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Aug
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Just how big is the HTC One Max (AKA T6), rumored to use a 5.9-inch screen? It's big. So big that it dwarfs the HTC One in a new photo from ePrice, the source that leaked the original photos of a purported Chinese model of the upcoming phone. The latest leak shows it next to the One and One Mini, making a family portrait for the One series.

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But this isn't just a photo of the baby bear, mama bear, and papa bear of the HTC's lineup. According to ePrice, that black square beneath the camera is a fingerprint scanner, tellingly located in the index finger "sweet spot" (the same place where the LG G2's hardware buttons hang out). A fingerprint scanner to bypass the lockscreen on the Max would also be the primary differentiator against the HTC One, aside from the larger screen and a rumored Snapdragon 800 processor.

But hold onto your hats, dear readers. The scanner was noticeably absent from a "work in progress" press render leaked by evleaks earlier this month. And to put it bluntly, a dark shape is easy to fake on these typically blurry photos. While it's true that these are the first photos we've seen of the phone's derriere, and the evidence points to a launch sometime before the end of the year, I'd keep my enthusiasm in check for this particular feature. The photo also shows some icons on the edge of the device, though they're too indistinct to be of much use.

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HTC has given no official word on the One Max. Though we've got information to confirm this, I'd put even money on an announcement at IFA in Berlin next month to counter Samsung's event for the Galaxy Note III.

Source: ePrice via PhoneArena

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.
  • Eric Lega-c Smith

    Feels rather dated to me. *sigh*

  • wjrandon

    This might replace my Nexus 4.

    • Unknown21

      It depends if you just got used to faster Android updates or you didn't...

      • Aleksey_US

        GE or Nexus 5

        • Unknown21

          It depends if you like soft buttons or you don't. I love soft button ,so I would prefer the Nexus 5.

    • Shaun Hammond

      I think it will be replacing mine too. I'm over having two devices, having no tablet is fine with me but I find myself wanting a bigger screen every now and then.

      Also really excited to get some damn decent battery life, a much better camera, better screen, better speakers and better build quality. Not to mention a speed bump in there too, and the extra storage *fingers crossed for that microSD slot*.

      Only thing I'm meh about is the plastic ring around it like on the mini.

  • Malooga

    Those "icons" look like they could possibly be pogo pins for a dock maybe.

  • Ark

    Who decided fingerprint scanners are the next great technology for smartphones? That shit was on the worst Dell computers ten years ago.

    Also I like that the "mini" looks like it's at least as big as the S2.

    • JonJJon

      Well a load of people would have you believe it was Apple going by articles on the 5S leaks, but I guess maybe it has been making the rounds in the industry as something else they can all use to plug the word "innovation" at us.......instead of you know that ridiculous idea of putting some awesome clever brilliant battery in our phones at the sacrifice of a one mm or two or even (shocked face, jaw to the ground) THREE, that would enable a full day of heavy use or several days of moderate use.

    • ElfirBFG

      I loved the reader on the Atrix. It really made unlocking easier, and scrolling too.

      Having a reader below the camera seems silly though.

      • Ark

        Sure. And I'm sure there are people who use face unlock too, but it doesn't make it a good idea.

        • ElfirBFG

          I'm sure you feel that your opinion is the 'be all and end all', but it's not.

          The Atrix power button / fingerprint reader was about 80% perfect. We'll never get to 100% with folks that think like you.

          • Ark

            No, you'll never reach absolute perfection on a phone. I agree.

            My girlfriend has an Atrix. It's slow, heavy and chock full of awful ideas. The worst of which were the various expensive docks, but that fingerprint scanner gets a nod too. No wonder it did so badly.

          • ElfirBFG

            It runs a Tegra 2, of course it's slow by today's standards. It did come out Q1 2011 after all. I never had real issues with it during the 18 months I used it. It ran 4.0 and 4.1. I preferred my RAZR, but the Atrix was no slouch on XenonHD.

          • Ark

            The GS2 was released a couple months after and it was a much, much better phone, in every way.

            But this is off the track. No phones have had a fingerprint scanner since that one, and it's for a reason.

          • ElfirBFG

            Iunno, my best friend's GS2 (Galaxy R) runs the same Tegra SoC, so you'll have to specify which of the GS2 variants you're speaking of. There's tonnes...

  • ProductFRED

    The fingerprint scanner ruins the design. Before reading the paragraph under the picture, I thought they were censoring something with a black square.

  • Ashish Raj

    Kind of surprising that they don't have Beats logo on the back for both normal One & One Max!!!

  • Александр Орлов

    As if the barbecue grill on the front wasn't enough.
    How can any sane person make such an ugly design decision as a black square on the back?

  • Lien Wee Hoo

    According to the ePrice, the 3 holes at lower right seems to be like a charging dock?

  • Vardan Nazaretyan

    No Beats logo on the back? So, the rumors about Beats buying it's 25% percent of stake back from HTC are true?

    • SolarMan

      Hasn't happened yet, but yes Beats is looking the buying it's stake back.

      I say put it in the One Max first, then let Dre buy it back.

      • Vardan Nazaretyan

        Agreed.

  • phatmanXXL [15,500+ posts]

    We don't need a gimmick fingerprint scanner.

    • sourabh

      damn,15742 posts?
      looks like you've been commenting since the birth of disqus

      • Vardan Nazaretyan

        It seems you don't visit TB. He's a "legend" there lol.

    • Matthew Fry

      Someone said the fingerprint scanner on the Atrix was modified to be used as a scroll wheel. That'd be pretty awesome.

    • didibus

      Unless it's embedded on the unlock button. That'd be pretty nice to just click the unlock button and it would automatically verify your identity. and if you are authorized, no need to unlock the phone.

      • seth

        From what I read elsewhere the fingerprint scanner will let you bypass the lock screen. I think the scroll wheel is a neat idea also.

    • Vardan Nazaretyan

      Hi Phat! Migrated from TB to here lol?

  • http://www.gameosaur.com/ neoKushan

    Looks like the flash has moved from the press render as well.

  • Ahmad Nadeem

    The HTC one is a huge device,and here it looks like a One Max's baby

  • Matthew Fry

    Where's the Beats? Is this going to be the first device without?

    • SolarMan

      HIGHLY doubt it

  • Ivan Myring

    Unrelated, have you guys done a moto x review yet

  • John Smith

    trivia: Fingerprint scanner was used on the HP iPaq... all the way back in 2005'ish

  • Gucci

    F*ck Dre, HTC Phones will still be the best without Beats.

  • Cerberus_tm

    Why not add a 7" model and a 10" model, too? Then HTC has the full gamut of portable computers. No need to change much except the innards and stretching the housing a little bit...

  • imronburgundy

    I think I remember HTC coming out and saying that that press photo isn't real.