Xiaomi Mi Max International Edition 6.44" Android Smart Phone Snapdragon 650 Hexa Core 4850mAh 16.0MP 3GB/32GB Fingerprint Reader Gold/Silver £175.35 Delivered from AliExpress/Eternal Team
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Xiaomi Mi Max International Edition 6.44" Android Smart Phone Snapdragon 650 Hexa Core 4850mAh 16.0MP 3GB/32GB Fingerprint Reader Gold/Silver £175.35 Delivered from AliExpress/Eternal Team

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Found 27th Jul 2016
I actually swore off China phones when the one I bought last year turned out to be shash but I am actually tempted by this one and it is from of the higher end and better known Chinese mobile brands.

6.44" screen so not a device for everyone but the specs are great for the price.

To get it at £175.35 remove the warranty from your basket using the AE mobile app since they do not currently offer a domestic warranty policy in the UK anyway (I'm not sure if buying the warranty will allow you to send the phone to Germany or Spain if it needs repair/return rather than Asia).

Price is £177.67 for the silver version.

CPU:Snapdragon 650 Hexa Core
GPU:Adreno 510
Screen:6.44 inch
Camera:16MP Rear Camera + 5.0MP Front Camera
RAM/ROM:3GB RAM 32GB ROM,Support TF Card Up to128GB
Battery 4850mAh
Support Nano-SIM Card / Micro-SIM Card/ Micro-SD Card
Support Multi Language & Google play.
Network:
2G: GSM (B2:850/B3:900/B5:1800/B8:1900MHz),CDMA1X ( BC0:800MHz)
3G: TD-SCDMA ( B34/B39),WCDMA ( B1:850/B2:900/B5:1900/B8:2100MHz),EVDO ( BC0:800MHz)
4G: FDD-LTE (B1:2100/B3:1800/B7:2600) ,TD-LTE ( B38/B39/B40/B41)
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Hmm tempting
Would it be that hard for them to just stop mucking about and add band 20 to their phones.

Seems like they'd sell even better with very simple measure.
What about customs?
Original Poster
lucyferror

What about customs?



I believe they do their utmost to avoid 'troubling' those people.
Original Poster
Pondlife

Would it be that hard for them to just stop mucking about and add band 20 … Would it be that hard for them to just stop mucking about and add band 20 to their phones.Seems like they'd sell even better with very simple measure.



Tricky one, it's barely used outside the US and a couple of countries in Europe and tbh using that band for 4G data signals is a crap idea anyway. It only continues due to red tape over radio spectrum management in North America and Europe.

In Asia band 20 isn't used for mobile internet at all and these devices are primarily aimed at Asia after all.
Only 6.44 inches? Give me the 8 incher Xiaomi
Original Poster
Keoje

Only 6.44 inches? Give me the 8 incher Xiaomi



There's an 8" phone?
Spark

Tricky one, it's barely used outside the US and a couple of countries in … Tricky one, it's barely used outside the US and a couple of countries in Europe and tbh using that band for 4G data signals is a crap idea anyway. It only continues due to red tape over radio spectrum management in North America and Europe. In Asia band 20 isn't used for mobile internet at all and these devices are primarily aimed at Asia after all.



By couple of countries in Europe you mean almost all of them right?
Original Poster
Pondlife

By couple of countries in Europe you mean almost all of them right?



The only one I really know of is this one but I don't use O2 (and wouldn't ever use O2 again) so I don't know really.

All I know is that I previously had a Chinese phone that didn't support that band and my 4G still worked perfectly.
Anyone know whether this will work on O2/Tesco mobile?
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ralphaverbuch

Anyone know whether this will work on O2/Tesco mobile?



It will but not for 4G for the reasons stated above. Tesco use 800 Mhz and this phone doesn't support frequencies that low for 4G (because frequencies below 1000 Mhz aren't supposed to be used for 4G anyway).
6.8 inch phone as a standard
Anyone know of decent reviews of the international version of this phone.? Anyone own one? Cheers
Review here: http://www.androidauthority.com/xiaomi-mi-max-review-697812/
Seems positive
Edited by: "splender" 27th Jul 2016
splender

Review here: … Review here: http://www.androidauthority.com/xiaomi-mi-max-review-697812/Seems positive



​Except this bit "Shockingly poor build quality"
finnmaccool

​Except this bit "Shockingly poor build quality"



