Xiaomi MI Max Review: Several smartphones recently have introduced extra-large smartphones, including LeEco Le Max 2, Huawei P8 Max and Samsung Galaxy A9. So, with a 6.44 inch display, the Mi Max is a much larger than what many would consider normal and Xiaomi is positioning the Mi Max as an affordable mid-range device and promises to still offer a great phablet experience.
Xiaomi MI Max Review
The Mi Max’s aluminium construction provides a premium feel and look. Some other design also makes the Mi Max less difficult to hold like the tapers on the rear and the perfectly positioned fingerprint reader and power button.
On the front the curved 2.5D glass of the Mi Max houses three illuminated capacitive keys that are positioned in the Xiaomi’s standard layout. The display’s side bezels are quite small.
This phone is well places well into the phablet territory with the extra-large 6.44 inch 1080P display. While it is possible to use the Mi Max with one hand. The display looks pretty good and it has good viewing angles and also accurate color reproduction. At this size the 1080P resolution seems a bit low and I would like to see Quad HD even if that is meant for a slightly higher price.
The Xiaomi Mi Max uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor and helps to make the Mi Max performance comparable to the smartphones with the higher-end chips like Snapdragon 808. The MIUI custom software runs very smoothly on Mi Max and the base model of 3GB RAM is generally enough for the moderate to heavy multitasking.
The Mi Max offers a great call quality. Also if you choose to use the device in official market then you will receive 4G LTE speed. But if you are in the unofficial market, like the US then you will be limited to HSPA + speeds on both the AT & T and T-Mobile. The MI Max is an unlocked dual-SIM device and one SIM slot doubles as a microSD card expansion slot by allowing you to expand the phone’s storage up to 256GB.
On back the fingerprint reader is accurate and it is faster than the one found on the Nexus 6P. Xiaomi’s retreat to microUSB and this is now outdated and the charging port standard.
During my testing, the single side-firing speaker sounded pretty good and sounded only slightly distorted at high volumes.
The Mi Max is backed by 4850mAH non-removable battery. I also noticed that it did significantly better on Wi-Fi than the cellular data. While it supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, Xiaomi had failed to include Quick Charge 3.0 charger in the box.
The Mi Max is equipped with a 16MP f/2.0 camera with the dual-LED flash. While taking a closer at the sample images, it looks that the Mi Max’s camera is one of the best that we have seen at this price point. With visually pleasing color reproduction and with great dynamic range the Images came out sharp.
The camera of Mi Max’s is far from perfect. the smartphone miss focusses than what we normally expect. In some images to the point of recognition it also tended to oversharpen images.
Xiaomi has shipped the smartphone with its own custom version of Android, MIUI. As it is running on the top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, MIUI is sharp departure from the stock Android. From Western media, MIUI has received a number of mixed reviews. The stock app well designed and the UI is remarkably responsive and ability to do things like restrict data for a specific app is invaluable. As the MIUI receives weekly updates so you will be getting new features and bug fixes very often.
- Smooth performance
- Good sound quality
- Good display
- Fairly fast fingerprint reader
- Good camera for the price
- Excellent battery life
- MIUI is enjoyable to use once you get used to it
- Lack of US 4G LTE support
- Less than average sunlight readability
- No US availability
- Quick Charge 3.0 charger not included in the box
- Shockingly poor build quality
- Hellish bootloader unlocking process
- Image processing has some minor quirks like oversharpening
- Potential Google apps and DRM-related issues on the imported units