News Xiaomi Mi Max 3: Giant smartphone with 6.9″ display officially launched

Now it’s official: the Xiaomi Mi Max 3 was officially launched today. The previously published leaks have come true. With a 6.9″ screen diagonal, it currently offers the largest screen in the manufacturer’s smartphone portfolio. The good Snapdragon 636 is used as processor. You can find all further information in the article!

There are two warehouses for smartphone display sizes. One likes it as compact as possible, for the others it can’t be big enough. Those who count themselves to the second camp should be happy about the new offshoot of the Max series from Xiaomi. The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 comes with a large 6.9 inch display and is positioned in the upper mid-range.

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 smartphone in hand

Technical Specifications

Display 6.9 inch 18:9 Full-HD+ (2160 x 1080 pixels) LC Display with @ 350 PPI
Processor Snapdragon 636 @ 1.8 & 1.6 GHz, 8 Qualcomm Kyro 260 cores
Graphics chip Qualcomm Adreno 509 @ 720 MHz
RAM 4 / 6 GB LPDDR4X @ 1.333 MHz
Internal Memory 64 / 128 GB eMMC 5.1
Camera 12 MP with ƒ/1.9 aperture + 5 MP f/2.0 dual camera
Front camera 8 megapixel
Battery 5.500 mAh with 9V/2A-Quick Charge
Connectivity Connectivity AC WLAN, Bluetooth 5.0,USB Type C, Hybrid SIM, GPS, LTE
Features fingerprint sensor, Face Unlock, 3.5 mm jack
Operating system Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 9.5 interface
Dimensions 176.15 x 87.4 x 7.99
Weight 221 g

Just a bigger Redmi grade 5?

Big, bigger, Xiaomi Mi Max 3 – that’s the motto of the new smartphone. At first glance it reminds of all devices of this year’s Xiaomi Redmi generation. However, due to the very large 6.9 inch display, it is correspondingly enormous. The predecessor already managed with an amazing 6.44 inch screen diagonal. Since the manufacturer is increasingly focusing on very thin screen edges, its dimensions of 176.15 x 87.4 x 7.99 mm are hardly larger than those of its predecessor. However, at 221 g it also weighs a corresponding amount; the Mi 8, for example, weighs only 175 g.

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 back side blue

The screen of the Mi Max 3 is probably the biggest unique selling point of the new smartphone. The 6.9-inches appear in an 18:9 aspect ratio as known from all current Xiaomi smartphones. The resolution is 2160 x 1080 pixels. This results in a relatively low pixel density of 350 ppi, i.e. pixels per inch. However, Xiaomi has fine-tuned the brightness and contrast, which is almost 50% higher than its predecessor. Thanks to the size, features such as the split screen or picture-in-picture are particularly effective here.

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 Gold

The design of the back reminds us of almost all current Xiaomi smartphones such as the Redmi Note 5 Vertical Dual Camera in the upper left corner and the fingerprint sensor on the back. Xiaomi uses an aluminium unibody and offers three different colours. The Mi Max 3 is available in black, gold and blue.

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 colours front and back

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 with Snapdragon 636

Even though the design was almost clear in advance, the processor selection was still the biggest uncertainty. Xiaomi has chosen Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 processor. You know it and we already know it from the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, so we can make a good forecast for the performance of the Mi Max 3. This will be at a very reasonable level, as the eight cryo 260 cores offer a clock frequency of 1.8 GHz. Added to this is the high energy efficiency due to the 14 nm manufacturing process.

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 Compare technical specifications
The technical specifications of the Mi Max 3 compared to its predecessor.

The fact that the smartphone is in a slightly higher price range can be seen from the fact that there is no 3/32 GB memory configuration. The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is only available with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB memory or with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB internal memory. Fortunately, the RAM is LPDDR4X memory.

Same camera as Redmi Note 5?

The dual camera consists of a 12 megapixel sensor and a 5 megapixel sensor and seems to be the same camera as in the Redmi Note 5. The camera offers a ƒ/1.9 aperture and is therefore quite bright. In addition, there are AI functions, as we know them from Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, for example. On the front, however, the camera varies. This time we have an 8 megapixel sensor.

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 Camera

Giant display – giant battery

Now it is also clear what kind of battery is under the hood. With such a large display, the capacity must be correspondingly high. The information published in advance has proved to be true. The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 works with a 5,500 mAh battery, which is slightly larger than the previous model. Xiaomi uses the Quick Charge 3.0 standard to ensure that the battery can be recharged relatively quickly. That speaks for 18 W maximum input power. It should be possible to recharge 70% in one hour. Interestingly, the Max 3 even supports OTG, which allows you to charge other smartphones or peripherals with your mobile phone!

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 Battery OTG
Because the Max 3’s battery is so big, it can even be used to charge other devices. This function is called “USB On-the-go”.

No Global Version yet – but with LTE

Let’s start with the good news: the Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is directly equipped with different LTE bands (B1/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B20/B34/B38/B39/B40/B41). However, a Global Version with Global ROM is not yet available in the China shops. But the Phablet can shine with other cool features. On the wireless level we have Bluetooth 5.0, Dual Band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. Since the smartphone offers a lot of space, there is also room for a USB type C connection and a 3.5 mm jack connection – what more could you ask for? There is no real dual SIM slot, it is probably just a hybrid SIM slot. An extension of up to 256 GB per microSD is available.

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 packing box
Already leaked in advance: the box of the Mi Max 3.

The Xiaomi Mi Mx 3 works of course again with the current iteration of the MIUI operating system, which is based on Android 8.1. Besides Face Unlock, this also offers smart features such as the Xiao AI language assistant.

Evaluation

The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 sounds a bit like a big version of the Redmi Note 5, so we’re not dealing with a flagship, but with a very good middle class smartphone. A special highlight is of course the huge display. In addition, it is the Xiaomi smartphone with the largest battery in the current generation, is targeted a runtime of two days. If you’re into really big smartphones, the Mi Max 3 is another very interesting option in terms of price. It is also gratifying that Xiaomi rounds off the overall package well: LTE, USB-C and 3.5 mm jack are small but important features!

The Mi Max 3 will be available in China from July 20 and can also be pre-ordered from Chinese shops such as Geekbuying. What do you think of the Xiaomi Mi Max 3? Is a 7 inch display too big for you?

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Comments (6)

  • 21.06.18 um 07:33

    Sir Kool

    Please put me first on the list for information about this phone when it comes out. Whatever you sell it for, I’ll buy it!

  • 23.07.18 um 15:30

    savvy

    Need this phone please advise how to order

  • 25.07.18 um 12:06

    Ansar

    Go online and buy it when it comes out. Simple. I have the original Xiaomi mi max. I love it. It’s 18 months of old

  • 27.07.18 um 04:39

    David 1

    Can it be used in USA?

  • 02.08.18 um 06:06

    David 1

    @David 1: Global version, yes or no?

    • 02.08.18 um 09:33

      Maike Editorial staff

      @David 1, there is a whole paragraph in the text saying that there is no global version yet.

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