After teasing it for a while, Xiaomi has revealed the Mi Max 3, the latest in its massive phone series, in China. And if you thought that the phone could not go beyond the massive 6.44-inch display and 5300 mAh battery, then think again. The Mi Max 3 comes with a 6.9 inch display and a 5500 mAh battery. Pretty much Max-ed out, we would say.
Of course, it does not look as overwhelmingly large, thanks to the fact that the Max 3 too jumps on to the 18:9 aspect ratio display bandwagon – the resolution is full HD+. Performance is likely to be snappy given the fact that the device is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chip seen on the Redmi Note 5 Pro in India. The camera too has been revamped – the Mi Max 3 now has a dual camera (12-megapixel with f/1.9 aperture and 5.0 megapixel with f/2.0) on the back and an 8.0-megapixel selfie snapper on board. The 3.5 mm audio jack remains very much in place as does stereo sound and connectivity options include dual VOLTE and Bluetooth 5.0. There is no notch, though, and the fingerprint sensor remains on the back.
On the software side, the phone comes with MIUI 9.5, Xiaomi’s overlay, on top of Android 8.1. Features include face unlock and some AI features including scene recognition, AI Beauty and AI portrait mode and also a voice assistant.
The phone will be available in two variants – 4 GB RAM/ 64 GB storage and 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage. And in best Max and Xiaomi tradition, neither will cost a bomb – the 4/64 GB variant is priced at CNY1,699 (USD 252 approx) while the 6/ 128 GB one will set you back by CNY1,999 USD 300 approx).
It might not boast the most powerful specs in tech town, but Xiaomi’s Mi Max series is certainly one of the most noteworthy devices out there and remains a firm favourite for those who love their multimedia and covet battery lives. No, we have no idea when it will come to Indian shores, but watch this space – both the Mi Max and the Mi Max 2 were released in India, so we are optimistic about seeing the third in the series fairly early.