Why fix something that ain't broke? That's probably what HTC was thinking when it unveiled the HTC One Max, slated for global launch this week. The One Max looks almost identical to the company's original flagship phone, the HTC One, with the biggest difference being size and the addition of a backside fingerprint sensor.
The phablet-size phone sports a 1080p display that clocks in at 5.9 inches, a removable back panel and a fingerprint sensor that can quickly lock or unlock the phone or launch up to three different apps with your individual fingers. Since we tend to hold our phone with our fingers on the back anyway, it makes sense to put a fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone. Plus, you avoid getting any smudges on the front of your phone. (If you care about that, of course.)
The removable back panel also conveniently allows users to swap out the microSD to supplement the 16GB or 32GB of onboard space, a huge boon considering the HTC One did not have this feature. Google Drive users will be delighted to know that an additional 50GB of free storage will be exclusive to those with an HTC One Max.
Though the battery pack is not removable, its large 3,300mAh battery promises to "last and last." If you're really one to max out the battery on your phone, an optional HTC Power Flip Case adds 1,150mAh more juice if you need it.
Like its smaller brother, the silver-toned One Max will keep features like HTC BlinkFeed, HTC Zoe and HTC BoomSound, all integrated into its new HTC Sense 5.5 iOs and powered by a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor. It has the same 4-megapixel back camera and a 2.1-megapixel front one that can take simultaneous pictures and video in HTC Zoe mode. The hefty phone weighs nearly a half pound at 7.65 ounces and has a 10.33mm thickness, so we hope your wrist can handle it!