HTC One Max

5.9-inch screen, Snapdragon 600, HTC Sense 5.5, fingerprint scanner

HTC has just officially announced the One Max, its latest Android smartphone with a whopping 5.9-inch 1080p display. Styled similarly to the rest of its One series with an aluminum chassis, the One Max runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and the new Sense 5.5 UI, and debuts as HTC's largest smartphone to date.

On the inside, the Max is powered by a 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor with 2GB of RAM. Around the back is HTC's familiar UltraPixel camera, along with a new fingerprint scanner, which can be used for security or mapped to quick-start certain apps. Internal storage comes in 16 and 32 gigabyte helpings, and there's also a microSD slot behind the removable back panel, along with a non-removable 3300mAh battery. HTC will also offer a special flip cover with a built-in 1200mAh battery to augment the Max's battery life — the case connects to the phone through pogo pins on the back cover.

HTC's BoomSound front-facing speakers have made it across too, though following the end of the HTC/Beats partnership, the Max doesn't feature Beats Audio software enhancements.

HTC's Sense 5.5 software adds new features to BlinkFeed, including full Google+ support, RSS integration and searching — as well as the ability to turn off BlinkFeed if you want. The Gallery app has been expanded with more control over video highlights, as well as a new side-scrolling layout.

The HTC One Max is due to launch first in the UK later this week, followed by a wider international launch. In the U.S. it'll launch on Verizon and Sprint for the holidays.

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