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HTC One Max to Reportedly Launch in September, Going Head-to-Head With Samsung


With Samsung all set to reveal the Galaxy Note 3 at this year’s IFA in Berlin, HTC is reportedly to launch its direct competitor, the One Max around the same time. A source of German-based site, Mobile Geeks has confirmed that HTC will make the One Max available in the early part of September, in hopes to steal some of Samsung’s limelight. The One Max is to host a very large 5.9″ 1080 display, as well as feature Sense 5 and the company’s UltraPixel camera technology. 

HTC has been battling with Samsung for a good part of 2013 with its One device, doing pretty well in terms of sales. Adding another direct competitor shows that the company isn’t afraid of taking the gloves off, even though they don’t have the same amount of marketing power that Samsung holds.

The One Max is said to feature a Snapdragon 800 processor (the Note 3 is reported to have the same), 2GB of RAM, come in 32GB or 64GB storage options and carry a 3,200mAh battery.

From what we know about each device right now, which jumbo phone would you lean towards? One Max or Note 3?

Via: Mobile Geeks | Pocket Lint

  • Brandon

    Cool. Have fun with waiting months upon months to get the newest Android OS with the One Max. HTC is terrible with providing timely updates. I’ll take the Note 3 and it’s plastic body for the additional GB of RAM, vastly superior camera, and timely updates.

  • Marchend Tatiana

    Pity Google is not trying to boost the Nexus 5‘s production, groups like Samsung and HTC will become leaders this year, i hate Samsung’s design but i like to own a device that has a cool chip dynamic and the latest Android as well 🙂

  • jackie

    Here’s a reason for a removable battery that seems to be missing from this discussion…

    If you have a removable battery, you do NOT have to send your phone – along with any of your personal data – back to the factory in case of battery failure.

    I just talked with someone yesterday who hung their head down when I asked if I could get a copy of a certain fantastic photo they took. Turns out, their rotten-apple product died and they had to send the entire phone back. A new one was exchanged but all their data was gone for good..

    And of course the same arguments can be made concerning non-removable memory.

    I would never, ever, buy a phone with a non-removable battery or one lacking removable memory upon which I store my personal data. I don’t care if you gave me such a phone for free. The risk of data loss and/or data exposure to god-knows-who-in-tech-department is not worth my time.

  • Note 3 sounds more like what id buy

  • TheUI

    Am I the only one who appreciates the Wacom tech baked into the Note series? I mean, don’t get me wrong, the size is great but…it was the sPen that really made this device stand out in my opinion.

  • Dre

    Well I wasn’t going to wait for the HTC One Max because they were taking to long to announce the release date but I can wait until September and get one if it’s all that it’s cracked up to be. And of course comes with all the features that I like!

  • Guest

    Is the One Max the “upgraded One” that was being predicted a few days back?

    I was hoping it would be a phone of the same size but with upped specs 🙁

  • sk3litor

    No pen no point. 80% of the appeal of the “note” series is the s-pen and the wacom digitizer features which extends much further than just writing notes once you learn how to use it

    • mrjayviper

      my note2 comes with a pen? o.O

      I NEVER KNEW! D:

      • sk3litor

        I was actually refering to the other devices that are supposedly comp. to the note that have no pen.

  • kirk ngo

    really?. what’s the point of having a the same version of the same phone with a bigger just to go head to head on the note 3? The note has a s-pen take full advantage of the big screen. compare to HTC one which has nothing besides a big screen. The note 3 will be a better option if we only talking about the max and note 3.

  • FknTwizted

    i wonder if the one max A: coming to VZW B: will have a stylus that works like the n2. Thats really the main reason i moved from my s3 to the n2 was larger screen and stylus to do things like write etc that i couldn’t utilize with my s3 and those funky big tipped stylus that all the other phones have to use.

  • Knlegend1

    Motorola that’s how you do it. The max should be more than just bigger battery.

    • malcmilli

      I wish the One Max was just a bigger battery

      • Knlegend1

        That would make the One irrelevant and cause conflict.

  • Bionic

    It’s like these companies can’t decide who’s is bigger

    • Blue Sun

      It’s not really a competition.

  • RaptorOO7

    IF it’s coming in 64GB then I am on board and will sell my H1 64GB Developer Edition for it. I want the bigger screen but better design

  • punkroyale

    This company does nothing that excites me about their products. No thanks.

  • jboogie1289

    Galaxy Note 3…….( <<<<<< drops microphone and walks off stage).

