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Remember the good old days when a company could build a new mobile device, launch into the market and still manage to catch consumers and technology fans unaware? Ah yes, memories. Those days are long gone as it seems that hype and speculation is generated almost months before any official launch, which is definitely true when talking about the HTC One Max device, slated for a release this year. After first making a textual appearance in a leaked network document in the United Kingdom, we can now reportedly put a face to the name due to a Taiwanese site posting images of the purported device.

We should all have enough experience with this sort of thing by now to appreciate that this speculation could be exactly that, but the images show that the revamped HTC flagship device could definitely command a lot of attention when it is formally introduced. As a company, HTC has been struggling of late in a competitive market place that has been dominated by the likes of Apple and Samsung, but the currently available One device has proved to be a big hit with consumers and critics alike. The Taiwan based company will be hoping that the One Max builds on that success.

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The leaked information and images suggest that the One Max handset will come complete with a whopping 5.9-inch display that offers full high-definition 1080p resolution and will clearly be the focal point of the whole device. It’s being reported that the device that is actually being shown could be intended for the Chinese market and therefore contains additions like dual SIM card apertures, something that wouldn’t see the light of day in an American or European release. It also features a number of subtle changes in terms of speaker grille positioning.

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It’ll be extremely interesting to see the official technical specification for this beauty when it is finally released by HTC. The upgrade to a 2.3GHz Snapdragon processor and larger battery will definitely make the One Max a more powerful device to carry around, but the fear is that HTC has approached this build from the mindset of physical appearance and form rather than packing in any great technical upgrades. HTC is widely expected to officially introduce us to the One Max at next month’s IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, so stay tuned folks.

(Source: ePrice [Google Translate])

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