It looks like the UK is going to get the phone ahead of the United States.
HTC yesterday morning announced the HTC One Max, which is scheduled for availability on Verizon and Sprint in the United States this coming holiday season. As far as the UK market is concerned, if you want the phone right away, you'll have to be willing to go to Vodafone to get it. The carrier today confirmed it will have the launch exclusive on the HTC One Max for the first few weeks of availability.
The HTC One Max packs a huge 5.9-inch 1080 x 1920 super LCD display, making it more of a phablet than a phone, and the same chassis we've seen in HTC's other 'One' handsets. Under the pod, you're looking at the same Snapdragon 600 CPU that we saw in the HTC One: 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, a large 3,300 mAh battery, a 4-megapixel UltraPixel camera (again, the same as the HTC One), 4G LTE support, Android 4.3, and HTC's own Sense 5.5. It should be noted that while the back is removable (to allow for storage expansion), the battery itself doesn't come out, so that 3,300 mAh battery is not designed to be user replaceable.
Vodafone will be getting the HTC One Max later this week. It will be available for £49 up front on a two-year contract at £47 per month. This pricing puts the phone in direct competition with Samsung's phablet, the Galaxy Note 3. Our friends at LAPTOP have already gone hands on with the HTC One Max. Check out the video below and be sure to click through for first impressions!