The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is a fine phablet if you are into some casual gaming and want a device which can last more than a day with its battery timing. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 may not be the best in the market but its 6GB of RAM together with Adreno 509 GPU will make sure you get maximum out of it. The TechSeer will give it a 7.9 out of a solid 10.
- Hardware & Performance
- Battery Life
- Value for Money
Xiaomi has been known to make its way up in the smartphone market from last few years. The underdog is superseding most of the Asian smartphone companies by delivering cheaper mobiles with good specs. The company has recently launched Xiaomi Mi Max 3 in July 2018.
Xiaomi Mi Max 3 Phone Review
The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is more of a phablet than mobile. With a 6.9-inch, the Mix Max 3 features 4/6GB of RAM, dual camera setup, and a whopping 5500mAh non-removable battery.
- A cheap phablet
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- Optional 6GB RAM
- Long battery time
- Average chipset
- Poor aspect ratio for watching videos
- No Stock Android
Xiaomi Mi Max 3 Specs
- CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
- Memory: 4/6GB
- Storage: 64/128GB
- MicroSD storage: Up to 256GB
- Screen size: 6.9 inches
- Resolution: 2,160 x 1,080
- Connectivity: GSM/CDMA/LTE
- Battery: 5,500mAh
- Size: 176.2 x 87.4 x 8 mm
- Weight: 221 g (7.80 oz)
- Operating system: Android 8.1 Oreo (under MIUI 9.5)
Availability & Pricing
You can get the Xiaomi Mi Max 3 from a starting price of 260 Euro (300USD/410AUD) which comes out to be around 21000 INR for the 4GB/64GB model and about 350 USD for 6GB/64GB model.
Xiaomi is going to introduce all of its smartphones globally. At the moment the company is focusing more on India, Pakistan, and China but due to its fame, they will go global soon. At the time, you can buy Xiaomi mobiles from Alibaba, Amazon, and GearBest if you are in Europe, Canada, Australia or the USA.
Display and Design
The first thing you will notice in Xiaomi Mi Max is its big display. It features a 6.9-inch IPS LCD at 2160 x 1080-pixel resolution with an aspect ratio of 18:9.
Due to a low pricing strategy, you will have to deal with an average screen. An IPS LCD panel on a 6.9-inch screen with a 350ppi is not good enough and you need an AMOLED screen because most of the times you will be playing games and using apps hence taking the most out of its large screen.
Xiaomi Mi Max 3 has a big body, thinner bezels on the side compared to top and bottom and weigh at about 221grams. The bezels are pretty thin but we have seen better ones and almost at double the price for the same specs.
At the front, you will find the front-facing selfie camera and ear-piece. On the top, there is a 3.5mm headphone jack and USB-C at the bottom. Introducing 3.5mm headphone jack when everyone else is removing it is not actually a bad thing. It’s like an Apple iPad and we still have the jack in the latest Apple iPad 2018 and we are hoping it will still be there in the coming updates.
On the back, you will find a dual lens camera set-up just like OnePlus 6 (Review). The fingerprint scanner is on the back too just under the camera. With a smartphone this big, it was not a good choice to put the fingerprint scanner on the back given that most of us have normal or small sized hands. And reaching the fingerprint scanner on Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is pretty hard if you have to do it dozens of times daily.
The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is available in black, blue and champagne gold color.
Xiaomi Mi Max 3 has dual camera set-up on the back. The primary one has a 12-megapixel main lens with f/1.9 aperture and the secondary lens is 5MP which will only be used as a depth sensor just like what we found on Xiaomi Redmi S2 (Review).
Xiaomi Mi Max 3 can capture 4K videos at 30 fps with default camera app. Xiaomi Redmi S2 could not be able to do this with the default camera app and we needed to download a third party app from the PlayStore. You can record slow-motion 720p videos at 120 fps.
On the front, you will find an 8MP selfie camera with an aperture f/1.7 which is capable of taking AI enabled selfies.
Hardware and Performance
Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is a phablet offering a large screen with good battery life. It is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor with Octa-core 1.8 GHz Kryo 260. We have seen the same processor on Moto Z3 Play. You will have the choice to go for a 4GB/64GB model or 6GB/128GB model.
Xiaomi Mi Max 3 does not deliver what it promises! It somewhat lacks on chipset performance. You can play latest 1080p mobile titles without any lags if you are with the 6GB model but the 4GB model cannot deliver up to your expectations. The Snapdragon 636 is a bit old for a phone of this size as it will be needing a lot of juice if you are on some heavy apps but the processor is made to be energy efficient so you won’t be getting much out of it.
Some extra features included due to this processor are A.I scene recognition in the camera department, facial unlocking along with fingerprint scanner and a voice assistant.
We are soon to test the Xiaomi Mi Max 3 6GB/128GB model and we will update you soon.
You will get Android Nougat underneath MiUi. The software is good for the Asian market but not very popular in the western world. It has been criticized a lot in the past. The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 will get the Android One upgrade soon.
The software comes with a lot of pre-installed apps which you need to delete if you want a clean OS. You will have various customized options like better RAM management and doze mode.
MiUi 9 supports multi-window, smart app launcher, smart search, smart assistance and Split screen mode. There are a lot of widgets and shortcuts on the go in Xiaomi Mi Max 3 but the bottom line is, it is not stock Android so you might have to face various bugs from time to time.
The security app in the OS is pretty useful. You can avoid malware, manage block list and limit data usage. You can check the battery behavior from the app and know which app is taking more battery.
Most of the smartphones we see have 3000mAh to 4000mAh battery. Xiaomi Mi Max is among the few which has 5500mAh battery and it can give you more than a day on normal use. That is pretty exciting as most of us have battery issues with our phones but Xiaomi has taken care of this issue in almost all of its phones.
Snapdragon 636 does not take a lot of battery and does not heat up very easily. Xiaomi Mi Max 3 comes with QuickCharge 3.0 which can go from 0 to 70% in about an hour.
Verdict: Xiaomi Mi Max 3 Review
The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is a fine phablet if you are into some casual gaming and want a device which can last more than a day with its battery timing. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 may not be the best in the market but its 6GB of RAM together with Adreno 509 GPU will make sure you get maximum out of it.
At around 300 USD, you will get a 6.9-inch phablet with dual cameras and 5500mAh battery. The TechSeer will give it a 7.9 out of a solid 10.