Here comes the HTC One Max, a surprisingly huge phone made for Asian markets. Now its official: HTC One Max is indeed a competitive phone against likes of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Sony Xperia Z Ultra.
Earlier this year, the struggling Taiwanese giant unveiled HTC One, its first blockbuster Android phone. Initially the sales were decent enough; however the device was not competent enough to divert Samsung from selling record number of Galaxy S4 around the world.
In between HTC also launched a mini version of famed HTC One, but the phone didn't take off well from day one.
Since past few months we have been hearing that HTC would consider a large display ducked phone to counter biggies including Samsung and Sony. HTC needed a phone that would not only bring cash back, but also build confidence in the minds of consumer again.
HTC One Max does look appealing when compared to its closest arch rival - the Galaxy Note 3. The phone comes with a 5.9-inch Super LCD display having a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. HTC has repackaged it's critically acclaimed the One with bigger display and massive battery.
There are some cosmetic changes made by HTC. For instance, the rear back cover is now removable, so that you can use a microSD card to upgrade the 16GB of built-in internal memory. The device measures 10.29mm in terms of thickness and weighs 217grams.
The fitted internal battery, a 3,300 capacity should be enough to give ample juice. On the negative side, user will not able to change the battery, as the design of HTC One Max doesn't allow you to replace a battery.
Under the hood, a 1.7GHz quad-core processor powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC with Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB ram keep this beast running. Unfortunately, HTC has not used the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (quad-core) chipset. This bizarre move could distract sales of the One Max to a larger extent.
The One Max features a 4MP UltraPixel camera, a similar imaging technology found inside the HTC One. The rear back camera does allow you to record Full HD 1080p videos with ease, but the most critical feature: Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) feature is missing from the scene.
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean comes out of the box with Sense 5.5 on the top of it. Beats Audio is not supported but the stereo BoomSound speakers are there to entertain you.
Before the announcement, it was said that the main selling point of HTC One Max would it its security system. Yes, there is a fingerprint scanner given beneath the camera module. The sensor acts as a quick launcher and up to three apps with three different fingers are supported. Do not expect too much from the HTC One Max, as the fingerprint sensor is hardly a usable feature in real world.
With the HTC One Max, you can consider accessories compatible with the device. The given accessories include: a stylus, BoomSound speakers, a Power Clip Case that brings additional 1,200mAh battery juice and HTC Fetch accessory.
HTC says the One Max will hit Asian and European markets later this week. The pricing is yet to be revealed. Expect the device to land in India before the end of 2013 around Rs.55,000.
HTC One Max would not appeal to mass consumers. The 5.9-inch FHD might be best display on any given day but its large form factor should seen as a real disappointment. Stay tuned to GizBot for more updates!
Highlighted specifications of the HTC One Max include:
5.9-inch Super LCD3 FHD display
Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC
2GB of RAM
16GB/32GB ROM (expandable via a microSD card)
4MP UltraPixel camera
3,300mAh Li Ion battery
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with Sense 5.5 UI
Removable back cover
HTC One Max, the super huge phone, is now official with a 5.9-inch FHD display, quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, UltraPixel camera and a 3300mAh battery. Let's find out top features of the One Max.
HTC One Max
Seven months after announcing the HTC One, the struggling device maker has finally launched its mammoth display phone. The One Max is definitely huge and would be limited to selective consumers that too in China and Taiwan. The design has been directly lifted from the One.
The phone is made of aluminum, just like the HTC One. The removable rear back cover and an option to increase the internal memory is a welcome move. The non-removable 3,300mAh battery is simply a silly move, and shows that HTC is in no mood to listen to its customers. On the other hand, Samsung and LG have made a logical step by allowing users to replace in-built battery.
HTC One Max
The HTC One Max has a 5.9-inch Super LCD3 display having resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The display size is bigger than Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (5.7-inch). Of course, the larger screen is a plus point but at the same time it makes the device non-pocket friendly.
HTC One Max
We are close to 2014, and looks like HTC still want to live in old age. Being a latest flagship device, HTC could have opted for a 2.2GHz quad-core processor powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 800SoC. Unfortunately the HTC One Max comes with a 1.7GHz quad-core processor powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset. It's the same processor used in the HTC One.
HTC One Max
It is already proven that HTC's UltraPixel imaging technology gives above average results. The pictures taken by a 4MP UltraPixel camera are pretty much comparable to the devices offered by competitors. Moreover, the missing Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) would allow users to look for handsets like the LG G2 and Nokia Lumia 1020
HTC One Max
The great thing about HTC One Max is that Android 4.3 Jelly Bean comes out of the box. On the top of it, you will find Sense 5.5 with improved version of BlinkFeed.
HTC One Max
On paper, the fingerprint sensor looks really cool but what about its usability. The fingerprint sensor is placed beneath the camera module. The user can set multiple fingers, there is an option to customize fingers for certain things. The placement of a fingerprint sensor is so odd for a phone with this form factor.