Xiaomi Mi Max spreads its giant 6.44" wings: the largest phone Xiaomi ever released


Xiaomi, a Chinese company that started by making Apple clones, but has gradually transitioned to original designs and phones that offer great value for the money, has just taken the wraps off its largest phone ever: the 6.44" Xiaomi Mi Max.

Keep in mind that this phone is being released first and so far only in China. It will likely never be officially sold in the United States and Europe, while unofficial resellers will put a salty premium on the otherwise superwise affordable MSRP. With this in mind, here's what the Xiaomi Mi Max is all about.

Right after the launch of its two-years-in-the-making Xiaomi Mi 5 flagship, a 5.2" device, comes the much larger, truly phablet-sized Xiaomi Mi Max.

The new handset serves as the launch platform for the newest version of Xiaomi's rich in options custom Android user interface: MIUI 8. The other highlights of the phone are its affordable price, very thin and good looking body, as well as rich storage options and massive battery.

Xiaomi
Mi Max
PlatformMIUI 8 on top of Android
Dimensions173.1 mm x 88.3 mm x 7.5 mm, weight of 203 g
Display6.44" Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels)
SoCSnapdragon 650 for 32 GB model
Snapdragon 652 for 64 GB / 128 GB versions
Cameras16MP rear cam with f/2.0 lens and phase detection AF
5MP front camera
Storage / RAM32 GB / 3GB RAM
64 GB / 3 GB RAM
128 GB / 4 GB RAM
Battery4,850 mAh

Of course, the elephant in the room is size: Xiaomi even claims that the thin body of its new Mi Max will fit in pockets. To that we say: depends on the pockets and... just try climbing stairs with this giant in your front pocket. Despite the slim bezels, this thing - even if it fits in pockets - will not be comfortable to carry.

Otherwise, this looks like a sleek design that - at least at first sight - does not appear any less alluring than the iPhones and Galaxies of this world. The Snapdragon 650 / 652 system chip is a mid to upper-range chipset that should deliver solid, but not necessarily blazing fast performance.

The vast storage allowance, even for the base model, is something that certain companies should definitely learn from, while for all else - camera and battery life - it's too early to tell.

Price and release date


Finally, the Xiaomi Mi Max release date is set for just one week after its official announcement, so it will be available for buyers in China on May 17th.

The official asking price for the various models is as follows:
  • 32 GB version goes for $230 (1,500 yuan)
  • 64 GB model is priced at $260 (1,700 yuan)
  • 128 GB variant price stands at $307 (2,000 yuan)

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Mi Max
  • Display 6.4" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 652, Octa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4850 mAh

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30 Comments

1. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

6.44inch screen this not a phone but a mini tablet lol

5. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

this statement is absurd as it gets. why is it not a phone?

34. newuser1

Posts: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Bigger is better.

35. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

Your lack of knowledge speaks for itself, I don't think you have ever held a 6inch phone.

37. hurrycanger

Posts: 1775; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

A phone is a phone.

38. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Paps you oughta retire. This is 2016. I got 1520 for backup phone, I could easily go for bigger one. As long as it sits in a pocket its fine with me, you can call it tv who cares. its same device bigger screen.

16. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

It's a phablet so what did you expect, for it to not be a mini tablet because that's pretty much the definition of phablet.

19. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

these are clear narrow minded views, in my opinion.

28. jack123

Posts: 278; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Forgot Sony Xperia Z ultra?

2. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Another day another faplet, how osom

3. TamaraD

Posts: 6; Member since: May 10, 2016

i thought this was going to be a dual lens main camera

4. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Make phablets great again!

6. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

nice size for a basically all -you -need -in -one 'smartdevice'

8. 444777

Posts: 399; Member since: May 02, 2016

No need for great value. Shortage of hi-end range.

10. Kumar123 unregistered

Overall attractive looking great value for money phone. But it would be even better looking if they ditch the ugly capacitive button. I wish xiaomi opens up stores in every big cities in India. Their current selling strategy sucks.

12. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

Phones are getting too large. 6 inch with small bezels MAX

13. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Agreed but that's just guys like us. There are ample user base moving around with 7" tablets as phones so at least this could settle the score properly for them.

15. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Hard to see what's the real advantage of the 32GB model if it's on SD650 over their own RN3/kenzo. Save for maybe yes a larger screen and +850mAh batt but that's about it? So am imagining current fence sitters wanting a kenzo would divert their attention straight to the 64GB and up models instead.

23. hansip87

Posts: 231; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

Definitely the successor for Xperia Z Ultra owner who wants to upgrade. If only this will come with Android N and then it would be perfect device with true multitasking capabilities.

24. dimas

Posts: 3422; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

The details of porn when you bring it in the toilet. Xiaomi is definitely doing their target market research.

26. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

6.44 inches? Really? How the actual hell are people going to carry this monster? Why would you want to look like an idiot talking to a tablet in public? I don't care what anyone says, at this size the Mi Nax is a damn tablet!! Don't find me "but some people love big phones" b/c there is a difference between a big phone and a small tablet with cell connectivity.

27. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

This is a tablet with cellular capabilities.

30. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

finally its officials.. and the specs are better than rumored... whatever.. its gonna get 6.44/10 review score, lol

33. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

You said that Xiaomi started by making Apple clones? Well their first smartphone, the MI1 looks nothing like an iPhone in design and ui.

36. Guaire

Posts: 896; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Shameful.

42. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

well its iPhonearena, lol... they think any chinese rectangular phone with rounded corner is iPhone clone

39. brasstax

Posts: 546; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

For the benefit of some people commenting here about "crappy" midrange phones... Not everybody wants a top of the line phone simply because... hold your breath... you don't need one. Any phone released over the past 2 years is more than capable of making/receiving calls, sending/receiving messages, using WhatsApp and Skype, watching YouTube videos and browsing the net. Like it or not, an overwhelming majority of people use their phone for some or all of the aforementioned activities. A big screen is an integral part to making these activities pleasurable. I am typing this on a 7 inch phablet and it's very pleasurable. It's almost like typing on my PC thanks to the roomy keyboard & large screen. My phone is hardly a powerhouse. It has a crappy quadcore Mediatek cpu. But it supports dual SIM, allows me to make calls and makes web browsing a pleasure... in fact more pleasurable than most $800 5 inchers. The only benefit to having the best specs is if you are a gamer. But shockingly for you, most smartphone users don't indulge in 8 hour frag sessions on a 5 inch screen. They prefer PCs or large tablets for that.

40. Marslander

Posts: 160; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

I'm definitely interested, but I'll wait to see if it can work on any North American carrier bands. I suspect it won't.

41. kotan24

Posts: 320; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

I fricking like this phone!!!

43. Elfmonster unregistered

I'm going to buy this mother%¥€£|+& phone

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