Season of the superphones: One Max tipped to join Note 3 and Xperia Z Ultra in early fall

by: Bogdan PetrovanJuly 15, 2013

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Just in time for the back-to-school season, HTC will release the One Max, its hopeful Galaxy Note-killer, in early September. The information supplied by Mobile Geeks comes straight from Sascha Pallenberg’s Taiwanese insiders, and we tend to believe in its veracity.

The HTC One Max will primarily compete against Samsung’s successful Galaxy Note line, which is due for a refresher just ahead of IFA 2013 in early September, but there are other players in the phone-tablet hybrid arena that HTC has to worry about. In addition to the Huawei Ascend Mate, which is already on the market, the One Max will also have to square off against the Xperia Z Ultra. Sony’s incredibly thin 6.4 device is expected to grace the shelves of the first stores in early fall.

Even with fierce competition, the One Max looks born to be a winner – a Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM will let the device fly through the benchmarks, and the Max is expected to appropriate all the cool features of the HTC One, from the UltraPixels camera to the aluminum unibody that earned HTC so many awards.

In addition to the One Max, Mobile Geeks also confirmed our hunch that the HTC One Mini would arrive by the end of July, to give the Galaxy S4 Mini a serious run for its money.

  • Scott Niemczyk

    This or the Xperia z ultra need to make it to Verizon cause I want a well phone that looks and feels like quality.

    • Jon Voight-Kampff

      You have a very good taste sir! Note 3 will be just an enlarged galaxy S4 with a plastic design.

      • Gilles LeBlanc

        I agree whole heartedly good sir :-) however if HTC one max has flashlight “flash” along with 64gb SD expansion and haptic buttons ill forget what toggari is.

      • Alex Murphy

        Maybe, I’ve heard Samsung is testing a premium metal body design for the Note 3 as well, since there’s so much increased competition now. Either way I’d go HTC/Sony, time to give some other companies a chance to shine!

        • D’Ander McSullivan

          If this happens, I’d rather buy the LG G2

      • Natalie

        You are absolutely right John . Htc is doing great in bringing its “one” to mid-range and phablet range devices

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  • Clarkkent113

    What these companies are missing for the reason the Note line has been so successful is the integrated stylus.

    I would never have even considered my Note 2 if the stylus didn’t add so many extra features. Just having a large phone means nothing if you you’re not going to use a stylus with it.

    • Gilles LeBlanc

      They all have pen input of some kind. + Note 2 pen is to damn small for extended use. Not to mention though sometimes usefull its a major gimmick you can type way faster using swype. Saying its not about the big screen seems pretty outa touch sorry :-(

    • Gas_Huffer

      Totally wrong. You’ve fallen hard for Samsung’s marketing. I’ve seen a lot of Notes around, and I almost never see anybody use the stylus for anything. No one cares about it, to the extent that I forget it even exists until a Samsung fanboy brings it up to try to justify his obsession with the Note series.

      The bigger screen IS its own end. Looking at pictures, watching videos, browsing the Internet, even just typing a text message or email–all of these things are just better on a bigger screen. Stylus has nothing whatever to do with it. People don’t buy big-screen TVs because they come with some gimmicky extra feature, they buy them because a bigger screen is better.

      • Clarkkent113

        Again, I own a Note 2. I also have large hands. The phone is a bit too big. The sweet-spot is 4.8″ – 5.2″ screen OR if the screen is larger then the bezel needs to be smaller.

      • jag

        I 2nd demotion. i’ve seen no one that uses the stylus. people only want the big screen and some are just following the trend.

      • Aliff Alfiry

        True enough sir, I’ve been using Note 2 for 9 months, and probably used S-Pen less than 30 times. I bought Note 2 for the sole reason of it having a large screen. And that’s why I’m going for Z Ultra or One Max this time since the rumored Note 3 won’t have screen bigger than 6 inch

  • TournaFlyer

    If I were the King of Samsungland, the low-end Note would be the III and name the mid levels Note IV (AMOLED and LCD). The rumored “quality material” model would be the Note V! Then, next years 6″ would be the Note VI.
    HTC would have to “one-up” the S-Pen and upgrade the camera to be any threat.

  • RaptorOO7

    Is the limited storage of 16GB still a given or has that been updated to support real internal storage of 64GB. I would gladly pay for a Developer Edition like my HTC One IF I could get 64GB plus microSD.

    • Timmy

      microSD and a removable battery would be nice but if it’s like the original One, neither of these are likely. If the rumored Note 3 comes with a metal case, I wonder if it’ll forego these features too. Seems like we’re far enough along technologically to have expandable memory and a removeable battery with a metal casing.

  • Basel Kira

    Does it worth buying HTC One now or should I wait for the next HTC phone [probably HTC One MAX].. please,Help!

    • DrCarpy

      I would wait. The One Max will see a September release. If you’re spending your hard earned phone dollar, you may as well compare the two devices side by side real world. You then can take the feel, speed, other intangibles into consideration.

  • brendan soliwoda

    I mean, the note III is my least favorite out of these choices. If the Max comes with an IR blaster and I stylus, I’ll buy it, otherwise, the Xperia Z Ultra is perfect for me.

    • Natalie

      Htc is doing great in bringing its “one” to mid-range and phablet range devices

      for more :

  • Deb

    I think that the One Max is going to be a great phone, but I want the extra large screen and frankly I want to try a new company besides Samsung and HTC.

  • Deb

    The phone I wa t is Sony Persia Z Ultra. I forgot to mention the phone my bad.;-)

  • Deb

    That is what happens when you don’t watch what word is selected when your phone is trying to guess what your next word is. I was trying to say that the new Xperia Z Ultra is going to be the phone I will choose because I want something other that Samsung or HTC

    • Aliff Alfiry

      I 2nd that motion :)