The release of Xiaomi Mi Max had been anticipated by many lovers of phablets running on a budget and as it finally happened a few days ago, we now have a chance to pit the device against one of the most loved devices that has now joined the budget-friendly niche – the Google Nexus 5X.
To help you put these two apart, here is a comparison of their specs, features as well as prices, among other things.
Design and display
The design of the LG Nexus 5X includes a plastic body that gives the phone a mid-range feel, just like what it is aimed for. On the other hand, Xiaomi has put trust in metal, covering the Mi Max in a metallic unibody frame that runs through the curved edges of the device, giving it a premium feel and appeal, similar to what you’d expect with a flagship device.
The Mi Max and 5X come equipped with a fingerprint scanner as well as a host of new connectivity standards that include LTE, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. However, you will only get a single SIM card slot on the Nexus 5X as opposed to the two available on the Xiaomi Mi Max models.
As mentioned earlier, the Xiaomi Mi Max is a phablet that comes with a screen size of 6.44 inches. The IPS LCD unit manages a decent resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels. While the Nexus 5X has a smaller screen size of 5.2 inches and uses the same IPS LCD panel, the resolution is the same, meaning that the smaller device manages to squeeze in more pixels per inch as opposed to the phablet. With more pixels per inch comes better and crispier displays.
As far as the specs under the hood are concerned, the Nexus 5X packs a Snapdragon 808 SoC and is supported by a RAM of 2GB. The Xiaomi Mi Max, on the other hand, is powered by a Snapdragon 650 SoC, but this is only for the base model. When it comes to the 64GB and 128GB variants of the device, you will find a slightly improved Snapdragon 652 SoC. There are also similar variations as far as the Mi Max’s RAM is concerned. There is 3GB of RAM on the 32GB and 64GB models whereas the premium 128GB model comes with a massive RAM of 4GB. All three variants of the Mi Max have a microSD card slot whereas the Nexus 5X doesn’t.
You will find both handsets installed with the latest Android Marshmallow OS out of the box. However, the Nexus 5X has the advantage of running on stock Android while the Xiaomi device comes with the Marshmallow-based MIUI 8 on top of the stock OS.
Camera and battery capacity
Google’s Nexus 5X has a 12.3MP sensor on the rear and a 5MP selfie camera. These two deliver great shots, much similar to what the 16MP sensor on the rear and 5MP selfie camera on the Mi Max phablet. On battery matters, the larger Mi Max has a massive unit of 4850mAh whereas the Nexus 5X has a little over half of what the phablet comes with – a mere 2700mAh unit.
Price and release date details
The Google Nexus 5X is not a new device like the Xiaomi Mi Max. The former was released last year while the latter is less than a few days in the market following its announcement. At the moment, you can grab a new Nexus 5X for less than $260, yet the phone was originally priced at $499.99.
On the contrary, a new 32GB version of the Mi Max costs about $230, which is less than the price you can get a new 16GB version of the 5X on eBay. As for the 64GB of the Xiaomi Mi Max, you only need about $261 while the 128GB variant will set you back as little as $307.
These are exciting price tags for a device that has some of the most powerful hardware at present. While the phone will be released in China this coming week, there is no word of when it will be hitting the U.S. The good thing is that the phablet will still be available via major third party retailers such as Geek Buying and Gear Best, among others.