Oct 14 AT 11:00 AM Nick Gray 10 Comments

HTC One max unveiled


After months of rumors, leaks and speculation, HTC has finally pulled back the curtain and unveiled the HTC One max. According the the handset’s spec sheet, most of the rumors have turned out to be true. While the HTC One max is the largest handset ever made by HTC, it’s not being pitched as a true flagship device. The HTC One is still the leader in that aspect. The HTC One max may have a larger display, larger battery, fingerprint scanner and microSD card slot, but it lacks optical image stabilization and the base model delivers only 16GB of internal storage.

On the software side, the HTC One max is running on Android 4.3 with HTC Sense 5.5. The latest version of HTC’s software come with new customization options for video highlights, quick settings and BlinkFeed (allowing users to integrate RSS feeds, Google+ or turn the service off completely).

While we’re not sure yet what service providers will be charging for the HTC One max, the storage and imaging compromises lead us to believe that the handset’s price will come in slightly lower than that of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The HTC One max will go on sale in the UK this week with additional markets in Europe coming online later this month. Verizon and Sprint are expected to start selling the HTC One max by the holidays.

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HTC One max spec highlights

  • 5.9-inch Full HD 1080p display
  • 164.5 x 82.5 x 10.29mm body weighing in at 217g
  • 1.7Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16/32GB storage options (microSd card slot up to 64GB)
  • Gyro sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Fingerprint scanner
  • 3,300 mAh battery
  • Android 4.3 with Sense 5.5
  • Ultrapixel main camera (4 megapixels) f2.0, 2.1 megapixel front-facing camera with 88 degree wide angle lens
Show Press Release


World’s best smartphone now in 5.9″ with new and improved HTC Sense 5.5 ® experience

London, October 15, 2013 – HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, today announced the HTC One max, a super-sized smartphone that brings the award-winning design, functionality and performance of the HTC One to fans of larger handsets. A new Fingerprint Scan feature takes convenience to a new level while acclaimed features including HTC BlinkFeedâ„¢, HTC Zoeâ„¢ and HTC BoomSoundâ„¢, combined with the new HTC Sense 5.5, which are all enhanced to continue to deliver the best overall smartphone experience, now on a larger screen.

“The addition of the HTC One max means that we now have an HTC One phone for everyone. The family has been built on quality and game-changing innovations and the HTC One max is certainly no exception,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “The upgrade to HTC Sense 5.5 will provide our most amazing mobile experience yet, with the HTC One max delivering the size and power required to do everything you want, and more, without compromise.”

Big and powerful

The HTC One max’s 5.9″ full HD1080p display is perfect for enjoying photos, videos and movies on the go. Smooth and efficient performance comes courtesy of a quad-core Qualcomm® Snapdragonâ„¢ 600 processor featuring a quad-core 1.7 GHz CPU enabling jaw-dropping performance, ultra vivid videos and booming sound. Whether you’re watching videos in stunning HD, playing games or checking out what’s hot online, the HTC One max sounds amazing, looks sharp and keeps working when you need it.

The 16GB or 32GB onboard memory can be expanded thanks to a microSDâ„¢ card slot, with a massive 50GB of additional free Google Drive online storage being offered exclusively to HTC One max owners

The large 3300mAh embedded battery means that this level of performance will last and last. Even the most intensive users will find the HTC One max is up to the challenge thanks to the optional HTC Power Flip Case, a stylish 1150mAh battery expansion for your HTC One max which offers both protection and extra juice when you need it most.

Maximum convenience at your fingertips

The average person checks their phone multiple times a day, so the HTC One max welcomes a new era of convenience and advanced functionality thanks to a built-in Fingerprint Scan feature. Located on the back of the device, the fingerprint scanner allows users to lock or unlock the screen and quickly launch up to three favourite applications by assigning an individual finger to each.

More content than ever before

The HTC One max’s Sense 5.5 upgrade comes with a more social, personalised HTC BlinkFeed that can be further refined by customisable topic categories and new integration with premium content providers including Instagram and Google+. Up to 120 articles can also be downloaded for offline viewing, making BlinkFeed even better for snacking on information wherever and whenever you are.

Ultimate imaging

Featuring HTC’s UltraPixel camera technology, HTC Zoe mode, that brings your photos to life, and a 2.1MP front-facing camera, the HTC One max will capture stunning photos and full HD 1080p videos whether you’re the photographer, the subject or both. Dual Capture means you can now snap memorable moments and your reaction to them in one extraordinary photo or video by simultaneously shooting with the front and rear cameras.

Improved imaging is also introduced through Video Highlights, which combines your photos and videos to create a mini movie complete with the soundtrack and visual theme of your choice. And with the HTC One max, your Video Highlights can now be any length you want.

Design at its Best

Available in Glacial Silver, the HTC One max shares the same premium design credentials as the rest of the HTC One family, providing an all round exceptional experience.

Global Availability

The HTC One max will begin rolling out across the globe from mid – end October. See specific regions for details.

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • HipHopIsLyfe37

    Unveiled*, sorry it was bugging me..

    • HipHopIsLyfe37

      never mind, you guys fixed it

    • Richard Yarrell

      Never mind the Htc One Max isn’t close to the Note 3. Sure glad I roll with Samsung

      • Mist

        You don’t roll with anything. Your broke ass lives in the ghetto, works in a soup kitchen, sucks dick for pennies on the corner, and trolls the internet because you saw a smartphone once and thought they made you look rich and “kool” and now you use computers in the library and at work to live out your fantasy world on the tech forums because no-one in real life gives a shit about your fantasy fetishes.

  • Amitz

    Don’t know what htc is trying to achieve here! !…a 2013 super sized phone with snapdragon 600??.. why do they always have to take 2 steps forward and 3 steps back? .. such a disappointment with the specs. . Was really looking forward to this phone. ..guess it’ll be Nexus 5 now for me. .

    • Spoorthy

      My guess is that thy were trying to undercut the price of GN3. If its priced at 200 on contract it might sway a bunch of note buyers. Sure the processor is slower but the interface is far quicker and its not ever going to lag. Add that metal body an actually good interface and boom sound speakers and I think it can compete with the gn3. I’d say the one max and the gn3 are about equal if its priced at 200

    • Hom0ncruse

      final nail in the coffin for HTC

  • donger

    Go HTC.

  • jamal adam

    This is an underwhelming device and lacks much of what’s needed to compete with the Note 3 and plus this is HUGE. No OIS, a Snapdragon 800, and only 16GB or 32GB options. I know HTC is more than capable of making a great device and this could have been, if they implemented it better. It feels like a Note 3 competitor for the sake of having something in the phablet range.

  • King Chris Scott

    Ya these specs aren’t very impressive…it’s a big let down