Review: Snapdragon 652, 6.44-inch panel, 4850mAh battery
In case you’ve spent the last year or two in a coma, here’s what you missed: Fudzilla fell in love with inexpensive Chinese phones, a lot of celebrities and pop culture icons died, and the loud bloke from Celebrity Apprentice is now US President-elect.
What did you miss on the mobile front though? As it turns out, not much actually. Smartphone evolution has stalled and vendors are having a hard time coming up with truly groundbreaking products that deserve loads of attention. Xiaomi is one notable exception though, as it recently unveiled its Mi Mix concept – a truly impressive smartphone with next to no bezels and a massive 6.4-inch panel.
The mid-range Mi Max also has a 6.44-inch 1080p panel, but it’s a traditional design. While the Mi Mix packs a 6.4-inch display in a 5.7-inch form factor, the Mi Max does not. It still has a chin and brow, and average size bezels. This means it’s huge, or “yuge” in US English. How “yuge”? It measures 173 x 88 x 7.5 mm and weighs 203 grams. In other words, it’s 15 to 20 mm taller than an average 5.5-inch phone, and it’s more than 10mm wider, which is a much bigger deal, but we’ll get to that later. It should be noted that Xiaomi is hardly the only vendor to launch such an oversized device, as Sony, Huawei and Asus already have massive phablets (some substantially bigger than the Mi Max).
Unlike the fancy Mix, the Mi Max is not a flagship device, not even close. Prices start at about $180 for the entry-level version powered by a Snapdragon 650 processor, backed with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. This is quite paltry for such a huge device, but don’t worry – Xiaomi has a number of different SKUs for more demanding users, and we will be reviewing one such unit. Our sample packs a Snapdragon 652 processor, 3GB RAM and 64GB storage.