Flip instances are nothing new to smartphones, and HTC offered a tight one previous this yr with the unique HTC One Flip Case. We’ve got a new iteration with the HTC One Max, one that includes a built-in battery for a little extra juice.
The Power Flip Case serves as case to protect the body of the phone, a cover to protect the massive display — and it also adds an extra 1,200 mAh of power with a thin, flexible battery built into the cover. That’s about a third more than you’ll get with the 3,300 One Max alone.
It’s not cheap, though. Here’s a preview of the prototype we’ve got.
At its simplest, the Power Flip Case is your basic flip cover. A rigid plastic shell on the back, a hinge on the left-hand side, and a thin cover to keep your screen looking good.
The cover mostly impresses with HTC’s usual attention to design detail. It’s done in the same color scheme and build as the original HTC One flip cover. You snap the phone into the body without much effort, and it’s had no problem staying put for us, though you might want to give a second look to the corners to make sure the phone’s pressed into it all the way.
There are cutouts for the buttons and ports, of course, and for the secondary microphone. All normal stuff.
Where things get a little weird are with the way the hinge — the part that connects the cover to the body of the case — extends beyond just the side of the phone halfway onto the back. It’s not part of the rear shell — the plastic body follows the curve of the phone just fine — but, rather, it tends to give the feeling that you should also be able to use this case a a means for propping up the phone for watching movies. We can’t show you that quite yet, as our prototype is lacking the nubs to keep things properly held up. But that’ll change. (We’re going to hold off on a proper video until we get a finished product.)
Also, there’s no mechanism in the cover to automatically turn the display off and on. Forget to hit the power button when closing the cover? You’ll have to wait for the display’s timeout to kick in. That’s another serious oversight and a feature that’s absolutely expected in an accessory like this. (It’s worth noting, however, that we’ve seen high-end tablet covers fail this test, too, so HTC’s not alone here.)
As a battery case, issues could not be more straightforward. The HTC One Max has a collection of contacts for pogo pins on the again, and that is the reason how the case offers energy. The additional thickness the case desires for the pogo pins is neatly hidden via an HTC brand, which is also a pleasant method of offering some branding when the remainder of the telephone is roofed. Once more, HTC’s consideration to element shines via. That you could’t cost the case one at a time, although. It needs to be hooked up to the cellphone for that.
And it is value remembering that whereas any type of additional juice is welcomed, you are simplest having a look at about one-1/3 of what the telephone’s acquired within the first location. So you are no longer doubling your utilization or the rest. However neither are you getting the additional bulk of a extra conventional exterior battery case.
Is the Energy Flip Case well worth the $ ninety value? It is now not an affordable accent, evidently. However it additionally provides a bit additional battery with out ruining the design of the telephone or making it even larger. Undoubtedly that is obtained to be value one thing.