The HTC One Max has been officially unveiled and you would be forgiven for thinking that it is a carbon copy of the HTC One but despite being a super-sized version of the Taiwanese manufacturer’s 2013 flagship phone it does come with a few extra features that its younger brother lacked and in fact shares a lot in common with the HTC One Mini in terms of design and build quality.
HTC’s first Phablet we take a look at how these two models compare.
HTC One Vs HTC One Max Overview
The Android powered ‘Phablet’ may be powered by the same super-fast 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processing chip with 2 GB of RAM that delivers great performance but the battery pack has been replaced with an even larger and longer lasting 3,300 mAh Li-Po battery. Despite the removable back panel though the battery is still non-removable.
The all aluminium shell HTC One Max has also been fitted with a microSD card slot, so in addition to the 16 or 32 GB internal memory capacity, users can now boost that by up to a further 64 GB of storage, an option the HTC One sorely lacked.
For those that love big screens the HTC One Max has that, offering up a 5.9 inch Full HD super LCD3 display in comparison to the HTC One’s smaller 4.7,” albeit the pixel density is somewhat lower at 373 ppi vs 469 ppi.
Running on Android v4.3 Jelly Bean the linux-based operating system is not the only updated software on board with the One Max utilising HTC’s latest user interface HTC Sense v5.5 with a BlinkFeed homescreen that can now be turned off and which offers better personalisation when it comes to recommendations.
As for imaging capabilities, the One Max uses a 4 mega pixel ‘UltraPixel’ camera with some impressive imaging tools but sadly lacks the OIS technology adorned by the HTC One. On the other hand the new Dual capture mode which allows for simultaneous images to be captured with both the front and rear facing camera’s is a welcomed introduction and a feature that it has in common with the Samsung Galaxy S4.
With the introduction of the HTC Scribble function which lets you scribble on photos and improvements to HTC Zoe meaning that you can now post images straight from your camera to any of your favourite social media sites, users should be equally delighted with the ability to create GIFs as well as being able to add your own music soundtrack to your video clips.
The dual front facing speakers with HTC BoomSound and improved audio technology means that the audio experience on the HTC One Max is a huge plus point.
But the most significant aspect of the HTC One Max based on that of the original HTC One spec sheet has to be the inclusion of a new fingerprint sensor on the back, simply swipe your finger to lock & unlock your phone and away you go. It can also be set up to automatically launch apps of your choosing.
Larger than your average smart phone the HTC One Max comes in at 217 g measuring 164.5 x 82.5 x 10.3 mm, which is big, really big, even by comparison to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 which measures 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm and weighs 168g.
Is the HTC One Max just too big? If you love the idea of a big screen HTC experience and the thought of fingerprint security, then the HTC One Max fits the bill otherwise the HTC One is still a popular choice.
Have you been won over by the new HTC One Max or is it still all about the HTC One?