  • Cyper.N77

    I’d get the HTC only if it had a removable battery and external memory. I have 30Gb of music on my TF as it is.

  • Tyler Durden

    Ohhhh using the same design. Nobody is complaining now but will complain about samsung. Hilarious.

    • azndan4

      I haven’t seen a single complaint. Get off Samsung’s jockstrap will you?

      • Tyler Durden

        Suck mah dyk yo

    • Knlegend1

      I don’t think those are official.

    • RaptorOO7

      Slightly different when a company is using the same design language for an entire series of phones in a single model year, One, One Mini, One Max vs the same GS3/GS4, GN3 all looking and feeling the same.

      I don’t care about the plastic vs aluminum I care about the experience and I can also do more customizations with my One ROM wise.

  • Intellectua1

    Still doesn’t stand a chance.. Sorry.. Especially if the aluminum body is it’s main selling point.. The Note 3 will have all the S4 features and more.. The only phone I see giving the Note 3 comp is the Sony Xperia Ultra Z..

    • malcmilli

      i dont understand why it doesn’t stand a chance. I have a note 8.0 n the sole reason i bought it was for its stylus (i like to draw), but apparently most people don’t even use the stylus… well if that’s the case then literally there is nothing that sets apart the Note3 vs a One Max.

      • Intellectua1

        I’m sorry did you think about that reply before you posted it?? You’re right I never used the stylus on my Note but there are many things that sets the S4 apart from the One the specs on the Note 3 aren’t even out yet but I bet it’ll have the S4 specs plus some. An aluminum case means nothing when you put a plastic or rubber case on it

        • Knlegend1

          Sets it apart in what way. I think those features on the s4 are terrible. I don’t care about removable batteries or SD cards. The One is the one.

        • malcmilli

          you act as if everyone uses a case. also, i own a note 8 and i got my mother a gs3 for christmas, i know many of the touch whiz “features” are fluff. The eye features, do not work correctly. The palm swipe doesn’t walk consistently, and the dual view feature is hot… but it only works with a handful of apps… aka i can’t have the web browser and sketchbook pro open at the same time in the multi-window feature… which is annoying since drawing was the sole reason i bought that tablet. SD card is great, if you need it, most people don’t, and removable battery is great if you need it… again, most people don’t. So what exactly sets it apart? Stylus is the only thing in my book.

        • RaptorOO7

          Ooooh TouchWiz crapware and extras plus tons of carrier bloatware and limited internal storage. IF, Samsung offers a 32GB or higher version it very likely WON’T make it to the US due to the price. That Wacom Digitizer isn’t free and I don’t need it.

          I had the GS4, the S-Health, S-Voice neither did it for me and were limited in use. Waving your hand, wow that’s nifty, shall we go on.

          • Intellectua1

            And when it all boils down you can talk all the crap you want about Touchwiz but the reality is Touchwiz and it’s features are the main selling point of Samsung phones that’s why they pushed over 20m devices.. You people that talk crap about TW are very few basically irrelevant. Like I said the main selling point of the HTC One is the aluminum body and front speakers. It’s sure not blinkfeed, it’s sure not the crappy 5mp camera they threw on it and it’s definitely not the crappy button layout at the bottom and last but not least it’s def not the amazing support they continue to give their devices after a while.. So um yea Samsung for the win.. HTC is no comp.. Let me not forget the crappy software..

          • Intellectua1

            And when it all boils down you can talk all the crap you want about Touchwiz but the reality is Touchwiz and it’s features are the main selling point of Samsung phones that’s why they pushed over 20m devices.. You people that talk crap about TW are very few basically irrelevant. Like I said the main selling point of the HTC One is the aluminum body and front speakers. It’s sure not blinkfeed, it’s sure not the crappy 5mp camera they threw on it and it’s definitely not the crappy button layout at the bottom and last but not least it’s def not the amazing support they continue to give their devices after a while.. So um yea Samsung for the win.. HTC is no comp.. Let me not forget the crappy software..

  • Blue Sun

    Is there an HTC-pen? I have heard no mention of one as of yet. That could be a deciding factor for some users.

    • n900mixalot

      I dunno, most of us got burned last time they offered something different. They’re very likely not getting any repeat Flyer or Jetstream customers.

  • Blue Sun

    Too bad it’s got 1GB less of RAM (rumored) compared to the Note III. I have no idea which bloatware is more resource hoggy between Sense & TouchWiz.

