Hey guys today we’re going to take a look at the Xiaomi Mi Max 3. It’s the third iteration of the Xiaomi Mi Max and it still features the same big display with a budget price point. One of the notable changes is the usage of a Snapdragon 636 instead of 625 and the battery capacity has been increased by 200 milliamps to 5500mAh.
Design and Build Quality
The design is pretty similar to the Mi Max 2 with rounded corners and the chamfered edges design. The body is still made of aluminum but is still very sturdy and doesn’t flex despite its size and is difficult to use it one-handed but thankfully there’s one handed mode if you need it. The back is also pretty slippery so I recommend getting a case along with it.
The display comes with a 2.5 D glass edge and it’s mounted on another plastic that separates the body and the glass. The Mi Max 3 retains the dual stereo speakers and it’s really punchy and lock but it gets a little distorted at the highest volume.
Just like the previous two iterations I still feel the placement of the fingerprint sensor is too high and you will need some hand gymnastics to assess the power and volume rocker.
There is a LED lights to the left of the speaker and still with no color customizations. Now with dual cameras the camera module is now protruding at the back. The form factor is pretty large but if you like big phones this shouldn’t be a problem but this one will be a challenge for people with smaller hands.
Hardware and Display
The removal of hardware buttons made it possible for the display to increase to 6.9 inches but still is a 1080p display which brings up to 350 PPI. There is a difference when comparing to 2k display but on the whole is very sharp in my opinion.
Without the hardware buttons the display ratio is now 18 by 9 instead of 16 by 9 there are two ways to interact with the UI on the screen, on-screen buttons or gestures. Viewing angles are pretty good with the LCD display and the display is bright enough to be used under the Sun. In my opinion the colors on the Mi Max 3 is vibrant and saturated and there is the colors and contrast settings to adjust the colors to your liking.
The fingerprint sensor is always active and will work when the screen is off. The unlock speed is very very quick and almost instantaneous, seems like there is no delay at all. If you prefer there is also the face unlock that works pretty well too.
There are two variants of the Mi Max 3 128 GB and 6 GB of RAM or 64 GB of storage and 4 GB of RAM. Personally I will go for the 128 GB of storage and 6 GB of RAM. If storage isn’t enough there is support for microSD card up to 256 GB. There is also support for USB OTG with the type C thumb drive.
There is support for dual 4G and VOLTE. Since the SIM Slot 2 share the same space with the microSD card you can only choose either dual SIM or single SIM with micro SD card. I’m still wondering why they couldn’t find a space to fit a triple card slot in such a big phone.
Software and Performance
The Mi Max 3 is powered by the Snapdragon 636 and Adreno 509. Benchmarks are pretty okay with Antutu at 119043 and Geekbench single core at 1332 and multi-core 4940.
Game performance is pretty good I tested with Asphalt 9 the game loads fast, there’s no stuttering and it’s really lag free. As for PUBG, I tested the best available graphic settings HD and framerate set to high. I see some lags here and there but I assume it’s the loading of maps for the first time. All in all is pretty smooth but does get a little warm when gaming for longer durations.
In everyday use like calls, messaging or using a phone in general, it’s pretty good and there were no problems. In fact the 4 GB of RAM was more than sufficient for me for my daily usage and should be enough for most of you. The only thing that I was bothered with is the lag when swiping back to home screen. Other than that cellular and Wi-Fi speeds was pretty good as well.
As of now the Mi Max 3 is running Android 8.1 with MIUI 9.6 on top. It’s China Rom so you will have to install Google apps yourself. It’s pretty simple just head to the MI Store and search for Google and install the app.
For a more detailed MIUI 9 video I have one video which I’ll put in the description box below. There is also their version of AI assistant but it’s only available in Chinese.
If you are looking for exceptional battery life this is it. The massive 5500 mAh battery is definitely enough to last a full day. My screen on time varied between 7 to 8 hours of course battery life depends on personal usage but with moderate use the phone can definitely last 2 days or more. Power users will have no issues lasting through the day.
Both the phone and charger supports quick charge 3.0 and it takes around 2 hours to charge from 0% to 100%. I have a battery test video that I will put in the description box below.
The Mi Max 3 has a 12MP and 5MP depth sensor for portrait mode. For camera filters tap the triple circle icon to assess them and the camera comes with modes like Tilt Shift, HHT and Beautify. AI Detection is something like Google lens that lets you identify objects in the photo.
There’s nothing much to complain about the camera, both day and night shots are pretty good in general and it’s pretty good for point-and-shoot camera.
For manual mode you can adjust the white balance focus shutter speed and ISO. Auto and Manual focus in both daylight and lowlight is pretty fast but is relatively slower in low light. Macro and portrait mode are surprisingly good as well.
For video recording it can record up to 4k at 30 frames per second, there is no OIS but the image stabilization does a very good job in keeping the video stable.
In general my experience in using the Mi Max 3 is pretty similar to the Mi Max 2 but I feel that the camera on Mi Max 3 is better. Performance-wise is really good for both but it’s really hard to tell the difference for day-to-day usage. For battery life is really very good, something that the Mi Max series can be really proud of.
In my opinion if you are using the original Mi Max 1, it makes sense to upgrade to the Mi Max 3 but if you are using a current Mi Max 2, I will hold on and wait for the next iteration.