HTC One Max Revealed With Six-Inch Screen
Smartphone maker HTC is entering the phablet market by launching a supersized version of its award-winning HTC One handset.
Photos of the device have been leaked in recent weeks, but now the struggling Taiwanese company has confirmed its existence with a listing on its website.
The HTC One Max comes with a 5.9-inch screen and shares the same much-praised metallic design as its 4.7-inch stablemate.
A fingerprint sensor to unlock the phone is a new addition to the Max model.
The feature recently debuted on Apple's iPhone 5S, but HTC has positioned it on the back of the phone instead of the front.
The Max also has expandable memory - a glaring omission on previous HTC devices - and includes space for a 64 gigabyte SD card.
It also comes with a more powerful 3300mAh battery and runs the same 1.7GHz Snapdragon processor as the original HTC One.
The size of the device pitches it against the likes of Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 and the upcoming Sony Xperia Z Ultra in the growing phablet category - the sector between a smartphone and a full-sized tablet.
The original HTC One scooped phone of the year and gadget of the year at the recent T3 Awards, and also won a best smartphone gong from tech site Pocketlint.
However, the critical success of the phone has not translated to stellar sales and the company's downward spiral continues.
Once a significant force in the Android smartphone market, HTC recently reported its first ever quarterly net loss of $101m (£63m) - with sales down a third from a year earlier.
Rivals such as Samsung and Apple, with their massive marketing budgets, have gobbled up an increasing amount of the smartphone market in recent years.
The company is now valued at about $3.7bn (£2.3bn), according to Bloomberg, compared with $37bn (£23bn) at its peak.
The official unveiling of the HTC One Max is expected in the coming days.