Xiaomi MI Max 3 Complete Smartphone Review
Xiaomi has set its feet deep into the global smartphone market with its durable new releases gaining vast popularity amongst users. The Chinese electronics company recently launched a brand new handset in the MAX series- the Xiaomi MI Max 3. The mega 6.90-inch MI Max 3 is being reviewed as one of biggest phones of the year 2018.
Xiaomi MI Max 2 set the financial bar high for the new release to compete with. MI Max 3 with its bumper 5500 mAh battery and 4G – 800MHz support is drawing customer eyes world over and may just perform better than its successful predecessors. Despite the prevalent reliability of Xiaomi devices, is this massive new release worth spending $250 on? Here’s a deeper look into the specifications and design of Xiaomi MI Max 3:
Design and Display
Xiaomi MI Max 3 can easily be called a phablet with its 6.90-inch (122.9 cm sq.) HD+ display and supporting a screen resolution of 2160×1080. The smartphone has sleek aluminium outer body, with dimensions of 176.15 x 87.4 x 7.99 and offers a pleasantly vivid display quality due to slimmer bezels. IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen packed with over 16M colours adds to the overall user experience.
Sporting a 12-megapixel dual-camera that is vertically stacked on the device, it also has an efficient fingerprint scanner located in the rear. The device has a dual-sim hybrid slot supporting nano-sized sims.
Colour variations available for Xiaomi MI Max 3 are Black, Blue and Champagne Gold unlike its predecessor device available in Black and Golden only. Whether giving their new smartphone a screen size that barely fits in the hand will make profits for Xiaomi, is yet to be seen in its July quarter sales.
Battery and Camera
Other than the enormous screens, Xiaomi devices are best known for their battery power and durability, to which Xiaomi MI Max 3 stands no exception. A massive non-removable battery of 5500 mAh has been installed within the device to support the large screen and upgraded processor. The device comes with a quick-charging assurance by Xiaomi, that claims users will have their phones 71% charged in an hour. Total standby time of a whopping 20 days or 474 hours has been assured to the customers as well.
Camera quality of Xiaomi’s devices has observed to have been quite disappointing, be it Xiaomi MI Max series or the Note 4. However, a 12-megapixel camera combined with an aperture of f/2.2 and dual pixel PDAF, Xiaomi MI Max 3 has set the camera standards of the company higher than before. The camera also sports features including face detection, Geo-tagging, HDR, touch focus, and panorama. One can easily expect bright and sharp images from Max 3’s camera in natural and artificial light alike.
Performance and UI Updates
Two promising configurations have been launched for Xiaomi MI Max 3- that of 4GB RAM, 64GB storage capacity and 6GB RAM, 128 GB storage capacity. Technologies supported by the new handset include the good old GSM, followed by CDMA, EVDO, LTE and HSPA which in a package seems to be an amazing deal at MI Max 3’s price point.
Xiaomi has at last upgraded from the Nougat 7.1 operating system to Android 8.1 Oreo, coupled with an updated version of Xiaomi’s personally built-up ROM, MIUI 9.5. Overall processing of the new smartphone has seen leaps and bounds of improvement with the much powerful Qualcomm SDM636 Snapdragon 636 chipset installed.
Features including face unlock, scene recognition and updated version of personal assistance are incorporated within the Max 3 with system upgradeable to MIUI 10.
Observing the Cons
- Optical Image Stabilization Closely followed by OnePlus 5 and Xiaomi MI Max 2, Max 3 does not comprise the IOS feature in its camera, which distorts the video quality and makes the overall visual experience poor. Cameras with IOS absent capture shaky and unstable videos.
- Restoration of apps MI users cannot restore applications from their Google account once they have been uninstalled. The system gives an option to restore from the user’s MI account. These accounts, however, are limited to only Xiaomi devices that support MIUI. Meaning, you cannot switch to another company’s smartphone without losing all your dear apps. The suggestion is to install a reliable restore and backup app on your Xiaomi device.
- Disappointment for e-book fanatics Despite Xiaomi MI Max 3’s huge screen size which can be perfect for reading e-books, the device does not support a monochrome reader mode. This is a feature that regulates the display to provide users a comfortable reading experience.
- Illogical fingerprint scanner location The fingerprint scanner has been placed on the upper back of the device. Given the size, it becomes difficult to reach the scanner with one hand, without re-positioning the phone repeatedly. It would have been more accessible to place the scanner in the front or lower on the back.
Xiaomi’s new handset is undoubtly one of the best choices currently available for users who prefer smartphones with large screen size. Although the processing and overall performance of the device is not extraordinary, it’s user-friendly features and massive battery life compensate for the cons.