Is it a tablet? A smartphone?, Xiaomi’s newly announced Mi Max has already fascinated the consumers by increasing the screen size to 6.44 inch, battery size to 4850mAh, and basically coming close to joining the tablet league. The smartphone currently makes the rest of the phones look puny (iPhone 6s Plus at 5.5 inches, Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro at 6 inches).
The phone weighs 203 grams with 7.5mm thin metal body. Clearly, the idea was to introduce a huge but not bulky smartphone, in hopes of letting it catch up to the trend. Xiaomi’s game plan is still set at “affordable pricing for the consumers.” The entry model is priced at (Yuan-converted) $230, packing SoC Snapdragon 650, 3GB of DRAM with 32GB storage capacity. The high-end model packing 128 GB of storage capacity is priced at $350. All variants have a microSD slot next to the SIM port, capable of adding an extra 128GB.
While the size of the smartphone at 6.44 inches clearly indicates being incapable of fitting in the palm, actions like gaming and texting while holding the smartphone will result to accidental side taps. Luckily, the new palm rejection feature in Mi Max ignores the side taps, allowing us to operate the smartphone with one hand if necessary. Check out the specs and features as reported by CNET.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 hexa-core processor
- 4GB RAM and 128GB of onboard storage
- Xiaomi’s new MIUI 8 Android skin
- Fingerprint scanner on the back
- 16-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front
- 4,850mAh battery
Along with the phablet announcement, Xiaomi also unveiled the Mi User Interface 8.0 (MIUI 8.0). According to Anandtech, the latest version will be available to users in china signing up for the beta program. The 8.0 update has features like power-saving mode by freezing background activity, fingerprint security for notes, fonts redesigned and a new design that changes color accordingly to different actions (increasing or decreasing the volume while recording).
The smartphone will be official available for sale online in the USA. Whereas the phablet is already available in China and will soon extend to regions like India and other places in Southeast Asia.
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