HTC One Max arrives with fingerprint scanner
The HTC One Max has arrived, a 5.9in smartphone with a Full HD screen and a fingerprint scanner.
The new phone is an inflated version of the HTC One, which features a 4.7in screen. The new phone measures 164.5 x 82.5 x 10.3mm and weighs 217g, compared with the HTC One’s 143g.
Bigger screen aside, the HTC One Max features minimal hardware upgrades, with a 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM and either 16GB of 32GB of internal storage. Unlike the HTC One, however, that’s expandable via a microSD slot. There’s also a 3,300mAh embedded battery. Finally, there’s an optional 50GB of free Google Drive storage available for two years.
The phone’s other eye-catching feature is its fingerprint reader. The HTC One Max is the second smartphone this year to include a fingerprint sensor, after Apple’s iPhone 5s. HTC has placed the scanner on the back of the device rather than on the home button, however.
The scanner can lock or unlock your phone. You can also assign individual fingerprints to launch up to three favourite apps without having to unlock your phone first.
In addition to the above features, there’s the same 4-megapixel rear camera and 2.1-megapixel front snapper. The phone supports NFC and LTE and will run on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
HTC said the phone will go on sale around the world from this week, but hasn’t yet revealed any pricing information.