Chinese smartphone manufacturer, Xiaomi is all set to launch its phablet Mi Max in the country. This device is gigantic smartphone is already out in China. Looking at the specs, it comes with a pretty good set of hardware including a massive 6.44 Full-HD LCD IPS display, Snapdragon 650 hexa-core chipset coupled with 3GB of RAM.
Xiaomi Mi Max Specifications
|Key Specs||Xiaomi Mi Max|
|Display||6.44 inches IPS LCD|
|Screen Resolution||Full HD (190×1080)|
|Operating System||Android 6.0 Marshmallow|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 650/652 processor|
|Memory||3/4 GB RAM|
|Inbuilt Storage||32 GB/ 128 GB|
|Storage Upgrade||Yes upto 256 GB|
|Primary Camera||16 MP with dual-LED flash|
|Video recording||2160p @ 30fps|
|Secondary Camera||5 MP|
|Price||Rs. 14,999 for 3GB/64GB SD 650
Rs. 19,999 for 4GB/128GB SD 652
Xiaomi Mi Max Coverage
Xiaomi Mi Max Box Contents
- AC Charger
- USB Cable
- Back Cover
Xiaomi Mi Max Physical Overview
Xiaomi Mi Max comes in a full metal body. It looks quite premium with ultra thin metal chassis, chamfered edges, sleek body and minimalistic design. It comes in black, white and gold color option. Front has a 6.44 inch Full-HD(1080p) display, three capacitive navigation buttons at the bottom, earpiece, 5MP front camera and couple of sensors on the top part.
Rear side of the device is pretty clean with a 16MP cam and a dual-tone LED flash at the top left position, a fingerprint sensor on the top middle part and a MI logo on the bottom part.
On the right side there is absolutely nothing apart from the power and volume buttons.
On the left, You will see a hybrid card slot which accepts either two nano sim cards or a single sim and a micro-SD card.
On the top, there is the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack, an IR Blaster and a secondary microphone for noise cancellation.
On the bottom, you will see a micro USB port at the center followed by grills on the either sides. One is speaker grill and other is microphone grill.
Xiaomi Mi Max Photo Gallery
Xiaomi Mi Max User Interface
The Mi max runs on the Android Marshmallow (6.0) with company’s own custom UI, MIUI 8 on the top. MIUI 8 offers a quite good set of features. It is highly customisable with it themes and is a heavily customized skin. Xiaomi has made it truly unique with its own extensive set of modifications and feature additions. Even though it lacks an app drawer and everything remains on the homescreens, it is one of the best looking custom skins out there.
Xiaomi Mi Max Camera Overview
It comes with a 16MP shooter on the back with PDAF, f/2.0, dual-tone LED flash and a 5MP shooter on the front with f/2.0. Camera takes great shots during daylight and the pictures came out to very detailed and crisp. Colors looks great and accurate though the camera struggles a bit during low light situation. The focus is pretty quick, all thanks to the PDAF (Phase Detection Autofocus). The front camera also takes quite good shots.
To test the processing power of the Mi Max, I installed 2 graphic intensive games including Asphalt 8 and Modern Combat 5 on this device. As far as my experience is concerned, Mi Max has everything a gamer needs. It was offering flagship like performance while playing Asphalt 8, with no lags or glitches. The big display definitely makes the gaming experience even better. I noticed a few framedrops in between both the games but it was not something that can distract while you are gaming.
Both the games felt smooth and the temperature was well under control even after prolonged gaming session. You can check the battery drop rate in the table below.
|Game||Playing Duration||Battery Drop (%)|
|Modern Combat 5||30 minutes||11%|
|Asphalt 8||25 minutes||9%|
|Benchmark App||Benchmark Scores|
|Nenamark 2||59.7 fps|
Price, Availability and Competition
The phone will be launched on 30th of June in India. The company has announced that it is looking for 500 people for the beta testing. Most probably it will be available through Flash sales like most of the Xiaomi devices. It is priced at 1,499 yuan (INR 15,500 approx) in China. We also expect the price to be between INR 15,000 to INR 16,500 here in India.
Its closest competitors will be the Moto G4 Plus, LeEco Le 2 and company’s own Redmi Note 3.
All in all its a nice device with a nice set of specs. It has got a good hardware, decent camera and a ultra thin body, though the phone feels a bit big. The big chassis of the phone also provide a room for a bigger battery and hence it comes with massive 4,850 mAh battery. If the big screen isn’t a big deal for you then its definitely a nice device to own.