Xiaomi Mi Max phablet goes on pre-order globally including USA

The Chinese smartphone manufacturer recently announced the Xiaomi Mi Max phablet that comes with a massive 6.44-inch display. Although, it has been only launched in China officially and will go on sale starting from May 17, but we can now pre-order it globally, courtesy of third-party retailers like Gearbest.

The Xiaomi Mi Max is available in Light Grey and Champagne Gold color variants on Gearbest, the Silver color option is not being sold currently. It comes in three different variants. These can be pre-ordered now and will start shipping from June 21, 2016.

  • Mi Max: 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM + Snapdragon 650 SoC – US $325.89.
  • Mi Max: 3GB RAM + 64GB ROM + Snapdragon 652 SoC – US $359.89.
  • Mi Max: 4GB RAM + 128GB ROM + Snapdragon 652 SoC – US $499.89.

The official prices of these devices are $230, $261 and $307 (approximately, since converted from CNY to USD), respectively. Hence, in order to pre-order these Xiaomi Mi Max phablets, one needs to shell out between $100 – $190 more than the official prices in China. It certainly does look a bit on the higher side but we do need to consider in a lot of factors:

  • Xiaomi will not officially launch these devices in most countries, ever!
  • The competition is very tough in China and hence products are aggressively priced, so this pricing will not be the same for all markets.
  • Standard shipping charges included in these prices.
  • Xiaomi fanboys exist globally and hence third-party resellers are selling and shipping them worldwide.

The e-commerce portal from China delivers in most countries with free shipping. However, you could also expedite the shipping by paying nominal charges and get it within 3-7 business days. Lets have a look at the specifications and features of the device.

Xiaomi Mi Max Specifications

The Xiaomi Mi Max features a 6.44-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Full HD IPS 2.5D curved display. The phablet comes with sunlight display technology which improves screen readability using hardware-level technology to adjust contrast for each pixel in real-time. It is powered by a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 / octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 64-bit processor along with Adreno 510 GPU. It packs in 3 GB of RAM along with 32 / 64 GB of internal storage or 4 GB of RAM with 128 GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded via microSD card. The device runs on MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS.

The Mi Max rocks a 16 megapixel rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF) and f/2.0 aperture. It can shoot 1080p Full HD videos and 120fps slow-motion videos. It comes with a 5 megapixel front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture for selfies and video calling. The front shooter can also capture Full HD 1080p videos. It supports Hybrid dual SIM (micro + nano / microSD card) with dual standby mode. It has a fingerprint sensor below the primary camera that unlocks in 0.3 seconds and comes with Trustonic TEE chip-level security. It has a full metal unibody design that is just 7.5 mm thick and weighs just 203 grams. It also has an Infrared sensor.

On the connectivity front, the Mi Max comes with 4G LTE (FDD-LTE : 1800/2100/2600 MHz) with VoLTE support, 3G (WCDMA : 850/900/1900/2100 MHz), 2G (GSM : 850/900/1800/1900 MHz), WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac (Dual Band), Bluetooth 4.2 LE with A2DP, GPS, GLONASS and USB OTG. The phablet packs in a whopping 4,850 mAh non-removable Li-ion battery under the hood.

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