    • Jay

      I believe you can disable all the bloatware as of ICS.

      Additionally, we can always root and load a de-bloated stock rom

    • Sense 5 is much less bloated than the newest Touchwiz.

      • Blue Sun

        Interesting. Looks like the pen might be the biggest difference then…

        • Most likely. I’d hope that HTC would include one if they really want to compete with the Note 3.

  • Sam

    Definitely a One Max.

  • Kenny Larson

    Will it include the stylus? Therein lies the rub.

    The only reason I would ever buy a phone as ridiculously big as the Note is because I want a phone with an integrated digitizing stylus. Otherwise, I might as well get a tablet and more reasonable sized phone.

    • RaptorOO7

      You can buy a stylus for $10, do you need it tucked into the phone ok then the GN3 is your choice, but I can put a small stylus in my pocket and its no big deal. but I rarely used the stylus on the GN2 when I had it.

      • Kenny Larson

        I’m not interested in a capacities stylus.

  • cvgordo

    i love my note 2 but do like the front facing speakers. cmon sammy put that on the note 3 please.

    my question is does htc have an equivalent to multi window? it’s a feature i love and if htc doesn’t have it (i’m ok with flashing a custom rom if that’s a solution) it might cause me to stick with sammy for the note 3. the s pen is neat but i don’t really use it for most stuff and can live without it.


    Is it going to all carriers? Idk I luv my note 2 but could go one max if Samsung doesn’t wow me with new features. I actually like.touchwiz over stock haven’t dealt with sense since thunderbolt

    • Skittlez

      touchwiz is laggy, even for the 1.9 GHz 600. the one is 1.7 and no lag at all

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  • Nakrohtap

    If they would up the specs of the ultrapixel camera, they may have a shot at beating the Note 3. The one knock I have with the Samsung devices is the speaker on the back.

    • Skittlez

      What do mean up the specs on the camera?

      • n900mixalot

        Either two more ultrapixels, or go back to megapixels.

        • Skittlez

          ok, apparently there are a TON of people who don’t know what ultrapixel is. They believe it is a new technology, but it’s just a new idea. What gives a picture detail is the amount of light hitting each pixel. MP’s only change the possible size of the picture. Since sensor sizes can be larger now with the size of phones, they put less MP’s for a decent picture size, and larger pixels, so more light gets into each pixel. adding more MP’s would defeat the purpose of the “ultrapixel” camera.

          • n900mixalot

            When you have too much light hitting those “ultrapixels” you are going to get a blown out photo with less detail. That’s just physics. You need to be able to stop up the aperture a lot to stop blowout from happening but when you do that guess what? You’re going to lose detail. 3 or 4 or how ever many crappy ultrapixels you have is going to decrease image quality.

          • Skittlez

            isn’t that also what software is for? either way, for a cell phone, it’s great pictures. not best, but still great, and low light is amazing. the video recording is amazing in low light as well.

          • n900mixalot

            Software can only go so far. If the detail isn’t coming in it isn’t easy to generate, which is why on a lot of cameras we get that weird painted effect.

            I agree that for what they are doing, it is highly innovative and a great start but it can (and hopefully will) be improved upon.

    • RaptorOO7

      I have a serious DSLR and High Megapixel compact camera if I need high end shots. The Megapixel does quite well compared to the 13MP crap out there.

      • Nakrohtap

        Most people don’t carry around 2 cameras along with their phone. The only advantage I have seen with the ultrapixel is the low light shots. I realize a camera on the phone will not compare to a standalone. I was just mentioning that the current specs of the ultrapixel is a con for this phone.

        • RaptorOO7

          I realize that, but there are some pretty awesome cameras that are pretty friggin small. Still I have NOT been disappointed with my One’s camera. I have owned so many smartphones its not funny and I can tell good from crap.

  • duke69111

    I would think a phone the size of the One Max with come with a battery bigger than 3,200mAh.

    • Skittlez

      they don’t need to overclock their processors like everyone else though. they make their batteries work pretty well(as of recent).

  • KleenDroid

    I would choose Samsung.

    • Bbob

      Sammy 4 me…

  • captainkirk

    I am waiting to see what the One Max will end up like. I truly enjoy my HTC One X but have been wanting a larger screen. Hoping the One Max will be just what I want and need. I have nothing against Samsung, in fact I almost got a Note II, but I just don’t care for the plastic feel and I like Sense better than TouchWiz.

