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Xiaomi Mi Max Review

Xiaomi Mi Max

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6 years since its inception, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is still busy selling quality handsets at pupil-dilating prices. The Mi Max is its newest proposition – a gargantuan 6.44-inch phablet with a sleek metal body, nice specs, and seemingly great value for the ~$230 that Xiaomi wants for the base model. Is this another fledgling success for Xiaomi? Well, let's see!


This is one of the largest phones you've ever seen...

Unabashedly enormous it may be, but Xiaomi's phablet exhibits trim bezels and sides, a sleek metal body, and reasonable weight. Make no mistake, it's still a device that few jean pockets can contain, and it does demand two-handed usage, but it's not uncomfortable. Unlocking it with the fingerprint sensor on the back is quick and feels natural. We are also fond of the power and volume keys which are tight and sturdy. Overall, we think the Mi Max's design and build quality rank pretty well in its peculiar class. We would have loved a USB Type-C port in place of the microUSB one, though – it's a somewhat dated component on an otherwise modern device.

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


The screen isn't amazing, but most of its flaws can be forgiven.

The 6.44-inch display is good, but not remarkable. It has a 1080 x 1920 resolution, which suffices, but its colors are on the colder side and appear darker than they actually are. The viewing angles are solid, but the display left us squinting badly to make out something on a relaxed sunny day, despite its strong brightness output. Overall, the display quality is acceptable, but not exemplary. After all, you get what you pay for, and in this case, the Mi Max's screen is right on the money.


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PhoneArena rating:
Display6.4 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (342 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera16 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 652, Octa-core, 1800 MHz, ARM Cortex-A72 and ARM Cortex-A53 processor
Size6.81 x 3.48 x 0.30 inches
(173.1 x 88.3 x 7.5 mm)
7.16 oz  (203 g)

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