HTC has confirmed weeks of rumors and formally announced the HTC One max, a jumbo-sized version of its flagship HTC One smartphone. The Android device looks very much like its smaller predecessor, but now boosts its display up to 5.9 inches and also throws in a iPhone 5S-esque fingerprint scanner. The latter feature is located on the back of the device, and can be used to lock, unlock, and launch up to three apps just by touching it.
Other than that, it appears that we’re looking at a phone that’s mostly similar to the original — though that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Specs-wise, that 5.9-inch display has a resolution of 1080p, and the device as a whole is powered by a quad-core, 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of expandable storage, and a 3,300mAh battery. The same ‘BoomSound’ speakers and ‘Ultrapixel’ cameras are onboard here as well.
On the software side, the One max runs Android 4.3 under HTC’s Sense 5.5 skin, the latter of which is said to bring a more customizable BlinkFeed homescreen widget. The device itself will launch worldwide later this month in the same ‘Glacial Silver’ color as the original One. The One max follows the trend set by other supersized flagships like the Samsung Galaxy Mega and the Xperia Z Ultra, but for those who’d like a huge version of a great phone, the One max may be a good fit.