Xiaomi announced the successor to its Max 2, the Mi Max 3 around mid-July this year in China. The phone is expected to be announced by Xiaomi in India by October. The smartphones in the Max series have a reputation for being one of the most gargantuous ones out there in the market.
The Mi Max 3 as such caters to a very specific kind of users. There are those who consume a lot of content on their smartphones like students followed by people like our parents who like to have phones with bigger displays. With bigger displays, Xiaomi is also able to offer a bigger battery that lasts more than just a typical day.
Update: Xiaomi India has started teasing the global launch of their humongous Mi Max 3. We expect India to be among the first few countries where the phone will be launched.
The Mi Max 3 was launched in China on July 19 and while there's no official word on its announcement in India, it is expected to arrive in October.
In China, Xiaomi has two variants of the Mi Max 3 which start at ¥1,699 (approx. ₹17,000) for 4GB RAM/64GB storage. On the other hand, Mi Max 3 with 6GB RAM and 128GB onboard storage retails for ¥1,999 (approx. ₹20,000).
The Mi Max 2, when it was launched in India came with a similar price tag of ₹16,999 and we believe with the Max 3, Xiaomi could stick around the same price point.
The Max 3 features a 6.9-inch Full HD+ (2160 x 1080 pixels) display which has an aspect ratio of 18:9. Yes, Xiaomi went bigger with the Mi Max 3 and as a result, users get more screen estate to play around. In what would traditionally house a 6.4-inch to 6.5-inch display, the 6.9-inch IPS panel on the Max 3 with 18:9 aspect ratio takes things to another level. The display is covered with a 2.5D glass for additional protection.
With such a big display, you would think that the Mi Max 3 would be a bulky smartphone to carry around. But it builds upon its predecessors and is thin at just 8mm. Add into the mix its metal unibody design and you're left with a gargantuan of a phone that looks and feels good to hold in the hand. Something that you cannot say for every other phone with huge displays. Xiaomi even claims that the Max 3 is easily usable with one hand, but we'll reserve our opinion on that until we test it ourselves.
In a bid to improve camera performance, the Mi Max 3 also jumps the dual camera bandwagon. It sports a primary 12-megapixel camera with Sony IMX363 sensor which is also found on flagship grade phones like the Asus Zenfone 5, Mi 8 and even the latest POCO F1.
This is paired with a secondary 5-megapixel depth-sensing camera which assists in creating portrait pictures. The primary sensor has 1.4μm pixel size along with dual pixel autofocus which allows it to capture much better shots during the night or in low-lit conditions. This is backed by dual LED flash on the back.
An 8-megapixel camera finds its way to the front of the Max 3 and has an aperture of f/2.0. The front-facing camera also comes handy to unlock the phone via face.
Both the front and rear cameras support AI features like Portrait mode, up to 25 distinct scene detection and Beautify mode for selfies. The camera on the Mi Max 3 can shoot videos up to 4K resolution at 30fps and slow-motion videos at 120fps in HD.
Mi Max 3 rocks Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset with an octa-core Kryo 260 CPU clocked at 1.8GHz and Adreno 509 as the visuals processor. The Kryo CPU delivers up to 40 percent more performance than its previous models and is more efficient. This setup is backed by 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB storage. The storage can further be expanded via microSD card.
The smartphone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI which is Xiaomi's own UI skin.
Now the battery is a department where Xiaomi has really outdone itself with the Max 3. It comes with a 5,500mAh battery capacity that supports quick charging (Quick charge 3.0) via the 9V adapter provided in-the-box. The Mi Max 3 also supports parallel charging which essentially means that it becomes a power bank for your other devices.
According to statistics released by Xiaomi, the 5,500mAh battery on the Max 3 will easily be able to play videos for 17 hours, games for 10 hours and music for a whopping 233 hours. The Mi Max 3 has a standby time of 474 hours which is 19 days and then some.
The Mi Max 3 will woo a lot of consumers who are on the lookout for smartphones with big batteries.
Xiaomi has outfitted the Max 3 with stereo speakers for a surround sound effect.
Split screen mode
With the Mi Max 3, users will be able to use MIUI's split screen mode in a more efficient way. As the display on the Max 3 is quite big, one can easily text while watching videos.
The picture-in-picture mode on the Max 3 will allow users to switch to different apps and the video playback will continue in a small pop-out window on the screen.
On the Mi Max 3, users will be able to increase the font size of any text.
The Mi Max 3 has been optimized for one-handed use which means the display elements could be compressed to 4-inch or 5-inch for easy use. The leftover blank area is filled with black borders.