It's been leaked more than a few times, but early this morning HTC finally took the rather large wraps off the One max. The new phone is essentially a supersized version of the HTC One stretched out to a massive 5.9 inches. HTC hasn't been sitting on its hands for the last few months: the One max (little "m") also includes an oh-so-trendy fingerprint scanner beneath the camera.

From a hardware perspective, the One max and the older One have quite a lot in common indeed. The same 1.7Ghz Snapdragon 600 processor (not the faster 800 that some were surely hoping for), same 2GB of RAM, same 4 "ultrapixel" camera, now minus optical stabilization. The screen is 1080p, stretching out the same resolution to a larger LCD panel. One important difference is that the rear panel is now removable, allowing the user to expand the built-in storage (16 or 32GB, depending on model) with a MicroSD card. This is something that a vocal subset of users has been begging for. Unfortunately you can't swap out the battery, so 3300mAh will have to do.

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Design remains consistent with the One family, with the notable addition of the fingerprint scanner sitting in the same finger-friendly location as the hardware controls on the LG G2. The power button has been shifted to the side, but the IR port and "Boomsound" speakers remain in place. The software is HTC's improved Sense 5.5 over Android 4.3, including improvements to the Zoe, Blinkfeed, and gallery apps. And of course, you'll be able to unlock the phone with your finger, not unlike another late-breaking high-profile phone. HTC has thrown in a little more functionality with swipe-based app launches that incorporate the scanner.


HTC says that the One max will start rolling out later this month to worldwide markets. Support for Verizon and Sprint in America is explicitly mentioned in the press release, and we'd be very surprised indeed if it wasn't also bound for AT&T, T-Mobile, and regional carriers. Unfortunately no specific dates or prices were revealed. Considering that it's competing directly with the Galaxy Note 3, you can expect the price to be high. HTC will also be offering the Power Flip Case, a first-party case/battery combo that packs 1150mAh of extra juice.


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 BlinkFeed™, HTC Zoe™ and HTC BoomSound™, 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® Snapdragon™ 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 microSD™ 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.

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.
  • http://shwetank-shukla.blogspot.com/ Shwetank Shukla

    Second line of the article.. "HT one". :)

    • Lenny

      Yeah this isn't a Google specific article.
      Not much care is taken by AP unless it's
      "chrome beta gets a new font"
      "google glass goes from 0.0.3 to 0.0.4"
      "the play store has dots"

      • Dominick White

        To be honest I don't agree with some of the things on Ap, but they do a great job when coming to doing write ups about new phone releases

  • Cristian Borsa

    Why is the battery so small? And why no OIS on the camera?

    • Android Developer

      3300mAh ? what is the new standard these days ?

      • mesmorino

        ~3000mah is the new standard

        • Android Developer

          that's why it was wierd that @cristianborsa:disqus said it's so small. it's not a bad battery at all these days.

          • Anna

            Nope, any more power than that and they'd have to make it heavier / chunkier to accomodate!

        • David Hart

          Are we talking about 6 inch devices?

          • mesmorino

            6in and below, yes. Tablets, being bigger, have larger power requirements but being bigger, they can also accommodate bigger batteries

    • mesmorino

      What exactly are you comparing the battery to? It's actually among the larger battery sizes of recent phones

      • Bart De Rycke

        my Huawei Ascend Mate has a 4050mAh and tbh, I've got it since late august and i'm already so used to it. I can't imagine switching back to smaller batteries.
        Usually after a whole day of heavy use and WiFi on i still have >60% left.

        The mate's specs are not extraordinary but i'd rather have a phone which i can use for a prolonged time than a beast i can use and then worry about making it till the end of the day.

        I wonder why they don't just put big batteries in the current phones.. The Mate has a huge battery but only costs €350. So please HTC, Samsung, LG,... consider larger batteries!

        • mesmorino

          I didn't know about the Huawei; I'd say it was unusual to find stock batteries that big.

          I know what you mean though, I've got an Anker 4000mah battery and a ZeroLemon 7000mah for my Galaxy S3, and even the 4000mah seems so small, despite being almost twice the size of the stock battery.

          I tried going back to the stock ~2300mah battery for a week (mon-fri) from the ZeroLemon, and I managed to last until Thursday before getting tired of having to charge every evening

  • Johan

    HTC! y u h8 stylus?

