While competitors such as Samsung have seen significant success with their larger smartphone-tablet hybrids, HTC has avoided that particular segment of the market, sticking to traditional size devices such as the HTC One and HTC One mini. With the rumored HTC One Max that's set to change; today we got the first glance at what the 5.9-inch device will look like.
Unsurprisingly the phone is styled similar to the other phones in HTC's One line, stretched to accommodate the larger display. In terms of build materials it appears to be closer to the One mini which uses a combination of plastic and aluminium in its design, as opposed to the essentially all-aluminium design of the One.
Taiwanese site ePrice leaked the above image of the HTC One Max and claims that the device will have the same display resolution as the HTC One (1920 x 1080), which at 5.9-inches would roughly equate to a density of 373 PPI. The phablet will also come with a sizable 3,300 mAh battery and Qualcomm's most powerful 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 chip alongside 2 GB of RAM.
The site claims a dual-SIM version of the One Max is being tested in China, and the design features a removable back cover where the two SIM card slots and a microSD card slot are hidden behind. The phone is said to come with storage options between 16 and 64 GB, and if the single-SIM version also features a microSD card this would be a bonus for customers.
HTC is expected to reveal the device at Berlin's IFA trade show in September, where Samsung will also likely unveil a third-generation Galaxy Note phablet to compete against it.
The Samsung Galaxy Note II is slimmer and thinner than its predecessor. The Galaxy Note II has a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16 to 64GB of internal storage to handle your daily activities. A microSD slot adds even more memory by providing the option of supporting an additional 64GB of storage.
The HTC One represents the firm’s latest attempt to regain lost ground in the smartphone market. It is made entirely of aluminum and boasts a large 4.7-inch full HD 1080p display with 468 PPI flanked by two speaker strips with integrated amplifiers. Inside is a 1.7-GHz, quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of internal storage.
The HTC One mini is the smaller and less expensive version of its flagship HTC One handset. The One mini features a 4.3-inches (720p) display, a 1.4 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, backed by Adreno 305 graphics, a single gigabyte of RAM and 16GB of non-expandable storage. The One mini supports 4G LTE and HSPA+ cellular networks, Wi-Fi, DLNA, Bluetooth and comes with Android 4.2.2 out of the box.
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