Months of rumors hinted at HTC’s next offering and the now the company has confirmed the HTC One Max. After shrinking its 4.7-inch HTC One into the HTC Mini, the Taiwanese phone maker has gone the opposite direction and blown up its hero phone to a massive 5.9-inch display and added a fingerprint sensor to boot.
The fingerprint scanner is mounted on the rear of the device directly below the camera. Users can unlock the phone with the fingerprint sensor and, more interestingly, will be able to teach the phone to launch different apps depending on which finger they swipe across the sensor.
The Max contains a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor clocked at 1.7 GHz, just like the smaller HTC One. The big display is full 1080 HD, the battery comes with a healthy 3300 mAh, and the memory hides 2 GB of RAM along with 16 GB or 32 GB of internal—a microSD supports up to 64 GB of added storage. All this muscle adds up to a phablet weighing nearly half a pound.
The Max will feature the same BoomSound audio and software as the other HTC One devices. HTC announced in the release that the HTC One Max will start rolling out globally in mid- to late-October.