With a slew of smartphones and smart gadgets, Xiaomi has grown into one of the finest players in the low-to-mind-end smartphone market. The company has delivered quite a performance with its Mi family, and is still faring well at the global level.
But this isn’t about Mi5 or some other flagship, it’s about Xiaomi’s latest Mi that boasts a meticulous display and splendid internals, the Mi Max. The brilliant big-screen beauty is set for its India launch on June 30, and we’re expecting some serious competition, especially from the likes of Lenovo, Samsung and Motorola.
Xiaomi Mi Max clearly targets a different market with its big-profile and superb form-factor. The device has a lot on offer inside out, but will it be a worthy upgrade over the Redmi Note 3 which is already slaying it in the Indian market? Well we’ve got that answered with everything else you need!
Design and form-factor
Xiaomi has followed an impressive design strategy for Mi Max and Redmi Note 3. Both phones look very good from the outside and flaunt fine aesthetics with a bunch of tweaks here and there.
Xiaomi Mi Max, at the place, seeks inspiration from Mi5 and features Gorilla Glass 4 on the front panel with a slight bevel at the edge. Its rounded metal sides are not perfectly smooth, but you’ll get a nice and comfortable grip while sticking your hand around that premium textured back. It feels great in hand and improves traction as well.
Even Redmi Note 3 has a beautiful piece of construction. The metal built device looks great for a budget offering and features a clean back and a shiny metallic trim covering the front. Its rear camera and fingerprint scanner follow a symmetry with a circular shape, and sit together on the back panel. On whole, we like Xiaomi’s idea of adding uniqueness to these phones, bearing the factor of cost in mind.
Display and Viewing Experience
On the technical front, Redmi Note 3 and Xiaomi Mi Max both sport a 1080p panel, which looks legit in broad daylight and holds more than enough pixels for an above par visual experience. They both look near perfect to the naked eye and feature fine details with punchy tones and better contrasts.
Using these two phones is just a great experience. Redmi Note 3 bears a 5.5-inch panel, while Mi Max incorporates massive 6.44-inch LCD. They might look a tad different at the first place, but playing them for a few days will give you the idea that apart from size, there’s hardly anything different between the two beauties. You can use them in broad daylight and can also take advantage of Xiaomi’s built-in reader mode.
Performance and Internals
For performance, Xiaomi Mi Max and Redmi Note 3 deploy the latest Snapdragon 650 processor with Adreno 510 GPU and 3GB of RAM. The two phones bear strong chipsets and handle heavy usage without running out of power. They deliver seamless performance without any lags and make sure you get the best smartphone experience even when you’re running heaviest of the apps and games. The boot time is less and app-switching is extremely fast and snappy.
Even the idea of bundling 16/32GB with Redmi Note 3 and 32/64GB with Mi Max is a great move. Both phones will give you sufficient room, and if you don’t find that enough, there’s also a microSD card slot to extend storage capabilities. But mind you, high-end hardware comes at a higher price. You’ll have to pay a tad more to get enhanced storage on-board.
Software and UI
Up here, Xiaomi Mi Max clearly outshines a dull Redmi Note 3. The handset skins MIUI 7 with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and gives a slightly improved user-experience with a new set of features and enhanced customizations. Even Redmi Note 3 has MIUI 7 on offer, but it runs on the top of Android 5.1 Lollipop and misses a slew of features that we all want to have on our phones. However, if you just need a clean and easy to use interface, we say you can go with any of the two as they both are pretty much similar on the outside.
The camera performance packed with Mi Max and Redmi Note 3 is pretty much identical. Both phones incorporate the same camera sensor and deliver sharp and vibrant shots with fine details and minimal noise. Mi Max might hold an advantage with support for 4k and slow-mo video recording, but apart from that, they both have got us intrigued with that enticing camera setup that includes 16-megapixles on the back, 5 on the front, and an aperture as wide as f/2.0. This is exactly what we needed to accomplish our photography goals.
Smartphones these days need immense power to support massive displays and reserve something for work and play at the users’ end. It looks quite tedious, but lucky for us, Xiaomi has got everything covered with a whopping battery on Redmi Note 3 and Xiaomi Mi Max. The company has made sure that the two smartphones deliver top-notch performance and keep sufficient power in reserve for tasks that usually go unattended. Mi Max, with its 4,850 mAh battery lasts more than a day on above moderate usage with a number of calls and messaging, so does Redmi Note 3 with its 4,000 mAh powerhouse. They both give 8-9 hours of screen-on time and keep all your apps up and running.
The face-off was close, but unless you’re addicted to big displays or upgraded OS, going for Redmi Note 3 is the best option. The device stands out in all categories and gives you full-value for money with top-of-the line specs, stunning looks, and prolific battery life. The Xiaomi Mi Max is also a strong contender, but its price is slightly heftier than what you’d like to pay for a device with such specifications. Meaning, Xiaomi’s latest Note is our undisputed winner!