On May 10, Xiaomi unveiled the Mi Max smartphone featuring top-of-the-shelf configurations and sleek design, with an affordable price tag. The Redmi Note 3, on the other hand, was released in February 2016 with equally good specifications and metallic design in tow. Hence, it’s time to compare the specs, features and price of the two handsets in focus.

Price, Release Date

Xiaomi has launched three variants of the Mi Max smartphone. While the high-end 128GB variant will cost 2,000 yuan (about $307), the 64GB and 32GB models will set the buyers back by 1,700 yuan (about $261) and 1,500 yuan (roughly $230), respectively.

Speaking of release date, this device will be made available for purchase starting May 17, GSM Arena reported. Third-party sellers are expected to offer this smartphone in the U.S. shortly.

Meanwhile, the 32GB Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 can now be purchased for $209.99 in the U.S. via the third-party retailer Geek Buying.

Display, Design

The Xiaomi Mi Max features a whopping 6.44-inch IPS LCD display, complemented by 1,080 x 1,920 pixels screen resolution. In comparison, the Redmi Note 3 carries a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display but the resolution is same as the Mi Max. The pixel densities of Note 3 and Mi Max are 403ppi and 342ppi, respectively.  

Moving on to exterior design, BGR said the Mi Max is quite similar to the Redmi Note 3. Both handsets come wrapped in a metal unibody chassis, complete with curved corners.

Hardware, Software

Under the hood, Mi Max and Note 3 are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 650 chipset. However, Xiaomi Mi Max’s 64GB and 128GB variants are powered by a slightly advanced Snapdragon 652 SoC.

The RAM configurations also change according to the internal storage capacity. For instance, the 32GB and 64GB model of Mi Max come with 3GB of RAM, while the 128GB variant comes backed by 4GB unit.

When it comes to Redmi Note 3, the 32GB variant settles for 3GB of RAM, whereas the 16GB version has 2GB RAM onboard.

On the software front, without any surprise, the latest Mi Max runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS with MIUI 8 on top of it. The Note 3, meanwhile, runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop along with MIUI 7.

Camera, Battery

Camera-wise, both handsets sport the same 16-megapixel sensor at the back with dual-LED flash. In addition, there is also a 5-megapixel shooter at the front for selfies.

Furthermore, the Xiaomi Mi Max houses a non-removable Li-Ion 4,850 mAh battery unit. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, on the other hand, features a relatively inferior Li-Po 4,000 mAh non-removable cell.

Additional Features

Both Mi Max and Note 3 support dual-SIM cards, LTE connectivity, fingerprint scanner and microSD card to facilitate expansion.