So recently I’ve gotten my hands on the latest device from Xiaomi, the Mi Max. Through first impressions, the device itself boasts a premium design with its sleek metal body with thin bezels and a huge battery capacity of 4850mAH. It could last me around 2 days with some gaming and social apps running. The one I’m reviewing is the 64GB version.
Playing around the device, it does seem odd to hold a 6.4inch phone (I’m usually a 5inch guy…). The software itself, MIUI is already based on the latest Android version, Marshmallow and includes the heavy customization that we always see with Xiaomi (The “Apple IOS” like interface). One thing that kept me with this phone is the fact that it’s hardware goes well with the price, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 running at 1.8Ghz and 4GB of RAM, enough to run Modern Combat 5 smoothly.
The display? Comparing it to an Iphone 6S, it’s nearly the same. It did worry me a bit since even with Auto Brightness on, the device is still kinda low in contrast but as with any Xiaomi device, you can change these options to suit your needs. The performance of the phone itself is just a bit lower than the Nexus 6P, if it has a better chipset, then maybe it can rank in the top 10.
Now, I was kinda disappointed in the Mi Max because right now, 2016 is the year of the USB Type-C and it also doesn’t have fast charging support. But this was redeemed with a inclusion of a fingerprint reader and the higher battery life. Now, the only time I’ve seen phones with a speaker at the bottom is on the iPhone 6S (Only seen speakers at the back/front). The speaker itself is truly spectacular, a good bass and you can clearly hear the vocals.
The camera, a 16MP shooter with Dual-LED setup kinda like the Asus Zenfone (Can’t remember which one). The photos it took was stunning and full of color, and as with any Xiaomi device it also includes a range of filters like “Fish Eye” and such. As for the video, shooting at Full HD was fun but it did made the phone a bit hot and took around 1.4GB for a 5min video.
The Xiaomi Mi Max is a tough competition in its range, comparing the phone to some models like the Samsung A9 and the Oppo R9 Plus. If you’re not into large phones, then I wonder why you even read this far. And if you are, then maybe you still need some convincing that the Mi Max rocks. Let us give it a shot. Metal is the material of choice for premium tablets (we’re not even looking at phones) and provides the frame to keep that massive shape intact. Xiaomi splurged on a 2.5D Gorilla Glass 4 for the front as well. The screen turned out great and its one potential weakness – the 1080p resolution – is a non-issue. The choice of chipsets is solid, but we think the Snapdragon 652 is for enthusiasts only, the 650 is more than capable. The camera has many positive qualities (the addition of 4K video is a great perk) and we think it has the potential to improve with future software updates. The battery is as massive as the phone itself and would last you ages. Isn’t that the recipe for the ideal “phablet” – a big screen and enough juice for it to stay on for a really long time?
Having scanned the competition, what makes the Xiaomi Mi Max a strong proposition is that it delivers where it counts: premium build, good screen and amazing battery. Given a wide enough distribution, it could become a popular choice for those who need every bit of screen real estate.