Xiaomi releases the Mi Max phablet

Xiaomi finally launched the Mi Max putting all speculation to rest.  The Mi Max is a device in a segment many thought would never see light of day again. Hugo Barra, Vice-President of International for Xiaomi, called the device “Xiaomi’s first-ever super-large 6.44-inch″, which is “extremely pocketable”.

Mi Max

The Mi Max is a phablet with a 6.44-inch display, which has a reasonable 342ppi density. Even though the device is so large, it weighs just 203g and the body is 7.5mm thin. The device runs  Snapdragon 652 on the 4GB RAM 64GB/128GB models and  Snapdragon 650 on the 3GB 32GB model. Storage can be expanded through microSD up to 128GB.

The camera on the back of the device is a 16MP snapper with phase detection autofocus that appears to be similar to the camera on the Mi 5. The front cam is a 5MP wide-angle lens, for those selfies with every single person you hang with. A fingerprint reader is on the back of the device, which makes sense considering the size of the device.

Mi Max 3

Now the other big feature is the giant 4,850 mAh battery. The Mi Max will be the first device to run MIUI 8.0 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The MIUI has received a massive facelift, which was explained in detail at the launch.

The device is priced as follows:

  • 3GB RAM/32GB + Snapdragon 650 – RMB 1499 (Dh846.50)
  • 4GB RAM/64GB + Snapdragon 652 – RMB 1699 (Dh959.45)
  • 4GB RAM/128GB + Snapdragon 652 – RMB 1999 (Dh1,128.86)

Now obviously these aren’t the prices we will see globally. Unfortunately, we’re still waiting for the Xiaomi Mi 5 to launch officially in the UAE. I’m guessing the Mi Max is still a while away. Until then, any thoughts on this size and the phablet?