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HTC One Max Launch Taking Place Next Week, Will Feature Fingerprint Scanner According to WSJ

Invites are flying out for separate events for the supposed announcement of the One Max from HTC. The events are scheduled to take place in Taiwan on October 18, and another one two days before that on October 16 in Hong Kong. According to e-retailer ePrice, the global launch of the One Max will take place in China on October 15, right before the company holds the press events. 

We have been reading and writing about the One Max for quite some time now, and according to The WSJ, one of the rumored features of the device can now finally be confirmed. Hearing from one of its sources, the One Max will in fact feature a fingerprint scanner, but there is no word on how baked into the OS the hardware will be. Could it be used for much more than just unlocking your device, such as Google Play purchases or other secured features on the phone? Let’s hope so, since we are betting it’s going to take a whole lot more than the addition of a fingerprint scanner to make people curious about this device.

The WSJ also confirmed that the phone will feature a 5.9″ display, an UltraPixel camera, and Sense’s BlinkFeed. No shockers there, but it’s good to have some confirmation on the info we have been reporting since June.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the LG G2, the One Max’s competition, are out and on the market – it’s now your move, HTC.

Via: WSJ | Engadget

  • HarvesterX

    Are we ever going to see a HTC Two? Or is the “One” meaning “The One, The Best” and ways be used for the latest greatest from HTC? Kind of strange if we see HTC One 2s, and so on. Don’t take that seriously, I’d actually like to see the HTC One 2.

    On a serious note. HTC, what happened? How hard was it to focus more on improving on the HTC One’s design? You don’t need to throw a fingerprint scanner in. Improve on design more AND match the hardware of the G2 and Note 3. You don’t need to offer new ideas at the moment. Especially at this point.

    I was purchasing a new phone a few weeks ago and loved the HTC One. I loved the G2 more. If the One has matched the G2 internally (and I was able to root and flash custom recoveries) then you would had gotten my sale. You have a gorgeous device on the outside. It’s not a bad phone at all. Focus on what you have done well and take a backseat to the competitors for the moment.

  • earl painter

    16 gig. No sale.

  • “it’s going to take a whole lot more than the addition of a fingerprint scanner to make people curious about this device.”

    Basically. {{-_-}}

  • Mike

    I think the argument occurs because one who has android will hate on
    apple since they financially wont allow their self to have apple as a second
    phone, vice verse. Lets face it, if someone gave you a free Iphone or Galaxy or HTC you wouldn’t say no and you wouldn’t dislike it so much after all and actually like having it.. Heres a life tip, save your self the destruction of
    your inner self and get both android and apple and maybe you will end up
    with a androiple.!!!!

  • primarchlion

    S800 + microSD card would definitely be enough for me to purchase this over a Note 3. Needs the S800 more for the battery life improvements than performance.

  • flosserelli

    How To Compete?

  • Stephen D

    5.9 inches? That’s pushing it. And if it’s anything like the One, it will be very heavy. Someone REALLY needs to help this company. I don’t see them being around much longer.

  • Sporttster

    SD card?? Haven’t heard for sure yet….

  • Blue Sun

    I’m not interested in your devices HTC. You probably won’t support this device 6 months from now.

    • OldHTCOwner

      the wont support it a day after its released . lets get real now HTC is loosing employees daily . They cant get verizon to ship out a software update unless its motorola device . Ive had HTC for 12 years now . My DNA was my last

      • Nick

        I had the HTC Thunderbolt, Rezound then the Droid DNA. All three devices had issues and the DNA was discontinued after six months. I do like HTC design but I think I need to switch to Samsung.

    • angermeans

      And Samsung will (on the note 3 or galaxy s 4)? I’m sorry but no android device that doesn’t carry the Nexus brand is supported beyond even a couple months. Not to mention every one of them is released a version or two behind. I would even say that HTC is more with updating their devices then Samsung has ever been.

  • Jason M.

    Really concerned about its potential subpar specs. However, I am considering it for the build quality and the front facing speakers. I’ve had an SGS3 and now have a Note 2. On the fence. Been loving Sammie but I’m starting to want a phone that feels solid in my hand, and has speakers I could enjoy when gaming and Netflixing (when I’m not in my recliner in front of my Sammie 55″ smart TV).

  • everettedl

    Wow, seems like everyone is drinking the hater-ade today lol. I’m a screen size junkie so I don’t think 5.9 is too large. If the specs are right I might consider this over the Note 3.

    Those specs have to be pretty nice though!

  • Jeremy Wray

    I await all the iphone fanboy’s who try to claim that HTC stole the idea for the fingerprint scanner from Apple.

    • flosserelli

      …who, in turn, stole from the Moto Atrix.

  • Jesus Teran

    too big!! and no beats audio.

