Apple may be downsizing its phones to attract users, but Xiaomi is going bigger with the new 6.44-inch Mi Max.
(CCM) — On Tuesday, Xiaomi announced the new massive Mi smartphone, dwarfing its Note phablets. The new Mi Max features a 6.44-inch display, but Xiaomi's Global Vice President Hugo Barra claims that, despite its size, the smartphone is "extremely pocketable." The device packs a Snapdragon 650/652 processor, and either 4 GB or 3 GB of RAM with storage options ranging from 32 GB to 128 GB. The Mi Max supports 4G dual-SIM capabilities and offers a fingerprint scanner, a 16-megapixel main camera, 5-megapixel selfie camera, and a 4,850 mAh battery. The smartphone is available in Gold, Silver, and Dark Grey, and will launch in China on May 17th. The cheapest version of the Mi Max is priced at RMB 1,499, or about $230, and the device goes for as much as RMB 1,999, or about $307. Prices outside of China will likely be higher.
In addition to unveiling the Mi Max, Xiaomi unveiled its latest Android-based OS: MIUI 8. This update brings several new features to the Mi OS including a power-saving mode, a fraud and spam detector for messages, and a new multi-window management solution. Version 8 also adds QR code support to the camera, a photo editor with stickers and drawing features, a new font, and a weather-based color-changing mode for devices. MIUI 8 will be available for the Mi 2/2S/3/4/4C/4S/5/Max, as well as all Redmi and Mi Note devices. Beta registration is open from May 16th, and testing will begin June 1st. A developer ROM will also be available, starting June 17th.
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