Until a couple of years ago, 5-inch screen phones were more in vogue and dominated the smartphone space. These days phones with 5.5-inch screen size have become common. What adds to their popularity is the design improvements made by manufacturers to keep the size in check. But the evolution has not stopped there. A few phone makers have even tried to explore the feasibility of screen sizes beyond the 5.5-inch mark. Sony has experimented with a 6.4-inch screen in Xperia Z Ultra, LeEco LeMax 2 has a screen size of 5.7 inches, while Oppo came up with the 6-inch R7 Plus.
Now Xiaomi is kicking at the same door again with the Mi Max, which comes with a huge 6.4-inch display. The display is slightly smaller than a conventional 7-inch tablet, but it is designed so well that it is closer to a big-screen phone than a tablet. Here are some of the most interesting highlights of the Xiaomi Mi Max.
Really big canvas
The Mi Max's huge 6.4-inch display is genuinely big, which could be good news for gamers and movie buffs. The display packs in a screen resolution of 1920x1080 (Full HD), which is pretty common in big-screen phones these days. But it is interesting to note that the LeEco Le Max 2, priced at 22,999, offers a 5.7-inch screen with a 2,560x1,440 resolution. The Mi Max comes with Corning's newest scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 4, which should be helpful if you are a rough user. The big phone also uses the same 'sunlit display' technology, which we saw in Redmi More 3 and Mi5. It handles every pixel to light up the screen and adjust brightness.
A touch of metal
The phone tips the scales at 203g, which is what most phones with a screen size of more than 6 inches weigh. It is 7.5mm thick, 173mm tall and 88mm wide, which should make it an interesting proposition to hold and use. The full metal finish could be a bonus as it may add to the phone's solidity, in addition to the persona.
The fingerprint sensor will be placed at the back.
New Android, new UI
This is one of the few smartphones which is likely to run on Xiaomi's new MIUI 8 over Android Marshmallow, and the first in India to run the latest interface. The new UI offers some cool features such as App cloning (allows running of two instances of the same app), MI Lanting (this is a new font which reads better) and app freezing (stops apps running in the background). Xiaomi has also made some visual changes to the UI on the lines of material design. New security tools have been added, too, that can detect messages with phishing risk.
The phone's surprise package is the massive 4,800mAh capacity battery it carries. The battery capacity puts it at par with some of the big battery phones such as Gionee Marathon M5 and the Lenovo Vibe P1. The Mi Max supports Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 technology which can charge the phone faster in less time.
What will power it?
Xiaomi is likely to use the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 hexa-core processor we saw in the Redmi Note 3 or its newer variant, the Snapdragon 652 hexa-core processor. The processor will be paired with 3GB RAM in the 32GB and 64GB variants, while the 4GB RAM version comes with the 128GB variant. We can't say which version will show up here, but it is likely to be the lower variant as the same happened in the case of the Mi5 recently.
The Mi Max running on Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage will be available at 14,999, while the one running on Snapdragon 652 with 4GB RAM and 128 GB storage will sell at 19,999. Both smartphone's will be available from 6 July.
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