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Not too long ago after the Mi 5 launch, Xiaomiâ€™s back in business with a whole new insertion in the field of phablet smartphones. Mi Note, the 5,7â€ł display super phone being Xiaomiâ€™s former giant, was left behind by almost a full inch in terms of screen size by the companyâ€™s latest release. After being rumored for weeks, Xiaomi officially revealed the Mi Max â€“ a 6,44â€ł display-rocking monster with an astronomous 4850mAh battery.
Talking about screen panels, the Mi Maxâ€™s panel resolution (1080Ă—1920) is identical with the Mi Note regardless of the trend of increasing size of smartphones. Taking into account the critics the Mi Note received for itâ€™s Full-HD â€śonlyâ€ť screen, Iâ€™m just being curious what kind of a welcome the Mi Max will be offered with the pixel density decreasing to 342 ppi. Owning the Mi Note myself Iâ€™d personally say Full-HD is fairly enough on a smartphone â€“ but it is obvious Xiaomi couldâ€™ve stepped up the game with the Mi Max offering a lot more display space.
The Mi Max will come in three different variants, either with 3GB of RAM combined with 32GB or 64GB storage, and for the hardcore, thereâ€™s also a 4GB + 128GB Flash storage option. With the two cheaper variants will come a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 chipset with a six core combo, but the 4GB version will be equipped withÂ a Snapdragon 652 with eight cores in total. All variants come with the Adreno 510 GPU and a dual-sim tray with a hybrid SD Card slot up to 200GB of support for additional storage. Mi Maxâ€™s dual-sim execution also supports Dual-4G standby and VoLTE. Otherwise the comms are identical to both Mi 5 and Mi Note, but in addition to a standard Micro-USB 2.0 connector the Mi Max also has an infrared sensor as a sugar topping for those in need.
The design of the Mi Max follows Xiaomiâ€™s known simplistic style. Crafted from a single piece of metal, the unibody-designed device comes in three commonly used colorways: Gold, SilverÂ and Grey. The phone frameâ€™s profile is flat but thereâ€™s that slight curve familiar from the Mi Note and Mi 5 on the vertical edges of the back of the device â€“ to increase grip and feel, as hyped by Xiaomi. The curved 2.5D front glass panel is also almost identical to Mi Note while the screen-to-body ratio was increased up to 74,8%. The back cover however is something yet unseen on a Xiaomi device â€“ itâ€™s almost a plain panel of metal with a slight curvature profile and antenna lines slightly visible. Of course thereâ€™s the fingerprint sensor and latest but not least â€“ the dual-tone flash supported 16 megapixel camera. The phase-detect autofocus (PDAF) camera module, which supposedly focuses in the time of 300ms maximum even in low light conditions (below 25 lux), seems to stick out of the body a tiny bit in the provided product pictures. The phoneâ€™s also rumored to have a thickness between 7,5mm (most likely) down to the wildest rumors of 6,9mm, but just like the camera design, this is something we canâ€™t confirm before getting our hands on the device!
Considering the specs and design, I think itâ€™s safe to say the Mi Max isnâ€™t a successor for the Mi Note, but rather itâ€™s own product line for those with huge hands or simply in need of something in between of a tablet and a smartphone.Â The Mi Max will be available to customers in China for the extremely low price point of RMB 1499/1699/1999 (~205/230/270 EUR respectively) during May, and with a slight delay to the Western / European overseas markets via local dealers and retailers. The Mi Max is â€śmaximum from every aspectâ€ť they say, but for the price, it seems to go the other way around.Â During the Mi Max launch event also MIUI 8 and a screen-featuring version of Mi Band 2 were announced.