Finally, the updated Xiaomi Mi Max 3 got into my hands : the third version of the biggest smartphone of the Chinese brand.

Our reviews of previous versions of Xiaomi Mi Max:

The novelty received a screen with a diagonal of 6.9 inches (!), Stereo speakers, a 5300 mAh battery <.

Mi Max: tablet or smartphone?

In a large hand – as if Redmi Note 5

Tablet in China: a device with a screen larger than 7 inches and a wide frame, with a SIM slot. They are kept out of the frame

Smartped in China: a device with a screen larger than 7 and narrow frames. They are held by the body.

In total, the smartphone must comply with the idea of ​​”minimum case, maximum screen”. Like Mi Max.

The new generation of Mi Max 3 corresponds to the rule even more: the navigation buttons under the screen were replaced by the onscreen ones, the diagonal increased, the camera became double, the case a bit more elegant.

It turned out increased to 6.99 inches of the Redmi Note 5 diagonal . In blue it is almost impossible to distinguish them in the photo, I advise him. Black and gold a little easier.

The novelty received 20 extra grams and a couple of extra millimeters , but the shape of the case eliminates the changes. In the hands it feels even nicer Mi Max 2 .

The assembly is traditionally ideal for the series, without a hint of budget. But what’s new?

Pseudo-frameless screen for him to face

The first generations of the Mi Max were equipped with IPS-displays with a diagonal of 6.44 inches and FullHD. Fresh Mi Max 3 got a 6.99-inch with an aspect ratio of 18.5: 9 and 2160 × 1080 .

Now it can not be distinguished from the Huawei X1 / 2 . YouTube is like on a tablet, in your hand like a smartphone. But Mi Max exists for content consumption.

In  our review, we showed in detail the screen of the Mi Max 2. Not impressive. With Mi Max 3, the story repeats: the brightness is extremely comfortable, uncomfortable in the sun.

But the minimum brightness is now 1 cd / m² . With such a comfortable read even in complete darkness. The color image, contrast to the level of the screen Mi Mix 2s or Mi 8 is very far.

Moderately powerful smartphone for every day

Internal changes are invisible: budget Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 replaced Snapdragon 636from  Redmi Note 5 .

Alas, this is not a  Snap 710 , so it is not necessary to wait for serious performance and energy efficiency. Top games will run on medium graphics settings.

But in applications everything is fine – heavy PDFs and thousands of photos flips through. Yes, and the system visually seems a little smoother.

System – the usual MIUI

Xiaomi offers a choice of configuration with 4 GB of RAM and 32/64 of permanent memory. The 6/128 GB top works the same way, so it’s worth buying only those who really need a large and fast drive.

Instead of one of the SIM-cards, you can install microSD, so 64 GB will be enough. Dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0 in the era of “clouds” is much more important.

The main drawback is inside: in Xiaomi Mi Max 3 there is no NFC . And will not. Why was it necessary to save?

Cameras pulled up, the sound – filled up

The quality of the photos successfully distinguished Xiaomi Mi Max among the state employees of the company . But the younger Redmi 6 Pro ( A2 Lite ) and  Redmi Note 6 are better with a lack of lighting.

The updated Mi Max 3 received dual cameras from a 12 megapixel (f / 1.9) + 5 megapixelaperture module . Camera from last year’s

HDR or tripod pulls pictures, especially when using the “Portrait” mode , blurring the background. But the daytime photos are bright, juicy – no complaints.

Dimensions of the smartphone did not allow to install stereo speakers ( what? ), So in Max 3 the role of the second performs conversational. As in Xiaomi Mi 6 .

Is it any wonder that this is not enough, and at maximum volume the smartphone wheezes? Yes, and the bass, of which in the last year’s version was enough, now there is not.

Thanks for the mini jack left. But as a player without using the system equalizer presets, I would not consider Mi Max 3.

How does MIUI work on a 7 inch screen?

Mi Max 3 uses as a system MIUI 9.6  based on Android 8.1 , and is already being updated to “dozens”. Without changing the base, however.

The developers did not begin to invent something new, and limited themselves to the introduction of the familiar features in  Mi Pad 4  and the budget Redmi 5 features:

  • gestures to control, replacing the buttons below the screen
  • interface scaling
  • face recognition function to unlock

There is no infrared illumination at the front camera, so unlocking works only in good light conditions. Scanner is faster.

A week without recharging is a reality!

The not very efficient platform demanded that the developers of Mi Max 3 increase the volume of the built-in battery to 5500 mAh, which is replenished from 20% to 100% in 2 hours of complete charging with  Quick Charge 3.0 .

The increase in autonomy did not happen: the smartphone works for 3 days in medium-active mode, or 15 hours when playing video, or 24 hours in the browser.

Without recharging as a gadget for calls, instant messengers and Google’s help window, your smartphone can work up to 7 days.

Of course, the owners of “iPhones” even these numbers are shocking. But the same showed Xiaomi Mi Max 2 on a stable firmware, except that it was not attached to a suitable charger.

How is life with a “shovel” in your pocket?

How is living with such a giant? Normally, you can not put in shorts – fly off. Mi Max 3 is smaller than popular 7-inch tablets, much larger than 6-inch smartphones.  

One hand does not cope: only basic actions are available, such as scrolling the screen, answering a call or calling a menu with a swipe. For everything else, you need a second palm, interface scaling, or an onscreen assistant button.

On the other hand, the content on the screen fits much more, whether it is text or video. Even text is more convenient to type !

Sharper angles made the Mi Max 3 the most convenient in the lineup. The smartphone lies in the palm of your hand securely, and does not attempt to slip out.

Does not fit in every pocket or bag. And not in every palm – but you can swing.

Instead of conclusions. Big and unique?

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 has one important advantage: an enlarged screen with on-screen keys. The camera is also noticeably better.

Is it worth changing Mi Max 2 to Mi Max 3? I think no.

Mi Max 3 in the basic configuration now costs $ 250 , Mi Max 2 is  half the price and is offered at $ 170. The screen of Mi Max 3 is bigger, it works longer, but you still have to choose.

The main advantages

1. Huge screen. Thanks to the chic display, Mi Max 3 has almost no competitors. If you want a big screen – take it, without an alternative. 

2. Huge battery. Like the Mi Max 2, the new smartphone has become a record holder for battery life. Again, there is no alternative 

3. Good cameras. Compared with previous generations, the third Mi Max has learned to shoot well. 

4. Excellent balance. This is a rare model of the smartphone, in which there is simply nothing to overpay. Everything is in place.

Main disadvantages

1. Outdated platform. Everyone was very much waiting for the new Snap 710 – with it, the performance was higher and the autonomy would increase by 20-30%. 

2. Lack of NFC. Totally unforgivable step. 

3. Overpriced compared to Mi Max 2. New at the start was almost twice as expensive. Fans and so buy? 

4. Large screen frames. If developers wanted, the smartphone could still lose enough extra centimeters.