It was only a matter of weeks ago that we reported that a mysterious HTC phablet, codenamed the T6, appearing in famous tipster @evleaks’ accounts and already more details about the phablet, thought to be called the HTC One Max, have surfaced.
Updated 11th October 2013
Is this photo, taken over the shoulder of an anonymous user in china, the HTC One Max? If so, it looks absolutely huge!
What do you think?
Update 9th October 2013
Yet more images have been leaked which display the fingerprint scanner on the rumoured HTC One Max.
Conversely to Apple's fingerprint scanner, which is located on the iPhone 5s' home button, the HTC One Max houses its own version on the back of the device. This suggests that rather than using your thumb to unlock the phone, the One Max's fingerprint scanner will be enacted using your forefinger instead.
Are fingerprint scanners going to appear on all high-spec smartphones by the end of the year? Are they as secure as people think? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter and Google+, or log in to post a comment.
Update 11th September 2013
IFA has been and gone, and, predictably, there's no sign of the HTC One Max. However, new rumours have surfaced which suggest that the device could well feature fingerprint technology.
Only last night (10th September) did Apple unveil its own use of fingerprint technology on its iPhone 5S, which is allegedly set to appear on HTC's latest phablet.
While the iPhone 5S' fingerscanner is located in the phone's home button, an image leaked by ePrice shows a small square area below the device's camera which is thought to be where the scanner will sit.
Do you think the HTC One Max will offer this technology? Or is it a bit of a gimmick?
Updated 5th August 2013
It has now been suggested that the HTC One Max will be revealed in September, in time to compete with Samsung's Galaxy Note 3's IFA launch.
The device will have a 5.9 inch screen and is said to sport all of the same features as the HTC One, including its all-aluminium casing and dual frontal speakers.
Although very few details have been leaked about the One Max, it has been suggested by various sources that we could see an upgraded processor in the new 5.9 inch device. The HTC One currently has a quad-core 1.7 GHz processor and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset; the HTC One Max, on the other hand is rumoured to have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor that could reach the dizzying speeds of 2.3GHz.
With the HTC One Mini already hitting our shelves lin order to compete with Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Mini, it is highly likely that HTC will follow suit with a phablet version of its popular flagship model.
Up until now, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has had very little competition in the market, and with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 allegedly being unveiled at this year’s IFA this September, all eyes are on HTC to see whether the Max has the potential to compete.
Images leaked by EPrice purportedly show the HTC One Max during testing in China. The same source has also tipped the device to make an appearance at this year's IFA in Berlin- which coincidentally coincides with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 launch.
Although HTC hasn’t got any planned events for the rest of the year, it doesn’t mean that we won’t catch a glimpse of the HTC One Max before the year is out, with rumours suggesting a December release.
Again, it’s too early to suggest how much a HTC phablet will cost. However, with the HTC One being available from £490 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 £475, we could see the HTC One Max hitting our shelves at around the £500 mark.
Written by Charlotte Kertrestel