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Xiaomi launches Mi Max in two variants at INR 14,999 and INR 19,999

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Xiaomi launched a new member to its Mi series – Mi Max in India. Standing true to its name, the Mi Max features a humongous 6.44 inch 1080p IPS display with a metal body and a fingerprint sensor on the back. Measuring 173.1×88.3×7.5mm, the phone manages to keep it tight with minimum bezels and weighs in at 203 grams.The phone also packs a 16-megapixel camera on the back with PDAF and a 5-megapixel camera up front takes care of your selfies.The device comes in a choice of Snapdragon 650 or Snapdragon 652 variants with 3GB RAM/32GB ROM and 4GB RAM/128GB ROM configurations, respectively. Powering all this is a massive 4850mAh battery. It still runs on MIUI 7 and Xiaomi promised stable version of MIUI 8 as an OTA to their current line up starting 16th August.The Hybrid dual-SIM handset supports 4G LTE with VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS/ A-GPS with Glonass, and Wi-Fi 802.11ac with Mimo. Sadly it lacks NFC. The Mi Max features an infrared sensor that acts as a universal remote control, apart from an ambient light sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer, and proximity sensor.The phone will be available through an open sale starting July 13 through Mi.com, Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, and Paytm.Both the variants come with competitive prices as the Snapdragon 650 variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage will be available for INR 14,999; while the Snapdragon 652 variant with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage will be priced INR 19,999.Xiaomi has witnessed immense success from the Redmi Note 3 and we anticipate a similar response for the mammoth Mi Max. While the tablet market has been stagnant for quite some time, something like the Mi Max might be the weapon of choice for gamers and multimedia consumers.Xiaomi also announced 3 months of free movies and 1 year of unlimited music on Hungama Play for the first 1 million Mi Max, Mi 5, and Redmi Note 3 users. Free Batman vs. Superman movie streaming for first 10,000 Mi Max users.Stay tuned as we bring you a detailed review of the Mi Max and share our insights about this phablet. Be warned, this is a LARGE phone and is not meant for everyone. But for what it’s worth this is the best bet for someone who wants a tablet for its screen estate and a phone for its usability.

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