    • mesmorino

      More like "Samsung, why u like stylus", seeing as they're the only ones that are making styluses for phones

      • Nabeel Farooqui

        Considering that Samsung only includes the "S-pen" in the Note line up, i wouldn't say that Samsung likes it. Though With this large of a screen, they really should add a stylus, or maybe they decided for the Scanner instead.

      • Johan

        Yes, I think I know what you mean.
        But a precision stylus (not the crappy capacitive stylus) is a "niched" feature that adds another layer to these phablets. A feature that I like alot.
        So in my eyes HTC just did another big phone.

    • Weston

      HTC was doing stuff with a stylus long before Samsung HTC Flyer HTC Jet Stream and you people mocked them for it

      • David

        Because their implementation was horrible, not to mention the actual devices themselves.

        • Weston

          Wrong again. Their implementation was a million times better than Sammy. With a slew of features. You really are uneducated about those tablets and the stylus.

          • David

            What? The magic pen was outright crude, as was the software you could use it on. It was a marginal improvement over using your finger as a stylus. Extremely limited and outrageously expensive to replace too.

            You can't honestly believe its implementation was a "million times better than Sammy." No one would believe you.

          • Weston

            Pathetic liar. Yes it was better than Sammy.

          • David

            Sure fanboy. Can't even back yourself up with facts like I did so you resort to ad hominem attacks. Not surprising.

          • Weston

            Because you are no worth it and if anyone is the fanboy it is you. Samsung is probably paying you to troll HTC articles.

          • David

            "Because you are not worth it"
            Nice excuse.

            "Samsung is probably paying you to troll HTC articles."
            They send me a check every month. It's awesome. How's the pay at HTC?

          • David

            I think you earn more than I do as a paid shill given your religious commenting habit. HTC would be proud.

          • Weston

            You wish I was a paid shill.

          • George Millhouse

            LOl good excuse kid

          • David

            No sane person in this world will argue against the fact that the Note line's implementation of the stylus is the best. I'm not even talking about which phone is the best. I'm just talking about the stylus functionality.

          • Weston

            The Note and it's stylus is trash and overrated at best. It's stylus sucks and is quite frankly just a gimmick to get the weak minded consumers to buy it.

          • David

            Nice facts fanboy.

          • Weston

            Truth hurt the little cry baby's feelings

          • David

            See ya!

          • smeddy

            Jeez Weston who the frig are you and what's with your freaky anger issues?

          • George Millhouse

            wow and you call OTHER people fanboys??

      • HTC_Fanboy

        And here starts the rubbish ! ...

      • George Millhouse

        because it was done wrong? duh

      • John O’Connor

        You mean like the HTC Apache? (AKA XV6700/PPC6700/TYTN) I had one of those, the stylus was more limited by the poor touchscreen technology of the day.

  • M1lkm4n

    i like the new "change to premium" slogan. I think it's very accurate und shows what HTC stands for. And at least better than "quietly brilliant"...

  • Cael

    Now all they have to do is get rid of that Ultrapixel camera...

    • Weston

      Ultrapixel is better dumbass

      • Cael

        Its a 4 MP...4 FREAKING 4 MEGAPIXEL CAMERA. "Oh its better in low light." So is the Nokia 1020 and iPhone 5S and they don't use 4 mp cameras. Ultrapixel is a gimmick term like Retina display. They need to go back to 8+ MP cameras and just improve that like every other phone manufacturer.

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  • David Hart

    this is seriously a fantastic looking device, with specs to DREAM about.

    But I just can't see myself getting it for some reason..

    The pull of the Nexus brand is really too strong.

  • abhishek

    That battery will burn easily. Lg g2 has 3050mah. But 6 inches will need 4000mah.

    • Weston

      Wrong. Plus it has a an additional 1800mah

  • Krzysztof

    They need to make this case with extra battery for HTC One.

    • Ricardo Neves

      HTC One doesn't have pogo pins..

  • Jason Bailey

    Real power users will be put off by the lack of the snapdragon 800 SOC...

    • Weston

      I'm a powr user and I'm not. In fact I want it. Day to day peformance you can not tell a bit of difference. That only comes when running benchmarks.

      • Jason Bailey

        Horses for courses mate.. I run emulators on mine and want as much power as possible... So yes I would notice the difference. Good luck with it though if it suits your needs.

