Xiaomi launched their new handset Mi Max in India. The smartphone has a price tag of Rs 14,999 for the Snapdragon 650 variant and Rs 19,999 for the Snapdragon 652 variant. Our Mi Max review is to provide you ‘the Max’ information about the handset before buying it. Mi Max is a big handset or we can also call it a Phablet, means it is smaller than most of the tablets tablet and slimmer than most smartphones.
Mi Max Review
Box Content : In the box you will find the handset itself, USB data cable, SIM tray ejector pin ,travel charger (5V / 2A), warranty card and user guide.
Design, Display and OS
Xiaomi is well known for their build quality and we know it from the very beginning when the company set foot in India. Thankfully, the Mi Max is no different. Xiaomi Mi Max comes with a metal body, with very good build quality and finishing. It’s not an all-metal body, you can find colour-matched plastic caps for the antennas at the top and bottom ends on the back. But they don’t feel cheap or out of place or unfinished by any means. The handset may be big in size but it does not feel that uncomfortable to hold. Actually it is slimmer than most smartphones. Mi Max is light weight considering the size and battery. Handset is slightly curvy from the back on the left and right side which makes it easy to hold in our hand.
Xiaomi Mi Max weight is 201 grams and dimensions are 88.28 x 173.1 x 7.31 (mm). Power button and volume rocker is on the right side. Audio jack (3.5mm), IR blaster and secondary mic is on the top. SIM tray is on the left side of the handset. At the bottom there is a primary microphone, micro USB port and speaker out vent. Mi Max is a dual SIM handset using a hybrid slot you can either use a micro SIM and micro SD card or micro SIM and a Nano SIM at the same time. The handset has 4G with VoLTE support.
Handset has LED notification (it has RGB LED, means you can even change the LED color as required) and following sensors – proximity, gyro, accelerometer, light, magnetic and hall.
The screen size is 6.44 inches (using 2.5D curved glass) with 1920 x 1080p resolution. It is sunlight display (as seen on other Xiaomi devices) and comes with corning gorilla glass 3 protection. Colour reproduction, viewing angles and touch response are very good as usual.
Mi Max is running MIUI 7.5 out of the box, which is based on Android Marshmallow 6.0.1. It will get the MIUI 8 update soon.
RAM and Storage
Mi Max is packed with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage space. There is a 4GB RAM and 128GB variant also available. Users can also use micro SD card of up to 256GB to expand storage even further, although you will have to sacrifice one SIM slot to take advantage of this. OTG is supported. On the first boot (3GB/32GB) you will get around 22GB of free internal storage and around 1.6GB free RAM.
Mi Max comes with 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 hexa core with the 3GB RAM / 32GB ROM model. Snapdragon 652 octa core clocked at 1.8GHz with 4GB RAM and 128GB ROM model. We are using the 3GB RAM / 32GB ROM version for review. It is the same hardware that powers the Redmi Note 3, it is powerful, lag free and heat is under control.
Benchmark (Hexa Core SD 650)
• Quadrant – 30529
• Antutu (64 bit) – 72098 | 3D score – 18785
• Nenamark 2 – 59.9fps
• Internal storage Speed – Read (180MB/s), Write (83MB/s)
• Multi Touch – 10 Point
Hardware is powerful, I didn’t find any issues with Modern Combat 5 and Asphalt (in high graphics mode).
Mi Max has a 16MP PDAF camera included on the back with f/2.0 aperture and a dual tone LED flash. On the front there is a 5MP fixed focus camera with f/2.0 aperture. Rear camera is able to shoot 4K videos. Camera quality is above average, long shots turned out great but close-ups are not that sharp. Because of the handset size it also gets difficult shooting pictures with one hand.
Do check the sample images in this review.
Sound is loud and clear, in-call sound is also very good. Finger print sensor is fast and accurate, you can tap the sensor to automatically unlock the phone instantly. Screen is quite big, you get a lot of space compared with other smartphones. For connectivity, you will get 4G bands, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS, an infrared port up top and a microUSB port at the bottom.
The 4850mAh non-removable battery gives awesome backup, you can expect 7 to 15 hours of non-stop moderate to heavy usage on a single charge. With normal mixed usage you can expect up to 3 to 4 days battery life. With moderate mixed usage up to 2 days and with heavy mixed usage an easy 1 day battery life.
Xiaomi Mi Max Battery Performance (time / battery % drop / estimated battery temperature).
• Running Benchmark app – 9 minutes / 1% / 37 degrees
• MC5 + Asphalt 8 game play – 23 minutes / 5% / 38 degrees
• 4K video playback with full brightness (WiFi /4G on) – 27 minutes / 6% / 36 degrees.
It took 2 hour 51 minutes to charge the handset from 22% to 100% using wall charger. For a full charge it will take about 3 hours 30 minutes.
The Mi Max as the name suggests is a big handset. Specially made for those who want to buy a handset with a big screen or those who are looking for a tablet with voice call feature. The Mi Max fits perfectly in-between.
Hardware is powerful, camera quality is above average and battery backup is excellent. The only thing that you will need to consider when buying the handset is the SIZE.
Xiaomi Mi Max will go on (open) sale on July 6th at 2PM starting from Rs. 14,999.