So, do you already have a HTC One? Love it? If you don’t already have the One – you still should read this. The
Korean *Taiwanese company, HTC, has done it again. If you are in the tech world or have been in the market for a new device, you probably have heard HTC One, HTC mini, and HTC One Max are all out. The HTC Max is the third phone in the One series, and for the most part might look visually sister phones, apart from the size, from a distance. I am sure you can to read this to learn answers to the questions: (a) What really makes the One Max’s different? (b) Does it have a few surprises hidden inside its aluminum unibody? Guess what, not to let you down, I’m here to give you some insight.
How does it look?
It looks like a bigger HTC One when first looking at it. Already a pretty awesome thing within itself, since the HTC One is the best looking smartphone you can buy at the moment. So if you want and need a massive phone, then might as well get the most attractive and awesome aluminum body; large awesomeness.
Although at first glance the HTC One Max does look the same at first, there has made some changes to the body, This model has added a removable rear panel so you can use/upgrade the MicroSD card which lots of users had hoped for with the original One. HTC also moved the Max power button to the side instead of the top. I personally am still happy with the top location, since I do use the TV Remote app lots.
Although it only one millimeter thicker than it’s sister HTC One, it’s 10 millimeters longer than the Samsung Galaxy Note 3! Of course, with all of that extra length the Max is going to weight more than 45 grams more than the Galaxy Note 3, and about 5 grams more than the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. Personally, I don’t mind the extra weight for the length, but that has to be your decision. Sure, it is going to be hard to blow off of your desk, unless you are listening to music with our BoomSound speakers or maybe in a hurricane, but you won’t have a problem doing productive things on this device.
How about the geeky tech specs?
Here comes the nerd stuff
- 5.9-inch Super LCD touchscreen with full 1080p resolution, giving a pixel density of 373ppi
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, 1.7GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM
- UltraPixel camera on the rear, 2.1-megapixel above the screen
- 16GB or 32GB of internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 65GB free Google Drive storage for two years
- 3G HSPA+, 4G LTE connectivity (4G LTE will still be great due to the internal antenna, on most carriers)
- BoomSound stereo speakers
- Expect Android 4.3 with HTC Sense 5.5 (see below)
- Fingerprint sensor below the camera lens on the rear of the phone
- Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA
- Bluetooth 4.0, FM radio, GPS
- A 3300mAh battery, which should be something like having talk time up to 25 hours for WCDMA / 28 hours for CDMA. Also standby time should be around: Up to 575 hours for WCDMA / 393 hours for CDMA
The fingerprint sensor is a new feature for the HTC One series and is going to be a highlight feature. Sure, the iPhone 5S just came out with a new device, and neither the 5S or the Max are the first phones to offer this sensor, but it’s a nice little feature to mention. By the way, if you would be interested in my review between iPhone 5s vs HTC One, I have one. The fingerprint scanner is mounted on the rear of the phone, just below the camera lens, which seems to be a better location for my preference than the 5S. It also has stronger security from the 5S though and HTC offers users the chance to assign three different apps to three other fingers, allowing you to automatically activate them when you unlock the phone.
The HTC One Max will store fingerprint date in local memory and is encrypted/stored in the system partition. Unlike some other devices, the fingerprint will not be stored as a picture, but the actual characteristics that have been identified by a proprietary algorithm. HTC does not have access to the information and the fingerprint cannot be used by a third party. Not sure what the NSA has access to, so I cannot comment on this.
With Android 4.3 comes HTC Sense 5.5
It’s good to see HTC use the very latest version of Android onboard the One Max, and a new version of its Sense user interface. And with the announcement HTC will be rolling out Android 4.4 to all of the One customers very soon, things will only get better for your device. With the new 4.3 version, there are a few changes if you still use 4.2 on your other HTC One devices. BlinkFeed can now be turned off entirely, or if you’re a fan, you can add your own custom categories, Instagram or Google+ feeds, and a reading list. HTC also has worked on the camera software as well by adding an animated GIF maker into HTC Zoe and more themes for Zoe.
But I need to customize my HTC One Max – how about an accessory for my device?
If your new 3300mAh battery isn’t enough for your hardcore usage (see specs), you can now have some options. Maybe you want to get the new Power Flip Case, which has a built-in 1200mAh battery and can protect the body from scratches or your toddler dropping it on concrete. But “I don’t want a case,” you may say. HTC also makes a standard Flip Case with a built-in stand. Both are listed on HTC’s website with prices. There are many more accessories I recommend looking at, like BoomBass and Battery Bar, and others. HTC’s Accessory Site.
When, where, and how much?
As for the US, HTC has confirmed the phone will be coming to Sprint and Verizon during, “The holiday season,” so the wait should be short if you’re already set on buying an HTC One Max.
You can read some of my other articles for reviews and tips about the original HTC One:
*Special thanks goes to Darth_Warrior for my typo with HTC’s ownership.