A phone for camping, media, and general self-defense, the Mi Max 3 is official

A phone for camping, media, and general self-defense, the Mi Max 3 is official
Hide your children, the 7-inchers are coming! That could very well be the newly-minted Mi Max 3's battle cry, as it's the first "phone" from a popular line with a 6.99" display. We kid you not, after we barely adjusted to the undesirable trend towards 6-inchers, phone makers are now pushing the envelope even further towards the tablet category. We shudder to think that Honor also has the Note 10 on the horizon for us, as it just announced an IFA expo presence for next month.

If you, however, are in the market for a phone that can largely replace your tablet, laptop or desktop computer on your next weekend out camping, the Mi Max 3 is your guy. With unpretentious metal body and a gigantic 5500 mAh battery, it has the wherewithal to last from Friday afternoon to Monday morning no matter what you throw at it.

Xiaomi equipped it with the same proven hardware is placed in the Note 5, namely frugal Snapdragon 636 chipset and 1080p LCD display, and gave it the best budget camera kit it currently has - the dual camera from the Note 5 Pro AI edition, with 1.4 micron pixels and dual phase-detection autofocus that makes recording videos a smooth and sharp affair. Don't expect the low-light wonders of current flagships, but this set will do the trick just fine for most purposes.

Even the most basic memory configuration of the Mi Max 3 is pretty generous, at 6GB RAM/64GB storage, and goes for the equivalent of $250/€220 in China, but tack on at least 20% more when the thing crawls out of the Great Wall. The 6GB RAM/128GB storage version is fifty bucks more, and the available colors for the metal chassis are Black, Champagne Gold, and Blue. 

At 6.94 x 3.44 x 0.31 in (176.15 x 87.4 x 7.99 mm) and 7.80 oz (221 g), the Mi Max 3 is certain to be your best friend in the dark alleys after a long night out, too, and we aren't talking about the low-light camera modes.

source: Xiaomi

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Mi Max 3
  • Display 6.9" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, Octa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 5500 mAh



1. JoePhoto

Posts: 49; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

1,) Is it going to be available from Verizon, (and/or work on their network via StraightTalk) ??? 2.) How BRIGHT is screen, (in sunlight) ??? 3.) Does it have FRONT facing (STEREO) speakers ??? 4,) And how LOUD, (both "ring" and w/ "media") ??? 5.) Is it VR and/or GPS compatible ???

4. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

This isn't a q&a session. Full details will be revealed later.

5. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014


8. perry1234

Posts: 648; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Hey , you keep posting the same set of questions. Chill man , I noticed you have posted pretty much the same questions on the Honor Note 10 atticle too. Wait for PA to actually do the full review

9. JoePhoto

Posts: 49; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Well I was originally only aware of this upcoming (large - 6.9'), phone, so asked the questions to it. But now I see the Honor, (for the first time I noticed it), and so now could maybe be more interested in it ... So now i am interested in the specifics / compatibility, (and price availiability), of both

15. doublestandardz

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 06, 2018

just go to a better tech site that actually writes their own articles and does their own research, vs. cut and paste eye PhoneArena where they are guaranteed to be grammatically incorrect 9 out of 10 articles.

20. perry1234

Posts: 648; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Well its official now. No idea if it will work on Verizon, no aware of the US market, better to check with the Verizon folks itself. Also, no I don't think it has front facing stereo speakers. It does have a 3.5 mm headphone jack + a huge battery + bright screen though. Good phone overall for the price. Wonder if there could ever be an Android One version of it.

2. JoePhoto

Posts: 49; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

There are Xiaomi phones, (and assume this will soon be there), on EBAY ... Does anyone know which suppliers are there, and are they trustworthy ???

6. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I think every supplier doesn't ship to every city.

3. Whitedot

Posts: 831; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

And they still using edited images for camera promotion. For God sake we all know that, STOP doing it!

7. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

What a gorgeous, wifi connecting chopping board.

10. Phantom1031

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 02, 2014

Xiaomi phones with these white smaller bezels look hideous and stupid to me, and those holes are the main reasons, better to have black front bezels

13. TheOracle1

Posts: 2339; Member since: May 04, 2015

But they look good on the monster bezels of the iPhone?

18. kiko007

Posts: 7506; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Not everyone who disses Xiaomi is an Apple fanboy, bruh.

19. TheOracle1

Posts: 2339; Member since: May 04, 2015

Where did I call him a fanboy? If I compared them to the monster bezels of a Sony would that make him a Sony fanboy? Facts are facts and many iphones have white fronts.

11. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Yes!!! I cannot wait to get a hold of one of these. Hard to decide between the Note 5 and this, but I'm feeling adventurous. Xiaomi phones have some of the best custom rom support there is, it's just so lust worthy to get official support from Lineage OS! Also Daniel! A bit of a type, the base model has 4/64 and not 6/64. But all good!

12. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Still bigger memory than one particular $1000 phone I know.

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