Taiwanese Smartphone manufacturer HTC has announced details of its latest Smartphone handset a day earlier than planned after details of its specification leaked on the web. According to the company, the One Max will be unveiled at a press conference in China today (October 15th). However, information regarding the Android-powered phablet is already in the public domain.

The product, which is a larger version of the brand’s flagship HTC One, features a fingerprint scanner – following in the footsteps of Apple with its latest iPhone 5s model – as well as a 5.9-inch screen.

htc one phone skinHTC bosses said the company had opted to abandon restrictions placed on information about the One Max after a journalist broke an embargo placed on its specifications.

Its inclusion of a fingerprint scanner will see the handset become the first Android smartphone of its kind to go on sale in the UK since the iPhone 5s last month, which includes a similar feature.

A statement released by HTC said: “The fingerprint scanner allows users to lock or unlock the screen and quickly launch up to three favourite applications by assigning an individual finger to each.”

Consumers who are concerned about the safety of the product can rest assured, as the company added: “The fingerprint data is encrypted and stored in local memory and can’t be readily accessed or copied. The fingerprint data cannot be easily converted into any other form or used by a third party.”

The HTC One was well-received in international markets upon its release, however, the Samsung Galaxy 4S proved to be a more popular choice among members of the public.

It was the Samsung Smartphone’s success that contributed to HTC’s announcement of its first ever quarterly loss earlier this month.

Official data released by the firm announced a deficit of just under three billion Taiwan dollars (£62 million) between July and September 2013. Looking to get your hands on a HTC Smartphone this Christmas? Browse our selection of designer Smartphone skins online now.