Xiaomi Mi Max 3 goes live with 6.9-inch display and massive 5500mAh battery

When Xiaomi launched the first Mi Max back in 2016, it was venturing into untested waters. With a screen size of 6.44 inches, the Mi Max became the manufacturer's largest phone, and the 4850mAh battery meant it easily lasted two days on a full charge. The phone turned out to be a surprise hit in markets like India, where the large display and the enormous battery made it the ideal device for consuming multimedia on the go.

Last year, Xiaomi doubled down with the Mi Max 2, offering an even larger 5300mAh battery, a more polished design, and Quick Charge 3.0 over USB-C. Exactly a year later, Xiaomi has unveiled the Mi Max 3 in China, with the device featuring a tablet-sized 6.9-inch display and a gargantuan 5500mAh battery.

Like the rest of Xiaomi's 2018 lineup, the Mi Max 3 offers an 18:9 IPS LCD panel with an FHD+ (2160 x 1080) resolution. Round the back, the phone has antenna lines at the top and bottom, but the key addition is the dual camera setup that shares the same sensor as the Redmi Note 5 Pro — a 12MP camera with 1.4um pixels joined by a secondary 5MP shooter with 1.25um pixels. You get an 8MP camera up front, and the phone has Xiaomi's AI-assisted camera features that allow you to take better selfies.

Xiaomi Mi Max 3

The Mi Max 3 is also powered by the same Snapdragon 636 chipset featured in the Redmi Note 5 Pro, and the octa-core 1.8GHz platform is more than able to handle everyday tasks with ease. Other specs include Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0, 3.5mm jack, USB-C, and dual VoLTE, and the phone comes in at 221g, and has dimensions of 176.15 x 87.4 x 7.99 mm. On the software front, it is running Android 8.1 Oreo based on MIUI 9.5, but should pick up the update to MIUI 10 shortly after launch.

The Mi Max 3 will be available in three color options — Black, Champagne Gold, and Blue — and two variants: a base model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage that retails for the equivalent of ¥1,699 ($250), and a version with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for ¥1,999 ($300). For now, the Mi Max 3 is limited to China, but given that the series has seen a decent amount of success in India, Xiaomi will be looking to bring the device to the country shortly.

What do you guys make of the Mi Max 3?

Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

  • I'd love to see phone's like this in the USA
  • Same. Why can't we have affordable nice things?
  • You could fend off muggers with a thing that big or use it as a riot shield.
  • this
  • Was expecting a SD660 Chipset, kinda off let down.
  • The 636 it's just a under clocked 660.
  • Does it have bands for the US?
  • So far, the only Xiaomi phones that have had US LTE bands are the Mi Mix and Mi Note series. Considering all the other phones they've launched lately without US LTE bands, I highly doubt that this will be the one that deviates from that trend.
  • Anyone see what LTE bands are supported?
    Is the Android Enterprise Recommended?
  • Wow.... If they came to U.S with android one I probably would snap up one. Though not sure if that will be feasible with the bad luck huawei and ZTE are having.
  • These guys at Xiaomi should become disruptors. They should make their phones like the Moto, with all bands for all carriers, either GSM or CDMA, and let their products be internationally available. That will teach the other manufacturers how business is done and the real price points where the game should be at.
  • How exactly was that 'untested waters'? Sony Xperia Z Ultra was precisely 6.44". Iirc, it also got a Google Play Edition with clean Android. I really wanted one.
  • I will be in China late August. Any idea if these will be in the Xiaomi stores in Beijing by then or when they will be available online at various merchants like Gearbest or AliExpress?
  • It's a compact 7" tablet.