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HTC One Max leaks next to the Note 3. Snapdragon 800 still a possibility? [Updated]

New images compare the One Max to the Galaxy Note 3 and reveal clues about its final specifications.
September 18, 2013
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Updated with report from Digitimes that claims the processor will indeed be a Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064.

The One Max has already starred in a variety of leaks, and, at least when it comes to its external appearance, we have a good idea of what to expect. When it comes to internal specifications though, there’s still some speculation going on, fueled by a recent tweet from @evleaks that claimed that the Max would run on a Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064, rather than a Snapdragon 800, as it was rumored initially.

Today, we have a new and extensive leak about the HTC One Max, originating from China’s Weibo microblogging platform, via SIM Only Radar. User TD Zhijia leaked several images of the upcoming oversized phone, along with a few interesting snippets of information. Note that the images below show a Chinese version of the HTC One Max, that could differ in terms of design and specs from the international model.

First off, we have a group shot including the One Max, its main competitor – the Galaxy Note 3, and the Galaxy S4. With its 5.9-inch display and front-mounted dual speakers, the One Max is noticeably larger than the Galaxy Note 3.

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 And here’s that fingerprint reader that we’ve heard so much of lately:

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The person who got hold of the Max has already rooted it:

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The device in question is a China Mobile version called HTC 8088, which features a detachable back plate and a microSD card slot, but not dual SIM card slots, as you’d expect from a Chinese model. Apparently, this may be a prototype or another type of non-final variant, and the commercial model would feature dual-SIM capability.

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Which brings us to the really interesting part – the HTC 8088 seems to be powered by a quad-core Qualcomm processor clocked at 1.7GHz, with an Adreno 320 GPU. This is likely a Snapdragon 600 processor, though we can’t rule out the S4 Pro APQ8064 just yet.

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Interestingly, TD Zhijia claims that the final model could come with a Snapdragon 800 processor after all. That’s a claim we can’t verify in any way for now, so take it with salt.

Update: Digitimes quotes industry sources that claim the processor will indeed be a Snapdragon S4 Pro. Depending on whom you believe, the reason for this choice is either limited availability of the Snapdragon 800 or a cost cutting measure.

All rumors point to a HTC One Max launch in October, followed by in-store availability by the holiday season. We’ll keep an eye out for more leaks, so stay tuned.