HTC One gets supersized, but is there room?

HTC One gets supersized, but is there room?

Following Samsung's rather large Galaxy Note 3 and the Xperia Z Ultra, HTC comes with its latest iteration of the One, the HTC One Max. However, what HTC has done isn't the best strategy, as it simply created a mock up of the HTC One, but just in a bigger footprint.

Some might say that shows confidence in the product, assuming that it's already in its best form. But let's take a quick look at what the HTC One Max has to offer, before we assume anything.


HTC sadly skimped out on the One Max's processor. It doesn't have the latest Snapdragon 800 that is found in the LGs G2, Sony Xperia Z1 or Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

Instead, the One Max has a last generation Snapdragon 600, a lower-powered processor in a new device.

The phone is paired with 2GB of RAM, similar to most phones, and falls short of the Note 3's 3GB RAM, which is probably its most direct competitor.

It has 32GB of onboard storage, which is further upgradable with a microSD card slot. Users can flip a switch on the phone's edge to reveal the battery door, where you insert the microSD card.

However, the battery is non-removeable. And HTC has made the battery size at 3,300 mAh, much larger than the One's 2,300 mAh.

I'm not too sure about the One Max's battery life in this case, as the screen is a massive 5.9-inch full 1080p HD display. The LG G2 has about 3,000 mAh and is a 5.2-inch display and that can run comfortably for a day under heavy use.

If the HTC One Max undergoes heavy usage, it's quite doubtful that one day's comfortable use will be reached.

The most interesting part about the One Max is probably the fingerprint scanner, which is reminiscent of Apple's latest 5s and the first dual-core smartphone (which I owned), the Motorola Atrix.

It's placed on the back, where your index finger would normally rest when used with one hand.

The screen resolution is still a very sharp 367 pixels per inch (ppi).

The original HTC One X had one of the best super LCD screen 1080p around in the market, even today. The HTC One repeats this success with a brilliant screen, where the display looks like it's "floating on top of the screen" and the One Max replicates this.

There is no loss of sharpness even though the One Max's screen is so large, with very wide viewing angles.

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