It hasn’t exactly been the best kept secret, but the leaks are now a thing of the past: the HTC One Max is official.
The One Max continues the design language developed for the 4.7-inch flagship One, bringing to the table a few extra features and a refreshed version of Sense.
The 5.9-incher borrows from the One Mini the strip of white plastic going around its sides, and, breaking away with tradition, has the power button on the right side, right above the volume rocker. Another change in design is the removable back cover, which reveals the microSD card and microSIM slots. The battery, however, is built into the device.
The marquee feature of the HTC One Max is the fingerprint scanner located on the phone’s rear, which lets users lock and unlock the device, as well as launch up to three apps, by assigning each app to a finger. Users will have to swipe vertically over the sensor to use it, which could be problematic considering how large the phone is. The One Max weighs a hefty 217 grams, clearly outsizing its main competitor, the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3, which is 15mm shorter and 2 millimeter thinner. In fact, the Max is closer in size to the Galaxy Mega 6.3.
The One Max comes with a 5.9-inch Full HD Super LCD 3 display, a Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.7GHz (just like on the HTC One), 2GB of RAM, a large 3300 mAh battery, and a UltraPixel camera (4MP). The phone will come in 16GB or 32GB variants, expandable with up to 64GB. The phone features BoomSound dual stereo speakers, but there’s no Beats Audio integration (possibly due to HTC selling its remaining share in Beats). The large speakers should, in theory, ensure the best audio experience on any Android device.
In the software department, the HTC One Max runs, as expected, Android 4.3 with HTC’s Sense 5.5 overlay on top. The biggest change is the refreshed BlinkFeed homescreen replacement, which now has a switch off option, and comes with Google Plus and Instagram support, as well as RSS integration. Other additions include a GIF animation maker in the Gallery, and some new modes for Zoe. All the features present on the HTC One and One Mini are present on the Max.
The HTC One Max will become available this week in the UK carried by Vodafone, with more markets in Europe to follow soon. In the United States, Verizon and Sprint will carry the One Max by the end of the year. The phone will launch in China on Thursday. We expect to see it go for $200-$250 on contract or around $750 unlocked, similarly to other devices in its class. We’ll update this post when we receive more detailed information on the HTC One’s price and availability.
For more details on the One Max, check out the official press release.
THE HTC ONE GETS SUPERSIZED WITH THE HTC ONE MAX
World’s best smartphone now in 5.9″ with new and improved HTC Sense 5.5 ® experience
London, October 15, 2013 – HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, today announced the HTC One max, a super-sized smartphone that brings the award-winning design, functionality and performance of the HTC One to fans of larger handsets. A new Fingerprint Scan feature takes convenience to a new level while acclaimed features including HTC BlinkFeed™, HTC Zoe™ and HTC BoomSound™, combined with the new HTC Sense 5.5, which are all enhanced to continue to deliver the best overall smartphone experience, now on a larger screen.
“The addition of the HTC One max means that we now have an HTC One phone for everyone. The family has been built on quality and game-changing innovations and the HTC One max is certainly no exception,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “The upgrade to HTC Sense 5.5 will provide our most amazing mobile experience yet, with the HTC One max delivering the size and power required to do everything you want, and more, without compromise.”
Big and powerful
The HTC One max’s 5.9″ full HD1080p display is perfect for enjoying photos, videos and movies on the go. Smooth and efficient performance comes courtesy of a quad-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600 processor featuring a quad-core 1.7 GHz CPU enabling jaw-dropping performance, ultra vivid videos and booming sound. Whether you’re watching videos in stunning HD, playing games or checking out what’s hot online, the HTC One max sounds amazing, looks sharp and keeps working when you need it.
