Xiaomi Mi Max Review: A Great Extra-large Smartphone

Xiaomi Mi Max Review: A Great Extra-large Smartphone

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Xiaomi Mi Max Review: A Great Extra-large Smartphone

Specifications

Model Xiaomi Max
Band 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: TD-SCDMA 1900/2100MHz
WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100MHz
CDMA 2000/1x
4G: TD-LTE B38/B39/B40/B41
FDD-LTE B1/B3/B7
Sim Card Dual Simcard or Single Simcard + UP To 128GB Micro-SD Card
Service Provide Unlocked
Style Bar
OS MIUI 8
CPU Snapdragon 650 Hexa Core 1.80GHz
ROM 16GB ROM
RAM 2GB RAM
Display Size 6.44 Inch
Type IPS, capacitive touch screen
Resolution FHD(1920 x 1080) pixels
FM Radio Yes, earphone needed
Speaker Box Speaker
Earphone Port 3.5mm
Card Extend Up To 128GB
Data transfer USB/Bluetooth
Mobile internet WAP/WiFi
Camera/Picture Resolution Dual Cameras, 5.0MP front camera, 16.0MP back camera with flashlight and auto focus, support HDR
Language Chinese/ English
Play Store Not built-in, please order our Root and Add Google Service, we will install it for you
Phonebook 500
GPS Yes
WIFI 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wireless internet
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2 support
Sensors Light sensor, G-sensor, P-sensor
Multi-Touch Yes
Dimensions 137.1 x 88.3 x 7.5mm
Net Weight(Including battery) 203g
Charger INPUT :100-240V, OUTPUT: 5V-2000mA
Battery capacity 4850mAh
Standby Time About 2~3 days
Package Contents 1 * Phone
1 * Charger
1 * USB Cable
1 * User Manual

What’s in the box

Xiaomi Mi Max arrives in a simple white cardboard box with the model’s name in Chinese on top and some basic specs on the back. Inside you’ll find he smartphone on top of a package including some leaflets, a SIM tray pin, a black USB cable and a black 5V/2A fast charger. Xiaomi Mi Max Review. The fast charger is the US NEMA-1 plug standard, a.k.a the US standard with two flat pins and no grounding area. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  It can be used in Canada and some Latin American countries as well, but for countries with different AC power plug standards you’ll need an adapter.

Design and build

Typical: if I had to chose one word to describe the Mi Max’s design, it would definitely be typical. While there is nothing particularly exciting about the design here, I appreciate the Mi Max’s aluminum construction as it provides a premium look and feel. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  There’s also a few design aspects which make the Mi Max less difficult to hold such as its side tapers on the rear and the perfectly positioned power button and fingerprint reader. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  While there are plastic caps on the top and bottom of the Mi Max, which presumably house necessary antennas, these caps are fairly continuous with the rest of the design, in both color and feel.


With that said, they may be to blame for notable creaking noises while holding the phone and it’s very likely that they do not help with the phone’s weak structure.Our Xiaomi Mi Max bends with merely a bit of pressure, an attribute which is remarkably disconcerting. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  After reviewing many Xiaomi smartphones with excellent build quality over the past few years (some half the price of the Mi Max), I found the Mi Max’s poor build quality to be shocking. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  Whether this will be an issue you for you will depend primarily on how you use the phone, and it is difficult to deny that this is a very considerable flaw with the device.The curved “2.5D” glass on the front of the Xiaomi Mi Max houses three illuminated capacitive keys, positioned in Xiaomi’s standard layout. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  The display’s side bezels are quite small, although many will detest the black border used around the display. It’s a shame that Xiaomi did not reconsider the use of the black border for the Mi Max, as it has been criticized with in the past when implemented in phones like the Xiaomi Mi 5.

