HTC One max confirmed: Phablet takes on iPhone 5S with fingerprint sensor

This One wasn’t a well-kept secret. Taiwanese manufacturer HTC has today confirmed the arrival of the HTC One max, a high-end phablet following in the footsteps of the iPhone 5S with a built-in fingerprint sensor.

The handset has been rumoured for some time with HTC now hoping a full trio of different-size One smartphones (the HTC One mini was also added this year) will revive the company’s fortunes amid increasingly bleak financial reports.

“The addition of the HTC One max means that we now have an HTC One phone for everyone,” said CEO Peter Chou alongside the announcement.

The HTC One max is kitted out as expected, sporting a large 5.9in, 1080p Full HD display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor (rather than the updated 800 model), 2GB RAM, 16GB or 32GB storage with a microSD slot enabling expansion, the same 4-Ultrapixel rear camera as its One siblings, a 2.1-megapixel front snapper, 4G connectivity, and a beefy 3300mAh battery.

All of this comes housed in a 10.3mm thick, 217g body with the attractive brushed metal finish that impressed so many on the HTC One. On the software side, the max runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with the Sense 5.5 overlay, which includes the customisable home screen feature, BlinkFeed.

As for the mobile worlds’s latest nod to biometrics, the max’s fingerprint sensor sits on the rear of the device rather than the front-facing iPhone 5S scanner.

“The [One] family has been built on quality and game-changing innovations and the HTC One max is certainly no exception,” Chou added. “The upgrade to HTC Sense 5.5 will provide our most amazing mobile experience yet, with the HTC One max delivering the size and power required to do everything you want, and more, without compromise.”

Pricing and availability details remain scarce at this stage, and it will be interesting to see if HTC tries to undercut the max’s most obvious competition, the 5.7in Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – which we reviewed last week.

Samsung’s phablet is priced around the £570 mark SIM-free, but its strong review score suggests this could be money well spent.