Xiaomi Mi Max spreads its giant 6.44" wings: the largest phone Xiaomi ever released
posted by Victor H. / May 10, 2016, 4:27 AM
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.
|Platform||MIUI 8 on top of Android|
|Dimensions||173.1 mm x 88.3 mm x 7.5 mm, weight of 203 g|
|Display||6.44" Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels)|
|SoC||Snapdragon 650 for 32 GB model|
Snapdragon 652 for 64 GB / 128 GB versions
|Cameras||16MP rear cam with f/2.0 lens and phase detection AF|
5MP front camera
|Storage / RAM||32 GB / 3GB RAM|
64 GB / 3 GB RAM
128 GB / 4 GB RAM
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)
- 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
Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010
6.44inch screen this not a phone but a mini tablet lol
posted on May 10, 2016, 4:34 AM 4
Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013
this statement is absurd as it gets. why is it not a phone?
posted on May 10, 2016, 4:51 AM 3
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.
posted on May 10, 2016, 10:32 AM 0
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.
posted on May 10, 2016, 5:28 AM 3
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.
posted on May 10, 2016, 5:00 AM 0
Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016
Phones are getting too large. 6 inch with small bezels MAX
posted on May 10, 2016, 5:15 AM 1
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.
posted on May 10, 2016, 5:20 AM 0
Posts: 7493; 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.
posted on May 10, 2016, 7:09 AM 0
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.
posted on May 10, 2016, 8:45 AM 2
Posts: 541; 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.
posted on May 10, 2016, 11:17 AM 0
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