Xiaomi held an event on today, on the 10th of May, to launch their new MIUI 8 ROM. Alongside the release of their new skin, they also launched their biggest phone ever, the Mi Max, which is expcted to challenge Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 counterpart.

The new Mi Max comes along with a staggering 6.44” full-HD display screen, one that is far bigger than the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 screen. A closer look at the Mi Max’s specifications and you will see it is at par with the Note 5’s offerings too.

So is the new Mi Max a Note 5 killer? We’ve compared the specs of the two devices so you can make an apt call.



Along with a massive 6.44” full-HD display screen the Mi Max (203 grams) is certainly much heavier than the Galaxy Note 5 (171 grams).

While too many might not find the increase in weight much, a day or two of using the heavier phone will tell which is better to have. Xiaomi’s Mi Max is certainly larger than the Note 5, measuring 173.1mm in length and 88.3mm in breadth, but is 0.1mm thinner at 7.5mm.

Most of the size is accounted for due to the fact that the screen is humongous. Both phones also come in an all-metal body with attractive designs.



Samsung makes it easier for you to have a high-powered phone with the Note 5 running on an Exynos 7420 1.5GHz octa-core chipset, with 4GB of RAM and a Mali-T760MP8 GPU kit to run graphics smoothly.

Xiaomi, on the other hand, lets you pick from three variants: 3GB RAM and 32GB storage model with a 1.8GHz hexa-core Snapdragon 650 processor, 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM with 128GB of storage; both with a 1.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 652 processor.

Both phablets compare closely with each other in terms of processing power, and may boil down to the efficiency of their user-interface optimization and speed.



A 16MP primary and 5MP secondary camera accompany the two devices. The rear cameras from both manufacturers come along with PDAF, LED flash and autofocus.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the latest version of Google’s mobile OS, comes pre-loaded with the two devices.

One smart move Xiaomi made was to embed the fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone. Considering that both the Galaxy Note 5 and the Xiaomi Mi Max are large devices, it is easier to place your pointer finger onto the back, instead of adjusting the grip on your phone to carefully hold and set your thumb onto the home button, like with the Note 5.

That specific installation of the fingerprint sensor was initially introduced by HTC in 2014 with its One Max phablet.



When you compare the price of the two you will see a huge difference. Although the Xiaomi Mi Max offers similar specifications, the same features, as well as a larger screen, its 128GB variant retails at a price of $310 approximately.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is available at a price of $530 for the same storage option.

A lot of users prefer to remain loyal to larger mobile manufacturing brands, where smaller names are able to offer the same if not better features for a fraction of the price.

While the Xiaomi Mi Max makes an excellent buy for its price and features, whether it will be a Note 5 killer is left to how well it is adopted by the masses.