HTC has announced the HTC One Max, a 5.9-inch phablet sporting a similar aluminum appearance to the company’s flasghip smartphone, the HTC One.
The new HTC device is absolutely massive. The evolution of the smartphone from a “sometimes” device to an “everything” tool is one part of the thinking behind the immense size of the One max. Phones with screens between 5 and 7 inches are a sizable market in Asia, where HTC is based.
The screen measures 5.9-inches and has a 1080p resolution, making it larger in size than the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, but not quite as gigantic as the Sony Xperia Z Ultra.
The screen displays version 5.5 of HTC’s Sense custom user interface, which covers Android 4.3, making it the first HTC phone to use both pieces of software. The good news here is BlinkFeed is now more customizable, so you can add your own topic categories to the stream. The smartphone also features 16GB or 32GB of included storage memory, a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM.
“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.”
HTC previously partnered with Dropbox for free cloud storage, but this time it hooked up with Google to give max owners 50 gigabytes (GB) of Google Drive storage with purchase.
HTC’s UltraPixel camera, as seen on the One and the One Mini, is fitted to the back of the phone, and HTC Zoe is installed. The plus, it’s still the same 4-megapixel UltraPixel snapper with f/2.0 aperture 28mm lens.
A 2.1-megapixel camera is above the screen, and like Samsung and LG, the two cameras can take pictures or video at the same time. Although there are omissions: there’s no Beats Audio and no optical image stabilization, for example.
A removable back also differentiates the max from the HTC One and One mini. Removing the back reveals the SIM card slot as well as a port for a microSD card. Since the device’s large screen will encourage more content consumption, the card slot is meant to give users more options for storing media.
HTC moved the power button to the right side, just like Samsung has for years, and that is a good thing for such a large phone. Unlike the iPhone 5S that has the fingerprint scanner on the home button that you always press anyway, HTC placed their fingerprint scanner on the back under the camera lens.
A massive 3300mAh battery should keep the phone going for a good few hours, and there’s the option of purchasing an HTC case with a power boosting 1150mAh battery inside, called the Power Flip Case, says the Digital Trends.
The One max is destined for European and Asian markets imminently, with almost immediate availability after its scheduled launch event tomorrow. In the United States, the One Max will be available on Sprint and Verizon, though it’ll get there a little later, probably in November, reports the Verge.