The One family is now three. The highly praised HTC One and the compact One mini just got a new sibling, as the Taiwanese company finally took the wraps off the much-leaked super-sized One max. At the HTC Frequencies Asia II conference held last week in Singapore, Speed, along with 13 other online and offline publications from Asia Pacific, was given an exclusive first look at the 5.9-inch Android device. As expected, the max packs plenty under the hood. There’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 1.7GHz quad-core processor and 2GB RAM, Android 4.3, Full HD display, BoomSound dual front-facing speakers, UltraPixel rear camera, wide-angle 2.1MP front-facing camera, and an enormous 3,300mAh non-removable battery. In short, the max is everything that the One is, but with a few key differences: [unordered_list style=”green-dot”]
- Removable back cover. Say goodbye to the gorgeous aluminum unibody of the One. Removing the back reveals slots for the SIM card and microSD card. But no, the battery isn’t removable. What a tease.
- microSD card slot. Yes, you can now expand the 16/32GB internal storage. Hooray for more content consumption!
- Updated HTC Sense UI. The 5.5 version features a more customizable BlinkFeed; integration with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+; new themes and the ability to add own music to Video Highlights; and the option to switch off BlinkFeed completely, among many other UI elements.
- Fingerprint scanner. Underneath the rear camera is a black square where you can swipe your finger. This action allows you to unlock your phone or open any app. You may register up to three of your fingers.
[/unordered_list] There’s also an optional HTC Power Flip Case, a stylish 1150mAh battery expansion for your One max. You not only protect your device, you also get extra juice! The HTC One max will begin rolling out across the globe this month. As for the local launch, we’ll let you know as soon as we hear from HTC Philippines. Words Katrina Rivere-Diga