Today's announced HTC One max completes HTC's 2013 lineup of high-end Android smartphones and it's HTC's first phablet kind of smartphone. Powered by a 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU, the One max will be released with Android 4.3 and the brand new and improved HTC Sense 5.5. The European One max supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, UMTS/HSPA+ at 900/1900/2100 MHz as well as quadband LTE at 800/900/1800/2600 MHz. Other connectivity includes Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX, WiFi a/b/g/n at 2.4 and 5 GHz as well as MHL, DLNA and screen sharing via HTC Media Link HD and Miracast.
The supported sensors includes the gyroscope, accelerometer, digital compass, proximity sensor and for sure an ambient light sensor as well as GPS and GLONASS, NFC and the from the HTC One known infrared transmitter. Furthermore it comes with a finger print reader on the back, next to the camera, which allows to either unlock the device or launch user selectable apps. The HTC One max comes with a 5.9", Super LCD3, Gorilla Glass 3 protected touchscreen which supports Full HD at 1080p. It has 2 GB RAM and either 16 GB or 32 GB flash memory and also supports USB OTG. Unlike the HTC One, the HTC One max isn't featuring the zero gap aluminum unibody design, however this time the battery cover is removable and provides access to the micro SIM card as well as to the microSD memory card slot. The One max measures 164.5 x 82.5 x 10.29 mm and weights 217 grams, including the embedded 3,300 mAh Li-polymer battery. While the backside looks pretty much the same like the HTC One and HTC One mini, including the two times interrupted aluminum shell, the side is glossy white polycarbonate, going to the front of the device to hold the front facing aluminum looking stereo speaker covers and touchscreen.
The One max comes with the HTC One HTC UltraPixel camera, HTC BoomSound and its affiliated services. Therefore is the HTC One max featuring the same 4 megapixel main camera which comes with a 1/3" BSI sensor and a pixel size of 2.0 µm. All this is powered by HTC's dedicated ImageChip 2 and an f/2.0 aperture, 28 mm lens. Unfortunately not on board is HTC's Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) which was just introduced with the One. The 88° ultra-wide-angle front facing camera features 2.1 megapixel f/2.2 camera with BSI sensor and HDR capabilities. The main camera allows to record Full HD 1080p videos (even in HDR) or alternatively 720p HD videos with up to 60 fps; the front facing camera records 1080p HD videos - without HDR support.
The One max also features BoomSound which means it comes with the HTC One typical frontal stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers and even larger sound chambers. However, there's no mention of the so called "studio-quality sound with Beats Audio" and also the Beats Audio logo on the back is gone. Due to patent issues with Nokia, the dual microphones and Sense Voice for improved communication in loud environments isn't HD anymore.
The HTC One max is one of the few HTC devices which again has the power button on the side, which is due to the massively increased side of the device. On top, where the power button is normally located, the max is now only sporting the infrared transmitter.
The three pogo pins on the backside of the One max connect to the HTC Power Flip Case, a dual-purpose phone case which protects the HTC One max and provides an extra 1,200 mAh power boost. The battery icon lights up when in use and the green LED indicates when both, case and phone, are fully charged. The battery is part of the front-facing flap which is the reason why there was no hole left to have access to the touchscreen. However, phone calls can be done with closed flap and on the back the case has a cut-out for the camera and the finger print reader. Last but not least can the case be used as a stand to operate the device landscape, for instance to watch videos.
Also available as an accessory is the HTC Stylus, a regular passive capacitive stylus, which is a sleek, fine-tipped and ergonomic tool designed to enhance the overall One max experience, even if it's definitely not required. It allows to make notes, draw finer lines and sketch in style and was designed to work perfectly with HTC's new and One max exclusive "Scribble" app.
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