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The phone comes with Snapdragon 650, 3GB RAM, and 32GB storage, It has good build quality and battery life but the camera is average
There was a time, not too long ago, when it was not uncommon to see people carrying 7-inch tablets around as their primary phones. As ridiculous as it looked, it was a trend that caught on and we have Samsung’s affordable Tab series to thank (or blame) for that. Last year, we witnessed Lenovo attempting to get in on that action with the Phab Plus (Review), and today, we have Xiaomi taking a stab at this niche market with the Mi Max. Just like Lenovo’s offering, the Mi Max focuses purely on content consumption (and perhaps a bit of creation too), be it videos, games, or even apps. Given its feature set and specifications, the Mi Max can be considered a larger rendition of the Redmi Note 3 (Review), another very popular phone. But has Xiaomi got the formula right with the Mi Max? We’ve spent nearly a week with the device and here’s what we think.
Look and feel
It’s not rocket science to make a large-screened smartphone, but the ability to achieve a balance between size, weight, and ergonomics is what sets the good ones apart. The Mi Max features a 6.44-inch full-HD display with Gorilla Glass 3 and the company’s proprietary Sunlight Display tech for better outdoor legibility. Make no mistake, this screen is massive, and the Mi Max manages to make even an iPhone 6 Plus (Review) look small in comparison. However, Xiaomi tries to make up for this by trimming the side bezels and space above and below the display, except for what’s absolutely needed. The front glass is also slightly rounded, thereby avoiding any sharp edges.
The Mi Max is fairly slim at 7.5mm and there are chamfered edges along the metal body. The volume and power buttons are placed on the right and work well, with good tactile feedback. The hybrid SIM tray sits on the left. You can either have two SIM cards or one SIM and a microSD card (up to 128GB).
The mono-speaker is placed at the bottom, along with the Micro-USB port, while the headphones socket and infrared emitter are on the top. The metal surface makes the phone quite slippery, so getting a rubber case wouldn’t be a bad idea.
It’s safe to say that the Mi Max is yet another solid offering from Xiaomi, only this time, it’s
targeted at a rather niche market. There could be some demand for phones with enormous displays, and now buyers have a decent option. The Mi Max could potentially inject new life into this segment as it’s a very good all-rounder. Its size is a subjective matter, as many people don’t make a lot of voice calls, but do like watching movies and reading books. A device such as this could eliminate the need to use a separate phone and tablet, at home and also while traveling or commuting.
The phone has very good build quality, a good display, excellent battery life and snappy performance. Camera quality isn’t the best and we would really have liked stereo speakers on a device geared for media consumption. This isn’t going to be the easiest device to live with for many people, but if you like the idea of tablet-sized smartphones, the Mi Max is currently the best option in its price class.