Though some expected the phablet variant of the HTC One to show up during IFA 2013 in Berlin, HTC Corp. (TPE:2498) is planning the release this fall. With each passing day, more specifications and photos show up ? especially on the Chinese Weibo network.

HTC One Max

Rumors suggest that this 5.9-inch smartphone should show up very soon, and while early info noted that the device is going to compete with the likes of Xperia Z Ultra and Note 3, that won?t happen ? at least not spec-wise. Twitter handle @evleaks said that the early rumors of the HTC One Max carrying the Snapdragon 800 inside were shown to be incorrect ? and that the unit should appear with the Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ8064) SoC, carrying four Krait 200 CPU cores at 1.7GHz and Adreno 320 GPU, paired with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of (microSD expandable) storage, and an UltraPixel camera.

HTC One Max vs Note 2 and Note 3

Info also suggests that the AnTuTu 4 score (26,417) of the unit is around the level of HTC One Max, which could also mean that at least some variants of the unit were running the Snapdragon 600 just like the current flagship HTC One. What chip the unit uses in the end will likely determine the final pricing ? but chances are it is not going to be the most powerful solution Qualcomm has (found in the Note 3 and Z Ultra).

HTC One Max Removable Cover

Despite the removable back cover of what could be a Chinese variant of the phone on photos, the 3300mAh battery remains sealed inside. Curious part that appears in all of the leaked photos is a dark square nested just below the camera unit. Some suggest that it is some sort of a fingerprint scanner, others say that it could be something entirely different.