Xiaomi Mi Max 3 Review

The Xiaomi Mi Max is a large screen smartphone. With this slogan, Xiaomi’s Max series has successfully established itself in the 6.44-inch large screen phone market. However, as the full screen becomes more popular, it is no longer a problem to put a 6.4-inch screen into the standard 5.5-inch phone body. Therefore, many people have been wondering how the next generation of the “MI Max’ series will redefine the concept of ‘large screen’. As the Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is already out, we have all necessary to understand what it means to be a large- and full-screen phone. So the Mi Max 3 shouldn’t be taken as a common upgrade over the Mi Max 2. There are more changes than you can imagine.

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Xiaomi Mi Max 3 Appearance

As for the parameters written on the paper, the Xiaomi Mi Max 3 sports a 6.9-inch display, with no notch, a Full HD+ resolution, an 18:9 aspect ratio, and an 85.19% screen ratio. Surprisingly, though the screen size has become way larger, the dimensions remain almost the same as 176.15 x 87.4 x 7.99mm. As a reminder, the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 came with dimensions of 174.1 x 88.7 x 7.6mm.

Xiaomi Mi Max 3

Users don’t have to worry about the ergonomics. Though the Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is packed with a large screen, in most cases, you can hold it by one hand and implement single-hand operations. So it not only is comfortable for one-hand grip but also provides better viewing experience.

Xiaomi Mi Max 3

Instead of a much popular notch screen design, it comes with a regular full-screen approach with both forehead and chin. Therefore, all the sensors are placed on the former part. The front camera is upgraded from 5MP to 8MP. The latter also supports AI single-camera blur and AI face unlocking. The camera is also equipped with a separate soft light, which can be used to enhance the self-timer/unlock effect in a completely dark environment.

Xiaomi Mi Max 3

On the back of the fuselage, the Xiaomi Mi Max 3 adopts Xiaomi’s ‘thin waist’ design. Thanks to the body curvature, it is easier to hold. The U-shaped antenna belt design gives an additional charm to the phone. Like other Xiaomi products, the main camera adopts the popular vertical arrangement. The back also carries a fingerprint reader.

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 On the bottom, the Xiaomi Mi Max 3 uses a USB Type-C interface. But it didn’t remove the 3.5mm audio jack, which is placed on the top side along with the infrared sensor. By the way, the infrared remote control function that disappeared on the Mi 8 has come back.

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Xiaomi Mi Max 3

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 Performance

The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is equipped with a Snapdragon 636 chip, which is considered to be the down-converted version of the well-known Snapdragon 660. It appeared on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and provided quite satisfactory performance. Mainly due to it, this handset could become one of the most selling handsets of the Redmi line.

As for benchmarks, the Snapdragon 636 scores 118.897 points at AnTuTu, while at GeekBench, it scores 1319 and 4714 in single-core and multi-core tests, respectively.

Xiaomi Mi Max 3

But large screen phones are mainly used for playing games. So it’s very interesting to know how Xiaomi’s obsession with game-oriented devices affected this one. The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 supports a system-level game toolbox. After the game is installed, it can accelerate the game to improve hardware performance.

Xiaomi Mi Max 3

The test was held by playing Honor of Kings. When playing, in the high frame rate mode, the phone maintained at around 55fps, while the minimum frame rate registered was 50fps. Though there are still gaps between some flagship products, the performance is quite good.

Xiaomi Mi Max 3

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 Camera

Many think if the Mi Max 3 is not packed with high-res camera sensors, it couldn’t provide a good shooting experience. But the truth is Xiaomi has proven too many times it’s not only matter of sensor size and resolution but also of software and overall optimization. On the back, it carries a 12MP + 5MP dual-camera. The main camera sensor has a unit pixel area of 1.4 microns, an aperture of f/1.9, and supports Dual-PD dual-core speed focusing, AI scene recognition, intelligent recognition, and other functions.

Xiaomi Mi Max 3

Under the large pixel of 1.4 microns, the brightness of the samples is excellent and the color reproduction is very accurate. In portrait mode, the layers of the photo are distinct.

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Xiaomi Mi Max 3 Battery

The battery capacity of the Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is upgraded to 5500mAh from 5300mAh. But the screen size has also enlarged. That’s why we have had some concerns about the endurance. According to the official data, the continuous video playback time of the Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is 17 hours, which is slightly shorter than 18 hours of the Mi Max 2.

At the same time, the Xiaomi Mi Max 3 supports 18W Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging technology. According to the actual test, it takes up to 135 minutes to fully charge the battery. Considering the battery size, this result is quite satisfactory.

Xiaomi Mi Max 3

When testing the power consumption, we learned it consumes 7% for an hour of a Full HD online video playback. So we can state the Xiaomi Mi Max 3 could provide a continuous video playback for over 14 hours. This is shorter than the official statement. But it’s quite acceptable.

Xiaomi Mi Max 3

What we liked more is the reverse charging option. It supports 5V1.2A power. So you can use it as a power bank and charge other devices OTG.

Xiaomi Mi Max 3


No one can deny large screen and large battery phones have a huge amount of users. That’s why Samsung continues putting all the innovative ideas in its Note series. Xiaomi doesn’t pay too much attention to the Mi Max series, but it doesn’t ignore it as well. So after the popularity of full-screen smartphones, the manufacturer has decided to make a smart move and bring this technology to the Mi Max family. Shortly, thanks to the full-screen design the Xiaomi Mi Max 3 can be considered as a small-size tablet.


Argam Artashyan

Back in 2010, he was dismissed from his position as a lecturer at the university. This made him get another job at his friend’s digital marketing company as a blog writer. After a few years, when he was thinking the article writing is his mission, Google pushed the Panda update and affected the company and websites he was working at. (Un)fortunately and surprisingly, he got an offer to head a large knitting factory. In 2016, he got his Ph.D. and resumed teaching at the University … and writing tech-related articles following his passion.

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