This doesn't sound too encouraging either

"Potential Google apps and DRM-related issues on imported units"
Think the international edition addresses some of the cons.
Original Poster
Pondlife

This doesn't sound too encouraging either"Potential Google apps and … This doesn't sound too encouraging either"Potential Google apps and DRM-related issues on imported units"




That stuff is related to the Chinese ROM. Either because it is rooted by default and uses an unlocked bootloader or because the services that those things depend on just haven't been pre-loaded.
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This phone has CM as well if you're so inclined (I am not but I know others are).
Deciding between this and the slightly smaller Leagoo Shark 1 at £125. Any advice welcome. I'll be changing from a Samsung Note II which has served very well over the last 3 years.
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aztech

Deciding between this and the slightly smaller Leagoo Shark 1 at £125. … Deciding between this and the slightly smaller Leagoo Shark 1 at £125. Any advice welcome. I'll be changing from a Samsung Note II which has served very well over the last 3 years.



I'd go with this. I know from personal experience that those MTK chipsets are terrible.
Spark

It will but not for 4G for the reasons stated above. Tesco use 800 Mhz … It will but not for 4G for the reasons stated above. Tesco use 800 Mhz and this phone doesn't support frequencies that low for 4G (because frequencies below 1000 Mhz aren't supposed to be used for 4G anyway).


Wrong - o2 have some 1800MHz now too.
I guess that means, by proxy, that Tesco mobile has 1800MHz too...
I have one of these phones for a few days now(64gb gold from gearbest), moving from note3. Very impressed with it so far.
on the plus side:
- decent battery life, managed to get over 7+ hours screen on time easily
- 4g with three, managed to get over 60mb+ down and 20+ upload
- fullhd screen, medium specs cpu ( 2k/4k display and high power consumption cpu/gpu is overkill )
- solid build, feels premium, very good screen quality
- decent case selection for my needs
- BT distance same if not better than note3 ( tested over 30feet straight line between my jaybird bluebuds X )
- both low and high contrast rates are excellent, can read it in sunlight and dimms down lights in bedtime
- fast wifi, with my 80mb BT infinity was able to do 60mb+ down
- themes and permission control out of the box ( no root required )
- both TSB and lloyds apps working just fine
- fingerprinter reader is working 99% fine
- decent camera for my needs ( I have a professional camera kit when needed )
- perfect size for media consumption ( I have fairly large hands ) no issues playing any type of media, or streaming

on the negative side:
- I whish battery life would be just a little longer ( I had a 10000mah battery for my note3, lasted me well over 10+ hours screen time )
- sideways the screen not always registering my finger movement correctly ( only saw it happening in the HUKD app, scrolling over the top deals )
- charging doesn't seems to work with any old/slow charger ( below 1A )
- no NFC ( however this doesn't bug me too much, never used with my previous phone )

if you want a proper in-depth review, check out the guy doing techtablets.com ( I have nothing to do with him, but his review convinced me to go for it )

if you have any specific question about this phone, happy to help - as still testing the capabilities
Edited by: "efem" 2nd Aug 2016

Hi

Thanks for your thoughts on this...

Quick one - what's the software like? I think its Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with Xiaomi customistion? Is it OK to work with/use from a UK perspective?

Cheers

Ralph

efem

I have one of these phones for a few days now(64gb gold from gearbest), … I have one of these phones for a few days now(64gb gold from gearbest), moving from note3. Very impressed with it so far.on the plus side: - decent battery life, managed to get over 7+ hours screen on time easily- 4g with three, managed to get over 60mb+ down and 20+ upload- fullhd screen, medium specs cpu ( 2k/4k display and high power consumption cpu/gpu is overkill )- solid build, feels premium, very good screen quality- decent case selection for my needs- BT distance same if not better than note3 ( tested over 30feet straight line between my jaybird bluebuds X )- both low and high contrast rates are excellent, can read it in sunlight and dimms down lights in bedtime- fast wifi, with my 80mb BT infinity was able to do 60mb+ down- themes and permission control out of the box ( no root required )- both TSB and lloyds apps working just fine- fingerprinter reader is working 99% fine- decent camera for my needs ( I have a professional camera kit when needed )- perfect size for media consumption ( I have fairly large hands ) no issues playing any type of media, or streamingon the negative side:- I whish battery life would be just a little longer ( I had a 10000mah battery for my note3, lasted me well over 10+ hours screen time )- sideways the screen not always registering my finger movement correctly ( only saw it happening in the HUKD app, scrolling over the top deals )- charging doesn't seems to work with any old/slow charger ( below 1A )- no NFC ( however this doesn't bug me too much, never used with my previous phone )if you want a proper in-depth review, check out the guy doing techtablets.com ( I have nothing to do with him, but his review convinced me to go for it )if you have any specific question about this phone, happy to help - as still testing the capabilities


