Xiaomi Mi Max Review

Introduction


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!

Design

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.


Xiaomi Mi Max

Xiaomi Mi Max

Dimensions

6.81 x 3.48 x 0.3 inches

173.1 x 88.3 x 7.5 mm

Weight

7.16 oz (203 g)

Huawei Mate 8

Huawei Mate 8

Dimensions

6.19 x 3.17 x 0.31 inches

157.1 x 80.6 x 7.9 mm

Weight

6.53 oz (185 g)

Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)

Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)

Dimensions

6.37 x 3.19 x 0.29 inches

161.7 x 80.9 x 7.4 mm

Weight

7.05 oz (200 g)

Lenovo PHAB Plus

Lenovo PHAB Plus

Dimensions

7.35 x 3.8 x 0.3 inches

186.6 x 96.6 x 7.6 mm

Weight

8.08 oz (229 g)

Xiaomi Mi Max

Xiaomi Mi Max

Dimensions

6.81 x 3.48 x 0.3 inches

173.1 x 88.3 x 7.5 mm

Weight

7.16 oz (203 g)

Huawei Mate 8

Huawei Mate 8

Dimensions

6.19 x 3.17 x 0.31 inches

157.1 x 80.6 x 7.9 mm

Weight

6.53 oz (185 g)

Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)

Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)

Dimensions

6.37 x 3.19 x 0.29 inches

161.7 x 80.9 x 7.4 mm

Weight

7.05 oz (200 g)

Lenovo PHAB Plus

Lenovo PHAB Plus

Dimensions

7.35 x 3.8 x 0.3 inches

186.6 x 96.6 x 7.6 mm

Weight

8.08 oz (229 g)

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



Display

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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59 Comments

1. Diego!

Posts: 866; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

DIM display with 532 nits? WTF?

18. Mikey21

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 07, 2016

I guess anything under 600nits of dull for them. What a load of sh...

26. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1246; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

No Anything under 533 is dull for them...

54. nightyknight

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 14, 2016

You're weird.

58. CrossVXM

Posts: 12; Member since: Sep 24, 2014

Okay for everyone wondering about it being dim, I own the Mi Max and trust me, it's not that bright. You get an OK view outdoors in extreme sunlight/cloudy days, but its not the best performer. The only thing that makes it so bright is the fact that it uses a neutral tone than most phones. Not a yellowish hue (warm), not a blueish hue (cool), just somewhere right in between at a perfect white, resulting in a better outdoor viewing experience, but again, not the best out there.

2. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

How the hell is this a 6.5?

3. skips

Posts: 477; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

coz it aint a fruit

5. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

but it's a rice

12. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Nah. I'd say; a rice burner...! It doesn't deserve anything more than a 7 in my old, worn-out book... MIUI is poorly, just poorly optimized... Just watch some videos over Youtube and you'll see what I mean... Just watch some Xiaomi Mi5 vs. Samsung S7 (Snapdragon Variant) speed tests... Heck, even a Nexus 5 could hold a candle against it!

21. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

It is a good value for your money unless u are brought from a reseller.

31. LFCRodrigues

Posts: 58; Member since: May 09, 2014

Have you ever tried? I'm using Mi 5 and It's FAST. R E A L L Y. I don't know why you guys say things like "It's buggy", "It's Laggy" " poorly optimized". Just words, in REAL LIFE it's more than I and you need.Speed Test is bullsh*#$! Just Milliseconds! Just buy one and see yourself. I dare you to disagree after try it in real life.

34. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Don't bother, the sad old man obviously haven't touched a Xiaomi phone.

46. Jimboslice

Posts: 9; Member since: May 05, 2016

Sad definitely sums it up. I've seen this donkey on nearly every phone arena article regarding XiaoMi saying the most ridiculous crap...I always shut him down and he's never once had the guts to respond. Oh yeah and I've caught him saying some pretty racist stuff as well.

36. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

I have a Xiaomi Note 3 Pro it cost one quarter the cost of an iPhone 6s plus. Same screen size and resolution yet is a much smaller and lighter phone. It looks a lot better too, no ugly antenna lines or bulging cameras. The fingerprint scanner is faster than the iPhone and the battery life far better and recharges quicker too. It is only slightly slower overall and not noticeable, but with a little customisation ends up far faster in real use. It has proved more reliable and robust than any iPhone I have used and feels better in the hand and pocket. The Mi5 is faster and even higher specced, so it seems you have never used a Xiaomo. The S7 is a better phone yes but for the price Xiaomi phones match or beat many more expensive phones.

38. TheOracle1

Posts: 2210; Member since: May 04, 2015

He's an idiot. Don't waste your breath. The Redmi Note 3 pro is an absolute beast of a phone and the Max sounds like a good phone too. It's disheartening to read some of the uninformed comments on here and annoying to read the garbage Phonearena come up with.

40. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

Haven't compared it to S7, but I've used mi5 and nexus 5 beside each other, MI5 destroys N5... not even comparable.

45. Jimboslice

Posts: 9; Member since: May 05, 2016

WhitesupremacistMan! What's up dog? Bashing Xiaomi must be a full time gig for you. At least you're consistent I'll give you that. I love you're bs! So like I'm wondering...did you get dumped by a Chinese girl? Is that where all the hate is coming from? Is it a shill thing or a race thing?

55. veeraragavan.n

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 29, 2016

Either some people are giving opinion with poor, old or no information or it might just be prejudice. MIUI i agree leaves a lot to be desired but optimization, performance & battery are not part of that list. MIUI brings a lot of its own features & innovations to the table but also cuts down on important features which are standard on AOSP. While I think both AOSP & MIUI can learn a lot while borrowing & incorporate eachother's best elements personally I prefer one of the CM derivatives like OctOS or RR. which have taken the game to a far different level. MIUI knows its hardware & optimizes it very closely enough to get the maximum juice out of it. But also leaves a lot to be desired in the UX department if not the UI. With the UI mostly aping Apple's iOS which is actually is not suited for android is not that bad but would rather say is a much better take or adaptation of apple's UI/UX on android. I personally used to detest MIUI UX & still do but a lot less than before. But this is not a company or flavour that you can dismiss like a newbie kid on the block. Give them time to get their together. What they've done in so little time with far less resources is actually something commendable. But yeah I'll never say this to them often but they need hammering & encouragement in equal measure to deliver more, which they do.

13. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

the score is expected, since they just hate xiaomi, lol... Cons: Its not an iPhone

16. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Cons: Its not a good enough phone

33. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Really? Tell us your experience with the phone.

19. Mikey21

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 07, 2016

Easy, Xiaomi didn't pay them enough for a better score ;)

4. Youraveragejoe

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

This phone is available only in China ATM.

6. Achillias

Posts: 52; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

This smartphone is at least worth an 8. It's cheap, it got a powerful chip and it's made of premium materials.

14. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

its not iPhone... instant minus 2 point

20. Mikey21

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 07, 2016

So true. Like GSMArena, love the iFruit phones.

22. ToastedBacon21

Posts: 47; Member since: Oct 18, 2015

Oh please!! I read both GSMArena and PhoneArena reviews. If you say the GSMA reviews are biased, then you have got some issues. I have never sensed a sound of bias in their reviews.

47. Jimboslice

Posts: 9; Member since: May 05, 2016

Derp derp derp

7. Hama22

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

Oh come on 6.5? Yep the video problems are really bad but 6.5? And heck that batery life is epic!

10. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

I have no idea how the battery life isn't mentioned as a Pro. But the excellent brightness is mentioned as a con for being dim, what are other phones then, black?
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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