Remember the “Prime” smartphone rumors that ran rampant this past summer? Well, at least one “Prime” smartphone will arrive this year – but it won’t be called “Prime” at all. Instead, HTC looks to give the best of its work this year to the HTC One Max, the company’s own Android phablet.
The HTC One M8 features a 5-inch display, Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080p), 2.3Ghz/2.5Ghz (US, Asia and China) quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB and 32GB of internal memory storage with a microSD card slot for additional memory expansion up to 128GB, as well as a 5MP front camera and a 4MP “UltraPixel” back camera. HTC’s flagship revealed earlier this year comes with a 2,600mAh battery and runs Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC’s Sense 6.0 UI (called “Sixth Sense” by the company), the company’s own skin that sets its phones apart.
If the rumors are right, HTC’s One Max will be the “One M8 Prime” device that many HTC fans have been clamoring for, with a 5.5-inch 2K Quad HD display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, a 2.7Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, an 18MP back camera with optical image stabilization (OIS), as well as a 3,000mAh battery and HTC’s Sense UI version 6.5 on top of Android 4.4.4 KitKat or Android L.
HTC looks to push OIS, as other manufacturers have done this year, but we don’t know if HTC intends to eliminate the “UltraPixel” technology from its camera or not. The 4MP UMP camera hasn’t received favorable reviews, with a number of photo comparisons showing the back camera to have too much light exposure when sized up against its competitors. If HTC can drop the “UltraPixel” technology or even improve it in the 18MP camera, the company just may have a winner on its hands.
The Snapdragon 805 is the latest processor in the Android world, so you’re bound to have an impressive processor to handle battery life with the Quad HD screen resolution. We’re curious to see how the 3,000mAh battery will hold up, knowing that even batteries this large can drain due to the bright screen resolution. The 5.5-inch display will compete against LG’s G3, Galaxy Note 4’s 5.7-inch and Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus when it’s released in Q4 2014.
HTC’s One M8 is still one beautiful smartphone, but the HTC One Max hasn’t been quite as popular. Perhaps HTC’s comeback is right around the corner.