Xiaomi launches Mi Max 3 with a massive screen and hefty battery

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has just pulled the wraps off its newest phablet, the Mi Max 3. Launching on July 20, this device packs the largest display size and battery capacity the Mi Max lineup has ever supported.

Resizing the display to fall in line with modern smartphone trends, the Mi Max 3 sports an extended 6.9-inch 18:9 2160 x 1080 LCD panel.

That’s more pixels and more screen real-estate than either of its predecessors and the new aspect ratio also means it boasts the most notable screen-to-body ratio and the thinnest bezels of any Mi Max too.

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Speaking of thinness, at only 8mm deep it’s particularly impressive that Xiaomi has also managed to boost the size of the battery up to a whopping 5500mAh cell, which paired with that Full HD+ screen should make for some exceptional battery life.

In the past, the Mi Max 2 still impressed with its marginally smaller 5300mAh battery, whilst the original phone packed in a respectable 4850mAh offering. There’s also fast-charging onboard, which promises an impressive 71% charge after just an hour.

On the software side, the phablet runs the latest iteration of Xiaomi’s Android 8.1 Oreo-overlay, MIUI 9.5, whilst on the inside there’s a suitably mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (the same chipset that powers Asus’ ZenFone 5), which comes accompanied by up to a generous 6GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage (although there is a 4GB/64GB skew on the cards too).

MicroSD expandability is also on the cards, with support for up to 256GB.

To round out the experience, the Mi Max 3 also embraces a dual rear camera, with a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a secondary 5-megapixel sensor. Selfie lovers, meanwhile, should appreciate the 8-megapixel offering at their disposal.

Xiaomi hasn’t confirmed availability outside of China but the handset is set to start at 1699 Yuan, which is just under £200.

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