        • Weston

          Wrong again. You would not. I bet my life on it

          • Jason Bailey

            Im sorry to inform you that if you bet your life you are infact now dead lol

            The emulators I'm running are not running full speed on an overclocked snapdragon 800 so yes I think I would notice them running slower still on snapgragon 600 :-)

          • Jason Bailey

            There is no right or wrong their is only opinion :-) Vote with your $$ and be happy with your purchase and let other people make the same choice. Without getting upset about it :-)

  • Blowntoaster

    Epic fail I would say. They should've done something better with the camera and the SOC...what were they thinking...power sells in the android world. They should have at least gone with the 800...the BIG speakers and premium design won't win them any new clients/followers.

    • Weston

      Please. You go on the street ask average android users what processor their phone has 9 out of 10 wouldn't be able to tell you

      • WHO?

        Yea your right...But they will ask at the store which is faster. All the reps will say Note 3 . 9 out of 10 people will pick the faster phone.

      • Blowntoaster

        Sadly that is true, a lot of people don;t have a clue what they are buying when they get top of the line android devices...
        But be honest; wouldn't a Snapdragon 800 and say a 13 mpx camera with OIS have been much nicer to have on this device

  • porter86

    After reading The Verge review I can honestly say.. Wow this such a failure. So many things wrong with it. Even though I prefer HTC I would take the Note over this any day..


    • John

      totally agree with this... plus thanks for this website link! been searching for a reliable comparison website...!

      • godutch

        The comparison seems completely wrong in favor of the Note 3; The One has ac wifi, so I suspect the One Max will too; The One has an ultrapixel camera compared to regular pixels for the note (you got to have a one to see how amazing the ultrapixels are...)

        And this is my opinion not fact but HTC have Sense, with many great software features (blinkfeed, zoes,live gallery are some notable new features I really like and use on a daily basis) and it just looks way nicer and consistent than ugly touchwiz

        Anyway a snapdragon 800 would have been nice but HTC does a hell of a better job at optimizing their software than Samsung, so besides all the great feautures you get with sense (as opposed the gimmicks you get with Samsung), I'd bet the One Max will feel a lot smoother than the Note 3

        • Greyhame

          Do you work for HTC?

          • Godutch

            no, do you work for Samsung?

          • Greyhame

            Certainly not! Just wondering how anyone can be defending this phone so enthusiastically. Not saying it's DOA, but.... oh hell, it's DOA.

            Kidding. While you do have some good points, this phone isn't exciting for me at all. That's just my personal opinion though.

            I hope, for HTC's sake, that this phone does well and they can get out of the red. We'd be much worse off if there were only Samsung, Motorola, and LG selling premium phones (in the US anyhow.. we don't see a lot of the premium phones the rest of the world does from ZTE, Huawei, etc.).

          • Alex

            No thanks to cheap Chinese junk. Why support the economy of an authoritarian Communist state?

            We need to see Nokia rise back again, then we'll be fine with Samsung, Apple, LG, Motorola, etc.

          • Weston

            HTC is not Chinese.

          • Alex

            I know. I wasn't talking about HTC. I was talking about the other junk brands from China.

          • jesuguru

            HTC is Taiwanese. If you're suggesting Taiwan isn't part of China, you've just ticked off 1.3 billion nationalistic Chinese. Just saying.

          • Rogue

            What you said is not at all fair cause the phone you bought probably utilized Chinese labor and purchasing your handset alone supported the Chinese economy. Plus the Xiaomi Mi 3 is an awesome device 13mp dual led flash 5 inch ips display and s800 for under $500 and the new nexus sports the same cam sensor found in the Meizu Mx3 not to mention that Oppo and Huawei are on fire what we need is competition like China so we can get our phones cheaper off contract like they do.

        • theorland

          Still there is no feature note taking which match note III.

        • porter86

          Well every site says the One camera is terrible so it's just a marketing gimmick.

          • godutch

            Well Brian Klug from Anandtech begs to differ and so do I as a One owner. There is more to a great camera than just megapixels. Fast shutter time, light sensitivity, dynamic range, optical image stabilization that's besides the software features like zoes


          • Cael

            Yes thats why the 8mp camera of the iPhone 5S is as great as it is when compared to the Galaxy S4 or LG G2 which both have 13 MP....but HTC really dropped the ball with Ultrapixels. They could have took an 8MP camera and freaking improved that.

