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It was only a matter of time until HTC stepped up to Samsung and offered a "phablet" of its own, and it looks like that time is drawing close. Chinese site ePrice, source of numerous reliable leaks in the past, has posted a photo of a 5.9-inch HTC device set to take on the Galaxy Note series, Xperia Z Ultra, and the like. According to the post, it's called the HTC One Max, codenamed the T6.

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ePrice reports that they've seen both a standard and a Chinese dual-SIM version, but we're not sure which one this is, so take the following specs with a grain of salt. The 5.9-inch screen is full 1080p, just like the One. As you can see it's got the same dual front-facing "BOOMSOUND" speakers as the One and One Mini, albeit a bit elongated on the larger phone. ePrice reports a Snapdragon 800 2.3Ghz processor inside, along with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The dual-SIM model also has a MicroSD card slot accessible via a removable back plate, but the 3300mAh battery is fixed in place. We've seen at least one similar regional version of the One, so don't get your hopes up for a wide release model with expandable storage.

The "One Max" next to the One (4.7") and One Mini(4.3"), just for comparison - note the relative speaker sizes.

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Cameras are the same Ultrapixel/2.1MP front-facing combination as the One, and this phone is a tiny bit beefier at 9.4mm thin. The screen bezel seems to have shrunk a little, but that could certainly be more of a perspective change than anything. Hardware controls remain the same. There's no word on software, but I'd expect a similar mix of Android 4.2 and HTC's Sense.

As usual, treat all this as rumor until we get some harder information. There's no knowing when or if HTC plans to bring a larger One to market, but if I was a betting man, I'd take odds that it's slated for a late fall or early winter debut. It might be intended to go head to head with the third-generation Galaxy Note.

Source: ePrice via GSMInsider

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • eBeggar

    As a current One owner, I just feltmy manhood shrivel up with envy.

  • Baleeted

    I hope it's like the Droid Maxx with a huge battery (3500 pls). They may actually be able to steal the battery crown from Moto if that is the case.

    • ElfirBFG

      The Maxx is smaller and has a larger battery(assuming this 'leak' is correct), so this HTC phone has to come up with nifty tricks to slow power consumption to beat the Maxx. Tricks much like the 'X8' has.

      HTC is fighting Samsung, they don't care about beating Droids, they want to cut in on Galaxy sales. This would go head-to-head with the Note and that's about it.

      • jboogie1289

        They'll have to do much better than making a larger phone to come close to competing with the Note 3. Try harder HTC!!

    • NemaCystX

      Its 3300mAh according to the source link

  • nsnsmj

    The HTC One series could be so much smaller or use the space much more effectively if they used software buttons. The space taken up by the two capacitive buttons is ridiculous.

    • epsiblivion

      they've been taking buttons away one at a time. they'll get there eventually

      • Jays2Kings

        Soon there will be no buttons, not even on screen ones. They'll call it HTC Zero.

        • epsiblivion

          it'll be HTC's brain chip :D

          • iamnotfan

            Don't be too geek.

        • iamnotfan

          '

      • pelawaks

        So next year's release would be like iphone with just one botton? Then we get to the software button eventually in the next two years. :D

    • Sergio

      The black bezel could go away as well

    • AlecWxForecaster

      But screenspace would be lost.

      • nsnsmj

        Not if they increased the display size from 4.7" to something else that would occupy all that black bezel, and the area taken up by the software buttons.

  • fred

    This is awesome. I'd buy this. I wish the batt is replaceable.

    • NS-MMM

      Agreed- If the Battery comes out its mine-Over the Note 3!

  • Barnassey

    16GB of storage? on a phone that is supposed to beat the note? With no SD slot?

    • jonathan3579

      I'm just wondering... Did you read? It's said to have SD card support. "The dual-SIM model also has a MicroSD card slot accessible via a removable back plate."

      • pelawaks

        I'm just wondering... Did you read? It's said "We've seen at least one similar regional version of the One, so don't get your hopes up for a wide release model with expandable storage."

        • jonathan3579

          That's one single version. Nobody knows whether it will in fact have a SD slot if or when it moves out of the Asian regions. Nice try smart ass.

          • Dalian barons

            As the one with SD slot never left Asia why would this one?

          • jonathan3579

            Nobody can say for sure whether it will or will not. Are you just as dense as the other two people? Sometimes manufacturers change things up. We can use the One for example... Nobody knows what's going to happen so you people need to get off your high horses. Everything is speculation until confirmed.