    • BrianRoskamp

      I don’t see the problem here

      • Guest

        I have the HTC One and the sound is great I don’t what is going to happen if they remove that in the new HTC devices

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  • SeanPlunk

    I don’t know why people are so down on this phone. If it has a Snapdragon 800 it looks great to me. I can live with a phone slightly bigger than the Note series, and I love HTC screens. The 16GB internal is kind of a bummer, but as long as it has an SD Card slot I don’t see the problem.
    I’m excited, I’ve never owned an HTC phone before and this might be my last chance.

  • clobberedchina

    I’d find it difficult to pick this over the Note 3.

    • RoninX

      Depends on the specs. It certainly looks much better than the Note 3.

      If it comes out with an S4, it’s DOA. With a 600, it’s a maybe. With an 800, then it’s more attractive than the Note, unless you really care about the stylus.

      • yankeesusa

        It looks better than note 3 but in size I think it got a little too big, plus features I like note better. It will be interesting to see when it is released.

  • Idiots at HTC… Now all Apple fans will say that this awesome “never before seen revolutionary(no the Atrix didn’t exist) ” feature is being copied by HTC, because it’s so awesome.

  • Just_Some_Nobody

    Just bought an LG G2. I hope I’ll be able to live without a fingerprint scanner…
    I’m really worried.


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    • itznfb

      Leaning towards the G2 myself. Concerned with signal strength though. My HTC phones have always been stellar in that regard.

  • Guy Pierce

    HTC… Hilarious, Technical, Crass.

  • Erlack88

    The phailblet

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  • Ron_Swanson

    It just looks too be to use as a daily driver, not to mention not using the Snapdragon 800(supposedly)…..I think it’s gonna get a pass by most people

    • Butters619

      If it does show up with a Snapdragon 600, this phone is DOA. No chance of even making a tiny dent.

      • RoninX

        Because the Galaxy S4 is so slow?

        • Butters619

          Because it’s primary competitor (Note 3) is running a far more advanced processor, that not only has a faster processor and better GPU, but also features a low power companion core.

          • RoninX

            Yeah, I’d rather have an 800 too, but there a still a lot of people who would pick the Galaxy S4 over the Note 3 due to size, and I’ll bet there are those who would pick the One Max over the Note for the aesthetics and build quality.

            If it comes out with a Snapdragon S4, though, I agree it’s Game Over.

          • Butters619

            Just look at the comparison of One sales to SGS4 sales. Aesthetics didn’t win . And those phones had nearly identical specs.

            Now if the Max comes out with a significantly slower processor I just don’t see aesthetics making up for it enough to pull any significant sales. Plus, if the One is any indication, this thing is going to be heavy as hell.

          • LionStone

            I think HTC knows the stakes at this point and how much each move counts, so I don’t see them using anything less than a S800. If it does come with a S600, I will bet it still runs as fast as the N3. It just won’t have the highest benchmarks or the LTE-A capability, which would be a shame not having the latter, which is also why I think it’ll be the S800.

          • Butters619

            The S800 also has the companion core, so it should get better stand by battery life as well :/

            Reason why I said if this comes with the S600 it’s DOA.

        • PhoenixPath

          …because it would have next-to-nothing over it’s competition…?

    • wandapayne34

      If you understand what you’re doing, you’re are intelligent.
      Then don’t waste time and move to… bay35.com

  • droid

    what a giant pile of fail.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Maybe it’ll debut with Sense 5.5? I can’t think of much else to look at.

  • Peter Johnson

    Let the lawsuits begin

  • It’s going to be sad when HTC has to do a round of layoffs when nobody buys these failphones.

    • MikeCiggy

      You’d think a company that’s failing so badly would just take to the comment sections of blogs to see what their users REALLY want. I’ve never seen anyone ask for a damn fingerprint scanner. Many other features people are asking for that would sell phones. At least Motorola is headed in the correct direction.

      • anon

        I do. I work for a brand and always read the comments you guys say. granted your about 5% of the actual market of the dev/power user but have good feedback.

        • MikeCiggy

          Good for you guys! Keep it up. Even though we are a minority we know what average users want and would use also.

      • joseph barrientos

        lol thats because google bought them, otherwise, theyd be on the same boat

      • holdthiscat

        We are here…and yes, we do listen.

        • RoninX

          I’m really hoping you guys have listened to the comments about the specs that the One Max needs to have. If it has an 800, it could be a serious challenger to the Note 3.

          • michael arazan

            Plus you can unlock them now, bonus for people who don’t like sense but like the phone

        • Greyhame

          Not seeing the proof in the pudding.

      • Co X

        We do read your comments. Then we laugh.

    • Greyhame

      Agree. Not interested in this phone in the least.

    • PhoenixPath

      You really are going to hate on HTC in every single HTC article posted to this site, aren’t you?

      You’d think they ran over your dog or something…