Mi Max 3 Android 9 Pie update (global stable) currently rolling out
The phablet form factor used to be a game changer thing. Samsung redefined the genre with their Galaxy Note lineup and set the benchmark.
Some OEMs tried to step into the shoes, but the S Pen along with Samsung’s optimization of their apps for the large form factor helped the Korean giant to stay on the throne.
Lately, there has been a change in the smartphone design language. The tablet market is shrinking rapidly, and the form factor is gradually is converging with phones. Manufacturers force end users to opt for larger phones, as 5 inch or lower models are getting obsolete.
— XDA Developers (@xdadevelopers) February 25, 2019
They are now calling a ~7″ device as phone, while my first tablet was Nexus 7 (2012). 😅
However, Xiaomi is a notable exception. The Chinese OEM actually embraces the phablet form factor with their Mi Max lineup.
As a tradition, the Mi Max series acts as a buffer between the cost effective Redmi phones and the higher end flagship grade Mi lineup. The internal configurations of Max phones are often similar to upper tier Redmi Notes, with the inclusion of larger battery and way bigger display.
2016’s original Mi Max/Max Prime (codename: hydrogen/helium) was based on the hugely popular Redmi Note 3 (codename: kenzo/kate). Next year, Redmi Note 4 (codename: mido) inspired Mi Max 2 (codename: oxygen).
Continuing the tradition, 2018’s Mi Max 3 (codename: nitrogen) was built on Redmi Note 5 Pro (codename: whyred). By the virtue of Mi series, the Max lineup is eligible to get two major Android version updates, whereas the Redmi Note phones are usually limited to one.
Fortunately, Xiaomi is trying to bring useful enhancements in their software development process. Redmi Note 5 Pro is a part of Pie beta testing, which makes it first phone in the Redmi Note series to get two major updates.
Mi Max 3 was launched in July 2018 with MIUI 9 based on Android 8.1 Oreo. Like Redmi Note 5 Pro, the gigantic 6.99 inch phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636. RAM and storage configs are 4/6GB LPDDR4X and 64/128 GB eMMC 5.1. A hybrid microSD slot is also there, supporting up to 256 GB.
Battery capacity is 5500 mAh, and the phablet supports 18W Quick Charge 3.0 charging over USB Type-C port. Xiaomi has been testing Android Pie for it since few days via their beta channels, and pushed stable build for China in the last week of February.
On the other hand, the global users on stable channel are stuck with MIUI 10.2.1 based on Oreo since December. Today they are finally getting the sweet Pie update.
The MIUI version number is unchanged though, just the minor identifiers are different. For sideload fans and manual flashers, here is the download link:
- Device: Mi Max 3
- Codename: nitrogen
- Channel: Global Stable
- Version: V10.2.1.0.PEDMIXM
- Android: 9.0
- Type: Recovery
- Download: Link
- MD5: a9972483fba5b7cc3beaf72e76358789
- Type: Recovery
No fastboot flashable package is available for now, but we hope it will be live soon. Xiaomi implemented Anti-Rollback (ARB) in this device, so downgrading to Oreo will be almost impossible for regular users.
Those who are locked bootloader with a virgin, unmodified device, you can manually flash the update zip using built-in System updater.
FYI, there is a Russian variant of this phablet. Although hardware wise they are identical, the Russian version is lagging in terms of updates and still running Android Oreo.
What is your preferable form factor? Comment below.
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