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Xiaomi Mi Max 3

Yes, the Mi Max 3 isn’t really a 2019 phone by any stretch. But how could I leave out one of the only smartphones that can still be reasonably called a Phablet? It’s a monster of device, honestly. A 6.9″ phablet that packs a 5,500mAh battery is such a rarity, and it feels like a niche in the market that has surprisingly been neglected.

The Snapdragon 636 is a decent midrange processor, and it’s paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. But it’s the display that really makes the Mi Max 3, well, max. It’s no-nonsense, notch-less, and pushes a Full HD+ resolution of 2160×1080 in an 18:9 screen aspect ratio.

Looks-wise, there’s nothing particularly special here. It feels good in the hand thanks to a metal unibody, while its fingerprint sensor at the rear is understated. But before getting a Mi Max, you have to consider how big this device will actually feel in your hand. I have relatively large hands, and it’s certainly a 2-handed device in most situations. The battery can be charged with Qualcomm’s QC 3.0 via USB-C, while Xiaomi thankfully remembered to slap on a 3.5mm headphone jack.

It’s an average dual-camera setup though—12MP f/1.0, 5MP depth sensor as well as an 8MP f/2.0 front-facing camera for selfies. All in all, it all depends on whether you want. If that’s a gigantic display, with a monstrous battery that supports quick charge, the Mi Max 3 is a no-nonsense, versatile, and possibly one of the best phablets around today.

Xiaomi Mi Max 3—4GB RAM, 64GB storage—RM1,099

Where to buy:
Online: Lazada, Shopee
Store: Authorised Xiaomi retailers

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