A fairly newish tradition in the world of Android is for each manufacturer to churn out an even larger phone than his or her flagship; a "phablet" – a concept popularised by Samsung and the Galaxy Note back in 2011. LG is threatening to launch a G3 Stylus at some point (though somewhat confusingly it may be only a budget phone), while HTC is tipped to follow up last year’s One Max with a One M8 Max/M8 Prime.
Here we’re told the Taiwanese manufacturer is currently trying to gauge if there’s a market for such a device.
It’s probably fair to say that 2013’s HTC One Max didn’t have a huge impact on the smartphone/phablet world. Even the launch was a fairly low-key affair.
Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor and 2GB of RAM, it was immediately less appealing than the stylus-rockin' Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with its Snapdragon 800 CPU and multitasking-friendly 3GB of RAM.
Throw in a cursory rear fingerprint scanner and a design that arguably recalled the HTC One mini more so than the full-size One, and, well, y’know.
This year, however, it could be a significantly different story, with the chap at TK Tech News already getting rather excited. He says the HTC One M8 Max (not Prime) won’t scrimp on design or specs, and should arrive with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor – that’s “according to sources”.
But before we go getting too excited, our man reckons the HTC One M8 Max pictured above is merely a test device, and hasn’t yet gone through any regulatory approval.
Still, chances are it’ll happen in some capacity, even if it arrives in fairly low volumes. An HTC One M8 Max with top-of-the-range specs; who wants one?