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Not too long ago after the Mi 5 launch, Xiaomi’s back in business with a whole new insertion in the field of phablet smartphones. Mi Note, the 5,7″ display super phone being Xiaomi’s former giant, was left behind by almost a full inch in terms of screen size by the company’s latest release. After being rumored for weeks, Xiaomi officially revealed the Mi Max – a 6,44″ display-rocking monster with an astronomous 4850mAh battery.
Talking about screen panels, the Mi Max’s panel resolution (1080×1920) 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 it’s Full-HD “only” screen, I’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 I’d personally say Full-HD is fairly enough on a smartphone – but it is obvious Xiaomi could’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, there’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 with 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 Max’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 Xiaomi’s known simplistic style. Crafted from a single piece of metal, the unibody-designed device comes in three commonly used colorways: Gold, Silver and Grey. The phone frame’s profile is flat but there’s that slight curve familiar from the Mi Note and Mi 5 on the vertical edges of the back of the device – 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 – it’s almost a plain panel of metal with a slight curvature profile and antenna lines slightly visible. Of course there’s the fingerprint sensor and latest but not least – 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 phone’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 can’t confirm before getting our hands on the device!
Considering the specs and design, I think it’s safe to say the Mi Max isn’t a successor for the Mi Note, but rather it’s own product line for those with huge hands or simply in need of something in between of a tablet and a smartphone. 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 “maximum from every aspect” they say, but for the price, it seems to go the other way around. During the Mi Max launch event also MIUI 8 and a screen-featuring version of Mi Band 2 were announced.