After several weeks of leaks, Xiaomi has unveiled the highly anticipated Xiaomi Mi Max 3 smartphone. Compared to the predecessor Mi Max 2, its successor has arrived with improvements in 7 departments such as design, display, battery, rear camera, front camera, processor, and additional biometric recognition feature.
The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 that measures 176.2 x 87.4 x 8mm is slightly bigger and thinner than the Mi Max 2 with dimensions 174.1 x 88.7 x 7.6mm. The size of the phone is similar to a traditional 6.3-inch smartphone.
By reducing the upper bezel by 4.7mm, the lower one by 7mm and narrowing the chassis by 1.3mm, Xiaomi has managed to pack a huge display of 6.9 inches on the Mi Max 3. Like the predecessor model, the Mi Max 3 also features a full unibody design and its thin profile makes it comfortable to hold with one hand. The three color variants of the Mi Max 3 are Black Stone, Deep Sea Blue and Dream Gold.
The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 features a huge display of 6.9 inches that offers an aspect ratio of 18:9 along with FHD+ resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. According to Xiaomi, the Mi Max 3 offers a screen-to-body ratio 85.19 percent.
Compared to the Mi Max 2, the company has increased the screen’s brightness by 19 percent on the Mi Max 3 and also it offers 50 percent higher contrast. It offers 17 percent more color gamut than the Mi Max 2. It goes without saying that the large display offers a better viewing experience. The smartphone also supports display features like split-screen and picture-in-picture.
The Mi Max 3 has a 5,500mAh battery which means it includes 200mAh more power than the predecessor model. The gigantic battery makes it possible to use the smartphone for 2 days with charging it once. It offers a standby time of one month.
Moreover, the smartphone also includes support for Quick Charge 3.0 allows it to gain 71 percent of battery juice by charging it for an hour. Xiaomi has also included reverse charging feature on the Mi Max 3 through which it can be used for charging other devices like phones, smartwatches, Bluetooth headsets and so on.
The original Mi Max and Mi Max 2 were both powered by Snapdragon 625. The newer Mi Max 3 has arrived with Snapdragon 636 that delivers 40 percent better performance than SD625. The 14nm SoC consumes less power and delivers smoother performance while multitasking on the phone.
The 128 GB storage model of the Mi Max 3 has 6 GB of RAM whereas the base variant of 64 GB has 4 GB of RAM. For enhanced gaming experience on games like Arena of Valor, the Mi Max 3 supports high frame multi-core multi-threading and offers gaming features like game toolbox, one-click acceleration, screen and video capture as well as quickly reply on WeChat.
The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 features 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel AI dual camera with a pixel size of 1.4μm along with dual PD dual-core focus that offers faster and accurate autofocus. The AI driven rear cameras also supports better low-light photography, up to 206 kinds of scene detection, object recognition and portrait shots. Here are some of the camera samples released by Xiaomi:
The frontside of the smartphone is fitted with an 8-megapixel selfie camera along with a dedicated soft-light LED flash. With AI onboard, the selfie camera of the Xiaomi phablet can capture selfie shots with bokeh effect.
Like the Mi Max 3, the successor phone is equipped with dual speakers for stereo sound output while watching movies and enjoying games. The handset is preinstalled with Android 8.1 Oreo and the latest edition of MIUI which also brings along Xiao AI voice assistant.
Apart from the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, the Mi Max 3 also carries support for face unlock through the front camera. The other features available on the smartphone are microSD slot, 4G VoLTE, dual-SIM support, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, USB-C and 3.5mm audio jack
The 64 GB storage + 4 GB RAM and 128 GB storage + 4 GB variants of the Mi Max 2 were respectively made available for 1,699 Yuan (~$252) and 1,999 Yuan. (~$296) Even though the Xiaomi Mi Max 3 comes with many improvements, it has arrived with the same pricing as the predecessor model.
The 64 GB storage + 4 GB RAM and 128 GB storage + 6 GB models of the Mi Max 3 carry respective price tags of 1,699 Yuan (~$252) and 1,999 Yuan. (~$296). Starting from July 20, the Mi Max 3 will be available for buying through multiple platforms in China such as Xiaomi Home, Gome, Suning, Xiaomi Mall app, Tmall, Jingdong and other online and offline stores.
Xiaomi will be holding a launch event for the Mi Max 3 today evening at 7:30 PM in China. Xiaomi President Lin Bin has claimed on Weibo that it will be announcing “one more thing” at the event. What could it be? Snapdragon 710 edition of Mi Max 3 or the release date of Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition? Before drawing conclusions, it is advisable to wait for the event to go live.