HTC is scheduled to hold a press conference in China tomorrow where they were supposed to unveil the 5.9 inch One Max, but for reasons only a few people in the company’s public relations department seem to know, the Taiwanese smartphone vendor has decided to fully unveil the device today. Not only have they published a press release, websites such as The Verge have already reviewed the phone! So what do we know about the One Max now that we didn’t know last week? A lot.
Let’s start with the obvious. Yes, the phone has a 5.9 inch 1080p display. Yes, the phone has BoomSound speakers. According to the review Vlad Savov published, those two features make the One Max huge. So much so that he says even the Note 3 feels easier to use.
The One Max is the first HTC phone to finally copy Samsung’s genius side-mounted unlock key. It’s also the first Android phone to be unveiled after the iPhone 5s to have a fingerprint scanner. Located on the back, right under the camera, you’ll need to swipe upwards on the sensor to get it to do anything. Vlad calls it “clumsy, awkward” and a “failed attempt” to do something genuinely interesting.
Under the hood there’s a Snapdragon 600, not a Snapdragon S4 Pro as previously thought, paired with 2 GB of RAM. The camera uses the same four megapixel UltraPixel sensor as found in the 4.7 inch One, but, and this is a big but, there isn’t optical image stabilization. There’s also a 3,300 mAh battery, but again, Vlad says “it didn’t last significantly longer than the Galaxy Note 3.”
When will it launch and how much will it cost? The One Max will allegedly hit Europe and Asia almost immediately after the press conference tomorrow, but I have my doubts as to whether that’ll actually happen. Over in the US, Sprint and Verizon are said to be offering the phone. It’ll likely cost $299 with a two year contract, and as for unlocked, no clue, but expect it to be a paper bag full of money.