While flagship phones such as Samsung S7 and HTC 10 are still using 5.2-inches display size, Xiaomi has other things in mind. Xiaomi has completely ignored the major trend and release their first extra-large smartphone: the Xiaomi Mi Max. With a display of 6.44-inches, many people will consider Xiaomi Mi Max as a much larger smartphone and it was Xiaomi’s philosophy to go big or go home. Despite being an extra-large smartphone, Xiaomi has surprisingly positioned Xiaomi Mi Max as an affordable and mid-range smartphone. Let’s check out if Xiaomi Mi Max was a correct decision made by Xiaomi.
If one would describe Xiaomi Mi Max’s design, it would be typical and there is nothing exciting about it. The housing is made of aluminium and it looks and feels like a premium smartphone. The smartphone also fits well in your hand.
The extra-large 6.44-inches display puts Xiaomi Mi Max into the phablet territory. The extra screen size is ideal for watching videos. However, this may not be suitable if you usually use your phone with one hand. While it is still possible to use Xiaomi Mi Max with one hand, it can feel uncomfortable to hold very quickly. As like most the smartphones with extra-large screen size, Xiaomi Mi Max can easily slide out from non-jean pockets so you really need to extra careful. The screen display has accurate colour reproduction and good viewing angles. However, the 1080p resolution may be a little bit low for a size of this screen and it can be difficult to use the smartphone outdoors and under direct sunlight. Another good thing about the screen is that it is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4 which is something that you don’t often see on these types of mid-range smartphones and price point.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor found in Xiaomi Mi Max helps to make the smartphone’s performance comparable to other smartphones with higher-end chips such as the Snapdragon 808 and MIUI, Xiaomi’s custom user interface also runs well on the Xiaomi Mi Max. The 3GB RAM included is sufficient for moderate to heavy multitasking.
Xiaomi Mi Max offers great quality and if you buy it in an official market, the smartphone also comes with 4G LTE speed compatibility. However, if you bought it in an unofficial market, you are only limited to HSPA+ speeds. The internal storage capacity can be expanded up to 256GB using a microSD card expansion slot. The fingerprint reader is accurate too and the speakers sounded decent but they are slightly distorted at higher volumes.
Thanks to its humongous 4850mAh non-removable battery, Xiaomi Mi Max is most likely to last you for the whole day on moderate to heavy usage. While Xiaomi Mi Max supports Quick Charge 3.0 technology, Xiaomi failed to include a Quick Charge 3.0 charger in the package. The battery will take about 4 hours to charge with Quick Charge 2.0. It is said that you can purchase a Quick Charge 3.0 charger separately from Xiaomi.
Xiaomi Mi Max is equipped with a 16-megapixel aperture f/2.0 camera on the rear with dual-LED flash. The pictures taken with this camera are decent for this mid-range price point as they are sharp, detailed and has pleasing colour reproduction and great dynamic range. However, the Autofocus function is quite slow, finicky and it tends to over sharpen the pictures. Like most of the mid-range price point smartphones, Xiaomi Mi Max camera will also struggle to produce decent pictures under low lighting environments.
Overall, if you are looking for a decent extra-large smartphone on a budget, get Xiaomi Mi Max. It’s smooth performance and excellent battery life makes it worth it for you to buy this smartphone.