The Good The Xiaomi Mi Max has a brilliant, massive 6.4-inch screen and ridiculously good battery life.
The Bad The huge size of the phone makes it difficult to use one hand; it is also heavy and erased in the pants pocket.
The Bottom Line The premium build of the Xiaomi Mi Max, the amazing battery life and the stunning screen make it a good phone for watching videos and games, but its size makes it difficult to use with one hand.
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If the phrase “too big” has never been included in your vocabulary, then the 6.4-inch Xiaomi Mi Max was made for people like you. The display is bright, the battery runs long, but the question for any such big phone is always going to come back to size: is it too big for you, or can you handle it?
I personally am not a fan. Phones should not be small, but they should also not be heavy with one-handed use. And let’s understand here, Max is a double-digit affair if you want to use it without difficulty (unless you have really big hands). It was hard for me to get to the apps, and I’m just in pain to keep adjusting my pens to get things to the top of the phone. However, I think the Mi Max is very useful for shading my face on a sunny day, and I really like the feel of the metal chassis in my hands.
Of course, the real reason you buy this phone is to watch videos and read – eBooks, Articles, Facebook, whatever – and the Mi Max is perfect for this. The large 6.4-inch Full HD (1,920×1,080 pixels) is sharp and bright, and Xiaomi Sunlight Display technology makes details such as words and images clearer in bright sunlight. The games on the phone were great. Asphalt 8 went smoothly at High Settings, and I actually liked that there was a bigger screen here.
Retailing at 1,499 yuan ($ 230, $ 160, or $ 315 converted) for the cheapest model with 32GB of storage, this large-screen phone really offers great value.
Get a load of the very big 6.4-inch Xiaomi Mi Max
Too much phone?
Mi Max runs on a custom version of Android called MIUI, and it boasts several features not available on Android. For example, you can quickly turn on the flashlight by holding the home button; as well as a feature similar to the iPhone Assistive Touch that gives you quick access to your home, menu buttons, and phone return buttons, and adds other features such as a screenshot. Although I find it helps to make the Mi Max less uncomfortable to use, I found that I needed to move the button up so that it did not interfere with my thumb.
The larger Mi Max gives it a big advantage over other phones – the 4850 mAh battery room. Although it is not removed, I almost never run out of juice all day long. In our CNET lab video test, the phone, like the excellent Energizer battery, lasted a whopping 22 hours. The six-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor also worked great in both landmarks and in real life, I was able to reproduce Asphalt 8 on a high graphics with stuttering. The 16 megapixel camera also worked in general – you won’t have any problems.
Xiaomi Mi Max camera test shots
If you just want a phone that lets you watch Netflix and cool down with a friend, the big screen might work. I like how ridiculously long the battery lasts, and heavy users will definitely appreciate it as well. Currently, the phone is only available in China, but expect it to launch in India the next and other markets in Southeast Asia where Xiaomi is present. You will probably only be able to get it in the US, UK and Australia through third-party sellers. If you like other big screen phones, there’s always the Huawei 6.8-inch P8 Max or the recently announced Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra.
Comparison of equipment specifications
|Xiaomi Mi Max||Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra|
|Display size, resolution||6.4-inch; 1,920×1,080 pixels||6.8-inch; 1,920×1,080 pixels|
|Pixel density||342 ppi||324 ppi|
|Dimensions (inches)||6.81 x 3.48 x 0.3 inches||7.34 x 3.7 x 0.27 inches|
|Dimensions (millimeters)||173.1 x 88.3 x 7.5||186.4 x 93.9 x 6.8mm|
|Weight (Ounces, Grams)||7.16 oz (203g)||8.22 oz (233g)|
|Mobile software||Android 6.0 Marshmallow||Android 6.01 Marshmallow|
|Processor||1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652||1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652|
|RAM||3GB or 4GB||3GB or 4GB|
|Expandable storage||Up to 256GB||Up to 256GB|
|Battery||4,850mAh (nonremovable)||4,600mAh (nonremovable)|
|Fingerprint sensor||Back cover||Home button|
|Special features||Dual-SIM, Assistive Touch software button||Double speakers|
|Price off-contract (USD)||Converts to $230 (base model)||$479|
|Price (GBP)||Converts to £160||£330|
|Price (AUD)||Converts to AU$315||AU$670|