Too big? Too heavy? Not powerful enough? Apparently, the gargantuan but affordable Xiaomi Mi Max caught on despite all the objections one could have justly raised before settling on it in an option-rich budget Android smartphone market.

Available in China in a number of configurations for quite some time, including a “lighter” 2GB RAM variant, the 6.44-incher can now be purchased on Indian shores with your choice of 3 or 4GB RAM, 32 or 128GB internal storage space, and Snapdragon 650 or 652 processing muscle.

The slightly higher-end model gets a new name, specifically Xiaomi Mi Max Prime, and of course, a notable price hike, from Rs. 15,000 to 20,000, i.e. $225 to $300. Are the upgrades worth it? It mostly depends on how badly you need the additional digital hoarding room (keeping in mind there is also a microSD card slot in tow), with the 1 gig of extra memory and marginally faster SoC feeling like sweet but not exactly essential add-ons.

At the end of the day, both Mi Max versions provide plenty of bang for your buck (or rupee), thanks to respectable shared features such as 1080p screen resolution, 16/5MP cameras, 4850mAh battery, fingerprint recognition, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow software.

Source: Mi India

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