          • IshiKen

            You've abused the term "high horses". It does not apply as no one, other than yourself, as taken up the smug attitude of knowing more than another. They were using prior knowledge, you were being falsely superior, which is why people say to "get off your high horse". It was meant to knock down people who replied to things as you did. Feel free to research this and send me a reply that shows me that you are right. I won't read it, but I'm sure you'll feel better.

          • jonathan3579

            That's funny... I could have sworn that some of the comments above were both sarcastic and condescending. So you have done little more than try to inflate your own ego by making a futile attempt to appear remotely intelligent. Your argument is severely flawed. Better luck next time, bud.

            Edit: And for the record, anyone who says "feel free to reply because I won't read it" is full of shit. You're gonna read it. Enjoy!

          • FuzzyMidget

            So I think this might be the right spot to insert a quick "get off your high horse" then. Stop calling the kettle black, Mr. Pot.

          • Barnassey

            I can honestly say i BET it will not come with an SD slot.

    • Chris

      16GB in 2013 is pretty funny.

  • milad

    I'm a big fan of HTC , and I think their one version is one of the best phones out there! , but I don't think this phone can compete with Samsung and Sony since the only difference this phone has compared to the original one is the size and processor basically ! They need to add some extra functions to it , just like the way Samsung has been doing with their note series and Sony started with xperia ultra Z !

    • Mike Reid

      HTC hasn't had a tablet or phablet success yet.

    • Joshua

      Note 2 user here. I have to say that the most compelling feature of this phone is basically the screen size. The big battery that comes with a large phone is also nice. The software additions sound good, but aren't really that big a deal. I don't really use multi window mode all that often, for example. That's a feature that would be best on a tablet. (If HTC could make a One Ultra Max Super 10" tablet with 1920x1200 resolution at least, I'd probably buy it in a heartbeat.) Anyway, the point is that I believe this has enough good selling points to be truly competitive against the other phablets on the market. The only thing that might kill it for me is the lack of a microSD slot, since that's a feature I make full use of.

    • enoch861

      The Note has all those extra fancy features that, honestly, no one uses. When I bought my one I was stoked to get the SPen and what not but after the second day of owning the phone, I stopped using the SPen. Now? I use the thing like once a week at most.
      The most attractive thing about the Note is the screen size.
      Lets be honest though, that One Max looks sexy. A million times better than my Note 2 looks. I'd pick it up in a heartbeat.

  • smeddy

    HTC, no removable battery or memory, then no buy from me.. I do hope you stop cutting off a part of your market.

    • Chris

      Removable batteries are a gimmik so is silly SD cards. no need for SD cards if you have at least 32GB of onboard storage.

      • Bakaouji

        The fact that so many people genuinely want and need microsd cards thoroughly invalidates the mandate of them being a "gimmik" or unnecessary. You sound like a fanboy defending his Nexus 4/Htc One purchase.

        • Sporttster

          Agreed. My phone has become my camera, my vid recorder, movie machine, music player and alot more which all needs tons of space, hence the definate need for alot of gb's via sd card. This is the main reason I'm not interested in the new Droids. They have no sd card slot. If this large One comes to the States, I'm interested as long as it has sd slot and is on Verizon.

          • Chris

            Its only good if the phone it self can support large cards. Most can only support up to 32Gb or 64Gb.

          • Bakaouji

            Erm. At this point in time microsd only goes up to 64GB. What type of microsd cards bigger than that do you want your phone to support?

          • Chris

            As I said, most phones only support those sizes. Some only support up to 32GB. Learn to read.

            as for your question. Is there some other special kind of micro SD card out there?

          • Bakaouji

            Go read your previous post again. And again. And if you still don't get it, then you're stupider than I thought.

          • Chris

            I don't need to nor am I gonna argue with a little kid. It's people like you who makes ashamed to use android.

          • Bakaouji

            Your grasp of the English language tells us all we need to know of your age.

          • Ivan Myring

            Actually phones which support 64GB Micro SD theoretically support up to 2 TB of micro SD storage, as that is the maximum of SDXC.Phones that only support 32GB Max use SDHC, a format with a maximum of 32GB
            So when larger micro SDS are available, then you can get one.

        • Chris

          I actually own a HTC EVO LTE. Yes, it has a Sd card on it, but if it came with at least 32GB of ONBOARD storage I wouldn't mind. I never once replaced my 32Gb card thats on my phone. Its been on my phone and in that slot since June 2012 when I got the phone.

          keep in mind the only ones who "want" a SD card are the power users. Normal users would be fine with out it.

