The day you've been waiting for is here, "phablet" fans... assuming you're a prospective or current Sprint customer and you haven't already bought a Galaxy Note 3. The Now Network has launched its carrier-branded version of the HTC One Max (or "One max" if you're a brand manager) and it's currently available on the official online store for $149.99.
That's $149.99, if and only if you meet a few qualifications.
Update: Sprint has confirmed the November 15th date for the HTC One Max, as well as the $249.99 on-contract price.
If you love the HTC One but wish that it could be roughly the size of a toaster, you'll want to pay attention to the newest member of Sprint's smartphone lineup. The HTC One Max (technically "One max," but that's offending my fragile sensibilities) will be coming to the carrier this Friday, November 15th, according to this Best Buy listing.
It's not just HTC's latest and greatest that's getting some update love these days. The international HTC One SV is finally getting that rumored update to Android 4.2.2, and it's packing Sense 5.0. It's not a small update, so make sure you've got some WiFi handy.
We're used to seeing huge waits for carrier-branded devices to receive updates to the latest and greatest version of Android. Actually, sometimes they don't arrive until the next version has been announced. HTC is trying to set a new standard, apparently. After pushing 4.3 out to most of the HTC One variants, it is pledging to get 4.4 rolled out to all devices in the US within 90 days. The Google Play edition One?
Owners of almost all versions of the HTC One should have received the update to Android 4.3 by now. There's the Google Play Edition, the international version, the Developer Edition, and carrier variants for AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. So what's missing from this picture? If you said "Verizon," then congratulations, you've finally become just as jaded and cynical as your friendly neighborhood tech journalist.
@htc One Vz customers: we need more time to spin new SW & re-test 4.3 update.
Update: Best Buy didn't waste any time updating their prices on the newly-reduced Moto X. The prices for the various carrier versions of the Moto X below are now $0, $100 off the retail value.
We're getting into the stretch of the calendar that deal hunters spend all year preparing for: the pre-Christmas consumerism smorgasbord. It seems to be happening earlier and earlier, and Best Buy is getting in on the action even before Halloween.
As if you needed any convincing, EVleaks has once again demonstrated that he's some kind of wizard at finding and disseminating press shots of upcoming phones. This weekend's leaks include HTC's shiny new One max [sic] in both AT&T and Verizon flavors, posted to EVleaks' Google+ account. We'd heard about a Verizon version from HTC at launch, but the AT&T model is new, if not unexpected.
You'll note a common theme among these plus-sized phones: carrier logos swapped out for HTC's customary logo between the back and home buttons on the One family.
If you've wanted to know when the Android 4.3 update is coming to the HTC One, HTC Americas president Jason Mackenzie is the man to follow. It's from him that we first found out about the latest version of Android coming to our favorite aluminum handset this fall, and he was the one who provided more specific ETAs as time went on. Now he's revealed that the Android 4.3 update is scheduled to roll out to T-Mobile HTC One owners this upcoming Monday, the 21st.
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.
There's a trend toward gold-colored smartphones as of late, but none of them are actually made of gold. That would be totally impractical and expensive, right? Exactly. HTC is crafting five HTC One smartphones in 18-carat gold to celebrate the 18th anniversary of the MOBO awards, which recognize black and urban music in the UK. The gold HTC One carries a price tag of £2,750, or about $4400.
Inside, it's the same HTC One you know and love, but the aluminum outer casing is replaced with a gold-plated wrap.