HTC One Max poses for the cameraAlex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
HTC's One Max has leaked a few different times so far in 2013, but none of those reports included actual images of the device. We're finally getting a peek at the device today, though, thanks to a post on the forums of Taiwanese site ePrice.
Posted by user "tunacat," the images show an HTC-branded device that looks pretty much like a bigger version of the One that we all know. One of the few notable differences between the One Max, One and One mini are the BoomSound speakers; the Max's bottom grille stretches out past the buttons, while the One's is the exact width of the keys and the One mini's is shorter than the width of the buttons.
The rumor mill has pegged the HTC One Max as sporting a 5.9-inch 1080p display, which is quite a bit larger than the 4.7-inch and 4.3-inch screens on the One and One mini, respectively. The One Max is also expected to sport a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, an upgrade from the One's Snapdragon 600 chipset, as well as 2GB RAM and an UltraPixel rear camera.
Display sizes have been steadily growing in the Android smartphone world in recent years, with devices like the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II, 6.1-inch Ascend Mate and 6.44-inch Xperia Z Ultra stretching pockets but also offering plenty of screen real estate for viewing media. HTC hasn't really made an effort to enter this phone/tablet hybrid arena yet, but it looks like that'll be changing with the One Max. Obviously these huge devices aren't for everyone, but with a design similar to the One and a Snapdragon 800 processor at its core, I'm betting that there will be quite a few folks interested in the One Max.
There's no word yet on when HTC is planning to officially take the wraps off of the One Max or when it might launch. However, the source of these leaked images suggests that HTC could be planning to introduce its giganto-phone at IFA in Berlin, which kicks off on Sept. 6. That gives you prospective One Max owners one month to get some pants with pockets that can properly contain this 5.9-inch device, so you'd better get to shopping.