          • Barnassey

            Thats YOU a LOT of people that come into the verizon store ask for phones with microsd. Thats why even thought the droid DNA had better specs it didnt sell well.

      • smeddy

        SD cards, maybe, I can take your point. But until phones can give us 2-3 days of battery life, then removable batteries are indispensable

  • NemaCystX

    It looks like the HTC One Max will have that ugly plastic edge like the One Mini, not exactly appealing...

    • Chris

      if only they had the AMERICANS like apple does, things would be alright. Its one thing I wish android would have. an american compney that will make great android products.

      • Matthew Fry

        Motorola?

      • leonard

        So what are you saying? That only american dudes can make great shit? Is apple great? Yeah it is great when you are talking about the design and durability, but when it comes to software innovation, asians are way better.

  • disqus_0DvjPGmqim

    This is supposed to be competition for us note users? FAIL.

    • Chris

      Theres more to android then samsung kid. Competition is good too.

      • disqus_0DvjPGmqim

        Well for your information young man I used htc's in the past. Not a samsung fan boy but a fan phones that are a success for me. But I found through user experience that the Note 2 had everything I was looking for in a phone. And htc is making this phone to compete with the Note series right? So right now at this moment samsung is everything for android users looking for a phablet experience, kid.

  • Gnex

    It's just like the One, but bigger and without

    • Chris

      is the dumb picture really necessary?

      • Gnex

        It's always necessary.

        • Chris

          Sure if you are in high school

          • Gnex

            Which I am. Have an upvote.

  • TSON1

    *pants fly off*

  • Stacey Liu

    5.9"? That's starting to approach Nexus 7 territory. Who buys phones this big? My Nexus 4 is already a little annoying to put into my pockets.

    • disqus_0DvjPGmqim

      Obviously large handed people and productivity aficionados. A nexus 4 is annoying to put in what pockets, skinny skin hugging jeans?

      • Chris

        What male wears skinny jeans?

        • Ivan Myring

          Hipsters, some goths/punks, people who like them

        • leonard

          Wow. Really? Having the guts fooling and knuckling around everybody's comment? You're acting like a schlub gossip girl.

  • L boogie

    One can only hope when it's finally released, it's done simultaneously on ALL carriers in different colors from day one meanwhile, looking forward to the inevitable showdown between One max, Xperia Z ultra, Note 3, G pro sequel (just a matter of time before is actually announced) and possible others to come out or already out

    • Chris

      AT&T will want something of their own like the 64GB model of the One

  • Collin Eichkorn

    Not seeing a stylus :(

    • Matthew Fry

      ^ This. I was wondering the same exact thing. It can't be a *Note* contender as the *Note* is called the *Note* because of the stylus.

  • peabody3000

    i predict 6" screens are the wave of the future.. 7" is too much for a cell phone, but a six fits tidily in most pockets and purses, and anything smaller is unnecessarily compact for most people, all tastes aside. the only thing holding public tastes back is the tradition of small phones we are still emerging from, no thanks to apple. people used to gawk at my "huge" galaxy note, now nobody gives a second glance, and why should they?

    • peabody3000

      and i should add that one probably doesnt have use for a tablet when one has a 6" phablet, nor often times a laptop either, which isnt the case with phones under 5"

  • http://www.asus.co.uk/studyinstyle Adam Smith

    I'm really not a fan of how the speakers look, I'd prefer it more subtle somehow. Possibly similar to how the Nexus 10's speakers blend in.
    The Z Ultra is looking like it's going to be my next device, unless Google pull out a Nexus Phablet :o

    • Matthew Fry

      They are much less noticeable in the black version (which is pretty darn sexy and unavailable on T-Mobile).

      • http://www.asus.co.uk/studyinstyle Adam Smith

        Yeah that's true :o

  • Ahmad Nadeem

    Let's they revive the Scribe pen with this

  • http://www.facebook.com/alterthending Nathan Handy

    Is it me or does the smudge in the upper left hand side look like the ghost of a woman from the 1900's. I'm freakin!

  • spg210

    HTC can't even afford to advertise the HTC One, what with their profits dwindling each month. Now they're going to launch a more expensive to build fringe product? Is htc gonna ask Samsung for a loan or something?

  • ConCal

    I know I sound dumb, but I was wishing for 3gb of ram. Now go ahead a flame me.