Over the weekend, I installed the alpha build from Xiaomi of MIUI v8. Despite being alpha and not a beta, this is a public version and so far has been stable with few bugs.
MIUI v8 brings some welcome improvements to the MI Max. Also installing this new version was as easy as heading off to the Mi Forums, downloading the update on my Mi Max and running the installer app. No data was lost during installation.
Anyway, enjoy my video below, detailing the some of the new features.
It has been 24 hours since the Xiaomi Mi Max arrived. It is an absolute beast. Currently, I am running the Chinese rom as the official global rom is not available. This meant side loading Google Play Services which was a fairly simple affair once I used the correct apk installer. I have now installed around 100 apps/games from the Google Play Store.
One of the drawbacks of using the Chinese rom is despite selecting English in the language settings, Chinese text does appear in certain apps and menus. This hasn’t stop me setting up the FM Radio channels, the Mi Remote (infra red blaster) for my TV and a lot more. The loudspeaker is mono, goes fairly loud and sounds quite good. Headphone audio is excellent. My Sennheiser HD598se were powered with relative ease.
Battery life is wonderful. Full brightness. Everything on. And still loads of juice left at the end of the day. Every phone should have a 4,850mAh battery! Viewing media on the 6.44 inch screen is fantastic too.
So what about the camera? Well below are some samples I snapped yesterday. Click on each photo if you want to pixel peep at the original.
Whilst perfect conditions for taking photos. I felt the shots were good. Just look how vivid the colours are on the telephone box, yet the sky is the correct shade of blue.
Shot of my village centre.
Now this is my local church. HDR was off.
But with HDR on, the shot is vastly improved.
The Mi Max has tap to focus. So I tried focusing on the graveyard in the distance and it worked.
So now I focused on one of the bars. And it worked again. So far I have been impressed by the camera.
More soon on the Xiaomi Mi Max.
Yesterday my Xiaomi Mi Max arrived. It is a monster.
– Dimensions – 173.1 x 88.3 x 7.5 mm
– Weight – 203g
– SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by / or combo with micro SD)
– Screen 6.44 inch , 342 ppi , 1080p IPS
– Gorilla Glass 4
– 3/4gb ram 32/64/128gb storage
– IR Blaster
– Gorilla Glass 4
– 16 MP, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, 5mp front
– FM Radio
– 4,850 mAh battery
There are many more specs, but lets just say its a beast. Ultra slim, metal unibody that oozes quality. A 4,850mAh battery that lasts forever. Wonderful experience. Screen on time will be in excess of 12 hours.
So while I prepare my evaluate this beast, let me know if you have any questions.
And first shot off the camera below. Not bad eh!