This is better, but will be more expensive: Honor Note 8 - specs comparison here
Original Poster
efem

I have one of these phones for a few days now(64gb gold from gearbest), … I have one of these phones for a few days now(64gb gold from gearbest), moving from note3. Very impressed with it so far.on the plus side: - decent battery life, managed to get over 7+ hours screen on time easily- 4g with three, managed to get over 60mb+ down and 20+ upload- fullhd screen, medium specs cpu ( 2k/4k display and high power consumption cpu/gpu is overkill )- solid build, feels premium, very good screen quality- decent case selection for my needs- BT distance same if not better than note3 ( tested over 30feet straight line between my jaybird bluebuds X )- both low and high contrast rates are excellent, can read it in sunlight and dimms down lights in bedtime- fast wifi, with my 80mb BT infinity was able to do 60mb+ down- themes and permission control out of the box ( no root required )- both TSB and lloyds apps working just fine- fingerprinter reader is working 99% fine- decent camera for my needs ( I have a professional camera kit when needed )- perfect size for media consumption ( I have fairly large hands ) no issues playing any type of media, or streamingon the negative side:- I whish battery life would be just a little longer ( I had a 10000mah battery for my note3, lasted me well over 10+ hours screen time )- sideways the screen not always registering my finger movement correctly ( only saw it happening in the HUKD app, scrolling over the top deals )- charging doesn't seems to work with any old/slow charger ( below 1A )- no NFC ( however this doesn't bug me too much, never used with my previous phone )if you want a proper in-depth review, check out the guy doing techtablets.com ( I have nothing to do with him, but his review convinced me to go for it )if you have any specific question about this phone, happy to help - as still testing the capabilities



You need to buy the quick charger to get faster charging or, at the least, a more powerful USB cable and power connector. Apparently they only supply a crappy one in the box. If you have an old iPad charger or something lying around then that could probably do the job better I suppose.
Original Poster
ralphaverbuch

Here's that review... very thorough. … Here's that review... very thorough. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=12&v=X8RBH2MqS68



I actually quite like that guy's reviews. As YouTuber's go he is considerably less cretinous then most of the others.
Original Poster
Crossbow

This is better, but will be more expensive: Honor Note 8 - specs … This is better, but will be more expensive: Honor Note 8 - specs comparison here



The estimated price on that is actually cheaper than I expected. If it does come in at under £300 then it could be a real bargain.

techradar.com/new…823
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I ordered this phone for myself (32GB Gold) but I went with a different and slightly more expensive seller in the end. They shipped it today apparently so hopefully it should arrive at some point next week.
Spark

I ordered this phone for myself (32GB Gold) but I went with a different … I ordered this phone for myself (32GB Gold) but I went with a different and slightly more expensive seller in the end. They shipped it today apparently so hopefully it should arrive at some point next week.


Keen to know who you opted to ordeer from and what the service is like once it arrives....

Cheers
Original Poster
ralphaverbuch

TechTablets detailed review



Thanks. I watched pretty much every video that guy did on it before I bought it since all of the others seemed to be Indian. I was torn between this and the Note 3 Pro but I thought I'd chance it. I was an early adopter of the original Galaxy Note so I'm used to dealing with comments about how big my phone is anyway. That was back in 2012 and now a 5.3" phone is perfectly normal.
Original Poster
ralphaverbuch

Keen to know who you opted to ordeer from and what the service is like … Keen to know who you opted to ordeer from and what the service is like once it arrives....Cheers



Hong Kong Goldway. Very few people have anything bad to say about them including quite a few people in the UK according to their AliExpress page so hopefully my experience should be much the same.

aliexpress.com/ite…tml
Well I'm using the Motorola Nexus 6 which is still a pretty good phone almost 2 years since it came out.

