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Xiaomi Mi Max 3 vs. Xiaomi Mi Max 2: big upgrades on screen, cameras and performance

ByGB Blog Official 2018-07-23 18102

The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is finally here and ready to succeed the company's previous large screen bestseller — the Xiaomi Mi Max 2. How do the two phablets compare and what are the main upgrades on the Mi Max 3? Let’s find out!


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Let's start by taking a quick look at the main differences between the Mi Max 3 and the Mi Max 2:


Product name
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
6.9 inch, 2160 x 1080 pixels
6.44 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Octa Core
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa Core
Operating system
MIUI 9.5 (Android 8.1)
MIUI 8.5 (Android 7.1)
8.0MP front camera + 12.0MP + 5.0MP dual back cameras
5.0MP front camera + 12.0MP back camera


Xiaomi Mi Max 3 4G Phablet Global Version

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 4G Phablet Global Version - BLACK
$329 $269.99    


Xiaomi Mi Max 2

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 6.44 inch 4G Phablet - INTERNATIONAL VERSION GOLDEN
$244 $199.99    


And now let's go into the nitty-gritty.

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 vs. Xiaomi Mi Max 2: differences in design

Both smartphones feature an aluminum unibody with glass on the front. The Mi Max 3 gained a bit of thickness and weight compared to the Mi Max 2: the Mi Max 3 measures 6.93 x 3.44 x 0.31 inches and weighs 221 grams compared to 6.85 x 3.49 x 0.3 inches on the Mi Max 2 with the weight of 211 grams.

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 vs. Xiaomi Mi Max 2: design

Despite the larger size, the top and bottom bezels on the Mi Max 3 are slimmer than those on the Mi Max 2, which also results in the 18:9 aspect ratio (16:9 on the Mi Max 2).

Color-wise, you get more choices with the new model: the Mi Max 2 is only available in gold and matte black colors while you can get the Mi Max 3 in black, champagne gold and blue.

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 vs. Xiaomi Mi Max 2: which phone has a better screen?

Both phones proudly justify their phablet titles by sporting beautiful large displays that are great for enjoying all sorts of media from videos to gaming.

But if we have to go into a head-to-head comparison, the Xiaomi Mi Max 3 wins the screen battle hands down. It comes with a larger 6.9 inches IPS LCD touchscreen with 1080 x 2160 pixels resolution. The phone features a 79.8% screen-to-body ratio and 350 pixels per inch density.

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 screen display

The screen on the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is of more modest parameters. The display is 6.44 inches in size with the resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. There is a  74% screen-to-body ratio, 16:9 aspect ratio and 342 pixels per inch density.

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 vs. Xiaomi Mi Max 2: hardware & software

One of the highlights of the Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 octa-core chipset with eight custom Kryo 260 cores and 14nm ensuring an imporevent in both speed and energy efficiency compared to previous processor models — including the Snapdragon 625 Octa Core CPU on the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2. The Mi Max 3 features the Adreno 509 graphics processing unit while the Mi Max 2 offers a slightly older version — Adreno 506.

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 CPU performance

The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is available in two memory options:  4GB + 64GB storage and 6GB + 128GB storage. The Mi Mix 2 comes with only 4GB of memory but there are three storage options: 32GB, 64GB and 128GB.

Software-wise, the Mi Max 2 runs on the MIUI 8.5 skin with Android 7.1.1 Nougat as base while the Mi Max 3 comes with the MIUI 9.5 with Android 8.1 Oreo underneath it.

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 vs. Xiaomi Mi Max 2: the camera game

The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 comes with a stronger camera setup. You get a 12MP primary rear camera with a f/1.9 aperture and a 5MP secondary sensor with an LED flash while the Mi Max 2 features a single 12MP rear cam with the f/2.2 aperture and a dual-LED dual-tone flash.

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 rear camera

the picture shot on Xiaomi Mi Max 3

On the front, the Mi Max 3 comes with an 8MP selfie sensor with f/2.0 aperture. Plus, you have the support of Face Unlock. The front camera on the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is the simple but functional 5MP cam.


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Xiaomi Mi Max 3 vs. Xiaomi Mi Max 2: battery life

The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 sports an improved battery life. You have the non-removable Li-lon 5500 mAh battery offering longer usage time and standby — especially when combined with the energy-efficient Snapdragon 636 octa-core chipset. To compare, the  Mi Max 2 is powered by the 5300mAh battery. Both smartphones support Quick Charge (version 3.0) technology, which allows to charge up the device to up to 71% in just one hour.

the 5500mAh battery on Xiaomi Mi Max 3

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 vs. Xiaomi Mi Max 2: the verdict

So, what do we have in the end?

There is no denying the fact that the Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is a more powerful device. More than that, it's a comprehensive upgrade over the previous model including improvements in screen size and quality, better cameras, a more efficient processor, the latest UI and more.

The Mi Max 3 is expected to be priced between just over $160 and up to $300 depending on the RAM/ROM setup — but keep a close eye on the GB Mi Max 3 listing for better deals and disounts. 



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