Do you remember the Xiaomi Mi Max series phones? Yes, the Xiaomi phones with a huge display and a massive battery? Two versions of the phone launched in India until 2017 but the last model, which is the Mi Max 3, never made it to our shores despite its launch in China. Now, it appears that Xiaomi has killed the Mi Max series forever, i.e. no more new Mi Max model coming up, at least for the foreseeable future.
According to a recent post on Weibo made by Redmi General Manager Lu Weibing, Xiaomi will not launch any Mi Max series phone. This was previously hinted by Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun a few months ago when he confirmed they have no plans to launch a new Mi Max series phone anytime soon. Weibing has not mentioned any reason behind his statement but it appears that Xiaomi might have pulled the plug on the Max series phones.
The last Mi Max branded phone was the Mi Max 3 and it launched in China as a bloated Redmi Note 5 Pro with a massive display and a bigger battery. Xiaomi launched the first two models of the Mi Max series in India a couple of years ago.
The Mi Max came in 2016 whereas the Mi Max 2 arrived in 2017 as a bigger Redmi Note 4 with a massive display and a premium build quality. The Mi Max phones were essentially all about big screens with midrange specifications at affordable prices.
Big screens are still in fashion but these days, regular phones are getting bigger displays that match the ones from the previous generation. For example, the Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a massive 6.5-inch display, which is only a tad smaller than the 6.9-inch display on the Mi Max 3 from last year.
For most consumers, a 6.5-inch display is more than enough for watching videos or playing games. And with the advent of display notches or pop-up cameras, phone displays have started to get increasingly slimmer bezels all around.
Hence, a big phablet phone these days hardly makes sense, given that regular phones have massive screens exceeding 6.5-inches easily these days. In addition, with the folding display making an entry into the market, it appears that within a matter of a few years, a phone costing less than Rs 20,000 will feature a folding display. Hence, phablets struggle to make any sense.
Currently, Xiaomi offers its biggest display with the Redmi Note 8 Pro that measures 6.5-inches. It has very thin bezels as well as a small dot drop notch on the top to hold the selfie camera. Moreover, the Redmi Note 8 Pro uses a 4500mAh battery that’s big enough to make the phone last easily for an entire day.