On Monday HTC announced that it will be supersizing its popular HTC One flagship handset, with the HTC One max. Taking a page out of Apple’s playbook, the upcoming Android smartphone will feature a fingerprint scanner along with a number of HTC staples such as HTC BlinkFeed, HTC Zoe, HTC BoomSound, and a new HTC Sense 5.5.
The phablet will house a 5.9-inch full HD 1080p display. The device will also be powered by a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of storage with mircoSD compatibility, and a 3,300 mAh battery.
The phone will come equipped with a fingerprint scanner, an HTC UltraPixel rear-facing camera, and a 2.1MP front-facing camera. The HTC One max will also run on Android 4.3 with HTC Sense 5.5.
The two most notable changes — besides the larger display — will come from the new fingerprint scanner and HTC’s upgraded Sense UI. The scanner will be positioned on the rear of the device and will allow users to lock and unlock the handset, and launch up to three applications by assigning each application to specific finger.
HTC Sense 5.5 will also offer a number of changes including a refreshed BlinkFeed home screen, which can be toggled on or off and also offers Google Plus and Instagram support along with new RSS integration. Other changes to the UI include a new GIF animation maker and a few new modes for HTC Zoe.
A specific price or release date for the HTC Max has not yet been announced, although the company did note that it will roll out the handset to retailers starting sometime starting in mid-October. Sprint was the first U.S. carrier to commit to offering this phablet, although it only said it will do so “later this year”.