We’ve been witnessing in recent months a full-scale invasion of stellar budget-conscious handhelds from Chinese OEMs like Xiaomi, Huawei, Meizu and LeEco, with the icing on the cake served up today by the $230 and up Mi Max.
That’s right, this premium Xiaomi-made monster will only cost RMB 1,500 in China when packing hexa-core Snapdragon 650 power, 3GB RAM and a 32GB ROM. Meanwhile, 1,700 Yuan ($260) shall score you an octa-core SD652 SoC, 3 gigs of memory and 64GB internal storage, with the top-of-the-line Snapdragon 652/4GB RAM/128GB ROM configuration fetching the equivalent of $305 (CNY 2,000).
Across the board, you’re looking at a huge yet slim and, allegedly, pocketable Android slab constructed out of metal, with razor-thin bezels and a circular fingerprint reader located on the back.
The Xiaomi Mi Max tips the scales at 203 grams, which sounds like a lot, but it’s perfectly acceptable for a 6.44-incher that also accommodates a 4,850 mAh battery. The display is Full HD, your chromatic choices are silver, gold and dark grey (no rose gold?), and the gargantuan phablet merely measures 7.5 mm in thickness.
With it, a brand new version of the company’s MIUI OS launches, i.e. 8.0, based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and headed for the entire Redmi and Mi Note families, as well as the Mi 2, 2S, 3, 4, 4C, 4S, 5 and Max before long full of multitasking enhancements, power efficiency improvements, and camera add-ons.
Speaking of, the Xiaomi Mi Max is an excellent camera phone too, at least for its price, with a 16MP PDAF unit on its rear and 5MP selfie shooter with 85 degree wide-angle lens also in tow. Last but not least, you get 4G LTE connectivity, microSD expansion, and hybrid dual SIM support to wrap up a positively dreamy sub-$250 spec sheet.