htc one max leak (1)

HTC is widely expected to unveil its own Note 3 competitor this fall, with company reps, including North America communications boss Jeff Gordon, all but acknowledging its existence.

We already have a pretty complete idea of what the HTC One Max will look like, but another leak can’t hurt, right? Especially since said leak seems to confirm the presence of a fingerprint scanner on the back of the device, a feature that has been in the spotlight since Apple announced the Touch ID-equipped iPhone 5s earlier this week.

The images below were posted on the Chinese social network Weibo and made it to us thanks to the folks at Dutch website Mobileaks. According to the user who posted them, this may actually be an HTC One prototype, possibly of the variant destined to land in the Chinese market.

The leaked images don’t reveal any new info, but they are helpful for judging the size of the oversized Max compared to the regular HTC One. Also, all the design details, from the fingerprint reader below the camera to the three-dot connector on the right hand side, seem to match up with earlier rumors, lending credibility to the leak.

The HTC One Max will feature a 5.9-inch LCD display and will presumably be powered by a Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3GHz, along with 2GB of RAM. Expect to see all the cachet features of the HTC One (which we just saw in a champagne gold paint job) such as BoomSound, UltraPixels camera, and BlinkFeed. As for software, our money is on Android 4.3 with Sense 5.5.

Related: How Fingerprint scanners work

Bogdan Petrovan
Bogdan is the European Managing Editor of Android Authority. He loves tech, travel, and fantasy. He wishes he had more time for two of those things. Bogdan's phone is a Nexus 6P.
  • charlie brown

    i may be blind but where is the fingerprint scanner located

    • Edward Seto

      I believe that it is right below the camera lens

      • abazigal

        Genius. How people can accidentally smudge their camera lens while fumbling around for the scanner.

  • MasterMuffin

    So HTC and Apple have a fingerprint sensor, but Samsung doesn’t. What happened??

    • charlie brown

      i believe samsung will have a better chance than apple n htc using this

      • MasterMuffin

        I don’t get what you’re saying

        • mobilemann

          neither does he.

          • MasterMuffin

            I believe that xD

      • EnX$$

        clown you are

      • RaptorOO7

        Samsung has a perfect home button and if they opted to make it a fingerprint reader its the right shape and size but Samsung would have to buy out a company that specializes in it, you don’t want to be licensing the tech and then have it bought out from under you.

        Did you hear that Microsoft, you should be buying the company behind Kinect before apple buys them on you.,

        • viaimages

          i don’t think so. apple would have a patent on the home button for that

          • APai

            they have a *round button*
            samsung doesn’t :P

            BIG difference. if you look at apple’s past behavior with shapes, samsung has it all covered. lol

          • viaimages

            Well, if it does come out, I don’t think I will use it. I wouldn’t want to give up my right to the 5th Amendment, plus defeating fingerprint scanners isn’t that hard, when you have your prints all over your phone.

          • APai

            agreed. same thoughts here.

      • ProudToBePinoy

        you believe samsung that they can copy it from apple and htc.

    • RaptorOO7

      So apple does it that means everyone else has to, I don’t think so and honestly even if I did want an iphone (which I don’t) the fingerprint sensor would NOT be the reason to get one

      When apple grows up and makes their phones for big kids and not the Fischer Price crowd I could see it as an option. But by then Android will be on OS 10.

      I see Samsung looking to implement it perhaps with GS5 and beyond. They may look to tie it into KNOX and push how super secure KNOX is first then add the fingerprint reader.

      • MasterMuffin

        Sorry if I offended you, calm down (though you’ll probably answer to this that you’re totally calm, which is absolutely opposite to what your comment implies)… I said “HTC and Apple have it” and you go all rage on Apple. We all hate Apple, but come on now!

        • Guest

          i don’t see that.. i see him answering what samsung might be planning.

        • Rajkumar

          Samsung are quick learners, so we.should s5…

    • abazigal

      They need to see how it works in real life before having something to copy.

    • ProudToBePinoy

      They tried but their failed, they need a sample before they can accomplish it.

  • Vardan Nazaretyan

    Does the camera on the One Max really seem bigger, or it’s just me?
    I hope, it’s a bit bigger allowing for a bit more resolution (5-8MP would be grate).

    • Tom Clowes-Whitby

      i think, sadly, it still keeps the 4mp UP camera

      • Vardan Nazaretyan

        But anyway, they could still bump up other camera specs, like lenses, or better OIS. It could still be one of the best cameras while having not the most MPs.

        • SContrerasMer

          i agree, optics are more important that Megapixels when talking about image quality

          • Vardan Nazaretyan

            HTC is on the right track IMHO. Tweaking the software and hardware without bumping up MP’s that much I think will help the cameras to get even better. I’m positively surprised when looking at pics taken with the One. They look truly awesome actually!

      • EnX$$

        no your wrong i think HTC will make it little bigger

  • Lin

    The Max should step up the memory to 3gb

    • abazigal

      Why? Sense is nowhere near the bloatware that Touchwiz is.

  • Abner

    No microSD, no deal.

    • EnX$$

      there is sd card

      • RanRu

        I think that’s only on certain regional versions (Chinese?), where it also comes with dual SIM slots.

  • EnX$$

    HTC ONE MAX on Tmobile

  • RanRu

    On a device that puts so much emphasis on design, that fingerprint scanner is, in my opinion, rather ugly.

    If manufacturers can integrate a fingerprint sensor into the design of their phones seamlessly enough that I can forget it’s there, more power to them. Apple accomplished that, which is good for them. It’s adding functionality without getting in the way, and that’s never a bad thing.

    • abazigal

      God knows how much time and resources Apple sunk into making that fingerprint scanner look and work right.

      HTC is a company posting losses quarter after quarter. I doubt they have the same amount of resource to sink into R&D the way Apple does.

  • Magnetic1

    Retina display, so how about a retina scanner? Or is it too easy to fake?

    • abazigal

      The two have absolutely nothing in common…

  • Balraj

    Why is it at the back?I liked what Apple did with touch id..HTC lacks a physical home button but still…..
    Maybe sammy will do it right..galaxy devices come with physical buttons..
    I’m not saying it’s bad..the scanner will attract too much of unwanted prints

  • Sunny

    Get one if you enjoy putting your finger to be scan all day long!

  • Blowntoaster

    Samsung should please leave the fingerprint sensor to Apple and HTC.
    don’t want that on a Sammy thanks. Give us proper features/Stable powerful phones, not gimmicks…

    • Skillz

      That’s funny considering that Samsung is the king of gimmicks…

  • Gimboid

    Fingerprint sensor? Like on the Motorola Atrix in 2011?