Xiaomi is set to have an event within the week where ostensibly, the Xiaomi Mi Max smartphone will be launched. There might be a chance we’ll be seeing other new Xiaomi devices, but the Mi Max is the headliner for that event. That said, more official images of the Mi Max have hit the intarwebs, these from the Weibo account of Xiaomi’s CEO, no less.


Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun has used his Weibo page to show off new photos of the Mi Max – these are the images we’ve used on this article as well. The biggest news about it is really the dual SIM or expandable storage tray. The Chinese manufacturer has decided to go with the trend of providing dual SIM slots (one nano SIM and one micro SIM), or the user can eschew the second SIM and use the slot for expandable storage instead (via microSD).


Apart from that, what we know of the specs are these – the Mi Max will use a 6.44-inch FullHD (1080p) screen powered by the midrange hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 chipset. You will then have a choice of having a 2GB RAM/16GB internal storage variant, or the more premium 3GB/32GB model. Completing the specs is a huge 4,000mAh battery and a 16MP/5MP camera combo. This will all run under the new MIUI 8 skin based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.


Pricing is said to start at USD$200 for the basic variant. This is clearly a midrange offering, and the pricing is made affordable by not going crazy on the RAM quantity and the use of a midrange processor. Watch out this week for when the Mi Max will become official.