The Xiaomi got a new monster, the Mi Max. The company has unveiled three variants for Rs 15,300, Rs 17,300 and Rs 20,400.
It has a massive 6.44-inch screen. Xiaomi claims that it makes for a better gameplay experience. A bigger screen definitely improves the readability of maps though, and Xiaomi is promoting the large screen of the Max as a safety feature for drivers who are using their smartphones for navigation. The Max’s large size allows it to house one of the highest capacity batteries in smartphones, a 4850mAh battery. The phone offers an impressive fourteen hours of continuous video playback.
The phone comes with 32-128 GB of storage along with expandable memory card slot, which can be used to extend the capacity by a further 128GB. The lower priced models come with 3GB RAM, but the top of the line model has 4GB of RAM. The CPU is the Snapdragon 650 or the Snapdragon 652 and the GPU is an Adreno 510. The rear camera is a 16MP camera with dual tone flash. The front camera is a 5MP shooter with 85-degree field of view for perfect selfies.
The connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct and Bluetooth. It is a 4G phone with dual sim slots. GPS, GLONASS and BDS chips are all included for navigation. The phone also has NFC and an infrared port. The phone has a whole bunch of sensors, including a fingerprint scanner, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a proximity sensor, and a compass. The Mi Max is available in three colours, white, gold and grey.
Xiaomi is rolling out some software innovations as well. The Mi Max launch was accompanied by the launch of the MIUI 8 as well. Over 200 million users around the world use MIUI. The UI will be rolled out according to a schedule that starts off with beta registrations on 16 May. Beta access starts on 1 June. The Developer ROM will be rolled out on 17 June. Power saving mode prevents apps from downloading updates, or uploading data for backup.