Buoyed by the exuberant success of the Redmi Note 3, Xiaomi is all set to introduce their humongous phablet dubbed the Mi Max in India on June 30th. Incidentally the 6.44-inch Full HD 2.5 Curved IPS display on the front of the Xiaomi Mi Max does justice to its Max tag.
Xiaomi launched the Mi Max in China this May with a powerful Snapdragon 650 Hexa Core chip under the hood, which incidentally is the same as the one powering the Redmi Note 3. There’s also a Snapdragon 652 octa core variant which comes at a slightly higher price point. Speaking of variants, Xiaomi Mi Max comes in three options – 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, Snapdragon 650 priced at 1499 Yuan/USD 230; 3GB RAM,64GB storage, Snapdragon 652 priced at 1699 Yuan/USD 260 and a 4GB RAM, 128GB storage, Snapdragon 652 priced at 1999 Yuan/USD 306. It’s yet not clear whether Xiaomi will be launching all these variants in India. Going by their past record, the Chinese smartphone brand may end up launching only a single variant to start with.
The Xiaomi Mi Max boasts of a metal unibody design with the Fingerprint Sensor and a 16MP f/2.0 rear camera located at the back of the device. The rear camera is backed by a PDAF sensor and a dual LED Flash. There’s also a 5MP f/2.0 85-degree wide angle selfie snapper on the front. Keeping the cameras aside, the Mi Max also boasts an IR Blaster which has now become a norm in all mid-range and flagship Xiaomi devices. As expected, a bigger display demands a larger battery and this has made Xiaomi pack in a 4850mAh non removable battery inside the 7.5 mm slim profile of Mi Max. Running on MIUI 8 on top of Android Lollipop the Xiaomi Mi Max boasts of a Hybrid Dual SIM slot (micro+nano/microSD) with support for 4G LTE with VoLTE.
The humongous phablet comes in three colour options namely Gold, Silver. Light Grey and is expected to fight out with the likes of Lenovo Phab Plus in India. Back to back launch of the LeEco Le Max 2 and the OnePlus 3 has successfully diverted consumer interest away from the Xiaomi Mi5, and the Chinese smartphone brand is possibly betting on the Mi Max to jump into the limelight yet again.