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The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 has been officially presented, and it is already among us. The range of Xiaomi maximum size phones has already made an appearance, and it raises an interesting question: What improvement compared to other times? Is the third time the charm?

We will make a comparison as is customary in The Free Android, but being such a "special" phone and focused on such a specific audience, we will focus on your family brothers, the Mi Max from previous generations. Has it really improved?

The Mi Max 3 against his «younger» brothers

The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 faces its brothers, the Mi Max of yesteryear

As always, we will start with a table that clearly illustrates the characteristics of each of the Xiaomi Mi Max launched so far. We already warn you that unlike what you can think, the improvements have not focused on the obvious, but on what characterizes the Max range.

Xiaomi Mi MaxXiaomi Mi Max 2Xiaomi Mi Max 3
screen6.4 inches in Full HD IPS LCD 16: 96.4 inches in Full HD IPS LCD 16: 96.99 inches in Full HD + IPS LCD 18: 9
Processor (SoC)Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 Hexa-Core at 1.8 Ghz.Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa-Core 2.0 GHzQualcomm Snapdragon 636 Hexa-Core at 1.8 Ghz.
GPUAdreno 510Adreno 506Adreno 509
RAM2/3 GB3/4 GB4/6 GB
Internal memory32/64/128 GB32/64/128 GB64/128 GB
Rear cameranico sensor 16 Mpx f / 2.0nico sensor 12 Mpx f / 2.012 + 5 Mpx dual sensor
Front camera5 Mpx5 Mpx8 Mpx
Battery4850 mAh5300 mAh5500 mAh
ConnectivityWi-Fi, GPS. Bluetooth, GLONASS, FM Radio …Wi-Fi, GPS. Bluetooth, GLONASS, FM Radio …Wi-Fi, GPS. Bluetooth, GLONASS, FM Radio …
Size173.1 x 88.3 x 7.5 mm174.1 x 88.7 x 7.6 mm176.15 x 87.4 x 7.99 mm
Weight203 grams211 grams221 grams
Android versionAndroid 7.0 Nougat with MIUI 9Android 7.0 Nougat with MIUI 9Android 8.0 Oreo with MIUI10
OthersRear fingerprint readerRear fingerprint readerRear fingerprint reader
Price150 euros199 euros1699 yuan (about 215 euros) and 1999 yuan (about 255 euros).

Xiaomi Mi Max price

The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 means a half-turn in the Max range. On the one hand, we have notable improvements, but on the other, Xiaomi is somewhat conservative and has limited itself to updating the major failures that past generations had, in addition to updating the design to modern standards.

The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 faces its brothers, the Mi Max of yesteryear

Historically, the Mi Max have been nothing but lifelong Xiaomis stretched to the maximum possible. In the case of Max 3 it is exactly the same; we have the same design line as in devices such as Redmi Note 5 or Redmi 5 Plus but taken to the monstrous figure of the 6.9 inches diagonal screen. A real barbarity.

Ironically, it does not mean a huge increase over past generations, both in design and size. We have reduced frames, and that makes the screen "contain" a bit. Otherwise we have the same metallic finish, saving the double chamber placed vertically and the rounded frames. For the rest it is a Mi Max that is not too far from the past, even being sober.

Everything becomes "max" big

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 faces its brothers, the Mi Max of yesteryear

Let's not fool ourselves, the Max have always been ridiculously huge phones: not counting the frames the Mi Max 2 had a size of 6.4 inches Just like the original generation. Come on, that with the dimensions these Mi Max have always been small tablets. In the case of the Max 3 we not only increase on screen, but also on hardware.

We go up to 6.9 inch screen, being an almost indecent size. As for the battery we have the increase that we have seen in other generations, as we have seen from the 4850 mAh of the original Max to the 5300 of the Max 2. Now, we go up up to 5500 mAh, with fast charge. Another thing no, but NOBODY You can complain about the autonomy of the Mi Max 3.

The memories have also gone in crescendo. We go from 2 and 3 GB of RAM to start from 4 GB up to 6 GB, and in the internal memory we forget the classic 16 and 32 that we saw in the original Max to upload up to 64 and 128 GB. It is an improvement that was necessary, although inevitable.

It is in the cameras where we see the greatest upgrade As with tablets, the cameras of the Mi Max have been testimonial, with a quality more than nimia and typical of a device of medium-low range. Now we have a double camera that seeing how the double sensors of other models are behaving, we hope that the quality of the shots of the Mi Max 3 is the less the better. If not, it would be a problem.

What happens in the rest, Xiaomi?

The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 faces its brothers, the Mi Max of yesteryear

We found the less curious the evolution of other hardware components. We could expect that given the size of the phone and that we are already in the third generation, the remaining hardware such as connectivity or the processor were better. Here… We see something weird.

The first Max was riding a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650, a very solvent processor and according to the screen size. The second hit a small downgrade, staying in a Snapdragon 625. It is logical if we want to cut costs, but seeing the success that Xiaomi has had with all its products, we would expect a Snapdragon 660 at least. We stayed in a Snapdragon 636, something strange.

The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 faces its brothers, the Mi Max of yesteryear

The same we see in terms of connectivity. We go to USB-C obviously, but otherwise We have exactly the same connectivity as in previous generations. We don't have NFC, and although we have Android 8.0 with MIUI 10, It is something we expected, since going out with Android 7 would have been a negative point on your part.

Although this Mi Max 3 has turned out to be a phone that we could all expect, perhaps Xiaomi has gone from conservative. Being the Mi MIX somewhat stagnant because its concept has blurred and seeing the strange evolution curve of the Max, perhaps we hoped that Xiaomi had launched into the pool with this Mi Max 3 with something more virulence.

The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 faces its brothers, the Mi Max of yesteryear

However, this does not make it worse phone. It is a very specific mobile, suitable only for lovers of huge large screens. But for the cost that has characterized the Max and especially this Max 3, we get a great battery, a great terminal and a great value for money. As expected, everything is great in the Max.

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