Performance

The Xiaomi Mi Max we’re reviewing is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 MSM8956 chipset. This is a 64-bit SoC with a hexa-core CPU, which includes 2x 1.8GHz Cortex-A72 cores and 4x 1.2GHz Cortex-A53 cores. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  It is coupled with an Adreno 510 GPU clocked at 600MHz and a Hexagon DSP. The chipset provides enough versatility and power, while remaining power efficient. Its AnTuTu score is excellent for a mid-range device and even surpasses with a lot Helio P10-based smartphones. Operating with the Mi Max has been glitch-free at all times. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  In addition, the model features 3GB of LPDDR3, double-channel RAM clocked at 933MHz, which does help multitasking and working with lots of apps running in the background, so you needn’t clean the task manager regularly. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  The on-board storage measures 32GB. Of them 26.15GB are available to the user. The sequential and random read/write speeds are fast. There are plenty of sensors on board the Mi Max: accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, orientation, compass, rotation vector, step detector and counter, etc. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  On the back of the device is mounted a fingerprint sensor that is easy to use and unlocks in an instant.

Display

The extra-large 6.44″ 1080P display on the Xiaomi Mi Max places this phone well into phablet territory. When I fist started using the Mi Max, I had mostly mixed feelings. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  On the one hand, I immediately enjoyed the extra screen real estate for videos, but on the other, I worried how feasible it would be to use the Mi Max day-to-day. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  While it is possible to sometimes use the Mi Max with a single hand, it can get very uncomfortable very quickly.  Xiaomi Mi Max Review. Once you are subconsciously accustomed to the Mi Max’s size, however, it seems much more normal in the hand. Still, its size does tend to make it slide out of many non-jean pockets, which is definitely annoying.

Whether the extra-large size is the best fit for you will depend both on your usage and your willingness to change how you interact with your smartphone. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  For me, the transition to the Mi Max wasn’t difficult, but I will still be returning to my slightly smaller Nexus 6P, for its practicality.

The display itself looks pretty good; it has good viewing angles and accurate color reproduction. The 1080P resolution seems a bit low at this size, and I would have liked to see Quad HD, even if it meant for a slightly higher price. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  Sunlight readability could use some work, and while the reduced contrast sunlight mode does help, the screen on the Mi Max can still be difficult to read outdoors. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  With that said, kudos to Xiaomi for including Corning Gorilla Glass 4, something that we don’t often see at this price point.

Brightness White luminance Black luminance Contrast Color temperature
100 % 492.415 cd/m2 0.205 cd/m2 2402 : 1 8023 K
75 % 247.996 cd/m2 0.101 cd/m2 2455 : 1 8025 K
50 % 128.751 cd/m2 0.052 cd/m2 2476 : 1 8088 K
25 % 51.825 cd/m2 0.021 cd/m2 2468 : 1 8138 K
0 % 5.192 cd/m2 0.000 cd/m2 8196 K
Battery life with the Mi Max was excellent in my testing, thanks to its very large 4850mAh non-removable battery. Screen on time did vary considerably depending on my usage. Primarily, I noticed that it did significantly better on Wi-Fi than it did cellular data, but even my heaviest usage was not enough to kill the Mi Max in a single day.While it does support Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, Xiaomi has failed to include a Quick Charge 3.0 charger in the box. This was more acceptable even with the more expensive Mi 5, as the charge times still weren’t so bad even on Quick Charge 2.0. But with the Mi Max, the battery is much larger, and therefore takes about four hours to charge…on Quick Charge 2.0! Basically, a Quick Charge 3.0 charger is necessary here, and it’s a shame that Xiaomi is requiring users to purchase one separately.

OS, UI and software

No, it does not run MIUI 8. Xiaomi Mi Max runs MIUI 7 based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. The latest Xiaomi UI version will arrive soon. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  On June 1st, the company released a Chinese Alpha ROM of the MIUI 8 and everyone, who wants to test it may download it from the MIUI forum. Still, the official stable version is about to be announced. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  The MIUI 7 is a deeply customized user interface, which does not resemble the original Android OS, on which it is based, so first-time users will need some time to get used to it. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  However, the software is user-friendly and visually appealing, so this shouldn’t be an issue. As usual, Xiaomi provides several offline wallpapers for the lock and home screen and 5 offline themes to choose from as well as many more wallpapers and themes, which are available for free download. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  For sure, you will find the ones that you like most and correspond to your own style. In case you want to enjoy most of the beautiful wallpapers, you can switch on the Enable Wallpaper Carousel option from Daily lock screens and the lock screen will display a different wallpaper each time it is on.


