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HTC One Max Hands on Initial Review, First Impressions

We got a chance to do the hands on of HTC One Max recently. It is the latest entry into the phablet segment from HTC, HTC has globally announced this device and it has been launched in competition to Sony Xperia Z Ultra and Samsung Note 3. It comes with a massive 5.9 inch display with Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon 600 chipset powered with a 1.7 Ghz Krait 300 Quad Core processor and something exceptional which is a finger print sensor which is not there in other competitive devices.


HTC One Max Quick Specs

Display Size: 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution, 5.9 inches (~373 ppi pixel density)
Processor: Quad-core 1.7 GHz Krait 300
RAM: 2 Gb
Software Version: Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) OS
Camera: 4 MP AF Ultrapixel camera
Secondary Camera: 2.1 MP front-facing camera FF [Fixed Focus]
Internal Storage: 32 GB
External Storage: Yes, Upto 64 Gb card supported
Battery: 3300 mAh battery Lithium Ion
Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth with A2DP, aGPS, 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
Others: OTG Support – Not Tested

Built Quality, Design and Form Factor

HTC One Max has a decent build quality with aluminum back finish, we removed the back cover of the device it felt really solid. The edges frame which holds the device however it plastic but good quality of plastic which does not feels or looks cheap. The design of the device is seems to be inspired from HTC one as it looks like a big enlarged HTC one. The form factor of the device is not too good because of its weight of around 217 grams and its bigger size due to large 5.9 inch display the one handed usage of the device become very limited but this happens with almost every other phablet these days.

Camera, Storage and Display


The rear camera on the device is 4 MP ultrapixel camera which is the same camera we have seen earlier in HTC one as well, however the camera software has been tweaked a little which includes enhanced Zoe Mode, but the camera on HTC one max unlike HTC one does not have OIS (Optical Image Stabilization). Another upgrade in the camera software allows you to take photos and video using both the front and back camera at the same time. The in built storage of the device is going to be 16Gb out of which around 10GB will be available and on the 32 GB variant, the free storage will be around 24 Gb approx and one good thing we have now on HTC One Max is the expandable storage slot for MicroSD card.  The display on the device is Full HD at 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution, 5.9 inches (~373 ppi pixel density) which has good viewing angles and decent in terms of text clarity and even on 5.9 inch display you wont see pixels with naked eyes.


User Interface, Battery and Connectivity

The user interface on this device is the latest HTC Sense UI 5.5 which brings the same blink feed but we did notice some changes as well which most the users will like, overall it looks exactly like the interface you see in HTC one. The battery on the device is 3300 mAh which should perform good as far as usage is concerned and we will let you know more on this once we do the full review of the device, but one thing which we do not like is even when you can remove the back cover but you cant remove the battery out of HTC One Max. HTC One max also have additional flip cover which has a battery inside the flip part of the flip cover and when the flip cover is applied and the device is charging, the flip cover also gets charged, later on you can get more battery backup from HTC one with extra 1150mAh battery.


HTC One Max Photo Gallery

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HTC One Max Initial Conclusion, Price and Availability

HTC One Max looks nice device for entertainment with good built quality and nice display with Full HD display, whenever its going to come to india the major difference will it make depending on the price at which its gets launched as it will face fierce competition from Note 3 which offers Stylus with in the package and Sony Xperia z Ultra which is even more bigger and runs on better hardware which is the latest chipset snapdragon 800 on this device. We don’t know the exact price of HTC one as if now but it should be close to Rs. 50,000 and we don’t have any availability details of this device, so as soon as we get to know we will let you know.

Thanks to Clinton Jeff for the HTC One Max Hands on


Abhishek Bhatnagar

Abhishek Bhatnagar, a known technology blogger & YouTuber from India. A Software Engineer by qualification, now he works as the editor-In-Chief, Webmaster, & Managing Director at Gadgets To Use. He runs a number of other technology websites as well.