WSJ: HTC One Max to feature fingerprint scanner, launches next week

HTC’s long-awaited HTC One Max will reportedly launch next week and feature a fingerprint scanner similar to the one found on the latest iPhone.

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, the Taiwanese company is getting ready to launch its newest handset. The HTC One Max has been rumoured for a long while now and evidence of its existence has occasionally leaked online. The Max is an upgraded version of the HTC One and features a larger 5.9-inch screen and various other improvements.

The Wall Street Journal report doesn’t go into any detail of how this fingerprint scanner will work; it might be used in a similar fashion to the one found on the iPhone 5s, but due to Android’s more open nature we are likely to see a larger number of use cases.

One interesting tidbit of info comes from a leaked image that shows the scanner is placed on the back of the device, which would point to a different way of using the device than what most people are expecting.

In either case we’re likely to see the HTC One Max be unveiled next week, whether it’s on the 15th or the 18th of this month.

Source: The Wall Street Journal via: TechCrunchImage via Sina Weibo

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It's in the same configuration as the Atrix, which I used to have (SIII now...). The Atrix scanner worked surprisingly well, and the way you held the phone, it made good sense to have the scanner in the back. I could power the phone on (log in) with one hand, which is not possible with the iPhone configuration, which requires you hold the phone with one hand while scanning the fingerprint on the other hand.

So wouldn't it be backwards to put it on the back of the device rather than incorporate it into a button that's used most of the time.

stevan said,
So wouldn't it be backwards to put it on the back of the device rather than incorporate it into a button that's used most of the time.

They may not have been able to incorporate the sensor into a button like Apple did in this amount of time.

NeoTrunks said,

They may not have been able to incorporate the sensor into a button like Apple did in this amount of time.

That's too bad. In the state that HTC is in, I thought they would worry about quality more than releasing phones quickly.

pookie62 said,
It's in the same configuration as the Atrix, which I used to have (SIII now...). The Atrix scanner worked surprisingly well, and the way you held the phone, it made good sense to have the scanner in the back. I could power the phone on (log in) with one hand, which is not possible with the iPhone configuration, which requires you hold the phone with one hand while scanning the fingerprint on the other hand.

Not possible on the iPhone? Wrong. I do it all the time. Next..

Thanks for the comment @neuroticdave. Indeed some people do but most hold the phone on one had and use the finger from the other. Appreciate the clarification though!

new finger print scanner from an android device? REVOLUTIONARY! MAGICAL!, see some android fans already lining up to replace their 4 month old phone.


(do you see how stupid it looks apple haters? this is what you sound like everyday day)

Where's all the bitching and complaining about how terrible it is that they're copying a feature from somebody else? Oh wait, this isn't Apple we're talking about. Nvm...

Kushan said,
What, you mean like in the VERY FIRST COMMENT on this post?

Where? I see a sarcastic comment in the SECOND post, but it's nothing like all the bandwagon riders that invade every Apple topic.

It isn't really all that strange that people fall harder on companies that brag about innovation when they are later found to be following other companies features, is it?

It might be a stupid thing to do, but it's hardly surprising.

ichi said,
It isn't really all that strange that people fall harder on companies that brag about innovation when they are later found to be following other companies features, is it?

It might be a stupid thing to do, but it's hardly surprising.

When do they brag about innovation? That's a serious question too.
People make that claim all the time, but the truth is Apple hasn't said dumb things like that for years.

they are just kids who are trying to be cool with all the other cool kids, they will get older eventually and see you that you don't have to use a certain phone to be cool

Astra.Xtreme said,

Where? I see a sarcastic comment in the SECOND post, but it's nothing like all the bandwagon riders that invade every Apple topic.

Astra.Xtreme said,

When do they brag about innovation? That's a serious question too.
People make that claim all the time, but the truth is Apple hasn't said dumb things like that for years.

Replace "companies" with "fans of companies" if you must, it's a to-and-fro clash between fanboys anyway.

Yep, that sounds about right. It goes on in all the Microsoft, Google, Samsung, etc etc discussions, but the haters seem to be especially pathetic anywhere the word "Apple" is mentioned. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of things to diss Apple on, but the wrongful use of the word "innovation" is badly stale and cliche.

