HTC announced HTC MAX 4G - a WiMAX-enabled high-end device that's exclusive for Yota WiMAX network in Russia. The handset is an HTC Touch HD replica with its 3G stripped and added WiMAX support. But there are several more new goodies on board.
We already reported the HTC MAX 4G, codenamed HTC T8290, when it was first sighted, but we knew few details back then.
HTC MAX 4G
HTC MAX 4G is based on the HTC Touch HD. The MAX 4G is not a multimedia monster as the Touch HD, but is still impressive. You can see both of them compared.
The main disadvantage of the new HTC MAX 4G is the lack of 3G support, which however won't be an issue for its Russian owners, as there is still no active 3G network in Russia.
Instead, they get the Mobile WiMAX. WiMax is like Wi-Fi, only its coverage is much wider and can span across whole cities. However don't just confuse it with the upcoming 4G wireless data standard. We are yet to see that in action, but WiMax is a good alternative that's already available to notebook users in various countries.
Stepping away from the WiMAX fuss, the tri-band GPRS/EDGE HTC MAX 4G differs from the HTC Touch HD by several key features. MAX 4G has 8GB of user available memory, 3.2 MP autofocus camera, and a proximity sensor for auto screen turn-off during calls - much like on the iPhone. The weight and dimensions remain nearly the same, but the new baby is almost 2mm thicker than Touch HD.
You will also get some extra services, granted by the Yota Center, Yota Phone, Yota TV and Music, Yap-Yap, Video, etc.
HTC MAX 4G will be released exclusively for the Yota network in Russia, which is a brand under the Scartel company in the end of November. It will have a rather hefty pricetag of about 840 euros (1050 US dollars), which gets you into a two year contract but promises lots of free music and video content.