Today we got an official announcement, one day before we expected it to happen. The HTC One Max has almost all the features leaked previously and the big exciting feature is the fingerprint sensor on the back of the smartphone.
Apple fanboys may claim copying, but the idea of fingerprint sensors has been around on computers for a while, fuelled by Apple’s new iPhone 5S and the leaks, HTC may have seen this as a great move in security and getting people excited about hardware features.
The HTC One Max sticks with the same design aesthetic from the original HTC One, the aluminium build, front facing BoomSound speakers, capacitive keys and 4 Ultrapixel rear camera, but comes with a 5.9-inch full HD screen, making this a “phablet” phone.
Inside the HTC One Max sits Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 600 alongside 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The Snapdragon 600 is a mediocre processor compared to the Tegra 4 and Snapdragon 800 and we aren’t sure why HTC didn’t put a faster CPU inside this beast of a device.
On the software side, the HTC One Max comes with Android Jelly Bean 4.3 on top of the Sense 5.5 UI skin. HTC has not announced any new software features to come alongside the fingerprint sensor, so this may just be another way to unlock the device.
HTC gave no official launch date on when the HTC One Max would be coming, but did say sometime next month. This may be enough time to wait for all the people who have been waiting months for this beast, but we believe many have already grabbed their phablet of choice, the Galaxy Note 3.