Xiaomi Mi Max Full Technical Review: Traveller Choice Phablet
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Xiaomi Mi Max Full Technical Review: Traveller Choice Phablet

When the mobile phones are getting smarter and their screens were getting bigger, people thought it’s a trend and adapted to the 5+ inch screen though they are tough to fit in the pockets.

The tighter pants with smaller pockets have become an yesterday thing. I’d rather call this an adjustment to the inflexibility of the technology. The world started to realize that the bigger smartphones are not mobile anymore.

Xiaomi, one of those fastly grown companies has launched the new Mi Max featuring the ‘BIG’ as the new luxury need. The phone looks quite as good as Redmi Note 3 but is much bigger in hand with its 6.44 inch display. It is better be called a phablet rather a mobile phone.

Mi Max has been reviewed by some of the authority websites before its release in India and they reveal some interesting and shocking facts about the device.

Let’s take a look at those interesting facts and go through our style of very modular technical review of Mi Max and see if the size, though being a repulsively selective, convinces us to buy it.


Xiaomi is at good at designing things. Their smartphones had the fantastic and beautiful design so far, till the Redmi Note 3 too. Mi Max comes with a metallic back design and 0.25D glass on the front. May be it is because of the larger and thinner size (7.5mm) of the phone or the bad build quality, the Mi Max opens inside out with the little application of pressure on the back with the thumb.


Is it safe to carry in the pocket?

Seriously, you should get rid of that idea of carrying it in the pocket. With that low build quality of large body whatever, you cannot handle the device roughly.

Coming to the hardware ergonomics, Mi Max is designed with thumb reach power button and index-finger reach fingerprint sensor on the back. The rear is positioned on the top accompanied by the dual LED flash. The whole design is a unibody design with the SIM tray on the left just like the one Redmi Note 3 had.

On the front side, the Mi Max have the 0.25D glass covered all over. The capacitive buttons, camera and the earpiece speaker are positioned in Xiaomi’s regular fashion.

Who can buy Mi Max based on design?

The giants. #NoOffense. The Mi Max is not for normal hands seriously. The 6.44 inch size is a way too much for a smartphone, I mean a phablet to hold on. The build quality is also a disappointment from Xiaomi this time.


Mi Max as the name suggests has a huge display of 6.44 inch that renders the picture quality of 1920x1080p floored over 342ppi. The 74.8% screen to body ratio is what stops the growth of the device to go much around such a big screen.

The display is good and the biggie form factor is double plus to the gaming and movie lovers.


Who can buy Mi Max based on display?

The bigger screen is definitely a ‘Yes’ for the gamers and movie lovers. This biggie will suit for those who travel much or spend time on internet browsing stories and news. For big talkers, Mi Max is uncomfortable to hold on for longer times.


Mi Max is packed with Snapdragon 652/650 high performance processors that are proved to deliver the best performance in their previous successful budget beast Redmi Note 3.

This device is a primary memory variant. The 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM is made available at the price of ₹14,999 and 4GB RAM and 128GB variant at ₹19,999.

The 3GB RAM with SD 652/650 is a great deal and RN3 with same configuration performs like a beast and stands on top of budget phones. Adding 1 more GB to the same chipset will allow more multi-tasking without a lag.

Who can buy Mi Max based on performance?

Who doesn’t love the performance? Consider this the Redmi Note 3 in bigger size and with 1 more GB of RAM. Anyone who loves the good performing smartphones can consider this (That wasn’t sarcastic BTW).

Operating System

Mi Max comes with the Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 based MIUI8 on board. This version of MIUI brings a lot of changes and interesting features to the system software like full page screenshots, dual accounts on single installation of apps, new caller  screen and more. If you are using any Xiaomi phone, wait for the update hit your device to get full access to the MIUI8.


Who can buy Mi Max based on the operating system?

Old Mi device and Redmi device owners better be upgraded to new Xiaomi devices to experiences the new hardware and software features. Upgrading phone for a new operating system might sound gross in your perspective. But, see my view of getting new features and hardware for better mobile computing.


