For months rumors regarding the HTC One max have suggested that the device will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 S0C, the same chip used in the LG G2 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. That rumor was first disputed by @evleaks last week when he claimed that the One max would be powered by a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064, which is classified a Snapdragon 600 but advertised as a S4 Pro (yeah, we know it’s confusing). New images of the phone appear to confirm @evleaks’ claims, showing an AnTuTu benchmark score of 26417 – roughly the same score I get on my HTC One.
If you call it an S4 Pro or a Snapdragon 600, it doesn’t change the fact that you should no longer expect the HTC One max to feature performance on par with the most recent flagship Android phones. An HTC One max powered by a quad-core 1.7GHz APQ8064 SoC isn’t going to be the fastest phone on the market, but hopefully it will allow HTC to keep the cost of the phone down and allow service providers to sell it below the $300 on-contract price of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
Does an HTC One max with a Snapdragon 600/S4 Pro SoC lose a bit of its appeal?