Long time rumored and often leaked, today HTC made the HTC One max finally official. Running on Android 4.3 and the brand new HTC Sense 5.5, the One max, which is said to be a "super-sized smartphone", is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core CPU at 1.7 GHz. In terms of the supported bands, the HTC One max comes in a European, Asian and North American version. All three supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE while the European version supports triband UMTS/HSPA+ at 900/1900/2100 MHz with speeds up to 42 Mbps and quadband LTE at 800/900/1800/2600 MHz. The Asian version supports quadband UMTS/HSPA+ at 850/900/1900/2100 MHz with speeds up to 42 Mbps and quadband LTE at 900/1800/2100/2600 MHz.
The North American Sprint version supports dualband HSPA+ at 1900/2100 MHz with speeds up up to 14.4 and singleband LTE at 1900 MHz while the Verizon version supports quadband HSPA+ at 850/900/1900/2100 MHz with speeds up to 14.4 Mbps and singleband LTE at 700 MHz.
Being HTC's first phablet, the One max comes with a 5.9" Full HD 1080p display. Furthermore it features the expected fingerprint sensor which is said to take "convenience to a new level". It's located on the back of the device and allows users to lock or unlock the screen and quickly launch up to three favorite applications by assigning an individual finger to each. Acclaimed features including HTC BlinkFeed, HTC Zoe and HTC BoomSound, combined with the new HTC Sense 5.5, are all enhanced to continue to deliver the best overall smartphone experience, now on a larger screen.
With its 3300 mAh embedded battery, the HTC One max is the strongest device of HTC's One range of high-end Android smartphones. In addition to that, HTC will offer an optional Power Flip Case, a stylish 1200 mAh battery expansion, which offers both protection and extra juice.
Available with either 16 GB or 32 GB onboard memory, the One max memory can be expanded with a microSD card. Furthermore, it comes with a massive 50 GB of additional free Google Drive online storage being offered exclusively to HTC One max owners.
The HTC One max's Sense 5.5 upgrade comes with a more social, personalized HTC BlinkFeed that can be further refined by customizable topic categories and new integration with premium content providers including Instagram, Tumblr and Google+. Up to 120 articles can also be downloaded for offline viewing, making BlinkFeed even better for snacking on information wherever and whenever needed.
Featuring HTC's UltraPixel 4 megapixel camera technology without OIS but with HTC Zoe mode and a 2.1 megapixel front-facing camera, the HTC One max will capture stunning photos and Full HD 1080p videos. Dual Capture allows to snap memorable moments and reactions to them in one extraordinary photo or video by simultaneously shooting with the front and rear cameras. Improved imaging is also introduced through Video Highlights, which combines photos and videos to create a mini movie complete with the soundtrack and visual theme of choice. And with the HTC One max, Video Highlights can now be any length - finally coming over the 30 seconds limit of HTC Sense 5.
Last but not least, available in Glacial Silver, the HTC One max shares the same premium design credentials as the rest of the HTC One family, even if it's not a unibody aluminum design like the HTC One but more looking like the HTC One mini.
The HTC One max will begin rolling out across the globe from mid - end October. In the UK and other selected European countries, the HTC One max will be on store shelves toward end of the week (within 3 - 4 days of the announcement). In the United States, it will be available from Sprint and Verizon Wireless for this holiday season.
The suggested retail price for Europe is around 699 Euro. The HTC Power Flip Case will retail for around 90 Euro.
Cheers ~ Arne