          • George Millhouse

            too bad the Max removed the optical image stablization

          • Robb Nunya

            Every site? Really? I'm glad you've congregated the whole of the interwebz and can give us this outstanding report.

          • Weston

            Wrong again bob.

          • Weston

            You are a lying idiot. Majority of sites say the exact opposite. Phonedog, Anandtech, Gizmodo, Engadet, so on and so forth. Nice try tho.

          • smeddy

            Cab someone ban this a-hole please?

          • Weston

            Can't handle the truth ?

          • smeddy

            No its your rudeness on my favorite website i can't handle. I love HTC.

        • Fifth313ment

          I agree with you that I prefer Sense over TouchWiz and I considered this phone. I do like that they put a microSD back in but no removable battery is a no sell. Plus the Note 3 has a 3200mAh and for the screen difference the Note 3 actually has a bigger battery (even though its smaller) and it's removable. The Note 3 has a much better processor and 3GB of RAM, which is a huge added factor! Especially for a phone this size which will be used for a ton of apps, 3GB of RAM keeps apps from closing.

          The Note 3 has a pen for writing, drawing plus the ability to run two apps at once. Although I love Boom Sound dual stereo front facing speakers and the phones actual design the Note 3 is a better phone, by far. I also don't want a fingerprint scanner as I don't want my fingerprints in the "cloud" (lol). Either way they will both be great phones but I also think the One max is too big! 5.7 inches is really too big but 5.9 is crazy big. I have huge hands and I can't imagine 5.9, lol. I think HTC is in big trouble if this is the best they got.


          • blast0id

            you should read the androidcommunity review, it states that the fingerprint "files" are stored in an encrypted part of the phones memory, not in the "cloud" as you are worried about... I actually never even thought about that until you mentioned it, but I just came across that review and thought that might interest you...

    • Robb Nunya

      The Verge lost major points with:
      "Distinctly more megapixels "

      That just means they're crunching numbers, and not looking at the difference between Ultra Pixel & Mega pixels. Both have their place, but as almost any good photographer will tell ya, pixels are marketing scams, and little else. It's not the indicator of the quality of the photos taken, it's just a number that can be upped to sell phones.

      • Cael

        Ultrapixels is a gimmick term. HTC One, mini, and max TECHNICALLY have a 4 MEGAPIXEL camera. Compared to every other flagship the camera is lacking.

        • Robb Nunya

          Except in low light...

          • Cael

            Yeah because people use their camera in low light the majority of the time /sarcasm

          • Robb Nunya

            Many do. Ever hear of indoors? In clubs bars and restaurants? Not everybody has Ott lights strung up in their mama's basement.

          • Cael

            iPhone and BNokia Lumia phones take BETTER low light pictures than the the 4 UP cameras and they have higher 8 MP cameras. HTC could have did the same but they downgraded for what? just Low light? No excuse.

          • Robb Nunya

            The 5S is (slightly) better. It's also 6 months newer. The 5 was a mess, and looked like crap in comparison. Not even in the same league for low light. Props to Apple for upping the game. I expect the next iteration of cameras from HTC to be even better. That's the great thing about competition. Funny how you switch gears when confronted with logic though.

            As for the Lumia, that's damn near a dedicated camera with a phone attached vs a phone in a camera.

            Big whoop. The camera is fine, and is all about usage, as I've said more than once now. Not for you? Cool. But saying "the camera is lacking" more than likely equates to "you're a lousy photographer."

      • David

        True, more megapixels does not mean better quality. But ultrapixel was not the answer.
        It really is a gimmick. Yes you get more visible images in low light, but the quality in general is inferior.

        • Robb Nunya

          And of course, that depends on the shooting situation. If you generally shoot outdoors on bright days, the 8MP+ cameras WILL get a better result. But as soon as the light wanes, the Ultrapixel cameras will outperform. One isn't automatically better than the other. that's the main point.

          From DPReview (A MUCH better photography source than the Verge)
          "The HTC One is an excellent smartphone with a screen and speakers that are great for viewing images and watching video. The feature set of the camera app is very comprehensive but some of the functions cannot quite convince us fully yet. The camera performs well in low light and when using the flash, which makes it a great mobile tool for social photography. The 4MP sensor is not without its flaws and users who like to view images at a pixel level will not always be impressed."

