There was a time when it was pretty common to see people carrying 7-inch tablets as their primary phones. Despite going through a lot of discomforts, it’s one of the top choices of the people and consequently, Xiaomi has taken a step ahead in this niche market with its Mi Max. In terms of specifications and power, the Mi Max can be thought of as a larger rendition of the Redmi Note 3, which has gained popularity in less than months of its release and has become one of the favorites in online shopping in India. Priced at 14,999, it is the best inclass deal for customers looking for big display coupled with a lasting battery life. So, is Mi Max a proper alternative for people making use of 7-inch Android tablets? Read the following review and find out:
Camera and Performance:
Two variations of 3GB RAM/32GB ROM and 4GB RAM/123GB ROM are available in the market. The 3G version has a Snapdragon 650 SoC, while the latter runs on Snapdragon 652 SoC. The overall performance is exceptionally good with little to complain. The needs of gamers are well satisfied by the device. The big screen provides an extra oomph after being used to the device’s form factor. Good news is that the device will be having MIUI 8 update very soon which is sure to be accompanied with various features. The device is powered by a 4850 mAh battery having a Quick Charge support. The battery can last up to 2 days but is dependent on the usage. The Mi Max also offers 4G, Bluetooth, Wi-fi, GPS and also many other connectivity features.
XiomiMi Max has a 16MP f/2.0 PDAF back camera accompanied with a dual-tone flash. The selfie camera of 5MP f/2.0 produced great shots for outdoor images. However, in lower light, the quality of image decreases drastically.
Design and Display:
Xiaomi has successfully managed in making Mi Max appear like a smartphone rather than a tablet. Despite this, comfort and mobility are hindered for users, especially those with denim. It is thus preferable to carry it in a bag and thanks to the metallic body reinforced with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, the phone is sure to stay scratch less and free of smudge. Despite the large handling size, it can be easily used in making calls. For people habitual with using 7-inch tablets, the Mi Max will be a piece of cake. The body weighs 203 grams and measures at 7.5mm in thickness and is hence thinner than most Android phones. It has a full HD 1080p display with 342ppi. The view angles are impressive and vivid with great contrast. However, it does lack in multi-screen support and is difficult to use under direct sunlight. However, reading books, watching movies and other stuff indoors gives a wonderful experience.
The trend of online shopping in India is growing at a speedy pace. Overall, the Xiaomi Mi Max has a compact form factor, fingerprint scanner, metal body, lasting battery and other regular features which are absent in Android phones of this range. Hence, at 14,999 the Mi Max gives a great value for money but will require some seriousness ingetting-used-to it for people using it as their primary phone.