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HTC targets Galaxy Note 3 with rumored 6-inch One Max

HTC targets Galaxy Note 3 with rumored 6-inch One Max

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Samsung's highly successful Galaxy Note family has already spawned a number of competitors — from LG's ill-fated Optimus Vu to Sony's upcoming Xperia Z Ultra — and now HTC looks to be joining the fray with a 6-inch, 1080p device dubbed the One Max. Citing sources familiar with HTC's plans, Mobile Geeks reports that the One Max should be expected in September, though its spec sheet will be materially different from the One we know today. A 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 chip is expected to lie at the heart of the One Max, allied to 2GB of RAM, up to 64GB of storage, and a 3200mAh battery.

Preparing for Samsung's next Note

The September release window pits the One Max directly against the expected launch for the Galaxy Note 3, which, if Samsung holds to its tradition of introducing a new Note at IFA every year, should be announced at the beginning of the month. While there's no information on whether and how the HTC One Max might support handwriting input, that feature has been one of the key attractions of Samsung's Note devices and is a major feature on Sony's Xperia Z Ultra. It'd be logical to anticipate, then, that HTC will similarly seek to provide widespread stylus support — something it hasn't done since the 7-inch Flyer tablet introduced in 2011.

Another Android handset on HTC's roadmap, the long-rumored One mini, has also been detailed. Mobile Geeks reiterates the expected specs of a dual-core 1.4GHz processor, 720p 4.3-inch display, and 16GB of storage, while pointing to an announcement at some point over the next two weeks.