HTC’s One Max, a phablet-style mega-version of the five-star HTC One, has officially launched sporting a 5.9-inch Full HD screen. The HTC One Max sports many of the same specs and features of the original phone and the HTC One Mini which launched recently, with a few extras such as a fingerprint scanner thrown in.
The HTC One Max boasts a spacious 5.9-inch Full HD screen, larger than the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and only a tad smaller than the Sony Xperia Z Ultra and Samsung Galaxy Mega. Despite this, the One Max feels a lot more compact than the Xperia Z Ultra, and only slightly juts from our trouser pocket.
Another new feature is the fingerprint scanner housed on the rear, for easy access. This allows you to unlock the phone for added security, and can also be configured to quick-open the app of your choice. The power button is now found on the side for easier access, and the back opens up to reveal the new microSD memory card slot, as well as the SIM card slot – although the battery isn’t removable. A dual-SIM model is planned for future release.
HTC's latest version of its Sense overlay, Sense 5.5, sits over Android 4.3 and boasts a number of improvements over the previous effort. BlinkFeed is apparently used by 68% of One users, and it's been overhauled to make it easier to use. For instance, a swipe to the right brings up all of your accounts and Google+ is now supported. You can also search for whatever you like, and BlinkFeed will scour your feeds. RSS feeds are also now supported so you can add all of your favourite news sites. Good news for anyone who travels by tube or has a rubbish data plan too, as you can now download from your feeds before leaving home and read them offline.
Zoe mode has also been improved so it's easier to share your photos and clips, using social network sites such as Facebook. There's a new GIF editor too, so you can create hilarious clips of your cat chasing a bit of string and share it online. The improvements also stretch to the highlights reel, which combines your photos and clips into a montage. You get greater control over the way your memories are flashed up, right down to what music plays.
Talking specs, the HTC One Max sports the same quad-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor as the original One, plus 2GB RAM. You get the same Ultrapixel camera as those earlier models too. The One Max’s 3300mAh battery appears to offer fantastic longevity – we played with the phone all weekend and only had to charge it once in that 48 hour period, and overnight it loses practically no charge at all. Storage-wise, you get 50GB of Google Drive cloud space on top of the 16GB or 32GB of built-in storage.
The HTC One Max will first be available via Vodafone by the end of this week, with other networks supporting it afterwards. Pricing is yet to be revealed.