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Big phones are here to stay: HTC One Max now available at Verizon

Just because you haven't had enough of really, really big phones lately, Verizon announced Thursday that the One Max is now available for purchase.

The One Max is basically the HTC One in a larger, expanded body. Announced last month, it comes dressed in the same aluminum chassis as its predecessor.

Inside, the One Max is fueled by a quad-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor and 2GB of RAM. It's available with up to 32GB of internal storage, though you can add more with the included microSD expansion slot--a feature that users were aching for in the HTC One. It also features a 5.9-inch 1080p HD screen and a fingerprint scanner, which can be used to launch up to three applications of your choice, each triggered by a different finger.

The One Max also sports a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera, as well as a 4-megapixel rear-facing one that features HTC's UltraPixel technology, which uses a larger image sensor for better low-light photography.

From the looks of it, the One Max is an attempt by HTC to reestablish its relevance in the mobile industry. As we noted when the One Max was announced last month, HTC has been struggling, made worse by the news that it lost about $101 million in its third quarter. With contenders like Samsung taking hold of the Android market, the outlook seems grim for the Taiwan-based manufacturer.

We'll have the review of the handset up in the coming days. If you can't wait until then, the phone is available at Verizon for $300 with a two-year commitment, or $25.22 a month on Verizon Edge. Or, you can just fork over the full $600 for a contract-free phone. As an aside, there is no confirmed word yet on whether or not this full-sized phone will receive the Android 4.4 KitKat update.

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