Smartphones are getting bigger, there’s no denying that, and with the popularity of the Galaxy Note line from Samsung, it’s no surprise that everyone is looking to capitalize and make their own larger than life smartphone. LG have already launched their own competitor, the Optimus G Pro, coming in at 5.5-inches and Sony have introduced a smartphone that’s in its very own league, the Xperia Z Ultra. Some people will always think these smartphones are too large, while others can think of nothing better than a device with a large display and fantastic battery life. With the Galaxy Note III pegged for a launch in the Fall, it looks like HTC might be gearing up to sell their own massive smartphone.
We’ve heard rumors of the HTC One Mini and One Max, and now MobileGeeks.de seem to think that the Max variant is going to be released in the Fall, with the Mini coming this summer. If the One Max is coming in September, then it’d obviously clash with the latest Galaxy Note and maybe give Samsung something to think about. With a rumored display size of 6-inches and a resolution of 1080p, the One Max could have what it takes to compete with the Note III. As for the CPU powering the giant phone, it’s said to be the same Snapdragon 800 in the Xperia Z Ultra clocked at 2.3 Ghz.
We’d hope that HTC had more to bring to the table than just size though, as the Galaxy Note didn’t become as popular as it is today on size alone. With the S-Pen, Samsung proved that bigger can really be better. Couple that with amazing speed and brilliant battery life and the Galaxy Note line has become a serious success story for Samsung. HTC will have to have something to offer other than a large display if they hope to take on Samsung at their own game.
We’ve seen them use true pen input before with the ill-fated Flyer tablet, and bringing the same technology to the One Max might work well for them. What do you think? Can HTC compete with Samsung and the Galaxy Note line?