According to news from Evleaks, the HTC One Max will not be the impressive powerhouse phablet first thought. Instead, it will be fitted with the 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, the last generation chip from Qualcomm.
This leak does need to be taken with a pinch of salt, evleaks has been wrong before when it comes to Android devices, but he has a good track-record when it comes to HTC leaks, getting the HTC One Mini and vivid blue HTC One leaks perfect.
The Snapdragon S4 Pro is not a low-end processor by any means, it is inside the Moto X and Nexus 4, two of the best devices on Android right now. It is just a little underwhelming compared to the Snapdragon 600 or 800.
There could be reasons for the HTC One Max having a Snapdragon S4 Pro chip instead of the latest and greatest, battery life and also compatibility with the fingerprint sensor HTC will apparently be adding to the phablet.
On top of that, HTC may be looking to save some money with the outdated processor. Packing a huge battery, large screen and metal back may have made the HTC One Max a pretty expensive smartphone, even though we expect it on a $299 contract in the US.