A short tap on the menu capacitive button from the navigation bar brings up the Widgets and Wallpapers menu. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  It is quite extensive actually and allows you to rearrange the apps, choose from a large list of useful widgets and beautiful wallpapers, as well as choose the effect with which the different screens appear/disappear. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  A swipe down from the top of the display opens the Notifications screen and a swipe to the left leads you to the Quick Menu. The latter includes a Silent mode, Screen rotation mode, Lock shortcut, Bluetooth, Mobile Data, Wi-Fi, Mi Drop, Brightness settings, Torch, Airplane mode, Screenshot, Vibrate and a shortcut to the Toggle positions in the Settings menu. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  Pay attention to the fact that by default, the notification icons are hidden, you can choose to make them visible by switching this option on from Settings > Notifications & status bar. A long press on the menu button opens the Task Manager and as per standard a long press on the power button brings up the Reboot/Power off menu.


As usual, the Settings menu starts with the Network options, which besides all standard ones, include a Wireless display feature. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  The Device set of options is the most extensive one. It starts with the Notifications & status bar settings, which provide you with several tools for customizing the way you operate the device. For starters, you can switch on and off the notifications icons. Secondly, you can toggle the shortcut positions in the Quick Menu. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  Thirdly, you can choose to show or not the carrier name, network speed, and screenshot notifications. You may also choose whether the notifications should be accessed from the lock screen or not. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  The Wallpapers, Themes and Text size are self-explanatory. Besides the standard brightness and auto-rotate screen, the Display settings include options for switching to Read More and adjust the color temperature to a warmer one in order to reduce the strain on the eyes. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  You can also adjust the color saturation and contrast. The Sound & vibration menu does not look like the classic Lollipop one. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  In a separate section, you can preset the volume of Ringtone & notifications, Alarm, In-call voice, Music and other media, Bluetooth. Indeed, if for example you’re in the Music app and you press the volume button, it will display a single circle depicting the Media volume. If you’re somewhere in the Settings menu, the same action will bring the Ringer volume, which, again, is a basic UI difference.


The DND mode is brought up as a separate set of options. The Lockscreen & password set of options includes the usual Sleep and Prevent pocket dials settings, but here you can also adjust the display’s behaviour, if you use Xiaomi’s Smartcover, and also add and manage fingerprint IDs. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  When you set a screen lock and at least one fingerprint ID, you also gain access to Child Mode, which can be also accessed as a separate menu option. It lets you choose, which apps should be available to your child, if it uses your phone too. The Additional settings have some useful features such as Privacy protection with a Guest mode, a One-handed mode, which lets you decrease the size of the displayed content corresponding to a 4.5-, 4-, and 3.5-inch display. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  From this set of options you can also manage the LED Notification Light, Headphones & audio effects as well as the Navigation bar – switch the positions of the back and menu button, assign functions to all or none of them, switch on and off their backlight and many others. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  The Additional settings also house the Battery management options, but these are discussed in the Battery section of this review. Finally, you have a set of System options including the management of your Mi and other accounts, Sync options, and Apps management. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  This includes the Mi Mover, which lets you transfer your data to/from another Xiaomi device.


With MIUI 7 you get all the usual apps such as the Dialer, Contacts, Messenger, Calculator, Calendar, Clock, default Browser, Music and Video player, Radio, Sound recorder. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  There is a separate folder with apps called Tools, which contains the Mi Account app, Mi Store, Bug reporter, Updater, Compass, Barcode Scanner, Notes and others. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  The device arrives with PlayStore pre-installed along with Gmail. The only other apps are the Themes and Security ones. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  The latter includes six main features – Cleaner (removes duplicated and unnecessary files to save storage), Virus Scan, Data usage, Block list, Permissions and Battery.

