HTC made the extra-large version of its flagship One smartphone, the HTC One max, official earlier this morning. I got a little hands-on time with the max and its enormous screen, fingerprint scanner and new software, which improves upon the experience of the HTC One.
Looking at the 5.9-inch screen for the first time, you get the sense that HTC was feeling just slightly inadequate as it watched Samsung launch the likes of the Galaxy S4 (with a 5-inch display) and Galaxy Note 3 (5.7 inches) just months after the debut of the 4.7-inch One. Even LG’s newest flagship, the G2, has a mere 5.2-inch screen.
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The max definitely puts HTC on the leaderboard of massive high-end phones (the 6.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Mega’s mediocre specs keep it from making the cut). At 7.7 ounces and 3.2 inches wide, the HTC One max looks and feels like a gigantic smartphone — I could feel its heft when I picked it up, and reaching for some onscreen buttons requires some serious finger stretching. “One” is definitely not a reference to the number of hands it takes to operate this phone.
So the big question becomes: Why go so big?
“The main reason for a larger form factor is consumption of content,” says Tom Harlin, director of public relations for HTC. “We’ve seen smartphones go from ‘When I have no other option, I’ll browse the web on it,’ to ‘It’s a great tool for browsing the web,’ to ‘It’s my primary ways to interact with social media.'” see more