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Once scoffed at, large phones and small tablets with voice support are turning into a big market. Reports out of Taiwan indicate HTC is joining the game with the HTC One Max, a 6-inch version of its current flagship phone.

HTC One silver featured

Fall is shaping up to be a big season for large smartphones as HTC will reportedly debut a 6-inch version of its HTC One in September. Dubbed the HTC One Max, the Android handset could arrive at the same time as Samsung’s expected Galaxy Note 3 and several other near-tablet-sized phones from Sony and LG. In addition to the large displays, all of these are expected to use the same chip inside.

MobileGeeks found out about the HTC One Max through its sources; the site’s owner, Sascha Pallenberg, is based in Taiwan where many of today’s smartphones and their parts are designed or built. Pallenberg says the HTC One Max will have a 6-inch 1080p Super LCD 3 display, 2 GB of memory, either 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage and a 3200 mAh battery. A 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 chip will power the Max.

Does that chip sound familiar? It should. It will also be inside the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, a 6.4 inch tablet/phone and in LG’s Optimus G2, which is expected to debut on Aug. 7. Samsung builds its own chips but has often used Qualcomm’s silicon for devices with LTE support, so it there’s a 50-50 chance the Snapdragon 800 will be in the Galaxy Note 3.

Regardless of what’s inside, the outsides of all these devices are large. HTC has stayed out of the “phablet” market that Samsung started with the original Galaxy Note, but it appears ready to test the waters. If the device is as good as the currently available HTC One handset, the One Max could be a contender.

  1. Hell yeah it will be! Especially with the stereo front facing speakers. will be a no brainer to any consumer. HTC FTW!!!

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  2. Kevin are you going to delay your one purchase and wait to see if the max can replace both phone and tablet?

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    1. I don’t plan to wait, Paul. Since getting the Chromebook Pixel I use a tablet less for some reason.

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  3. Heck ya. Go HTC. I am starting to look at htc a little closer. Evo and evo 3d sucked as far as battery life. I sure hope the one max is a whole lot better.

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