In case you haven’t heard of it, the HTC One Max is believed to be the third in HTC’s range of One branded smartphones, which started back in February with the HTC One itself. It has subsequently been joined by the HTC One mini, and if the rumours are correct, the HTC One Max will come later this year.
It has been rumoured several times over the past months, and is expected to challenge the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, as it could have a screen measuring anywhere up to 5.9-inches. Previous talk has also surrounded a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor powering the beast, and another of HTC’s UltraPixel cameras fitted to the rear.
However, Chinese mobile site ePrice has published a leaked image showing the UltraPixel camera may not be the only thing on the One Max’s rear panel, as there is also an intriguing black square beneath the camera lens. What is it? It could be a fingerprint sensor, potentially used for unlocking the phone securely, and for other high security tasks, such as confirming NFC payments.
Phones with fingerprint sensors are relatively new, although there have been a few examples in the past, and Apple is one company who may also be taking an interest in the tech, following the acquisition of a company dedicated to such sensors.
Will HTC beat them to it with the One Max? There’s a chance it’ll be arriving before the end of the year, but at the moment there’s no way to authenticate the picture, or know exactly what that mysterious black panel really does.