While the overall judgement is still unknown, HTC have jumped into the phablet world by introducing the HTC ONE Max. A bigger brother to their already popular handset, the HTC ONE Max boasts a 5.9″ screen, and brings the award winning looks and functionality of the HTC ONE.
More so, it features a finger print scanner, and the scanner can actually open up to three different apps on unlocking based on which finger you use. An interesting move, and probably giving a new dimension to finger print scanning, but like all other finger scanning technology, this is one we’d like to try before we say whether it is yay or nay.
Other features include a new Sense 5.5 experience, which improves HTC Blinkfeed, as well as allows articles to be downloaded for offline viewing.
Another feature has been taken off the Galaxy S4, which allows you to take a photo with both your cameras, front and back, so you don’t have to miss out!
“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.”
When we tried the HTC One, we absolutely loved it:
The camera, the Zoe, the BoomSound, it all was quite impressive.
Add to that the big sized screen, the faster processor, and finally, a microSD card slot! Also, in an interesting move, HTC are offering all buyers 50GB of Google Drive storage. In the past DropBox has been offered, so this might be an interesting new trend in phone companies, or it might just mean that Google may have had some influence over the new phone.
Either way, it looks good and exciting, but will it be match for the competitors? We shall see!
HTC One max Specifications
SIZE: 164.5 x 82.5 x 10.29mm
DISPLAY: 5.9” Full HD 1080p
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600, 1.7GHz quad-core CPUs
Android™ 4.3 with HTC Sense™ 5.5
Total storage: 16GB/32GB
Expansion card slot: Supports microSD™ memory card for up to 64GB additional storage (card not included)
2G/ 2.5G – GSM/GPRS/EDGE:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz 3G – UMTS/ HSPA:
EMEA: 900/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to
Asia: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps
Sprint: 1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 14.4
Verizon: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+
up to 14.4 Mbps
3G – CDMA
Sprint & Verizon: 800/1900 MHz
4G – LTE:
EMEA: 800/900/1800/2600 MHz Asia: 900/1800/2100/2600 MHz
Sprint: 1900 MHz
Verizon: 700 MHz
SIM micro SIM
Ambient light sensor
3.5 mm stereo audio jack
Bluetooth® 4.0 with aptX™ enabled
Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n
DLNA® for wirelessly streaming media from the phone to a compatible TV or computer HTC Connect™
Support consumer infrared remote control
micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port with mobile high-definition video link (MHL) for USB or HDMI connection (Special cable required for HDMI connection.)
Dual frontal stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers
HTC UltraPixel Camera
BSI sensor, Pixel size 2.0 µm, Sensor size 1/3′
Dedicated HTC ImageChip™ 2
f/2.0 aperture and 28 mm lens
Smart Flash: Five levels of flash automatically set by distance to subject
1080p Full HD video recording with HDR video
Front Camera: 2.1 MP, 88° wide angle lens with HDR capability
Front Camera: 1080p Full HD video recording.
HTC Zoe™ with Sequence Shot, Always Smile and Object Removal
Gallery with Video Highlights and HTC Share
Continuous shooting and VideoPic
Slow motion video recording with variable speed playback
Audio supported formats:
Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, wma (Windows Media Audio 9)
Video supported formats:
Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media
Video 9), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3)
Embedded rechargeable Li-polymer battery Capacity: 3300 mAh Talk time:
Up to 25 hours for WCDMA Up to 28 hours for CDMA Standby time:
Up to 585 hours for WCDMA
Up to 393 hours for CDMA
Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240 V AC,
DC output: 5 V and 1.5 A