Today, HTC supersized its flagship, all-aluminum smartphone. It's called the HTC One Max, a name that reflects its mighty 5.9-inch display. In size alone, the new phone exceeds even the Galaxy Note 3, a self-proclaimed smartphone/tablet hybrid with a 5.7-inch screen.
The HTC One Max is essentially a larger version of the HTC One, which launched in April — with one biometric addition. Like the iPhone 5S, HTC's new Android phone includes a fingerprint scanner, which identifies the device owner's finger to unlock the screen. The scanner is on the rear of the phone, beneath the camera, rather than built into the home button.
On the inside, HTC claims that the Max's large 3300mAh battery provides long-lasting power, but the company hasn't released details on how many hours we can expect to use the device without charge. As in the original HTC One, the Max runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quadcore processor at 1.2 Ghz, with 2GB RAM. The camera (2.1MP front and 4MP rear) is also the same in the flagship and its large-screen counterpart.
In terms of hardware, the One Max has a plastic frame surrounding its aluminum body. HTC makes some of the best-looking Android phones on the market, and the One Max's hardware doesn't stray from that. The phone will be available on Sprint and Verizon in the US, starting mid- to the end of October. We'll get more details after the Oct. 15 HTC launch event tomorrow.
Curious about HTC's king-size phone? See how the Max compares to another competitor with cutting-edge biometric technology — the iPhone 5S — after the break.
|HTC Max||iPhone 5S|
|Display||5.9-inch, 1920 x 1080p; 373 ppi||4-inch, 1136 x 640p; 326 ppi|
|Size||6.47 x 3.24 x. 0.4 inches; 7.52 oz.||4.87 x 2.3 x 0.3 inches; 3.95 oz.|
|Processor||Quadcore Snapdragon 600||A7 chip with 64-bit architecture; M7 motion processor|
|Camera||4MP rear-facing; 2.1MP front-facing||8MP f/2.2 aperture rear-facing; 1.2MP front-facing|
|Software||Android 4.3 with HTC Sense 5.5||iOS 7|
|Battery||3300mAh (benchmark tests TBA)||10 hours on LTE|
|Price||TBA||$199 for 16GB; $299 for 32GB; $399 for 64GB|