Xiaomi has unveiled its largest handset yet. Standing at the 6.44 inches, Xiaomi Mi Max is basically a phablet with a massive battery that is more than enough to keep its gigantic size juiced up for a day or two.

The only questionable thing about the device is, does it come in a foldable design or how exactly are we supposed to fit this super-sized smartphone into our pockets? Or better yet hold this smaller of version of a tablet as we would a standard smartphone? Even with that in mind, there is nothing not to love about the Xiaomi Mi Max smartphone.

Its 6.44-inch Full HD display delivers a pixel density of 342p, which is somewhat of a letdown, in terms of today’s standards. The device forgoes the pricier option of the Snapdragon 820 SoC which currently powers devices such as Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, LG G5 and HTC 10, and instead embraces the powers and efficiency of the Snapdragon 652 processor package. This coupled with (depending on your choice) combinations of either 4GB of RAM along with an internal storage of 64 GB version or a RAM of 4 GB with 128 GB on-board storage option. The base model of the Mi Max smartphone packs 3GB of RAM, an internal storage of 32 GB and runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 650.

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If you are concerned about the storage not being adequate, don’t fret, Xiaomi has included a microSD card slot on the device, placed within a hybrid tray that also serves as a slot for dual SIM cards.

At the back, the Mi Max boasts a 16MP camera sensor which is complemented with a phase detection autofocus that almost looks similar to the one found on Xiaomi Mi 5’s camera. The front shooter doesn’t disappoint as it bundles a 5MP sensor backed by an 85 degree wide angled camera that will allow you to capture group selfies.

In the battery department, Xiaomi Mi Max carries a battery capacity of a huge 4,850 mAh, making it one of the few smartphones on the market to house such a large battery. The only other handset loaded with as much battery juice is the Asus Zenfone Max which houses a 5,000 mAh power unit.

Xiaomi Mi Max will be the first device to come running on the latest version of Xiaomi’s custom ROM, the MIUI 8.0 operating system, which also happened to be launched in the same event.

Surprisingly even with such exceptional features, Xiaomi Mi Max is attached with reasonable pricing points. The Mi Max variant featuring 4GB RAM and 6GB storage with Snapdragon 652 SoC, will retail at ¥1699 ($260), the Snapdragon 652 powered option with 4GB RAM and 128 GB of memory will go for ¥1999 ($305), while the base model will range at the price of ¥1499 ($229).

Don’t get too excited however, as these prices only apply to customers in China. As we all know prices of smartphones differ from market to market across regions. Nevertheless, the Xiaomi Mi Max seems like it would be worth every cent, given what you get in return from its exceptional features.

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