Are you waiting for the metal body device from HTC here it is. The super sized HTC One Max. Slim metal body looks extremely elegant. Though design wise its not much far away from the predecessor HTC One moreover the large screen attracts many who love watching videos on phone. The other fascinating feature of the device is the finger print scanner that makes the device even more intuitive. Want to dig dip here it comes.
The HTC One Max comes with a superb 5.9” full HD display. The body is made up off aluminium which gives more minimalistic and premium look to it. Front and the removable back panel is connected through a polycarbonate band. The fancy metal body is just fabulous, if you are looking for HTC with metal body its right here. The device comes with dimension 6.48×3.25×0.41 inches (164.5×82.5×10.2mm) weighs about 217g (7.65oz).
It’s very similar to that of the predecessor HTC One from design point of view. The device is definitely a good choice for those who love watching videos on phone, the large screen is superb making multimedia experience much more live and enjoyable. Moreover if you are looking for a all-rounder performance then HTC One Mini will be a better option.
The back side of the device houses a fingerprint scanner. After Apple iPhone 5S it is the second device to provide the facility. It runs on android v4.3 OS. Houses dual speaker on the front with boom sound technology which is simply amazing. More importantly it comes with HTC’s latest sense UI v5.5.
HTC One Max comes with a 5.9” IPS LCD screen resolution set at 1920×1080 pixel. The device got a slightly reduced pixel density (373ppi) than its predecessor HTC One (446ppi) due to the diagonal extension however its effect on image clarity is not that significant almost not noticeable.
The LCD panel gives more natural colour than that of AMOLED displays, the brightness is much higher for sunlight readability. It’s a bit lagging behind others in viewing angle section here as the contrast is impressive. Moreover the HTC One Max’s screen is fabulous.
Processor and storage:
The HTC One Max runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T chipset with Quad core Krati 300 processor clocked at 1.7 GHz. The device is packed with the powerful Adreno 320 GPU along with 2GB of RAM. The device comes with two variant of internal storage 16 GB and 32 GB.
Where some apps has already crossed 1GB of threshold it seems 32 GB variant will be quite preferable. Thank god you can further extend the internal storage up to 64 GB as the device has a microSD slot.The device offers almost lag free operation. The high-end 3D games easily runs on the device without any noticeable lag.
This is the coolest and one of the most fascinating features of HTC One Max. After Apple HTC One Max is the only device that has integrated the fingerprint control in to UI. You can just slide your finger over it to unlock the device. The device can recognize maximum of three finger in comparison to that of apple which can recognize five on of fingers.
Apart from unlocking screen you can also activate the value added apps or any other apps you want with this scanner. You can lunch the apps simultaneously with unlock screen by previously assigning the fingerprints to different apps which you want. The sensor also allows you to lunch different apps with different fingers like you can lunch the camera with index finger, unlock the Max with middle finger. But unfortunately currently these are not available.
For the first time when you set the fingerprints for apps you just need to slide your finger three times over the scanner. The fingerprint scanner is quite accurate and a little slower than that of Apple as you need to slide your finger over it not just hold.
The device comes with a 4MP camera with a Ultra Pixel sensor that was earlier introduced in the HTC One in addition to that it features a BSI sensor which was lacking earlier. Not necessarily bigger pixel always gives awesome photos though higher pixel give better performance in low light condition overly the combination of sensor and the pixel count matters. It has a 2.1MP front facing camera.
The camera has a 16:9 aspect ratio with 1/3” sensor, quite well for viewing on phone. HTC One Max’s camera app is extremely fast and easy to use for the user. You can take the photos instantly holding the shutter button up to 10 shots per second. It also provide option for lock exposure and focus. The lack of OSI will disappoint you. The photos will definitely affected as the effect of hand shaking will be clearly noticeable.
Video is not that great lack of OSI ruins it. The camcorder records 1920×1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps), 1280×720 (720p HD) (60 fps). The audio is also not up to the mark. Moreover the video recording is average one not so good for this budget range device.
HTC One Max is powered by a decent 3300mAh battery which will keep you going on for the whole day with light use. And it is not user replaceable. HTC claims that the device will give 25 hours of talk time and 24.4 days of stand by time. When the battery indicator turns yellow there is a default power saver setting kicking in which clocks down the CPU, reduces the screen brightness, turn off data connection also turn off the vibration feed while the screen is off. In addition to that 1200mAh battery cover is coming with it which is good, you don’t need to worry for battery at all.
Technology and connectivity:
It supports all the protocols 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac for Wi-Fi connectivity. The device supports Bluetooth v4.0 in addition to that also supports NFC, DLNA, MHL, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync, Infrared. Provides the facility of USB charging and has a micro USB connector. It houses USB 2.0 ports.
The device provides LTE connectivity for enjoying high speed internet experience. Furthermore offers UMTS, EDGE, GPRS, HSDPA+(4G) 42.2Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s. The devise supports GPS, A-GPS for the positioning service also supports turn-by-turn navigation.
HTC One Max is lagging behind several aspects some feature may disappoint you as its not up to the expectation level. After all the choice is yours, you will decide whether to go for the HTC One Max or the HTC One. If you want supersized device as they called it, then it’s an option to consider.
- Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support; 3G with HSPA; LTE
- 5.9″ 16M-color 1080p Super LCD3 capacitive touch screen with 373ppi pixel density
- Android OS v4.3 Jelly Bean with Sense UI 5.5
- Quad-core 1.7 GHz Krait 300 CPU, 2 GB RAM, Adreno 320 GPU; Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset
- 4 MP autofocus “UltraPixel” camera with 1/3″ sensor size, 2µm pixel size; LED flash
- 1080p video recording @ 30fps with HDR mode, continuous autofocus and stereo sound
- 2.1 MP front-facing camera, 1080p video recording
- Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct and DLNA
- GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS
- 16GB/32GB of built-in storage, expandable via a microSD slot
- Accelerometer and proximity sensor
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- Front-mounted stereo speakers with BoomSound tech
- 4MP UltraPixel camera has less than stellar performance in good light
- Non user-replaceable battery
- Poor video and audio codec support out of box
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T chipset in the latest
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