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HTC One Max launched: Bigger, but not much better

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The HTC One Max has finally been announced, but it seems to be too little, too late for the struggling Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer. The HTC One Max had no surprises that leaks haven’t already disclosed.

The HTC One Max packs a 5.9-inch 1080p display, a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB/ 32GB of expandable storage, 50GB of Google Drive cloud storage, a 4MP UltraPoxel camera, a 3,300mAh battery and it runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with HTC’s new Sense 5.5 UI. There is no Optical Image Stabilization as rumored, neither does it feature the BeatsAudio enhancements HTC is known for. It does pack a lovely rear fingerprint sensor however.

So, essentially it is an enlarged HTC One, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, except for its hefty 217g weight as well as it’s 10.29mm thickness. It doesn’t seem to feature anything special, that would make it stand out against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Sony Xperia Z Ultra. So, what makes it suck so much?

The HTC One Max has a sucky camera, 4MP compared to the 13MP unit found on the Galaxy Note 3 and the 8MP one on the Xperia Z Ultra. Its processor is older, and less capable, the 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 compared to the Snapdragon 800 found inside the Xperia Z Ultra (2.2GHz) and Galaxy Note 3 (2.3GHz). It is quite bulky and heavy at 10.29mm as opposed to the Galaxy Note 3′s 8.3mm and Xperia Z Ultra’s 6.5mm.

It has one thing going for it however, it’s 3,300mAh battery is the largest of the three, larger than both the Galaxy Note 3′s 3,200mAh and Xperia Z Ultra’s 3,000mAh units, but then again actual performance may differ quite a bit. The HTC One Max sadly doesn’t have anything special, such as the Galaxy Note 3′s S Pen & accompanying UI, or the Xperia Z Ultra’s water- and dust resistance or slim design.

If you’re asking if HTC has a winner over here, it sadly does not seem so…

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Written by Dion Guillaume

October 14th, 2013 at 12:09 pm