While Xiaomi is unlikely to be able to properly release the Mi Band 2 fitness tracker very soon, which may also push back the long overdue Mi Watch, we still expect the OEM to take the Beijing stage on Tuesday to at least fully unveil its latest ultra-low-cost wearable piece, as well as the Mi Max phablet.
This latter device is a relatively new entry in the rumor mill, but already, we’ve heard a number of conflicting reports on some of its specs, with visual leaks clashing on buttons and fingerprint sensor placement too.
Ultimately, China’s telecommunications equipment certification center, aka Tenaa, settles all matters today, green-lighting a gargantuan 6.4-incher with no physical home key, just capacitive buttons, and a circular fingerprint reader on the back of the device, underneath a fairly small camera and eerily familiar antenna stripe.
As suspected, a not-very-prominent “Mi” logo is present on the rear, which stands out with smooth lines, a distinguished all-metal build, and minimal bells and whistles. Meanwhile, the front bezels are remarkably slim, leaving you with impressive screen real estate to enjoy Full HD content on.
Under the hood of the Xiaomi Mi Max, a hexa-core Snapdragon 650 processor rather than a quad 820 runs the hardware show, backed by as little as 2 and as much as 3GB RAM, depending on the configuration you’re ready to splash the cash on.
Of course, at least the “entry-level” variant should go easy on your bank accounts, with 16GB internal storage, not 32, microSD support, 16 and 5MP cameras, 4,000 mAh battery juice, as well as pre-installed Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. $250, anyone? How about $200? Sounds too good to be true, but we’ll probably find out if that’s the case on May 10.