Nexus 6 Specs

It is big as a phone, but compared to the Mi Max it'd feel like a tiddler that needs to be thrown back to grow a bit! It weight 184g without a case/wallet, but it's not really the weight that's the issue. Even putting the 6 in my pocket is a bit of a stretch

Anyway, a quick reality check - here's a blow by blow spec comparison between the Mi Max and my ageing Nexus 6.
Nexus 6 v Mi Max

I'd be tempted to say that, if you can get it, the Nexus 6 is still a really good choice...

Anyway, tempting as this is, I'll stick to my Nexus for a bit longer.... But the Mi Max looks like a great (big) phone for the price.

R
Edited by: "ralphaverbuch" 2nd Aug 2016
Original Poster
ralphaverbuch

Well I'm using the Motorola Nexus 6 which is still a pretty good phone … Well I'm using the Motorola Nexus 6 which is still a pretty good phone almost 2 years since it came out. Nexus 6 SpecsIt is big as a phone, but compared to the Mi Max it'd feel like a tiddler that needs to be thrown back to grow a bit! It weight 184g without a case/wallet, but it's not really the weight that's the issue. Even putting the 6 in my pocket is a bit of a stretch :)Anyway, a quick reality check - here's a blow by blow spec comparison between the Mi Max and my ageing Nexus 6. Nexus 6 v Mi MaxI'd be tempted to say that, if you can get it, the Nexus 6 is still a really good choice...Anyway, tempting as this is, I'll stick to my Nexus for a bit longer.... But the Mi Max looks like a great (big) phone for the price.R



I had a Nexus 4 for a long time. The only reason why I don't have Nexus any more is because of the lack of extSD support otherwise I would have stuck with Nexus phones indefinitely.

my device came with android 6.0.1 & Xiaomi's MIUI 7.4.16.0 (stable)

straight forward to use, and feels much lighter on customization compared to Samsung's bloatware ( note1 and note3 )

for others who comparing this device to Huawei's note 8, the bigger resolution screen and high end cpu will be a massive drawback when it comes to power consumption. I have been playing with the idea of Huawei's p8 max before ( 6.8" ) but it feels odd to hold in a single hand ( had the same with Sony's xperia ultra )
Probably for a phablet/phone the 6.5" is the max I can comfortably hold. Also kickstand cases are pretty cheap, if you want a better grip to your phone ( overhead and/or bedtime reading ) however not the best quality

I have bought mine from gearbest, and the 64gb gold cost me with express delivery with insurance £207, arrived here on the 7th working day after purchase.

@Spark, funny how I see the same response from people having this phone what I used to had for my note1



ralphaverbuch

HiThanks for your thoughts on this...Quick one - what's the software … HiThanks for your thoughts on this...Quick one - what's the software like? I think its Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with Xiaomi customistion? Is it OK to work with/use from a UK perspective?CheersRalph


Original Poster
efem

my device came with android 6.0.1 & Xiaomi's MIUI 7.4.16.0 … my device came with android 6.0.1 & Xiaomi's MIUI 7.4.16.0 (stable)straight forward to use, and feels much lighter on customization compared to Samsung's bloatware ( note1 and note3 )for others who comparing this device to Huawei's note 8, the bigger resolution screen and high end cpu will be a massive drawback when it comes to power consumption. I have been playing with the idea of Huawei's p8 max before ( 6.8" ) but it feels odd to hold in a single hand ( had the same with Sony's xperia ultra )Probably for a phablet/phone the 6.5" is the max I can comfortably hold. Also kickstand cases are pretty cheap, if you want a better grip to your phone ( overhead and/or bedtime reading ) however not the best qualityI have bought mine from gearbest, and the 64gb gold cost me with express delivery with insurance £207, arrived here on the 7th working day after purchase. @Spark, funny how I see the same response from people having this phone what I used to had for my note1



£207 for the 64GB version is excellent and that's the fastest turnaround time from GearBest that I have ever heard of.

was my first attempt using gearbest, however from far away countries personally only trust the quickest and insured way of transportation only. I have had items lost in transit from both aliexpress and ebay ( including my £1000 + camera being transported from london to liverpool! )

Spark

£207 for the 64GB version is excellent and that's the fastest turnaround … £207 for the 64GB version is excellent and that's the fastest turnaround time from GearBest that I have ever heard of.


Original Poster
efem

was my first attempt using gearbest, however from far away countries … was my first attempt using gearbest, however from far away countries personally only trust the quickest and insured way of transportation only. I have had items lost in transit from both aliexpress and ebay ( including my £1000 + camera being transported from london to liverpool! )



Did you have to pay any customs charges on it?
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