    • Justin W

      I’m thinking the same thing. I’m interested in a potential larger screened device Moto may be coming out with in the next six months or so, but otherwise I think I’m going with the HTC One Max. The One is an amazing device and I would love to have a larger screen.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    I want the One. Not in the market for a phone bigger than 5 inches and probably never will be. Hurry your a$$ up VERIZON!

  • Um…Samsung always wins ^__^

    • Skittlez

      not necessarily. those front facing speakers are show stoppers

    • Two words for you: Samsung Moment.

      They certainly do not always win.

      • n900mixalot

        Oh but they do. You know who built your HTC One’s internal memory and is making BANK off of it?

        Seriously, Samsung ALWAYS wins …

        • Ya know, I loved my S3 and my S2 before that…but Sammy is turning into the Apple of Android. They may be selling phones just based on the Galaxy name right now, but if they keep watering down the Galaxy brand by throwing it on POS phones like the Galaxy Ace, they’re going to start losing momentum sooner than later.

          • RaptorOO7

            You are right, the Galaxy name used to be a bit more high end, now its on every POS device for every market, and segment. WAJ.

      • Skittlez

        don’t forget the orginial Galaxy S and the Charge

  • AnotherAndroidKid

    Depends on how the bands compare. More and more, for me and my travel, I am looking for LTE bands as one of the main deciders.

  • Greg

    Perfect! It will launch on Verizon just in time for Valentines Day

    • hkklife

      Or, more likely than not, it will never appear on VZW.

    • chad

      LOL.. funny I said the same thing about the Note 3. which put me in a bubble

    • Butters619

      I was so jealous back when Verizon got the G-Nex, Razr and Rezound in a month’s span and AT&T didn’t get any decent phones for months, but the roles have since reversed. I’m not bragging btw. I genuinely feel sorry for Verizon customers because I know how bad it sucks.

    • Zander

      of 2015..

  • kixofmyg0t

    What’s the deal with all the MAX phones now? We’re gonna have the One MAX, the DROID MAXX…where’s the Galaxy MAX?

    • Kurt Weber

      They skipped it and went straight to Mega

  • scooper1028

    I love my GN2, but if HTC has solid apps that use a wacom stylus, i’m gonna be rocking the Max…

    • n900mixalot

      They didn’t have sh*t for the Flyer, and what they did say they were going to get, they promised but never delivered. Definitely wait and see.

  • Destroythanet

    With the size of the bezels (especially the top and bottom), this might be overall even larger than the Galaxy Mega 6.3.

  • Dan

    One Max going to have removable battery and sd card slot? Cause having 3 batteries for my note 2 and never having to plug my phone in to charge is amazing.

    • Dave

      I do that with one battery….LoL. You must use it more than me.

    • jamief

      Wow, really? You carry around three batteries and you think that’s a selling-point/advantage over reduced power consumption on the HTC phones? Ignorance is bliss, I guess.

      • Dan

        I don’t carry them “around” with me. It’s just easier to swap batteries than to have my phone sit on the charger for 3-4 hours. And with the note 2 and 30 hours of battery life w/ 7-8 hours of screen on time is a big upside.

        • EdubE24

          What is the downside of just charging it over night?

          • Justin W

            That’s a good question. It’s “quick” in the reference that you don’t have to wait for it – just plop it on before you pass out and it’s done when you wake up. Good to go. No need for alternate batteries.

        • malcmilli

          not knocking your style, it works for you.. but i loathe carrying multiple batteries (already have enough stuff in my pockets) and have to worry about charging two batteries at night.

          I’m not saying removable battery isnt useful, but when when i have a phone with a removable battery on only carried both on very very special occasions. I’d rather have one of them keychain chargers.

    • IrishSid

      Crazy. I’m a heavy user and go to bed with a good 20% left. Charge overnight and good to go the next day.

      • JoshGroff

        I dropped the battery with something like 8 consecutive hours of Netflix over WiFi. That thing can take quite a bit of use before draining.

  • Jason Downing

    One Max Dev Edition? Hmmmmmm…

    Probably won’t happen though

  • sc0rch3d

    what’s the word on the front facing speakers? i can’t imagine samsung is winning in that arena (sound that is, obviously no front facing speakers for sammy). debating between the One and S4. Phablets can take a hike.

    • Dan

      Have you ever used a Note 2? Use one for a week and get back to me. I went from a One X+ 4.7 display to the note 2’s 5.5 I’m never going back.

