Xiaomi unveils its 6.44-inch phablet Mi Max, and MIUI 8 in China
Today, Xiaomi has revealed both the Xiaomi Mi Max and their latest operating system the MIUI 8. The Mi Max will be available in China first on 17 May through online channels including Mi.com, and across the country's Mi Home outlets. Without further ado, below are the official specifications:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 652/650 processor + Adreno 510 graphics
- 3GB / 4GB RAM
- 32GB / 64GB / 128GB flash (supports up to 128GB microSD)
- 6.44-inch Full-HD display
- Measures 7.5mm thick, weighs 203g
- 16-megapixel camera with PDAF
- Fingerprint sensor, Sunlight Display
- MIUI 8
- 4850mAh battery
In the features corner, it has the Sunlight Display for more accurate colours even in bright conditions (similar to the Redmi Note 3's Reading Mode feature), fingerprint sensor is also present, and can support up to 14 hours of streaming video (via Wi-Fi) in a single charge, thanks to the massive battery and optimisations found in MIUI 8. Along with the Adreno 510 graphics system inside, the Mi Max is ideal for great multimedia and gaming experience.
Mi Max (Snapdragon 650, 3GB + 32GB) will be available at RMB 1499 (around RM931). The Snapdragon 652 variant with 64GB storage (3GB RAM) and 128GB storage (4GB RAM) will retail at RMB 1699 (around RM1055) and RMB 1999 (around RM1242) respectively.
On the other hand, the MIUI 8 comes with a brand new look and exciting new features inspired by the kaleidoscope. Comes with bold colours, interactive animations and system fonts including Xiaomi’s very own Mi Lanting font, it's capable of cloning apps and manage multiple accounts on the same phone. This means that users can have two instances of a messaging app on the same phone that correspond to different accounts, removing the inconvenience of having to log in and out on the same app.
Users can also split their smartphones into two accounts, which means that a different password or fingerprint can be imprinted to access a different home screen entirely, with different apps and data that are completely independent. With such customization, users can choose to merge certain data such as the address book and call history.
MIUI 8 has also improved several functions and apps, such examples are:
- Take long screenshots beyond what can be seen on the screen
- Calculator app with advanced functions such as bank loan and mortgage interest calculation, as well as currency and unit conversions
- Photo gallery with quick share controls, which users can swipe up to share, change filters, add stickers, and make use of enhanced video editing tools with various effects and music
- Scanning documents to get an image output like business cards (on contacts), physical objects to search and shop for similar items on Taobao, and even mathematics questions for step-by-step solutions.
Xiaomi CEO and founder Lei Jun said: “MIUI 8 is our best operating system to date featuring several innovative breakthroughs. After six years of continuous iterations and upgrades, MIUI has become more user-friendly, presenting boundless opportunities as a mobile Internet platform especially when coupled with a Xiaomi smartphone.”
Beta testing for MIUI 8 in China will start on 1 June, while the developer ROM will be released on 17 June with support for Mi 2 / 2S / 3 / 4 / 4c / 4S / 5 / Max, the entire Redmi and Redmi Note series, as well as the Mi Note series. That's all from Xiaomi today, stay tuned for Xi Max's availability and pricing for Malaysia at Technave.com!