and plenty of other smartphones and tablets, it's hard to imagine that Qualcomm can't produce enough of the chips. 

The other theory says that despite HTC aiming for the premium market with the HTC One, the company is looking to cut costs, and in order to do that has chosen an "older" chipset from Qualcomm. This theory also seems to indicate that the One Max may have a Snapdragon S4 Pro, and not a Snapdragon 600.

source: DigiTimes

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  • 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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40 Comments

2. Derekjeter

Posts: 1467; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Well so much for that. Im happy with my LG G2. This thing is amazing. It was a good idea to sell my iPhone 5. Did you guys know i can make calls and be on the web a the same time. Having iPhones for the past 3 years i did not know that i could. LOVING ANDROID!!!

16. GoJin

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 05, 2013

.nice! how much did LG paid you for advert? :P (Though I really like the G2, I'm considering the Note3 too)

17. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I also discover the joy of multitasking in Android. Next, You should check out the joy of sharing data between apps. There is a share button in most apps in the top right corner. Have fun!

25. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

lol, that's carrier exclusive. I can talk and surf on my iP5

29. Penywyz

Posts: 255; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

Welcome to the wonderful world that is Android sir!!! +17263634732!!! Now if more Apple iFans could only see the light

31. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

you mean bloat and lag? which you eventually hack and crack to perform to industry standards....no thanks

37. werthedroids

Posts: 60; Member since: Sep 15, 2013

"...which you eventually hack and crack to perform to industry standards..." that's iOS. Poor little thing doesn't know a thing about Android. What's the matter? the iPhone seem a bit more shiny in the commercials?

40. ratsrats

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 15, 2013

You realize a large number of people own both. It's not a binary option like most losers make it out to be.

35. theruleslawyer

Posts: 108; Member since: Apr 23, 2012

You switch carriers at the same time? I understood talking and surfing was a carrier thing. IIRC my wife has done it with an iphone on att for a long time.

3. Mrmark

Posts: 386; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

Interesting!

4. jeff_1

Posts: 105; Member since: Aug 30, 2013

S800 on paper.. HTC is not Samsung...That explains why. ''HTC uses technology..while samsung write technology for sales''

15. sarge77

Posts: 202; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Yes htc isnt samsung but you get better recption and call quality from this device how can you explain note 2 gs3 and gs4 having the same low quality antenna vs htc or motorola at the end of the day calling still has to come through and maybe they'll overclock this quad core to over 2 hopefully. why would you make the same device but only bigger not faster.

7. Trex95

Posts: 2380; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

I saw Xperia Z1 review in you tube and the reviewer mentioned that the Z1 have heat issue when you playing games! It seems that 800 not that great.

20. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

My G2 gets quite warm, as well. I haven't even played anything terribly graphics intensive, and it gets fairly warm. I'm thinking there are some thermal issues with the S800.

23. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Snapdragon rushed it to the market again.

8. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Why are we assuming that the US variant will not have an S800 just because the Chinese version doesn't?

10. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

True that we are assuming the US edition won't be equipped with the S800. If the assumptions are correct though, HTC will have a sales fail on their hands that they can ill-afford.

9. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Or, it could just be that these rumors about the s4 pro and s600 are wrong

11. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Well, we've seen fairly official-looking branding confirming that it's 1.7 GHz, but we've also seen HTC make different variants for different markets. The Chinese version of the HTC one has a removable back for instance. It wouldn't be surprising that HTC goes with different processors for different markets to optimize costs.

12. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Did'nt HTC said One will be the only flagship this year? Maybe its for that reason that the One Max is equipped either with SD S4 pro or SD 600.

22. iDroid8

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

If it has SD600, then it automatically becomes better equipped than the One-having newer OS and fingerprint scanner and all. What HTC might be trying may be to keep the One as its flagship (against the likes of GS4), and release the Max as a seperate category-like samsung, who have the S series as their flagship and note series for the phablet category. Or they might be wanting to pit this in between the galaxy mega and galaxy note to increase sales

32. RomeoJDR

Posts: 245; Member since: Dec 09, 2011

Samsung stated their 'S' series is their flagship even though then Note 3 has better specs than the S4 just like the Note 2 had over the S3. The term "flagship" is simply a moniker used as a marketing tool to keep a model selling after more recently released phones come out with updated internals. We'll see if your right about HTC's thinking once pricing is revealed. If it doesn't have specs on par with other top devices being released then it better cost less.

13. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yes, they'll put S600 and price it more than Note III.

14. rizevnarastek

Posts: 349; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

I believe it's to cut costs in China and make it a wee bit affordable. The global variant will have a Snapdragon 800.

18. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Cause HTC sucks at core decisions? UltraPixels... unrepairable body... confusing ads... dubious HW choices... late updates... Look at how mighty LG has learnt... the G2 has everything, efficient top-end SoC, screen and camera, large battery, feature-packed SW with IR blaster and gestures, good repairablity, thin bezels, cool cases, no real weakness. Or if we are talking phablets, you know who's unbeatable there...

26. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Htcs last good phone series was in 2010-2011.

19. Genersis

Posts: 219; Member since: May 29, 2013

To be honest, if a company is going to be turned down by Qualcomm, it's going to be Blackberry or HTC, as they are both rumoured to be going down the pan so to speak. Either that or their premium external designs are killing their profits, so they're cutting the hardware. I feel sorry for them, I still think they make good phones; unfortunately just rarely great phones.

21. taikucing unregistered

I prefer S600 to S800. Both have a little difference in performance IMO. I don't care about benchmark bullsh*t. But S600 has better power consumption.

27. Jason2k13

Posts: 1460; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

is that what you say every time? the older generation is always better?

34. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Except that you are dead wrong. The S800 GPU is light years ahead.....

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