Xiaomi continues to expand its market in India by bringing the Mi Max phablet to the subcontinent, as well as its newfangled version of Android, MIUI 8 which is based mostly on Android Marshmallow (with a few devices still running on a Lollipop variant). Both the phone and the new ROM were launched in China 2 months ago, but now the Indian market will get to enjoy both.
Xiaomi VP Hugo Barra will be headlining the launch, and hopefully the market will take to the new phablet. The Mi Max sports a 6.44-inch IPS LCD screen at FullHD (1080p) resolution. That is powered by either the hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 or the octa-core Snapdragon 652, depending on the variant. It has up to 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage, plus a 16MP/5MP camera combo, all powered in turn by a huge 4,850mAh battery.
MIUI 8 will also be bringing some new stuff, like new colors, dual instance apps (if you want to install two instances of WhatsApp for two separate accounts), and a new cloud sync to efficiently manage storage space.
MIUI 8 will be available for the aforementioned Mi Max, but also the Mi 5, Mi Note, Mi 4i, Mi 4, Mi 3, Mi 2, Redmi Note 3, Redmi Note 2, Redmi Note Prime, Redmi Note, Redmi 2 Prime, Redmi 2, and Redmi 1s. Some of these devices will sport a Lollipop variant rather than a Marshmallow one. The Mi Max will retail for around USD$297, not bad for a robust phablet.