Hands-On: HTC One Max

With the HTC One Max now out and in the open, we got the chance to get our geeky paws all over the new phablet. The One Max shares the same beautiful design as the One and One Mini, and should definitely be one of the go-to devices if you’re looking for a large screen and a sleek design for your next smartphone.

The display on the HTC One Max is certainly one of the largest we’ve seen in the category. It’s not as huge as the Xperia Z Ultra, but it’s pretty close. The 1080p HD Super LCD 3 display is stunning as ever, even with a lower PPI to that of the original One (373 vs 468). This is going to be a display that you’ll want to watch video on all the time.

Outside of its massive display, the One Max shares the same fit and finish as the rest of the One family. The 5.9 inch display swallows the vast majority of the face, with the standard affair found above and below. The earpiece, notification LED, proximity and ambient light sensors, as well as the 2.1 megapixel front-facing camera and one of the two Boomsound speakers are found above the display. Below, you’ll find the now expected capacitive buttons for home and back, and the second of the two Boomsound speakers.

The sides of the One Max have been tweaked slightly, and for a good reason. The right side of the device houses both the volume rocker and power/lock buttons. On the original HTC One, the power button was placed on the top of the handset, but given that this is a mammoth device, HTC was smart to move it. The IR blaster remains in the same place at the top, alongside the 3.5mm headphone jack, with the microUSB port found at the bottom. The left side of the One Max has a small switch that one might believe to be a silence toggle, but it’s actually a latch to remove the back plate, which is where you’ll find the micro SD card slot.

The massive display notwithstanding, the back of the One Max is where the action is at. Here you’ll find the great Ultrapixel camera we all know in love from the One and the One Mini, but below it and the LED flash is the new fingerprint scanner. The scanner allows the user to lock or unlock the device with a simple swipe of a finger, or quickly launch a pre-assigned application. You can assign up to three fingers for different applications and the setup process is about as easy as can be.

As you’d have guessed, the HTC One Max feels huge in the hand, but we have trouble believing a device with such a large display wouldn’t. In either case, the One Max feels great with its aluminum body and you won’t want to put it down after gazing at the screen. Overall, our initial impressions of the HTC One Max have left us unsurprisingly impressed.

There’s a lot to like about the HTC One Max, and we’ll be sure to put the handset through its paces fully in our official review, so stay tuned and check out the gallery below!

  • Richard Yarrell

    Big just for the sake of being big means nothing. Samsung owns this space period.

    • squiddy20

      That’s almost exactly what every single tech blog said about the OG Note. That it was “big for the sake of being big”. Idiot.

  • Marin

    Seems too large but I said that about the original Note too. Seriously though, can you fit this in your pockets?

  • James Turner

    Finally an objective reviewer.

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