The anticipated HTC One Max may launch on October 15, according to Phone Arena. The enthusiast site caught the date through a Chinese forum as the handset has reportedly been approved for network use by the China regulatory group that tests mobile device hardware.
HTC hasn’t officially introduced the phone but the mid-October timing sounds right if HTC wants to compete against Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3, which becomes available in early October. Unlike the Note 3, however, the HTC One Max isn’t expected to use a digital pen, nor the type of productivity software that benefits from a stylus.
Instead, the HTC One Max looks to be a large handset for those wanting both a phone and tablet experience in a single device. The handset will reportedly use a 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 chip with 2 GB of memory and unlike the current HTC phones, will have a microSD memory card slot. The 5.9-inch display will use a full HD touchscreen and the device battery will have 3300 mAh power capacity.
HTC needs a big hit now, perhaps more than ever. Sales of the HTC One haven’t boosted the company’s fortunes of late and HTC just sold back its stake in Beats Audio to recoup $265 million in funds. Getting the One Max on the market sooner rather than later could help blunt any momentum Samsung builds with its Galaxy Note 3.