After posting several teasers on the official twitter feed, Xiaomi has now announced a large battery, large screen ‘smartphone’ that blurs the line between 7-inch tablets and 6-inch smartphone. The Mi Max is a step above the previous Mi Note devices, trying to combine the pervasive ‘thin’ design in modern smartphones while also adding plenty of battery life. The only way to effectively do this is to add area, so the final result is a 6.4-inch device.

  Xiaomi Max vs Note
Mi Max Mi Note
Max Max (Pro?) Note Note Pro
SoC Snapdragon 650
2xA72 @ 1.80 GHz
4xA53 @ 1.44 GHz
Snapdragon 652
4xA72 @ 1.80 GHz
4xA53 @ 1.44 GHz
Snapdragon 801
4x Krait 400
@ 2.50 GHz
Snapdragon 810
4xA57 @ 2.0 GHz
4xA53 @ 1.5 GHz
GPU Adreno 510 Adreno 330
@ 578MHz
Adreno 430
@ 600MHz
RAM + NAND 3 GB + 32 GB 4 GB + 128 GB
3 GB + 64 GB
3 GB + 64 GB
3 GB + 16 GB
4 GB + 64 GB
Display 6.44-inch
Network Qualcomm X8
 Category 7
Category 4 LTE
Qualcomm X10 
Category 6/9 LTE
Dimensions 173.1 x 88.3 x 7.5 mm
203 grams
155.1 x 77.6 x 6.95 mm
161 grams
Camera 16MP PDAF rear camera

5MP 85º wide-angle front
13MP Sony IMX214 rear camera,
1.12 µm pixels, 1/3.06" CMOS size,
F/2.0. OIS

4MP F/2.0 FFC OmniVision OV4688
Battery 4850 mAh
3000 mAh
(11.4 Wh)
3090 mAh
(11.74 Wh)
OS Android 6.0
MIUI 7 ?
Android 4.4
Android 5.0
Connectivity 802.11ac + BT 4.2, 
WiFi Display
802.11ac + BT 4.1,
WiFi Display
SIM Size 2 x NanoSIM
+MicroSD Share
1x NanoSIM
1x MicroSIM
Launch Price 1999 RMB for S652 + 128GB (~$310)
1699 RMB for S652 + 64GB (~$260)
1499 RMB for S650 + 32GB (~$230)
3000 RMB for Note Pro + 64GB (~$470)
2800 RMB for Note + 64GB (~$439)
2300 RMB for Note + 16GB (~$360)

The phablet will be offered in three models, similar to the Mi 5. The low-end model, coming it at an equivalent of $230, will feature a base Snapdragon 650 with 3GB of DRAM and 32GB of storage. Moving up the chain changes the SoC to the 652 and doubles the storage. The best version tops out at 4GB of DRAM and 128GB of storage, and all three allow installation of a 128GB microSD card in place of one of the SIM cards.

The Snapdragon 650 and 652 are renamed models of the 618 and 620 respectively, as we reported in December. The two SoCs differ in the number of A72 cores – the 650 is a ‘six-core’ part, featuring dual ARM Cortex A72 cores at 1.8 GHz and quad ARM Cortex A53 cores at 1.44 GHz in a big.LITTLE configuration, whereas the 652 has quad-A72 cores at the same frequency. These parts have an 3 or 4GB of DRAM (in an LPDDR3 memory interface we assume), along with Adreno 510 graphics. In the Mi Max, this powers the 6.44-inch display running at a Full HD (1920x1080) resolution, which comes to a 74.8% screen-to-body ratio.

The SoCs use Qualcomm’s integrated X8 LTE modem, rated at category 7, and supports dual 20 MHz carrier aggregation. The Mi Max will support dual 4G SIM cards (one slot also supports microSD), a rear based fingerprint sensor, a 16MP PDAF rear camera and a 5MP front camera with an 85º wide-angle lens. The device weighs in at 203g, which as a whole is not too dissimilar from the 6-inch HTC One Max.

Other features include Quick Charge 3.0 (rated at 83% in 30 minutes), active noise cancellation and 802.11ac, but USB is only at 2.0 speeds. Black, White and Gold colors are to be released, although release dates outside of China are unknown at this point.

Xiaomi Announces MIUI 8.0

With Xiaomi devices, the default OS uses their custom Mi User Interface (MIUI), and as part of the announcement today version 8.0 is soon to be available to Chinese users who sign up to the beta program. Mi 2/2S/3/4/4C/4S/5/Max and Redmi/Mi Note devices are supported, with beta testing starting on June 1st. MIUI 8.0 will include a new power saving mode that freezes background activity, multi-window management, fingerprint security for notes, a bundled QR and barcode scanner, a mathematics solver included, an updated camera and gallery software, and a base Chinese font redesign.

Gallery: MIUI

Source: Xiaomi

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  • protomech - Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - link

    "Quick Charge 3.0 (rated at 83% in 30 minutes)"


    QC 3.0 maxes at 18W, which can deliver 9 Wh in 30 minutes.

    4850 mAh * 3.7V = 18 Wh .. so the phone should be able to charge about 50% in 30 minutes. That's still pretty good considering the battery life is likely to be very solid.
  • serendip - Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - link

    The Snapdragon 650 variant should post phenomenal battery life for non-gaming usage, if only the quad A53 cores are used. Too bad it only has 32 GB onboard but the MicroSD slot makes up for that.

    I'm glad someone had the guts to make a replacement for the Xperia Z Ultra. I thought my 5.5" phone is good enough but an extra inch of display space would be great for reading and working with documents.
  • satai - Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - link

    28 nm HPm :(
    Battery Life is probably going to be OK but the S65x could be much better with a newer process...
  • Pissedoffyouth - Friday, May 13, 2016 - link

    I have the 650 in my Redmi Note 3 Pro and it's fine. Yes there are better processes but it never gets hot, and 28HPm is a tried and true process (The SD80x series used it)
  • TheinsanegamerN - Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - link

    Lets hope they make a replacement for sonys compact model as well.
  • 8steve8 - Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - link

    I'd honestly buy this if it has an snapdragon 820
  • zodiacfml - Friday, May 13, 2016 - link

    You have a point there. High performance SoCs should be also available in high battery capacity devices and not only on thin, flagship phones so that they can be abused with playing games and still have at least 20 percent charge left before charging again.
  • nightbringer57 - Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - link

    Still no support for 700/800MHz LTE, I assume?
  • hobostu9000 - Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - link

    Any thought on how the new U.S. duty exemptions might lead to an easier entry in to the U.S. market?
  • Amandtec - Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - link

    I bought a Xiaomi Note 2 and as a long time Apple/Samsung user expected a user experience downgrade. I didn't really experience one - UI was great, speed was great and general happiness was on par with Apple/Samsung for me. Obv. I am not a power user, just a user but I was pleasantly surprised to find that buying a $170 phone felt more 'like driving a lexus than a civic'. The only downside is it is a semi-grey import and there are no accessories to be found locally.

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