HTC reportedly has big plans, with a Mini smartphone slated for this month and a 6-inch full HD HTC Max to challenge the Galaxy Note 3 in September.
The Taiwanese smartphone maker is gunning for Samsung's flagship smartphones in all sizes, determined not to let its rival dominate the Android smartphone market in 2013. The HTC One and Galaxy S4 are on level play ground and are both considered to be worthy of being the best smartphones released this year. HTC knows it has a hit on its hands and will be using the same recipe it used with the HTC One to take on Samsung in both the mini market and the phablet world.
A new report claims that HTC will be launching two new smartphones to take on Samsung's Galaxy S4 Mini and its upcoming Galaxy Note 3. Both smartphones will retain popular features found in the HTC One, such as its aluminum unibody case, UltraPixel camera, and front facing stereo speakers. The HTC One Mini will reportedly launch before the end of July and will include a 4.3-inch 1280 x 720 Super LCD display, run Android 4.2, pack a 1.6GHz dual-core processor (most likely Snapdragon 400), include 16GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM, a 4.3-UltraPixel rear camera, front facing stereo speakers with HTC BoomSound. The smaller version of the HTC One is expected to launch on AT&T and T-Mobile.
The HTC One Max, meanwhile, has the Galaxy Note 3 in sight and will launch as the company's first phablet, German site Mobile Geeks reports. The source claims the Max will launch in September and will feature a 6-inch full HD display (1080p), will be powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, include 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, 2GB of RAM, and a 3,200mAh battery. The timing of the September launch seems far from a coincidence; Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy Note 3 at the beginning of September and HTC apparently wants to crash its party and match up by launching the Max around the same time.
HTC has certainly regained its confidence through the success of the HTC One and is not about to let Samsung be the only major player in the Android smartphone and phablet world. With such devices rumored, the company will likely make an announcement soon.