HTC One Max tipped for iPhone-style fingerprint scanner

The hotly-rumoured HTC One Max could follow in the fingersteps of the Apple iPhone 5S and include a fingerprint scanner.

The hotly-rumoured HTC One Max could follow in the fingersteps of the Apple iPhone 5S and include a fingerprint scanner.

According to leaked photos from China of the One Max, and loose talk from staff of the US network Verizon, the fingerprint scanner sits on the back of the phone below the camera for your index finger, rather than on the front where the iPhone's home button scans your thumb.

The 5S Touch ID fingertip scanner is designed to unlock your phone without the palaver of a passcode, as well as securing online transactions and downloads from the iTunes App Store. But it's not as secure as Apple might have hoped: a little jiggery-pokery and a fake fingerprint can hack into the new iPhone .

Recent rumours suggest the One Max could be revealed on 15 October , following the HTC One Mini . We liked the Mini a lot, awarding it a coveted four stars in our review.

The success of the smaller HTC One is a far cry from Samsung's take on littler and larger versions of its phones: the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini isn't simply the smaller version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 as the name suggests, but more of a cynical cash-in on the Galaxy good name.

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