The 16GB or 32GB onboard memory can be expanded thanks to a microSD™ card slot, with a massive 50GB of additional free Google Drive online storage being offered exclusively to HTC One max owners
The large 3300mAh embedded battery means that this level of performance will last and last. Even the most intensive users will find the HTC One max is up to the challenge thanks to the optional HTC Power Flip Case, a stylish 1150mAh battery expansion for your HTC One max which offers both protection and extra juice when you need it most.
Maximum convenience at your fingertips
The average person checks their phone multiple times a day, so the HTC One max welcomes a new era of convenience and advanced functionality thanks to a built-in Fingerprint Scan feature. Located on the back of the device, the fingerprint scanner allows users to lock or unlock the screen and quickly launch up to three favourite applications by assigning an individual finger to each.
More content than ever before
The HTC One max’s Sense 5.5 upgrade comes with a more social, personalised HTC BlinkFeed that can be further refined by customisable topic categories and new integration with premium content providers including Instagram and Google+. Up to 120 articles can also be downloaded for offline viewing, making BlinkFeed even better for snacking on information wherever and whenever you are.
Featuring HTC’s UltraPixel camera technology, HTC Zoe mode, that brings your photos to life, and a 2.1MP front-facing camera, the HTC One max will capture stunning photos and full HD 1080p videos whether you’re the photographer, the subject or both. Dual Capture means you can now snap memorable moments and your reaction to them in one extraordinary photo or video by simultaneously shooting with the front and rear cameras.
Improved imaging is also introduced through Video Highlights, which combines your photos and videos to create a mini movie complete with the soundtrack and visual theme of your choice. And with the HTC One max, your Video Highlights can now be any length you want.
Design at its Best
Available in Glacial Silver, the HTC One max shares the same premium design credentials as the rest of the HTC One family, providing an all round exceptional experience.
The HTC One max will begin rolling out across the globe from mid – end October. See specific regions for details.
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“SLCD display” <— can someone explain what this means?
Google is your friend. But check out this link. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_LCD. Basically itsa display technology that makes things look more natural.
Super LCD display. It’s a buzz word for a variant of LCD (like Super AMOLED is to AMOLED).
The music in the promo was more exciting than the actual device
Recombu already have a hands-on review
I wish it was Snapdragon 800 for faster speeds, But overall this is a great phone with full of innovations built into HTC sense
And if this was made by Samsung all kinds of hate would be unleashed on it,
WHY SO BIG,
WHY SO THICK,
WHY SO HEAVY,
WHY NO Snapdragon 800,
WHY NO 8 ULTRAPIXEL CAMERA,
WHY ONLY 2GB RAM,
WHY ONLY 16 GB AND 32 GB, WHY NO 64 GB..
Seems like people care less as long as Samsung isn’t involved..
No S800 but still no lag.
No 8 Ultrapixel camera, because it would cost you a 17mm thick device.
No 64GB because there is MicroSD extension.
Only 2GB RAM because it’s enough.
Big because it has better speakers than anything else.
And yet, people will find something to complain about…
There is no lag now on the gs4 or note 3
lol? there definatly lag and shutter on the GS4 I didn’t try the note 3 yet
Yes there’s good amount of lag.S4′s camera takes forever to open.Touchwiz crippled the nice nice hardware.Big Time
And watch this video too.
It clearly proves that despite having the S800 the Note 3 still lags behind the One Max in terms of UI performance.
Software as been updated
the weight , CPU in the max makes it disappointing if u compared to the price tag which won’t be less than 850$ …
WOW!!! I am SOOOO unimpressed…Took them forever to bring out a phone with old tech…
actually after first looking both this and the galaxy note 3, i think the htc one is actually much smoother despite having a weaker processor (because sense is so much more economical than touchwiz) Nevertheless, the problem I see the the HTC One Max is that its so ugly… (compared to the htc one) its really think and doesn’t have the chamfered edges.
Ummm? Early 2013 specs on a late 2013 flagship phone?
I like HTC but what are they thinking?
My thoughts exactly…. Not doing themselves any favours…. Close but no cigar…. Snap 800 and it would have sold a lot better.
