The world’s first GSM/WiMAX handset was launched not too long ago for use exclusively on Russia’s Scartel-owned Yota WiMAX network. The HTC MAX 4G sports GSM/EDGE and WiMAX hardware on top of the WiFi radio to ensure high-speed wireless connectivity, backing it all up with a beautiful 3.8-inch WVGA (480×800) touchscreen display, 8GB of onboard storage, microSD card slot, GPS, and Bluetooth.
Unfortunately for WiMAX fans with a hankering for a handset with clean lines and a touchscreen UI, the HTC MAX 4G is only available in Russia for use on the Yota GSM and WiMAX networks. Good thing for us, Thoughts and Technology imported a unit into Malaysia and has posted a thorough review on the world’s first GSM/WiMAX handset.
Despite being language-locked to Russian, the HTC MAX 4G was praised as being something of a “beefed up HTC [Touch] Diamond.” With the HTC TouchFLO 3D interface covering up all of Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional’s downfalls, it makes sense that the MAX 4G resembles the Touch Diamond. And, the soft-touch rubber finish makes the handset a joy to use and hold.
In concluding the review, Thoughts and Technology states:
The phone is a little large for most people’s preference, but the big screen certainly is better than the tiny Diamond. But this device certainly sets a benchmark for all WiMAX devices to come.
Now, if only HTC could see it in their hearts to release the HTC MAX 4G with US-compatible frequency support.
Find the full review here.