          Balanced, and pretty much how I view this. Unless you're blowing up your photos to fit an 11X17 photo, or doing serious cropping, 4MP is quite enough, and the low-light usage makes this a serious competitor in the low end (aka camera phone) arena.

  • Anna

    I still think release of the week will go to the Nexus 5!!! Sorry HTC - I would love speakers with an amp, but your phone is just too big and the Nexus is just so cheap for what it is;


    • maziar esfandiarpoor

      sorry Nexus I prefer high build quality!!

      • Anna

        You can't possibly have touched it yet : P unless you are a very disengaged Nexus 5 manufacturer by profession!

        • maziar esfandiarpoor

          I know that because google wants to make nexus as cheap as possible so it can't compete with htc in build quality.

          • Anna

            But they succeed in selling at a very very good price, with top of the range hardware! I think the exterior is perfectly fine!

    • MeCampbell30

      Expect to be disappointed if you think the Nexus 5 is going to be as cheap as the Nexus 4 was.

  • Brendan


    Guys. It really is a marginal difference that will have no effect on it's daily usage. Sure, it has marginally better core optimizations, but that doesn't really matter when you've got 3300 mAh. And yes, the Note III may beat this in things like MP etc, but who really needs megapixels? Who here has ever printed large than an A4, because A4 and up is really the only place it slightly matters. 4MP is a perfect amount for the average user (which anybody who is actively on here or /r/android is not (including me)) and honestly, I would rather have 4MP with amazing low light over 13MP and decent low light. They listened to the community and brought you a removable back and SD card support, so don't get up on their asses about the marginal things you don't like.

    • MayBeAniShill

      Shhhhh. Don't disrupt the circlejerk.

    • PhoenixPath

      Ok, look;

      What you consider marginal is *not* marginal to others. You're asking them to consider your side? Consider theirs. 600's been out a while. Many of them probably already have it (or something "marginally" close). A "marginal" jump is better than nothing at all.

      And as for printing, try just zooming in on those 4MP images. Some of us more than marginally prefer to see more detail when we zoom in, not a splotchy mess of pixelated garbage.

      ...so don't get up on their asses for having perfectly valid opinions you don't like.

    • Weston

      Not but 2 months ago the 600 was the best of the best. In day to day use you can not tell a difference. Fact. The only way you can tell the difference is when you are running a benchmark

  • Mll4eveR

    I don't get the design of ability to remove the back cover but with a unremovable battery.

    • Brendan

      Micro SD.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

        Why on earth does a microSD the size of your pinky nail card require a fully removable rear cover? It's a fair point.

        • Dominick White

          I was hoping it was cause of wireless charging

  • Shawn Suther

    This is a massive misfire by HTC. This is not an enthusiasts phone, just a bigger one (One?).

    • mesmorino

      It's kinda reminiscent of the Samsung Mega (or was it called the Galaxy Mega?) in that regard. Just big for no reason

  • RL010

    To big (in my opinion), not the same specs as the One and to expensive (in my opinion).

    It's to big for a phone and to small for a tablet (in my opinion).

    Everything is my personal opinion before i get attacked ;)

  • Robb Nunya

    Micro SD makes this a possibility.

    • yeahman45

      micro sd is indeed a nice addition but seems too big! Not interested in htc one as it does not have sd card slot... and not interested in this one as it's too big...

  • innate

    Non-removable battery is a killer. I'm not someone who jumps from phone to phone every 6 months or year so I need to be able to replace it.

  • rooter

    waiting on the system dump for verizon model...

  • umpire

    Wow, complete fail HTC.

    You got to see what the Note 3 was like and had plenty of time to make something better, but no

    HTC decided to make something bulkier and heavier with generally less performance. Oh and let's not forget having a removable back cover without a removable battery.

    Congratulations on your incompetence HTC.

  • blast0id

    This makes me sad, I am a die hard HTC fan... but it looks like I'm going to have to settle for "less" of a phone, to have a higher build quality... as someone stated below, speed and specs sell in android, 9 out of 10 might not know what processor is in their phone, but I guarantee you he's right about the reps telling them it was the "fastest" or "best"...

    • blast0id

      I may just pick up a butterfly S... that thing is looking really sweet right about now and I have no use for LTE anyways, so it doesn't hurt my feelings that it doesn't have it...

  • BlackAce15

    Y make this....I don't see a demand for it...maybe its me

    • Toby

      It's not just you.