A number of renders and real-life images depicting what's said to be Xiaomi's Mi Max 3 phablet appeared online on Chinese social media platform Weibo, suggesting the upcoming device will lack a 3.5mm headphone jack and adopt a display panel with an 18:9 aspect ratio. The tall image format has been popularized by a wide variety of original equipment manufacturers over the course of 2017 but Xiaomi so far only used it for its Redmi 5 lineup of entry-level Android handsets. The Mi Max 3 is instead expected to compete in the upper mid-range segment of the market by boasting relatively powerful specs and an aggressive price tag.
The newly uncovered images largely correspond to some previous alleged sightings of the Mi Max 3, showing a device that attempts to justify its name by featuring a massive screen that's said to be of the 6.99-inch variety, thus nearly belonging to the tablet category. The elongated form factor should compensate for the large display of the Mi Max 3 and allow for single-handed operation by virtue of the fact that the Mi Max 3 will be significantly narrower than a 16:9 device. The phablet sports a circular fingerprint reader centered approximately a third of the way down its back panel, as suggested by the latest leak. A dual-camera setup also appears to be part of the package, entailing two horizontally arranged sensors placed in the top left corner of the rear plate and being accompanied by a dual-LED flash unit. The display of the alleged Mi Max 3 stretches to its long edges but is sandwiched between regular-sized top and bottom bezels. While most design cues of the device seen in the real-life images correspond to the renders, the bezel size does not as the computer-generated imagery shows a phablet with a full-screen aesthetic that's unlikely to be commercialized by Xiaomi this year.
The Mi Max 3 will also retain the infrared (IR) blaster of its predecessor, according to the uncovered photos which show the sensor being placed on its top. The handset is expected to be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 660 chip and at least 4GB of RAM. With the Mi Max 2 being launched last May before hitting the market in June, its successor may follow the same release pattern this year.