Xiaomi announced its budget-friendly Android phablet, the Mi Max 3 at an event held in China last month. At the time of its official unveiling in China, the company announced that the phablet will be available in 4GB RAM + 64GB storage and 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variants. While the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant of the phablet has been on sale from July 20th, the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant will be going on sale for the first time this week.
Xiaomi Mi Max 3: 6GB RAM + 128GB Variant First Sale on August 10
Xiaomi has confirmed that the Mi Max 3 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant will be going on sale in China on the 10th of August, i.e. this Friday. While no time has been confirmed yet, Xiaomi did mention in its teaser that the variant will be available for purchase in the morning. The 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant of the phablet is priced at 1,999 yuan (Rs.20,100 approx.) in China.
Xiaomi Mi Max 3: Specifications, Features
The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 features a humongous 6.9-inch 1080 x 2160 Full HD+ IPS LCD display with 84% NTSC color gamut coverage and 2.5D curved glass layer. Thanks to the 18:9 aspect ratio, the Mi Max 3 is not as big as you would expect. In fact, the Mi Max 3 is comparable to its predecessor when it comes to physical dimensions.
When it comes to performance, the Mi Max 3 is a significant improvement over its predecessor, thanks to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset running under the hood. Clocked at up to 1.8 GHz, the Snapdragon 636 chipset comes with an Adreno 509 GPU to handle the graphics processing. As we mentioned above already, the Mi Max 3 is available in two memory configurations – 4GB RAM + 64GB storage and 6GB RAM + 128GB storage. Since the Mi Max 3 comes with Hybrid Dual-SIM slots, further expansion may not be an easy affair for most users.
As for optics, the latest budget phablet from Xiaomi features a 12MP + 5MP AI dual-camera setup at the rear and an 8MP snapper on the front. The primary 12MP Sony IMX363 sensor on the back of the phablet boasts 1.4um pixel size, Dual PDAF, and an f/1.9 aperture. You also get AI-powered camera features like portrait mode and intelligent scene detection that is claimed to detect 206 different scenes. The 8MP selfie camera features 1.12um pixel size, an f/2.0 aperture, AI Beautify, AI Portrait, Face Unlock, and a soft LED flash. Connectivity features include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, an IR blaster, USB Type-C, and Dual 4G VoLTE. Apart from the incredibly large display, the other major reason to get the Mi Max 3 is its massive 5500mAh capacity battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 support. The Mi Max 3 also features a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and parallel charging. It measures 176.15 x 87.4 x 7.99mm and weighs in at 221 grams. On the software front, the phablet runs on Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI 9.5 currently. It is expected to receive the MIUI 10 in the coming weeks.
Xiaomi Mi Max 3: Expected Price in India
While Xiaomi India hasn’t confirmed anything yet regarding the Mi Max 3’s India launch, you can expect it to be priced above Rs.16,000 for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant if and when it lands here.