The much-discussed HTC One Max failed to show up at IFA earlier this month (not that HTC promised anything to the contrary – officially or otherwise), but we’re hearing that the phablet might be unveiled in just a few weeks.
The HTC One Max launch date is tipped for October 15, with the release date falling later that month.
It’s Pocket-lint leading with the headline: “HTC One Max release date: 15 October”, but clarifying in paragraph 2: “the new device will be launched on that date, but won't be available to buy until later in the month.” Nice abuse of SEO there.
As for HTC One Max specs, we’re told to expect a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor (not the top-of-the-range Snapdragon 800, oddly), a microSD slot (that one might be region specific), and a 5.9in 1080p display.
We’ve also seen pictures of a rear panel on the HTC One Max, thought to be an iPhone 5S-style fingerprint scanner.
On the software side of things, you can supposedly look forward to Jelly Bean Android 4.3, Sense 5.5, Zoe and BlinkFeed, while those familiar front-firing BoomSound speakers will also make an appearance.
With HTC and Beats recently agreeing to go their separate ways, it’s not clear if the HTC One Max will come with a Beats Audio logo on the back. I doubt anyone cares much, either way.
October is shaping up to be a busy one. We’ve got the Google Nexus 5 and Kit Kat Android 4.4 launch on October 14, the HTC One Max launch on October 15, the Nokia Lumia 1520 launch on October 22, and the iPad 5 and ipad mini 2 launch on October 25. Er, probably.