Stop the presses, hold on to your hats and make sure you’re seated! There’s a new rumor going around about what seemed to be one of the most exciting Android devices to be released this fall and that changes everything.
Remember the HTC One Max? You know, the biggest star to miss an IFA unveiling two weeks back. Well, apparently, not only is HTC’s phablet entering the holiday season race late, but it might do so with a major technical disadvantage compared with beasts such as Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3.
While the GNote 3, as well as pretty much every other high-ender around or due out soon, packs a spanking new fast and furious Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip, the One Max may downsize in the processing speed department and instead go for a dusty old S4 Pro unit.
The S4 Pro will itself rock four cores, but each of these will be clocked at a modest 1.7 GHz (vs. Note 3’s 2.3 GHz cores). To add insult to injury, the accompanying GPU will be an Adreno 320, which is one or two steps behind S800’s Adreno 330 graphics processing unit in terms of raw performance.
Sounds bad, I know, but keep in mind this is an unconfirmed story. Plus, the One Max will still have a few things going for it even if the report proves trustworthy. Like a fingerprint scanner. And massive 6.1-inch display with Full HD resolution. And 3,200 mAh battery.