HTC One Max with Fingerprint Scanner is Finally Official

We've been talking about the HTC One Max for so long, you'd be forgiven for thinking the device was already announced. However, until today, HTC had yet to make anything official.

Today, the company finally unveiled the HTC One Max for real. The device packs a huge 5.9-inch 1920 x 1080 super LCD 3 display, making it more of a phablet than a phone, and the same aluminum chassis that we've seen in HTC's other 'One' handsets.

Under the hood, you're looking at the same Snapdragon 600 CPU we saw in the HTC One, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, a large 3,300 mAh battery, a 4-megapixel Ultrapixel camera (same as the HTC One), Android 4.3, and HTC's own Sense 5.5. It should be noted that while the back cover is removable (to allow for storage expansion), the battery itself doesn't come out so that 3,300 mAh battery is not designed to be user replaceable. Most importantly, HTC is following in Apple's footsteps with the addition of a fingerprint scanner for unlocking the device to your favorite application.

The phone is set for availability 'this holiday season' from Verizon and Sprint but HTC wasn't any more specific than that when it came to a release date nor did the company provide any indication as to pricing for the One Max, so we'll have to wait for information from the carriers. Our friends at LAPTOP have already gone hands on with the HTC One Max. Check out the video below and be sure to click through for first impressions.

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