At this point Price would be the only room to hook new buyers…But if it is the same price or more than current S600 powered phones it would be a shame… With a discount of $100 or more over those it might be a viable option to have a large phone with those specs.
price are out and it is 100€ cheaper than the Note 3 here in France
The heavens part and angels sing as the words come into view: “Expandable storage.”
A shame the specs are sooo three months ago.
Now it will depend on the price, if it is priced 100 to 200€ less the the Sony Honami or Note3 then it should be a good deal (aka around the 550-600€ mark)
HTC stopped normal ONE n started selling a dual sim version in India for 46k !!!
So obviously this device will be above 50k…
Note 3 is still king in phablet..
No wonder ppl hate it in India..arrogance..they want to collect as much money as possible
G2 is 40k in India…
I’m not impressed by the ONE MAX
it’s more like max flop
How long do I have to wait for it to come to T-Mobile?
I’m disappointed no Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800, why?
you don’t need it
y not all other flagship phone use s800 as the go to. the s800 is faster, more efficient, produce less heat, more integrated with faster microchips for hdr, 4k video, dac, support for ddr3 vs ddr2 ram etc…. note 3 also has usb 3.0, 3gb ram, spen, more efficient 4g lte, better camera and superior flash.
It’s not needed because this phone will get along just fine with the S600. There’s no noticeable speed difference, it’s efficient enough, it doesn’t really produce any heat? I have a HTC One myself, and I wouldn’t have expected a different chipset, seeing as this is just sizing up on a HTC One (hence the same name) instead of Samsung where they create a whole new line of flagships. I get that a load of other flagships are using it, but the S600 is just fine for what this phone is and does. I’m not saying I would have minded a S800 in there, but if someone didn’t buy this phone purely because it had a S600 instead of a S800 then that’s pretty stupid.
depends on what you do… by your logic there is no need to buy smartphones just get the free ones on contract and they will do fine. But in reality when corp release new flagships with all the hype we really want bleeding edge stuff and the one max is just not there.
i agree that htc failed in the “hype” department of marketting because it doesnt have the top end specs you’d expect from a flagship. it almost looks as if htc just wants to join in with phablet production, instead of actually having high sales.
all i was trying to say was that you don’t need the snapdragon 800 in this phone.
also, i’m jw how does my logic say that “there is no need to buy smartphones just get the free ones on contract and they will do fine”?
Not impressed. Try harder HTC.
I have owned two HTC phones for the past 3 years (Desire HD and One X).
Got Note 3 now and loving it (except all bloatware).
One Max will feature mediocre hardware and premium price. No thanks.
i was actually Expecting this as the specs for one thing, It’s still the HTC ONE, they only added “MAX”, so it’s basically the same thing with a bigger display.2nd it’s like what Sony Did to Z1 and Z1 mini, they both have the same specs with different Screen size so I don’t get why people are bashing on it.
The bashing is because of the time since the one was launched, Sony waited a month for the mini, it’s been several months since the one came out. Hardware has Changed in that time, it makes it look like HTC can’t compete.
Do you know something called Snapdragon 800? The SoC every other flagship launched recently, including the Note 3, the Z1, the Z Ultra, the G2, uses.
This is exactly why people are bashing the One Max. I like the other specs, but launch a flagship without a Snapdragon 800 in the end of 2013 is just ridiculous.
Confused product with creepy design.I’m pretty sure that it’ll cost more than note 3.If it does HTC sure have balls for coming up with a large downdraded HTC one with a finger banger on back.err .scanner.
Butterfly S is much much better than this behemoth.
Meh. I’d rather have a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 if I had to choose. It’s just too meh.
so is there emoji for sense 5.5 message apps?
Embedded battery….. Selfishness taken to a certain type of eccentricity…and only Vodafone will be selling it in UK …..
I guess I will add this to my list for a museum piece…. nice to look at but that is all.