New pictures of the HTC One Max have leaked, giving potential users one of their first up close glimpses of what looks like a rear-mounted finger print reader on the device’s rear.
Pictures of the rumored device surfaced on Chinese social networking website Weibo according to NewCellPhonesBlog. They depict a device that includes many of the design sensibilities of HTC’s current Android flagship, the HTC One. Going by the codename “HTC 8088”, a screenshot of the device’s about screen also details compatibility with the LTE networks that most carriers in the United States use, and support for the GSM wireless technology that powers AT&T and T-Mobile.
Of the five pictures, it’s a photo of the device’s rear that’ll likely attract the most attention from users who would like a larger version of the HTC One. If these pictures are correct, HTC could be preparing to add two new hardware features to its device lineup, a fingerprint reader and wireless charging. In the pictures, a rather large square sits just below the device’s rear-facing camera and flash. That position leaves it exactly where a user might be able to quickly reach it with one finger when picking up the device.
It seems that wireless charging is on tap for the HTC One Max as well. In the same picture, three small dots sit near the bottom of the device. These dots match the ports that allow smartphones like the Nokia Lumia 925 to use wireless charging pads with an external snap on case. As the HTC One Max’s rear is likely aluminum, the device would need to have a wireless charging cover to work correctly with a wireless charger.
These features join an already impressive list of potential features coming to the HTC One Max. In addition to its rumored 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, and MicroSD card slot, the device also features a spacious 5.9-inch 1080p display. It’s possible that the device also has a heavily updated version of HTC’s Sense 5 interface.
Rumors have pegged the device for a lunch sometime in the fourth quarter of the year, indicating a launch day that could fall anywhere between the first day of October and the last day of December.
If the HTC One Max does feature a fingerprint reader, it won’t be the first to do so. Apple’s iPhone 5s has a fingerprint reader built into its home button. That device launches on September 20th.