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The One Max was HTC’s entrance into the big boys’ league.
After LG, Sony and Samsung delivered a 5.5+ inch screen device, it was HTC’s turn to produce a bigger handset. And the company delivered the One Max, which is extension of the HTC One. Now, Samsung has delivered two new devices in the phablet category, one of them being the Galaxy Note Edge. We break down the specs and the features battle.
Design and Display
When you produce a phablet, you do not like to additionally increase the size of the devices. This mantra does not work well with HTC, as the One Max feels like a bulky and heavy handset. While the company has managed to fit two speakers on the front of the device, the result is not satisfying, considering the design of the device. Additionally, the company has ditched the aluminum block in the One and replaced it with plastic band that connects the front and the back of the device (the back being of aluminium).
The Note Edge, on the other hand, is a beautifully crafted handset, with some extra features in the design. The signature of the Edge is the curved right side of the device, which extends to the back and provides users with a panel for quick access to applications. The display of the Edge is a true delight being a Quad HD 5.6 inch screen display. With resolution of 1440×2560, the Edge delivers one of the sharpest displays on the market, with density set at 524ppi. The 5.9 inch screen display of the HTC One Max delivers resolution of 1080x1920pixels, which translates to 373ppi. We mentioned that the One Max feels bulky, and dimensions prove that. The measurements are as follows: HTC One Max – 164×82.5×10.3 weight: 217 grams; Samsung Galaxy Note Edge – 151x82x8.3 weight: 174 grams. Color options for the One Max are silver, black and gold, while for the Note Edge, the users can choose between Charcoal Black and Frost White.
Hardware and Operating System
The Note Edge features one of the most powerful chipsets on the market at the moment. The processor is a Snapdragon 805 quad core, with maximum speed set at 2.7GHz. Other specs include 3GB of RAM memory, 32/64GB onboard storage and the option to add 128GB of memory space through a microSD card. Compared to the specs of the One Max, the Note Edge is superior. HTC’s device is powered by Snapdragon 600 quad core processor, clocked at 1.7GHz and with 2GB of RAM. The device is shipped with either 16 or 32GB of memory space. Additionally, users can add 64GB with microSD card. The device also comes with Google Drive preinstalled, with 50GB of memory space available for the user. The downside of the One Max is that it still uses the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, while new devices such as the Note Edge operate on the Android 4.4 version.
While HTC claims the camera used in the One Max, which is a 4-MP Ultrapixel sensor should provide better results than the conventional camera, the results do not show that. On the contrary, users continue to complain about the quality of the camera, which is in the range of medium priced devices, and does not deliver the quality of premium handsets. For those who want premium camera, the Edge delivers 16-MP sensor on the back, and 3.7-MP shooter on the front of the device.
The capacity of the battery in the One Max is set at 3300 mAh. The battery delivers 25 hours of talktime and 585 hours of standby mode. There haven’t been tests yet about the quality of the battery found in the Note Edge. However, we know that the inside contains a 3000 mAh Li-Po battery.
This is the main selling point of the One Max. The device delivers decent phablet performances, for a price of just $500 for a SIM free version. The price of the Note Edge, on the other hand, is set at $800.