Xiaomi Mi Max 3 review

GSMArena team, 25 August 2018.


Remember when people made fun of the original Samsung Galaxy Note and its "humongous" 5.3-inch display? Oh, how the times have changed. Still, have we really come to a point where a 6.9-inch diagonal behemoth is able to avoid the "tablet" category and stretch the already confusing phablet category even further?

Well, we definitely don't want to be on the wrong side of history here. Plus, we're all for a positive body image. So, power to Xiaomi and the Mi Max 3! Obviously, the company has decided it's got a wide enough user base for such a device. And truth be told, they've achieved a pretty sleek and compact design thanks to the impossibly slim bezels and the trendy 18:9 tall aspect ratio.

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 specs

  • Body: Metal unibody, glass front; 176.2x87.4x8mm, 221g.
  • Display: 6.9" IPS LCD, 2,160x1,080px resolution, 18:9 aspect ratio, 350ppi.
  • Rear camera: Primary 12MP, 1.4µm pixel size, f/1.9 aperture, dual pixel PDAF, gyro-EIS; Secondary 5MP depth sensor. 2160p/30fps, 720p/120fps slow motion.
  • Front camera: 8MP, 1.12µm pixel size, f/2.0 aperture; 1080p/30fps video recording.
  • OS: Android 8.1 Oreo; MIUI 9.5 custom overlay.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 636: octa-core CPU (8x1.8 GHz Kryo 260), Adreno 509 GPU.
  • Memory: 4GB/6GB of RAM; 64GB/128GB storage; hybrid microSD slot.
  • Battery: 5,500mAh Li-Po (sealed); QuickCharge 3.0 fast charging.
  • Connectivity:Dual-SIM (Nano-SIM); LTE; Dual VoLTE; USB-C; Dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; GPS, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS; Bluetooth 5.0, IR blaster, FM radio.
  • Misc: Rear-mounted fingerprint reader; single down-firing speaker; 3.5mm jack.

Combine the beastly display with some budget internals and a price tag to match and you basically have the Mi Max 3's calling card. That being said, simply looking at the Mi Max 3 in the same way as a budget big-screen TV isn't really fair or productive in any way.

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If you are going to commit to lugging the hefty Mi Max 3 around, that Snapdragon 636 better deliver a well-rounded, modern Android experience. And coupled with a 5,500 mAh battery, we expect nothing short of a marathon in doing so, from the chip, as well.

So, join us on the following pages, as we peel away the layers of the Mi Max 3 to see just how well Xiaomi managed to fill the hefty figure, at hand, with substance.


As expected, the Mi Max 3 ships in an impressively sized box. That's kind of a necessity. Other than that, however, there is nothing really special about the packaging - it is the standard Xiaomi affair. That is - thick cardboard and a two-piece design.

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 review

As far as the included accessories go, you get a USB cable and a wall charger - both in matching white. No bonus plastic case, which the Chinese OEM does often throw in the box. Do, however, check with your seller of choice on that point, since a case might be present on some markets.

Case nitpicking aside, we were delighted to see the included wall charger is a Quick Charge 3 unit. So, you won't have to buy a fast charger separately.

Special thanks to HonorBuy for providing the review unit.

Reader comments

Gave it to my step son...wish l had kept it now miss the big feller...

  • Dirkomaxx

Still a great phone in 2022 imo! Ok, so it doesn't have 5g or wireless charging, superfast cpu or high refresh screen but if you don't have those things to start with then you don't miss them. The massive screen, battery, great build, ...

  • Anonymous

I'm on the same boat!! Relieved to see I'm not the only one missing those wide 16:9 mi max series.