Controls

Xiaomi Mi Max has a classic controls layout. On the top frame from the left to the right are the 3.5 mm jack, the infrared emitter and a microphone. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  The infrared emitter will need an app of your choice in order to use it. At the bottom frame, the USB 2.0 port is centrally positioned and on both of its sides are placed two speaker grilles. Xiaomi Mi Max Review. Only the right one houses a speaker. The left frame is where the dual-SIM tray is. It can house either a micro-SIM and a nano-SIM card, or, if you need more storage, you can combine a micro-SIM and a microSD card. Xiaomi Mi Max Review. The tray has a ‘floor’, which makes placing the cards and the tray itself easier. On the right hand side are the volume rocker and a power button below it. On the back, the rear camera is positioned at the top left corner of the device, followed by the dual-tone LED flash. Below them, but centrally positioned, is the round fingerprint sensor. On the front, above the display are the light sensor, earpiece, front camera and a LED notification light. The latter can be managed from the Settings > Additional settings > Notification light menu. Below the display is the navigation bar with three backlit, capacitive buttons – menu, home and back (from left to right). Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  From the Settings > Additional settings > Buttons you can choose to remove the backlight, or if it stays – for how long it should be on. You can also switch the places of the menu and back button as well as assign different tasks to all three buttons.

Networks, calls and connectivity

Xiaomi Mi Max has a dual-SIM card tray with hybrid functions. That is, it can work either with a micro-SIM and a nano-SIM card, or with a micro-SIM and a microSD card for additional storage. Both slots support 4G+ Cat. 7 connectivity with VoLTE and a wide range of network bands. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  More precisely, the model works with quad-band 2G GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 800MHz 2.5G CDMA, dual-band 3G TD-SCDMA (1880-1920 MHz, TD-SCDMA 2010-2025 MHz), quad-band 3G UMTS (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz), tri-band 4G FDD-LTE (1800, 2100, 2600 MHz) and quad-band 4G TDD-LTE (1900, 2300, 2500, 2600 MHz) networks. During our test period the device had excellent reception and there haven’t been any issues with the call quality. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  In addition, it supports dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac and 802.11n 5GHz with MiMO, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct, and Wi-Fi Display along with Bluetooth 4.2. Wi-Fi reception has been excellent even in areas with low coverage.  Xiaomi Mi Max Review. In order to use the Wireless Display function and cast content to a larger display, you need to have a Wi-Fi adapter for your TV or monitor. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  The model provides USB OTG support and has an infrared emitter, which turns the smartphone in a universal remote control for household appliances. The software does not include any kind of management of the IR blaster, so if you want to use it, you can download a separate app. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  Finally, the Mi Max supports GPS/A-GPS, Glonass, and BeiDou navigation systems. The Androits app managed to detect satellites from all three systems.

Audio

Without bragging about it, Xiaomi has managed to provide the Mi Max with very good audio. At least the results from our audio test, using the RightMark Audio Analyzer software and the TASCAM US-2×2 audio interface, show this. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  The smartphone excels in frequency response, noise level, dynamic range and IMD + Noise, which is much better than average and even than some audio-centric devices we’ve tested. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  The only Average result is in THD + Noise, the rest of the scores are Very Good, which amounts to the same overall result. Moreover, even the loudspeaker is much better than average. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  There is a single speaker on board, housed behind the right speaker grille on the bottom frame.

Test Value RMAA rating
Frequency response (from 40 Hz to 15 kHz), dB +0.01, -0.09 Excellent
Noise level, dB (A) -95.7 Excellent
Dynamic range, dB (A) 95.5 Excellent
THD, % 0.0074 Very good
THD + Noise, dB (A) -79.7 Average
IMD + Noise, % 0.0076 Excellent
Stereo crosstalk, dB -79.5 Very good
IMD at 10 kHz, % 0.018 Very good
General performance Very good

Cameras

Xiaomi has been quite shy in revealing the make of the sensors it uses for the Mi Max cameras. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  Information is scarce. What the official information states is that the rear camera has a 16-megapixel sensor, a 5-element lens with an f/2.0 aperture, a dual-tone LED flash, and phase detection auto-focus. An interesting feature is that it is capable of making 4K videos.  Xiaomi Mi Max Review. The front-facing camera has a 5-megapixel sensor and an 85° wide-angle lens with an f/2.0 aperture. The camera app contains all standard options you’re used to, but looks different. When you open it, you can switch from main camera photo and video modes, and if you choose the front-facing shooter – there you can switch in between photo and video mode. Xiaomi Mi Max Review.  For all four variants, there are camera modes and settings accessible by swiping the bottom part of the screen to the right. Swiping to the left brings a list of 12 pre-set filters.

Primary camera


Secondary camera

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