Xiaomi has put the same Redmi Note 3’s camera lens in Mi Max, the 16MP PDAF rear camera with dual-tone LED flash and 5MP front camera. The camera performance seems to have improved with the MIUI8 that Mi Max comes in.


The camera isn’t that bad on Redmi Note 3 but have some issues of image stabilization on touch and noise on low light conditions. The camera is apt for the price point it comes for.

Who can buy Mi Max based on camera?

Those who don’t do much focused clicking, who don’t mind getting pictures with 100% good color reproduction and those who don’t actually do ‘Photography’ (not regular imaging) can buy Mi Max.


Mi Max is a memory variant as said before. It comes in two storage variants 32GB and 128GB at the prices of ₹14,999 and ₹19,999 respectively. The 32GB variant is what will be available from July 6th 2016 and the 128GB version will be released later in India.

The storage can be expanded with the hybrid SIM slot up to 256GB additionally. Those who need storage, Mi Max is a bang for the price.

Who can buy Mi Max based on storage?

Those who travel a lot and carry lot of movies, videos and who takes pictures a lot can buy Mi Max. Watching videos on big screen and reading is a different fun.

Network & Connectivity

The Mi Max supports 3G and 4G connectivity in both the SIM slots (hybrid SIM slot) but the 4G is only supported on first SIM when two SIM cards are simultaneously used. You may use the second slot to expand the memory up to 256GB extra along with the internal (either 32GB or 128GB).

Mi Max has 802.11a/b/g/n/ac dual-band Wi-Fi, MU-MIMO enabled and Bluetooth 4.1, Bluetooth HID. It also has GPS, AGPS, GLONASS and BeiDou navigation connectivity system.

Who can buy Mi Max based on the network & connectivity?

Those who wanted a bigger phone, phablet with 4G calling facility and beast performance can buy Mi Max. It is expected to have the excellent call quality and delivers lag-free performance by comparing the hardware similarity between the Redmi Note 3 and this device.


Mi Max have a huge 4850mAh non-removable battery that comes with 5V/2A charger. It can definitely last long for two complete days on heavy usage as well. The Redmi Note 3 with the same chipset has excellent battery life and Mi Max with 25% extra juice will be the best plus.

Who can buy Mi Max based on the battery life?

With no other thought, Mi Max is for those who travel a lot. Once can enjoy the fullest of the battery life on Mi Max. Though it may not match the battery life of Kindle devices for readers, it would not disappoint you. Not only reading, the music, videos and movies will be on the go while travelling, without the low-power interruption.


+ Bigger display redefines the entertainment.
+ Good ergonomics
+ Huge battery life is impressive.
+ Camera is slightly better-ified than Redmi Note 3.
+ Performs better then Redmi Note 3 with SD 652 processor chipset.
+ 4GB RAM/128GB ROM version is available.
+ Runs on MIUI 8 based on Android Marshmallow 6.0.1.


- Low build quality; bends on slight pressure appliance.
- Bigger in size and difficult to carry around.
- Higher price tag just for a bigger screen and Android Marshmallow OS.
- Camera is not promisedly made better.
- Screen PPI is lower than Redmi Note 3 (~342ppi).
- Only available in 2 colors (Silver and Gold).

Conclusion: Should you buy Mi Max or not?

Mi Max’s hardware specifications which are the same of Redmi Note3 promises the great performance. The battery life is incomparable to any other device. It would make a great device for travelers the most and the homemakers. Gaming and watching videos would always be a great fun on bigger devices. If you are looking out for a phablet device for your needs, go for Mi Max without any other thought.

Mi Max comes with the almost same configuration as of Redmi Note 3. Only the SD 652 processor(optional)+bigger screen(with lower PPI comparatively)+800mAh extra juice in the battery makes up to ₹3,000 extra compare to the price of Redmi Note 3. It could have been around ₹13,999 (at most for the upgrades) in my opinion.

What do you think? Is Mi Max ‘for-everyone’ device? Or just for travelers and homemakers? Share your thoughts about Mi Max in comments below.


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