The Xiaomi Mi Max Prime is here: gargantuan display, octa-core CPU, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage


Xiaomi has quietly unveiled a new version of the Mi Max, the gargantuan phone that the company launched back in May this year. Called the Xiaomi Mi Max Prime, the updated version of the handset comes with improvements in terms of CPU and memory.

Interestingly, Xiaomi did not hold an event to unveil the new phone, nor did the company issue a press release to announce the updated version of the Xiaomi Mi Max. Instead, Xiaomi has rather quietly tucked away the existence of the Mi Max Prime in its announcement of a three-day Diwali sale in India. 

Most of the specifications remain unchanged compared to the standard version of the Xiaomi Mi Max. Customers get the same smartphone body, the same gargantuan 6.44-inch display running at 1080 by 1920 pixels, a 16MP primary camera on the back, a 5MP front-facing camera, as well as a 4850mAh battery.

The main upgrade comes in terms of CPU. The original Xiaomi Mi Max features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 chipset, a SoC that includes a hexa-core CPU consisting out of four 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 CPU cores and two 1.8GHz Cortex-A72 CPU cores. The updated Xiaomi Mi Max Prime comes with a Snapdragon 652 SoC, a chip that adds two 1.8GB Cortex-A72 CPU cores to the equation, transforming the CPU into an octa-endeavor.

The Xiaomi Mi Max Prime will also come with 128GB of integrated storage space and 4GB of RAM. That's up from 32 or 64GB of internal storage and 3GB of RAM on the Mi Max.

Interestingly, Xiaomi originally announced that the Mi Max will come in SD650/SD652 flavors as well as 64GB – 3GB / 128GB – 4GB versions. As it turned out, however, only the Snapdragon 650 version with 3GB of RAM has been made available up to this point. Xiaomi probably decided that it would be better to rebrand the SD 652 model with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage as the Xiaomi Mi Max Prime. 


Xiaomi is currently selling the Xiaomi Mi Max Prime at Rs. 19,999, or about $300 at the current conversion rates. The standard Mi Max retails for Rs. 14,999, roughly $225. 

You probably know this by now, but just in case you didn’t, here it goes: Xiaomi doesn’t sell its phones in the US yet, meaning that you won’t be able to purchase one of these bad boys in the US through official channels. 

What do you guys think of the Xiaomi Mi Max Prime? Isn’t $300 a great price for a phone with these specifications?

source: Xiaomi

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15 Comments

1. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

didnt it already have SD652 version since launch?

2. iC-118

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

4gb Ram for Android is not enough. This is a phone where you have lots off apps running. The more apps you install, the less the Ram gets.unlike on laptops and desktops, you will never install that many apps , like you do on your phone. The phone industry should be using more RAM than standard.

9. csoulr666

Posts: 116; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

Adding more RAM isn't ideal. Even the Oneplus 3 with 6GB of RAM doesn't completely utilize it because it will end up degrading the overall performance. Running too many apps isn't a thing every one does, so 4 GB is plenty for the majority of people

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It is enough when a phone has no advanced features. In fact, its more than enough. The One Plus 3 has 6GB. Yet 60% is stolen by the Android VM. You only need enough. What advantage does the One Plus have over any phone with less RAM? Nothing!

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

the old SD652version also use 4GB RAM and 128GB storagehttp://www.phonearena.com/phones/Xiaomi-Mi-Max_id10044 but as I read the article again, the new one is for india... I guess they skipped the old SD652 version for that country, and they simply rename it and made it available there

8. Ticklemyfancy

Posts: 214; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

It's given in the article that the SD652 version has simply been rebranded as the Mi Max Prime and that only the 32GB version has been launched so far

5. gotoAndDie

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 13, 2015

Yes, but it's probably a China only thing. Even Hong Kong did not get this variant, so I'm guessing nowhere else has it yet, either.

11. perry1234

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

I was wondering the same while reading this article. They did announce it , but then they never actually got around to selling it.

4. hansip87

Posts: 226; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

if only Nougat is a sure thing with Xiaomi then this phone is a certain buy. unfortunately with how MIUI goes right now, only MIUI framework is upgraded whereas the Android is stand still.. Plus little development in XDA just does not help..

6. iC-118

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

The Kitkat 4.4.4 is better than 7.1. I don't see no diffrence. You can do everything on KK as same as Nougat. This is not ios, where ios7 to ios10 is a huge difference. Why do people brag about updates? My htcM7 is still on KK. I had 3 other Android phones still running 5.0.1.....

7. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Dose!!!!

12. UglyFrank

Posts: 2193; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The Marshmallow update ruined my S5, I miss Lollipop

15. iC-118

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

That's why I never update any off my phone. Oems do it to cripple the phone. Bldy fkn pos dumbass morons.

10. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I have Sony Xperia Z Ultra with same size screen at 1080P and find the resolution to be not so good.. With a better screen I would buy this in USA. But it looks like I should still wait for Lenovo Phab 2 Pro Tango.

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Nearly 7" and only 1080? For this size, 1440p would have been awesome!

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