Xiaomi Mi Max 3 : The highly sought-after smartphone company Xiaomi has been making huge strides in the industry in India with its premium design phones of high style quotient, taking special care to maintain intricate details of a high standard and providing quality features to the users, all this while keeping a very economical price as compared to other brands.
It’s the latest phablet Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is expected to be launched in India on 31st June 2019. It offers an enormous display area which is even more than its predecessor, Mi Max 2 along with updated hardware.
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Apart from producing very popular phones, the China-based company also produces mid-range phablets which are quite commendable.
Let us see where it stands in comparison with its other competitors like Sony Xperia XA2 Plus, the Honour Play and Asus Zenfone 5 which are much smaller in size but have similar prices and performances.
Xiaomi Mi Max 3 Key Specifications:
Battery: 5500 mAh
CPU: Snapdragon 636 processor
OS: Android Oreo 8.1
Display: 6.9 inches
Camera: 12MP + 5 MP Dual Primary Cameras with 8 MP Front Camera
Weight: 221 g
RAM: 4 GB
Internal Storage: 64 GB
Sensors: Gyroscope, Proximity Sensors, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer
Colours: Black, Gold, Blue
The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is an improved version of Mi Max 2 and has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor inside which is supported by an Adreno 509 graphics unit. It comes in two variants: one with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB flash storage and other variants of 6 GB Ram and 128 GB of internal storage which is expandable. It has a big display size of 6.9 inches. Its features are more similar to its smaller sized competitors.
The internal storage is expandable via MicroSD card and it also comes with a USB type C port. The operating system is Android 8.1 Oreo and battery is a Lithium-polymer battery of 5500 mAh which is highly powerful and lasts for a long time with heavy usage. It supports dual sim, LTE, and 3G WCDMA and GSM. It has a primary camera of 12 megapixels with a front camera of 8 megapixels. Overall it appears to have impeccable features for a phablet in the range of under Rs 20,000.
Xiaomi Mi Max 3 Design and Display:
The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 has a metal body and due to its rounded edges offers very proper grip. This gives an illusion of being placed over the base because of sticking out from the body but still gives a unique and stylish appearance.
It comes in three sophisticated looking colours: black blue and gold. The power button and volume rocker are present on the right side of the case. The card tray for Nano Sim/MicroSD card is present in the slot.
The cameras present on the back sticks out a little and in the centre of the upper portion of the case is the fingerprint sensor. It is much bigger and heavier than its other competitors like Sony Xperia XA2 plus but it’s also somewhat slimmer making it look pretty cool and stylish.
The display is quite massive with a 6.9 inch IPS panel with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. When considering its brightness, Xiaomi Mi Max 3 stands out from its competitors because it provides distribution of brightness. It also has a very stable and appropriate contrast ratio of 1814:1 which makes the colours look appropriately segregated and different from one another.
A very slight grey veil covers the black colour, however, in its default setting the blue tint is slightly elevated which can easily be changed by adjusting the colour temperature in the settings menu.
Settings menu provides different options for manual adjustment of the colours which you can easily use to customize according to your taste. The brightness of the display is enough to be used in outdoor settings. However, under the direct blazing sunlight, it is difficult to see the display properly.
Xiaomi Mi Max 3 Operating system:
The operating system is Android Oreo version 8.1 and user interface is Xiaomi’s own in house MI UI 9.6. The sorting of the settings menu is well adjusted which is one of the defining features of the interface. There are many apps which are not relevant for system operation and can be easily uninstalled. Many of the Chinese apps are pre-installed. However, some of the useful apps are not pre-installed which can be easily installed online from the Play Store.
One problem with this phone is that you need data connection or internet for doing most of the stuff including running many applications which can sometimes be very irritating for the users. One example is of the file manager. If you want the file manager to install programs then you need to be online.
Xiaomi Mi Max 3 Performance:
Many of the everyday applications run pretty smoothly on Xiaomi Mi Max 3 because of having the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor paired with an Adreno 509 graphics unit and 4GB ram 64GB of flash storage. The set of equipment is pretty great for a mid-range phablet.
When compared with its competitors it can be said that the Xiaomi phablet can be placed in the middle even though the performance is pretty good but when it comes to browsing, it is still slightly less when compared with other smartphones with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor. Most of the applications run pretty smoothly on it. The pages load sufficiently fast.
When it comes to storage the Mi Max 3 can again be placed in the middle when compared to other devices with similar features. It, however, gives a satisfactory storage performance. While accessing the data is a pretty impeccable experience without much delay, one problem is that the storage can be expandable only for data as apps themselves cannot be moved into the micro SD card and neither can it be formatted.
However, it is a pretty good gaming phone. Even though games with higher graphics requirements cannot be played and you have to change the setting to low graphics for o avoid lags and long loading times. However, the big screen is definitely an advantage for the great gaming experience. The touch response is also commendable.
Xiaomi Mi Max 3 Cameras:
The Xiaomi MI Max 3 has a 12 camera system of 12 + 5 MP with an f /1.98 aperture as its primary camera and 8 MP front camera with an f/ 2.0 aperture. Both cameras are overall quite average as even though the intricate details are produced satisfactorily but the pictures have some inherent graininess which is quite apparent even without any zoom.
The colour transitions don’t appear clearly and advance a little bit which makes the images lose its sharpness and blurred. The Portrait mode has a lot of beauty effects which can be adjusted manually, however, the main camera is good for Panorama Mood pictures.
The objects appear a little blurred in close up pictures. The details are captured well by the camera. The colour saturation is also satisfactory in the presence of adequate lighting.
However, in case of inadequate lighting, the quality of the pictures reduces significantly and the objects become almost unrecognizable and much of the image becomes black. The videos taken through the phone produces similar results. There is no professional mood for recording videos even though there is Time Lapse and a Time Shift mood and an image stabilizer is also present.
Xiaomi Mi Max 3 Battery:
The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 has powerful 5500 mAh battery and it is significantly bigger than its counterparts. Also, it has a quick charge technology and the battery takes about 2 hours to get completely charged.
The power consumption is average with a maximum consumption of 6.5 watts and it has an 18-watt charger which is sufficient to power the tablet. The battery life is definitely one of the best as it is longer than its competitors and lats for about 22 hours once fully charged with vigorous use.
Verdict: Should you buy it?
The main pro of this phablet is its size. Other than that, it stands in the exact middle and scores quite average when compared with the similar phones like Sony Xperia XA2, Asus Zenfone and Honor Play.
If the size is your main requirement along with a lower budget then you can go for it! If you don’t really want a phablet then go for the other good but smaller phones in the same price range.
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- 6.9 Inches Display
- Long Battery Life
- Bluetooth 5.0
- Old USB 2.0
- Modification of some settings has to be done online