The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 was launched yesterday in China. Much like its predecessors, the smartphone continues the trend of the Mi Max series by offering a big screen at an affordable price tag. Along with that however, Xiaomi has updated the smartphone to offer some new features that keeps it in sync with other big screen smartphones of 2018. How big of a difference does that make on the Xiaomi Mi Max 3 compared to last year’s Xiaomi Mi Max 2? Let’s find out.
Pricing and availability
Let’s start with the Xiaomi Mi Max 2, which was launched last year in July. While initially Xiaomi only brought the 4GB RAM and 32GB storage variant to India, currently both versions of the smartphone are available through mi.com and Flipkart. The base variant is priced at Rs 13,999, and the higher-end variant, which comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage is priced at Rs 15,999.
Sadly, the Xiaomi Mi Max 3 hasn’t launched in India yet, but it can be expected to come soon. It is available in configurations of 4GB of RAM with 64GB storage and 6GB of RAM with 128GB storage. Both variants are available for purchase in China at RMB 1,699 (approximately Rs 17,300) and RMB 1,999 (approximately Rs 20,400 ) respectively.
While last year’s Xiaomi Mi Max 2 failed to capitalize on the screen size, compared to its predecessor, the Xiaomi Mi Max 3 doesn’t miss that opportunity to offer a bigger screen. The new smartphone offers a bigger 6.9-inch screen as compared to the 6.44-inch on the Mi Max 2. The screen on the successor also adapts to the trending 18:9 aspect ratio, with a FHD+ resolution of 2160×1080 pixels, while the Mi Max 2 features a standard 16:9 full HD screen with resolution of 1080×1920 pixels.
Hardware and software
The Mi Max 3 also gets a sizable upgrade in terms of a hardware. It now features a 1.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 636 SoC, which is paired alongside Adreno 509 GPU. In comparison, the Mi Max 2 comes with a slightly outdated 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 SoC with the Adreno 506 GPU.
Another noticeable improvement is the battery capacity. The Mi Max 3 packs in a 5,500mAh battery over the Mi Max 2’s 5,300mAh battery. While it’s not a big difference, it should increase the battery life by a few hours. Nonetheless, Xiaomi claims that you can have a two-day battery life on both smartphones. The good thing is that both smartphones support Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0, which claims to charge the device approximately up to 70 percent in an hour.
In the software department, both smartphones feature MIUI interface, but the Mi Max 2 runs on Android 7.1 Nougat, while the Mi Max 3 keeps things fresh with the new Android 8.1 Oreo operating system. Besides that, connectivity options are pretty much similar. Both phone come with support for 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth, GPS + GLONASS and USB Type-C port.
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The Mi Max 3 triumphs overs its predecessor in the camera department as well. The smartphone comes with a dual-rear camera setup consisting of a 12-megapixel sensor and a 5-megapixel sensor. It packs in support from its Dual PD focus and LED flash. On the other hand, the Mi Max 2 comes with a single 12-megapixel sensor at the back. At the front, the Mi Max 3 features an 8-megapixel camera while the Mi Max 2 features a 5-megapixel camera for taking selfies.
Xiaomi Mi Max 3 vs Mi Max 2: Comparison table
|Features||Xiaomi Mi Max 3||Xiaomi Mi Max 2|
|Display||6.9-inch FHD+ (18:9)||6.44-inch full HD (16:9)|
|Processor||Snapdragon 636 SoC||Snapdragon 625 SoC|
|Storage||64GB/128GB||32G/64GB (128GB expandable)|
|Rear Camera||12-megapixel + 5-megapixel||12-megapixel|
|Connectivity||4G LTE, Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth||4G LTE, Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth,|
|Android OS||Android 8.1 Oreo||Android 7.1 Nougat|
|Price||Not announced||Rs 13,999 (32GB)
Rs 15,999 (64GB)