What does HTC One Max and the Lumia 1020 have in common? The two are exceptional devices made by different companies and on different platforms but they’ve both never had real successors. The One Max, like the 1020, was released back in 2013 and has never had the honour of being updated by having a successor. For lovers of large HTC devices with the One lineup’s unique design language, the two year old One Max still remains the go-to device. Never mind its dated specs or the fact that it failed to impress and never took off like the Note series has for Samsung when it comes to exceptionally large phones.
This is likely to change soon as word has it that HTC is planning to introduce to the market two variants of what is an oversized One M9. A version of the device with Mediatek’s MT6795 will be reserved for the expansive Chinese market while the rest of the world will be served by the Snapdragon 810, Qualcomm’s latest (the 820 is not yet on any announced device and won’t be till next year), the same chip on the One M9. Leaked on Weibo, the ever reliable source of leaks from the East that also doubles up as a social network there, the device will only differ with the One M9 in size and the shape of the camera module at the back. While the M9’s is a square with rounded corners, this one will be just round.
The device is expected to maintain the fingerprint scanner that the One Max had though we’re not sure if it will have a home at the back now that there has been some redesign and that round camera module as well. It will also be HTC’s first 2K display device since a 5.2 inch QHD LCD panel is expected. As is 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage and a memory card slot. Just like the M9. 5.2 inch doesn’t sound like a One Max replacement though, does it? The Max had a 5.9 inch display. Probably the reason why the leaks refer to this as the One M9 Plus.