HTC One Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Android Phablet head to head


Samsung had the monopoly of the phablet segment until now with Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2 terminals, but now HTC has even jumped into this segment with its HTC One Max. So, it seems that phablet market will be very competitive this year with entries from other giants also – LG, BlackBerry and Sony. HTC and Samsung will go head to head with their Android phablets – HTC One Max and Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It will be an intense competition between them to grab the title of “Star” in the phablet market. Here, let’s see the detailed info about HTC One Max and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with key features, price tag, comparison table, etc., so that you can decide which one is best suitable for you in terms of your required features and budget.

HTC One Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Comparison of Specs

There have been many leaked photos of HTC One Max so far, and a recent photograph from the Chinese social network Sina Weibo (via The Verge) shows the phablet with Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Note 3, which clearly indicates that the HTC phablet is larger than both Samsung devices. HTC One Max, also known as the T6, seems both taller and thicker compared to Samsung’s latest tablet-phone hybrid offering. The One Max will have a 5.9-inch 1920 x 1080 screen, while Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and 3 have 5.5 inches and 5.7 inches respectively.


The HTC One Max is already subject to the familiar AnTuTu benchmark, which scores 26417 points. Moreover, it shows from benchmark results that it’s running the same Snapdragon 600 (a less powerful chip than the 800) as the HTC One. You will be glad to know that for the first time HTC One Max will support data transmission from other brands as well. The device has a removable back cover and boasts 4G connectivity.


Both HTC One Max and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will feature 5+ inch display, and comes with 5.9-inch Super LCD display and 5.7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display respectively. This HTC phablet is bigger than the Samsung phablet, however both devices boast big screens and the additional power and functionality of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 provide it an edge in the specs war against HTC. When talking about pixels resolution, both phablets have 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution in order to stay competitive. The Super AMOLED and Super LCD technologies have pros and cons. Both displays have unrivalled contrast and brightness and nearly 180 degree viewing angles. When it comes to reproducing black the LDC displays are not much precise; on the other hand, the Super AMOLED units are performing badly under direct sun light. Consequently, this round of both phablets remains unclear.


The huge difference among these two upcoming devices will be in their build – HTC One Max has introduced a new full aluminum build while Galaxy series is all made out of plastic. It seems that both phablets will grab the design language introduced by the flagships launched ahead of them. Just like the HTC One, HTC One Max will be looking better of the two. The HTC phablet is the most gorgeous smartphone that ever saw the light of day as it is made of aluminum and screaming premium. Moreover, the HTC’s camera blends flawlessly with the back of the smartphone and a thick smartphone can appear very thin due to its curved design – really it’s a masterpiece. On the other hand, it is expected that the Note 3 will look a lot like the Galaxy S4, featuring a plastic case with a removable back lid with a shiny bezel around the edges, appear to be aluminum but made of plastic. Hence, we can say that the HTC One Max is obviously winner in terms of design.


This factor is an important one as many people like to store music collection on their smartphones, whereas some like to capture numerous photos and videos or install several apps from Google Play Store. For this purpose, one will require sufficient internal storage capacity. Both phablets feature the same internal storage options. The HTC One Maxx is estimated to have either 32 or 64 GB of flash storage, whereas the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 comes with 16/32/64 GB of storage, expandable via microSD cards of up to 64 GB. This HTC phablet will sport 2 GB of RAM, while latest Samsung phablet will be among the first to pack 3 GB of RAM, along with LG’s Optimus G2. Thus, we can say that Samsung phablet is ahead of HTC device in Memory aspect since it has more storage capacity and a bigger amount of RAM.


Both phablets have some specific features in terms of camera. The HTC One Max will have a 4 megapixel sensor with UltraPixel technology, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will feature a 13 megapixel sensor. Both phablets will come with simultaneous HD video and image recording, face and smile detection, geo-tagging, and more.


As both phablets have almost the same connectivity options, there is a tie here. The HTC One Max and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 comes packed with Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, LE, and more.


There is no official announcement about the price either from one of the two manufacturers so far. However, both of the devices are expected to be available at the price tag of $299 on a two year contract, which was the original price for all of the preceding Galaxy Note phones. It seems that HTC One Max will be priced at least $50 higher than the current HTC One, as it will be the first phablet coming from HTC’s offices. As well, both of these devices’ cost is expected to be drastically more in comparison with their smaller brothers because all of the new features and hardware being included in them.


There is a tie in some features of both phablets like connectivity, while HTC One Max is better in terms of design and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is better in terms of higher storage capacity and amount of RAM, camera sensor, and Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz Nature UX interface. Furthermore, note that some of the features are just expected ones and some are not released like weight and dimension of HTC phablet, so we cannot compare both devices wholly now. The result may change when the two devices will be launched officially.

HTC One Max and Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Spec by spec comparison

HTC One Max Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Type Capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.9 inches (~373 ppi pixel density) 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.7 inches (~386 ppi pixel density)
Announced Exp. announcement 2013, October 2013, September
Status Rumored. Exp. release 2013, Q4 Coming soon. Exp. release 2013, September
Weight 168 g (5.93 oz)
Dimensions 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm (5.95 x 3.12 x 0.33 in)
Card slot No microSD, up to 64 GB
Internal 32/64 GB, 2 GB RAM 32/64 GB storage, 3 GB RAM
3200 battery Li-Ion 3200 mAh battery
Primary 4 MP, 2688 x 1520 pixels, autofocus, LED flash 13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features 1/3” sensor size, 2µm pixel size, simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, optical image stabilization Dual Shot, simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, panorama, HDR
Video Yes, [email protected], [email protected], HDR, stereo sound rec., video stabilization Yes, [email protected], [email protected] (LTE model)/ 1080p (3G model)
Secondary Yes, 2.1 MP, [email protected], HDR Yes, 2 MP, [email protected]
Speed HSPA+; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0 with A2DP Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, LE, EDR
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL) Yes, microUSB v3.0 (MHL 2), USB Host
OS Android OS, v4.3 (Jelly Bean) Android OS, v4.3 (Jelly Bean)
Chipset Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon 600 Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
CPU Quad-core 1.7 GHz Krait 300 Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 (LTE model)/ Quad-core 1.9 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 (3G model)
GPU Adreno 320 Adreno 330 (LTE model)
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, temperature, humidity, gesture
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
Colors Silver Black, White, Pink