Loads of people know about Xiaomi’s Redmi family and Mi flagships, but the Mi Note and Mi Max devices have also been a fixture over the years. Unfortunately, the company has revealed we won’t see new additions to these lines in 2019.
Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun announced the news on Weibo (h/t: GSMArena), saying there are “no plans” for new Mi Note and Mi Max devices this year. The CEO confirmed Xiaomi’s focus on the Mi flagship line, Mi Mix series, and the new Mi CC line. Lei also reiterated the Redmi brand’s focus on the K20 series, Redmi Note line, and Redmi devices in general.
The Mi Note series started out as a flagship-level family, with the Mi Note, Mi Note Pro, and Mi Note 2 using flagship-level silicon. But the series took a mid-range turn with 2017’s Mi Note 3, which offered a Snapdragon 660 chipset instead. There’s no shortage of mid-range Xiaomi devices though, so it’s understandable that the company opted against a new Mi Note in this regard.
Meanwhile, Xiaomi’s budget-focused Mi Max line has always been its unabashedly huge phablet series, with the Mi Max and Mi Max 2 offering large 6.44-inch displays. Last year’s Mi Max 3 went even bigger, offering a 6.9-inch screen size that has more in common with tablets than smartphones. That large design also enabled a 5,500mAh battery, with Xiaomi touting 71 percent capacity after an hour of fast charging.
The lack of a new Mi Max entry in 2019 is arguably a bigger loss for consumers, as it’s one of the few smartphones catering to people with big hands (or those wanting a huge screen). This doesn’t necessarily mean we won’t see new entries in 2020 though, as Lei Jun only confirmed we won’t see new models this year. But it would be a shame if the Mi Max series in particular is no more.
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