HTC’s large screened phablet – the HTC One Max has finally reached our desi shores. The phone saw a global launch sometime last month and HTC thought it was time we the people of India got a taste of their newest handset as well. In case you are not quite sure what the HTC One Max is like, let’s take a quick look.
The phone features a 5.9 inch full HD display – making it slightly larger than the one on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – but way smaller than the likes of the Xperia Z Ultra and the Galaxy Mega 6.3. The Mega series however only get 720p displays and slower processors. Now that we have talked about processors, let us inform you that the One Max is powered by a Snapdragon 600 SoC that houses a quad core processor running at 1.7 Ghz. This is slower compared to the Snapdragon 800 and the Exynos OctaCore chip used on the Indian version of the Note 3 – but not by much. There is 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory whcih you can expand further using micro SD cards. HTC One Max users would also get 50 GB of Google Drive space for cloud storage.
On the software front, the HTC One Max runs Android 4.3 underneath HTC’s heavily modified SENSE 5.5 UI which also gets the much loved (or hated depending on which side of the divide you are on) Blinkfeed stream. The One Max also features a fingerprint scanner that allows users to lock or unlock the screen and quickly, launch up to three favourite applications by assigning an individual finger to each. Neat! Like on the HTC One, this one too gets the tried and tested UltraPixel rear camera. There is a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera thrown in as well. Also lifted from the HTC One are the HTC Zoe and HTC BoomSound features.
Powering the handset is a large 3300 mAh battery that should easily last a day with nominal usage. Heavy users might however want to look at an optional HTC Power Flip Case, which packs in an additional 1200 mAh battery expansion pack for the phone.
Now that we are done with talking about most of the features, let me come to the all important pricing part. HTC has decided to price the One Max at an atrocious MRP of Rs.61,490. The MOP however stands at a much cheaper 56,490. This is still more expensive compared to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 which retails for more or less the 45k mark. The price of the One Max is almost 10k steeper. While the Note 3 has a slightly smaller display, when it comes to the rest of the specs, the Note 3 easily trounces the HTC One Max. I will suggest holding back your purchase till the price comes down to saner levels.