Worst kept secret in tech history is a harsh phrase to use in regards to the HTC One max, since the Nexus 5 feels like old news before going official. But let’s not sugarcoat it, HTC’s done a horrendous job in keeping a lid on One max rumors.
As a matter of fact, I’m not even sure you realized the phablet was not technically announced until a few minutes ago. Yet, believe it or not, the formal intro still comes with a number of surprises, both pleasant and painfully displeasing.
Let’s start with the good, for folks who always like to look at the half-full part of the glass. The One max, while technically being nothing more than an oversized variant of the 4.7-inch One, is not made of one piece of aluminum, instead allowing the cracking open of the back cover and expansion of on-board storage.
Good news? No, great news, even if the battery for some reason continues to be bolted down. Bolted down, but quite massive, at 3,300 mAh, which as usual comes with both upsides and downsides, leading to the 5.9-incher tipping the scales at, wait for it, 217 grams.
That’s close to 50 grams more than Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3, mind you, which rocks usable screen real estate with just 0.2 inches smaller. Meanwhile, Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra, technically a 6.4-incher and thus much larger than the One max, weighs in at 212 grams. Don’t know what happened there, HTC, but you might want to think about getting some new designers.
Most of the other specs and features are exactly in line with rumors and recent reports from around the web, so here’s a quick but also extensive recap:
- 5.9-inch Full HD S-LCD 3 panel
- Quad-core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU
- 2 GB RAM
- 16/32 GB storage
- Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with HTC Sense 5.5
- BoomSound speakers
- Fingerprint scanner
- UltraPixel rear camera
- 2.1 MP front-facing snapper
- Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA, 4G LTE
- 165.5 x 82.5 x 10.29 mm dimensions
Due out in a few days in UK, HTC’s One max will subsequently spread its wings all over Europe and finally land in America “in time for the holidays”, both in an unlocked flavor and subsidized with Sprint and Verizon contracts. No words on pricing just yet, but we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop.