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Mi Max 3 to support wireless charging, feature iris scanner

Purported renders of the Mi Max 3. (Source: CJ.Sina)
Purported renders of the Mi Max 3. (Source: CJ.Sina)
A teardown of the upcoming Mi Max 3's firmware has revealed details of the device's admittedly impressive features. The plus-sized device will feature an iris scanner and wireless charging, both features that have never been seen on any Xiaomi device till now.

The Mi Max 2 was released towards the end of Q1 2017, and did relatively well commercially, as it appealed to the demographic looking for plus-sized devices without actually heading into tablet territory. The next device in the series, the Mi Max 3, will make a number of improvements on its predecessor, and a firmware file has revealed what exactly we should expect from it.

According to the exclusive report by XDA-Developers, the device will be powered by a Snapdragon 660, just like earlier leaks claimed. There's also a chance there could be a Snapdragon 630-powered variant. Apart from that, the device will feature an 18:9 display. The firmware doesn't actually confirm the display size, but previous leaks have touted a 7-inch one, which is entirely believable.

Surprisingly, the firmware shows the presence of both wireless charging support and an iris scanner. Xiaomi joined the Qi Consortium last year, and we will likely see a number of devices by the OEM feature Qi wireless charging this year, starting with the Mi 7.

On the photography side of the fence, the device is said to sport a dual rear camera setup consisting either of a main Sony IMX363 or Samsung S5K217 sensor, and a secondary S5K5E8 Samsung sensor. The selfie shooter will be single Samsung S5K4H7 sensor.

The firmware itself is based on Android Oreo but there's a chance it could be launched on Android Nougat, as there are references to Nougat APIs on it. AptX, aptX HD, an IR blaster, dual SIM support, an LED notification light, and a hefty 5500 mAh battery complete the package. There is, sadly, no NFC support present.


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Ricci Rox, 2018-02-23 (Update: 2018-02-23)