All beasts are not equal. We have seen so many colossal smartphones in recent times, but every now and then a more colossal offering comes along. This is the case with the Xiaomi Mi Max. This handset is one of a handful of handsets to breach the 6-inch threshold. It is targeted at those users who need a device that offer a mammoth display while also packing in ample juice.
Design and Display
In a market where most users prefer compact devices, Xiaomi somehow believes that there are those who would love to have a smartphone that is close to a tablet in size. The Mi Max is less than 0.6 inches away from a slate, in size, at 6.44 inches. It boasts solid construction with a metal body and Corning Gorilla Glass 3. You need not worry much about smudges and scratches on the handset. It is quite thin at only 7.5 millimetres, while tipping the scales at about 203 grams with its massive battery included. The screen boasts Full HD (1,080p) resolution and a pixel density around 342 ppi for brilliant colours and enjoyable content viewing. You should also expect this one to deliver pleasurable reading.
Camera and Storage
The Xiaomi Mi Max offers decent camera combo that should enable users take share-worthy shots. On the rear is a 16-megapixel with phase detection autofocus, dual-tone flash, and stunning 4K video recording capability. The 5-megapixel camera with an f/2.0 aperture lens looks to serve up great selfies as well. The behemoth comes in three storage variants: 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB. The internal storage is expandable using a microSD card.
Performance and OS
A Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 or Snapdragon 652 provides the muscles needed to get task done on the Mi Max – the choice of CPU depends on model. Both the 32GB and 64GB models of the plus-sized handset come with 3 GB of RAM, while the top-end 128GB variant has 4 GB of RAM. The device runs off Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system, which has Xiaomi’s MIUI 7 skin on the surface. The user interface is to be updated to the latest MIUI 8 offering extra protection to users.
Another attraction-grabber on the Xiaomi Mi Max is its high-capacity 4,850mAh battery which certainly ensures you are able to use the device for long hours on a charge. The unit is expected to last for up to two days, depending on the sort of task you are using it for. There is Quick Charge support to enable you to top up the battery in a timely manner.
The 4G LTE-enabled Mi Max offers dual SIM card slots – one of these allow you use either a second SIM or a microSD card. It comes with a fingerprint scanner for extra protection.
Pricing and Availability
The base 32GB model of the Xiaomi Mi Max retails at 1,499 yuan in China. This means you should expect to spend more than N60,000 to get one of these in Nigeria. The top-end 128GB model will set you back by an amount in the range N85,000-N100,000. At this time, the device is only available in China and India. If you are not a fan of handsets of this size, the cheaper Redmi Note 3 would make a great deal for you.
Xiaomi Mi Max at a Glance
– Metal design
– 6.44” Full HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
– 16MP PDAF rear and 5MP front cameras
– Qualcomm Snapdragon 650/652
– 3GB/4GB RAM
– 32GB/64GB/128GB expandable onboard storage
– Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI skin
– 4,850mAh battery
– Dual SIM
– Fingerprint scanner
– 4G LTE