Biometric technology is currently a hot topic in the smartphone industry. This is largely thanks to Apple, which loaded a custom Touch ID fingerprint scanner into its latest flagship smartphone, the iPhone 5S.
As a consequence it's no surprise that a few weeks on, HTC has bundled its latest big-screen smartphone, the One Max, with a fingerprint scanner. However, it's important to note that the Max's scanner is purely capacitive, meaning it is nowhere near as advanced as the iPhone 5S's Touch ID sensor, which authenticates its user's identity by reading the sub-epidermal skin layers. The Max capacitive scanner by comparison only reads the physical grooves of the skin and is thus far less accurate and secure.
Apart from this, the One Max is close to identical to HTC's original One smartphone. The Max runs using the same 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor and features the same 2GB of RAM and 4MP UltraPixel rear camera. The only notable changes are the addition of a larger 5.9in display, 3,300mAh battery, upgraded Sense 5.5 and Android 4.3 software, and a removable backplate, which when detached grants access to the Max's micro SD card slot.
For a more in-depth look at the HTC One Max check out V3's full video review.