Xiaomi launches 6.44-inch Mi Max phablet in India starting at Rs 14,999
Xiaomi launched its 6.44-inch Mi Max phablet in India on Thursday. The Mi Max will be available in two processor variants: one with Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 and 3GB RAM and another with Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 and 4GB RAM. Prices start at Rs 14,999 and go all the way up to Rs 19,999. It will be available for buying for the first time on July 6 via flash sale exclusively via Mi.com/in. The company will hold an open sale for the Mi Max on July 13 across online channels.
Boasting of an all-metal body, the 6.44-inch Mi Max weighs in at 203 grams and measures just 7.55mm in thickness. The Mi Max belongs to a select niche of super-sized phones which is likely to attract buyers who are into considerable multimedia consumption, but don’t want to shell out on tablets, that on most occasions lack voice calling.
The phone looks remarkably like the Redmi Note 3 and has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner as well as Infrared sensor on-board.Read more ↓
It comes with a 6.44-inch fullHD IPS LCD display with a 1080p resolution. It comes with up to 128GB of on-board memory which is further expandable via a microSD hybrid card slot. The dualSIM (nano+micro) phone supports 4G LTE connectivity. There’s no NFC though.
On the camera front, the Mi Max offers a 16-megapixel rear shooter with phase detection autofocus along with a 5-megapixel camera on the front.
The Mi Max is backed by a massive 4,850mAh battery and is claimed to offer one full day battery life on single charge. The phone will be available in the colours Silver, Gold and Dark Grey.
Xiaomi also unveiled the India specific MIUI 8, its next-generation operating system at Thursday’s event. According to Xiaomi, there are as many as 200 million MIUI users globally.
MIUI 8 which is successor to MIUI 7 focuses a great deal on comfort and ease of use, and at the same time adds in some really smart and sophisticated features to the UI. On the hindsight it brings in more colours — inspired by colours of a kaleidoscope — as opposed to its predecessors. These colours can change according to the weather, the company claims.
MIUI 8 Wallpaper Carousel feature will allow users to access high-quality daily lock screens consisting of up to 12 categories from over 50 media partners. Meanwhile, the revamped Gallery app will allow users to add filters, stickers and crop their images. The new OS also supports video editing as well as Quick share controls. There’s also a nifty screenshot scrolling feature on-board.
Other key notables of the MIUI 8 are improved privacy options in the Notes app that allow users to password and fingerprint protect their private notes, along with a new Power Saving Mode. The MIUI 8 can also limit chain start-ups, the company announced. MIUI 8 also supports what Xiaomi calls dual apps which will allow users to run two different accounts of the same app, like WhatsApp and Facebook. It also brings in a second space feature that allows for separate home and professional work places each with their own password protect log-in.
The first public beta of MIUI 8 for India will be available on July 11 while the stable version will be out on August 16.
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