HTC One max launches on Verizon, attacking the high-end

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One of the hottest jumbo-sized cell phones on the market has come to Verizon: The HTC One max, an oversized "phablet" handset, launches today on the network at a price of $299.99 with a new two-year contract.

A variety of purchase plans are available on Verizon for the new handset. If you don't want to pay anything up front, the Verizon EDGE plan is available for the One max at a price of $25.22 per month. It also requires a two-year commitment but also gives you access to free upgrades every year. Alternatively, you can pay $599.99 up front for the phone with no contract required (and instead pay for service on a month to month basis).

Sprint added the HTC One max to its lineup last week at a reported price of $249.99, $50 cheaper than Verizon. (The phone is currently unavailable to purchase from Sprint but the phone is available for "pre-registration.") This has Android fanatics abuzz about which network's version of the phone to go with.

From a spec and feature standpoint, the two handsets are identical. The phone features a mammoth 5.9-inch display with full 1080p HD resolution, covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor with 1.7GHz quad-core CPUs and offers 2GB of RAM and 32GB of total storage. A microSD card expansion slot lets you add additional storage of up to 64GB when you add your own card.

As usual, two cameras are included, including a rear-facing HTC UltraPixel Camera that also comes with a flash that can fire at five levels of brightness, automatically determined based on the ambient lighting conditions. (HTC doesn't reveal the megapixel count of its UltraPixel lenses, but they are said to be the equivalent of an 8- to 13-megapixel sensor.) The front camera is a simpler model with 2.1 megapixels of resolution which can shoot 1080p HD video. Other features include smile detection and an object removal option that lets you do a quick edit on your photos to delete unwanted items, without ever having to download pictures from the phone.

The 3300mAh battery promises up to 25.5 hours of talk time, and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is pre-installed (with HTC's Sense 5.5 skin loaded on top of it).

Which version of the HTC One max is right for you? Ultimately the choice will likely come down to network coverage in your neck of the woods... and whether you want to save that $50.

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