Review: Xiaomi Mi Max Is Big and Beautiful, but Is That Enough?

With a 6.5-inch display, Xiaomi’s Mi Max is the brand’s biggest smartphone yet. Should you buy it? Read the review.

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Xiaomi Mi Max has a 6.5-inch Full HD screen. But does it make sense? (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)

Once upon a time, every smartphone maker worth its salt was trying to make phones as small as possible. Zip to 2016, phones have become smarter and larger. Now, every big brand is following this trend.

Xiaomi was one of the first Chinese companies to bring their high-specced, low-priced smartphones to the Indian market. The brand is here again, after their flagship Mi5 released in April, with the huge – almost 6.5-inch – Mi Max.

Does it fit in one palm? Does it rise above the competition? And most importantly, does it make sense to use this? Read all about it in the review:

Snapshot

Pros:

  • Large, crisp display with vivid colours
  • Metal and glass construction
  • Long battery life
  • Decent cameras

Cons:

  • Heating issues
  • Size issues while carrying it

What’s Good?

Xiaomi Mi Max carries the design philosophy previously seen in Redmi Note 3. The phablet has a metal back with a full glass front with 2.5D curved edges. The phone is light and thin despite the larger screen size.

Coming to the display, the 6.4-inch full HD screen is both its boon and bane. The colours are quite vivid and it definitely adds to the video viewing experience. Watching YouTube videos on this mini-TV screen was a pleasant experience.

Mi Max has a 6.5-inch 1920x1080 display (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
Mi Max has a 6.5-inch 1920x1080 display (Photo: The Quint)

With great size comes great power requirements. The 4850 mAh battery on the phone wasn’t very reassuring. However, our concerns were laid to rest with the phone lasting an impressive 2 days on a single charge. Under the hood, it’s powered by a Snapdragon 650 processor, coupled with 3GB RAM.

A macro shot taken on Mi Max. (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
A macro shot taken on Mi Max. (Photo: The Quint)
An HDR sample on Mi Max taken through a glass window. The details get subtly accentuated with a slight boost in saturation. (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
An HDR sample on Mi Max taken through a glass window. The details get subtly accentuated with a slight boost in saturation. (Photo: The Quint)

The camera optics and performance remain similar to the Redmi Note 3. There’s a 13-megapixel snapper on the back and a 5-megapixel camera on the front. The camera produced good results in both natural and artificial light. Although photographs taken in low light do tend to be grainy.

The fingerprint scanner placement on Mi Max is similar to Redmi Note 3, while the camera is slotted at Mi5’s place. (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
The fingerprint scanner placement on Mi Max is similar to Redmi Note 3, while the camera is slotted at Mi5’s place. (Photo: The Quint)

What’s Bad?

It. Is. Huge! Xiaomi Mi Max’s biggest strength also happens to be one of its sore points. It’s quite cumbersome to carry. The phone may just slip through your hand. You may also need a separate bag (mild exaggeration) to carry this phone.

Mi Max compared to the 6-inch Google Nexus 6 (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
Mi Max compared to the 6-inch Google Nexus 6 (Photo: The Quint)
Mi Max is a tad bigger than Google Nexus 6, mostly because of Max’s thin bezels. (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
Mi Max is a tad bigger than Google Nexus 6, mostly because of Max’s thin bezels. (Photo: The Quint)

The phone also has a heating problem. A few minutes into a YouTube video, the top of the smartphone became quite warm, getting subsequently hotter. If people call Mi Max a hot piece of technology, they might be speaking literally.

Xiaomi Mi Max has a full metal back, which gets really hot over long usage. (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
Xiaomi Mi Max has a full metal back, which gets really hot over long usage. (Photo: The Quint)

Why Buy It?

Xiaomi Mi Max serves as a portable media screen, and also as a nice gaming device. Basically, If you’re looking for a tablet which is easier to carry, Mi Max is an option worth considering. But if you’re looking for a smartphone which is easier to carry, look elsewhere.

But at the price of Rs 14,999, this is a sweet deal indeed. Mi Max’s 4 GB variant with 128 GB storage and Snapdragon 652 is available for Rs 19,999.

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