HTC one is perfect size! this one max is too large even for my long fingers, and too big for my pockets too.

thought if i had money to space, i would probably get it too, lol. I love my One.

Edited by Earthworm_Jim, Oct 8 2013, 12:11pm :

markjensen said,
Not sure if trolling,
Or unfamiliar with technology.

http://reviews.cnet.com/motorola-atrix-review/

that's irrelevant. They are obviously reacting to iPhone scanner. It's being known that they decided to add it after apple was known to add it to the latest model.

Old and unsuccessful Motorola phone did nothing for thus tech, while 5s made it popular

or are You trolling ?

panacea said,

that's irrelevant. They are obviously reacting to iPhone scanner. It's being known that they decided to add it after apple was known to add it to the latest model.

Old and unsuccessful Motorola phone did nothing for thus tech, while 5s made it popular

or are You trolling ?

You are right, panacea!

That idea didn't exist, so the original poster was correct in wondering where the idea source was from.

All hail Apple.

P.S. The kool-aid really *is* delicious!

To suggest that HTC idea was not directly influenced by mass introduction of successful scanners to public done by iPhone 5s and that this old Motorola that was unpopular has anything to do with it is just naive

panacea said,

that's irrelevant. They are obviously reacting to iPhone scanner. It's being known that they decided to add it after apple was known to add it to the latest model.

Old and unsuccessful Motorola phone did nothing for thus tech, while 5s made it popular

or are You trolling ?

You are both right. It matter of difference between a paradigm shifter and a paradigm pioneer.

morden said,

really, that crap android phone that wasn't even any success? there were fingerprint scanners in handhelds before that... but make no mistake, this is just a reaction for the iphone 5s

That sure explains why the scanner is in the back of the phone, much like the Atrix and much unlike the iPhone. Only that it doesn't.

Also I'm sure HTC was waiting for Apple's announcement in order to quickly design a brand new phone in less than a month. Makes sense.

ichi said,

That sure explains why the scanner is in the back of the phone, much like the Atrix and much unlike the iPhone. Only that it doesn't.

Also I'm sure HTC was waiting for Apple's announcement in order to quickly design a brand new phone in less than a month. Makes sense.

Fingerprint scanner in the iphone was known about long before the device was released.

Kushan said,
The One MAX has been rumoured to have a fingerprint scanner for MONTHS now:
http://www.techradar.com/news/...ingerprint-scanner--1174184

I think some of you are woefully ignorant on how long it takes to design and launch a phone.

FFS

this is a quote from the article you posted!!!

"For one, Apple is heavily reported to include a fingerprint scanner in the upcoming iPhone 5S. HTC may have caught wind of the development (or vice versa) and decided the Max could do with one, too"

come on now, why you even bother to argue when it is obvious!

markjensen said,
You are right, panacea!

P.S. The kool-aid really *is* delicious!

Stop drinking the Google or Microsoft Kool-Aid. Your delirious and rambling!

panacea said,

FFS

this is a quote from the article you posted!!!

"For one, Apple is heavily reported to include a fingerprint scanner in the upcoming iPhone 5S. HTC may have caught wind of the development (or vice versa) and decided the Max could do with one, too"

come on now, why you even bother to argue when it is obvious!

Companies don't build devices based on rumour and conjecture. Plus, as many other people have pointed out, the iPhone was by no means even close to being the first phone with a fingerprint scanner. Why exactly would HTC go all out to copy a largely insignificant feature from the iPhone, but slap it on a phablet device that targets a very different market? It doesn't make any sense, especially as the rumoured update to the HTC One does NOT have a fingerprint scanner either.

morden said,
really, that crap android phone that wasn't even any success? there were fingerprint scanners in handhelds before that... but make no mistake, this is just a reaction for the iphone 5s

My brother has that phone and he thinks it's brilliant. It certainly wasn't "crap".

One interesting tidbit of info comes from a leaked image that shows the scanner is placed on the back of the device, which would point to a different way of using the device than what most people are expecting.

Actually, it's been long known that the fingerprint scanner would be on the back. Other Android devices have also had a fingerprint scanner on the back, so it's not unexpected.