      • sc0rch3d

        yes. i’ve played with a Note 2 extensively. The screen and battery life is great (surprisingly even without custom ROM). However, portability size/weight (and I assume fragility) is a complete joke.

        • Dave

          I thought the same, but I’ve dropped mine over a dozen times, never even a reboot

          • RaptorOO7

            Samsung has been smart with the plastic being able to take a beating AND I always use a case anyways so aluminum was not the draw for me to the HTC One, it was the BOOM SOUND SPEAKERS!

          • malcmilli

            i hate cases >.<

        • Big EZ

          What? Weight? My last phone that was 4.3″ weighted only a little bit less. Portability size? I assume your a male, unless you wear skinny jeans you shouldn’t have any trouble. I put my Note 2 in my change pocket inside my pocket. It is also not fragile, but it does feel cheap compared to Motorola or the HTC One.

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        • RaptorOO7

          The GN2 is not a heavy device the weight and size were ok, a bit tough to use one handed but S-Voice did help (sometimes). Still the HTC One MAXX will out perform the GN3 and it will certainly OUT CLASS IT (IMO)

      • Dave

        Ditto, I don’t care about the PPI, my GN2 is plenty adequate for my needs.

      • Skittlez

        now go watch your movies and youtube videos on a One with the volume turned up, and get back to me.

        • n900mixalot

          I don’t really need a lot of volume for YouTube but … if it flips your skirt … just please don’t do it around me.

          • Skittlez

            it’s not just about the volume of the sound, it’s the quality of the sound. you can’t knock better

      • RaptorOO7

        I will happily lose the stylus and get 64GB of internal storage with BOOM SOUND SPEAKERS any day over the GN3 and its crappy speakers since I DOUBT they even bothered to upgrade from that itty bitty speaker on the back.

        So yeah, I have used a GN2 and was NOT impressed.

    • RaptorOO7

      I had the GS4 and now have the DE HTC One, the FFS are AWESOME and really worth it. I thought I had to have a microSD and while I would like the HTC One Max to have it as long as 64GB arrives I am good.

  • Mallahet

    Throw the Xperia Z Ultra into the mix and I’d choose… Test driving them before I’d want to fully commit to a phablet.

    • Mrhug3

      I’d buy the Z Ultra in a heartbeat… Sadly, the only network worth anything around me is big red. And we all know the end of that story.

      • Mallahet

        Yeah, that’s too bad. I’m thinking of switching to pre-paid this fall/winter when my contract is up. Luckily T-Mo and AT&T have decent coverage where I am (and my Verizon coverage has been TURRIBLE speed-wise lately…not sure if it’s the Gnex dying or over-saturation of the network). I’ll have some overseas travel next year, and have been eyeing the Z Ultra or the rumored Honami, since I can just get a regional SIM and pop it in. Both phones sound like beasts!

      • RaptorOO7

        The Z was a nice phone until I saw the pathetic 16GB before format and OS, no thanks.

  • beng8686

    IMO I just cannot stand the look and feel of HTC phones. Never have, never will.

    • PhillipCun

      yeah but with the ONE line they been releasing high build quality phones. this is a little different, maybe you should check it out?

      • beng8686

        The build quality may be there, I just can’t stand the 2011 ui and the design.

        • jamief

          That’s okay. Stick with a lesser quality brand.

          • IrishSid

            Are you implying Samsung is a lesser quality brand? No other company pack as much into a phone as Samsung. Stay fanboy though…

          • gtg465x

            As much ugly UI anyways…

          • JoshGroff

            Either way, I plan on replacing the stock software, so it comes down to which feels better. (assuming the specs are the same that is) The DNA won out last time, because of that screen and S4 pro. (Made up for the lack of features by flashing AOKP/PAC)

          • jboogie1289

            Down goes jamie!!! Down goes jamie!!!!

    • As opposed to the plastic phones out there?

      Everyone is entitled to their opinion, I guess.

      • n900mixalot

        HTC does make plastic phones.

        • Yes, they have in the past…and now they are moving to aluminum unibody for the higher end phones. Something that Samsung is rumored to be doing as well because of all the raves about HTC’s decision and the complaints about Sammy continuing to use plastic which makes their phones feel cheap.

  • David Triscari

    Leaning One Max, but if it keeps BoomSound,etc its going to be massive….

    • TSY87

      I think the boom sound makes it worth it though… I wouldnt mind if it were bigger (thats what she said) due to the inclusion of the speakers.