Xiaomi is the most popular mobile brand in its home country, China, as it managed to surpass Huawei last year. The company has launched two smartphones this year, namely the Xiaomi 5 which was unveiled two months ago, and the Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro, which saw the light of day in March. The manufacturer wants to keep on growing and improve last year's performance, and for that it needs to come up with devices that will appeal to consumers. The Xiaomi Mi 5 is definitely the way to go as it's the company's current flagship smartphone and it comes with high-ends specs capable to rival even the big boys like the Samsung Galaxy S7, LG G5 or the recently revealed HTC 10. The Xiaomi Mi 5 was originally rumored to be launched at the end of last year, but the manufacturer had some logistic problems and postponed the launching event. The smartphone was finally released during the Mobile World Congress which took place in Barcelona. All in all, the Mi 5 will surely be a huge income source for the company. Anyway, it appears that the Chinese phone maker is preparing to announce a large phablet in the near future, a device that looks more like a tablet rather than a smartphone.
Two days ago, Xiaomi asked its customers what will its next product should be named by launching an online poll. Customers had the possibility to choose from dour different designations for the company's device, namely Xiaomi Pro, Xiaomi Plus, Xiaomi Max and Xiaomi Big. After the people voted the company announced that its upcoming phablet will be sold as the Xiaomi Max. The Xiaomi officials have stated that the Max designation won by a landslide as 51.62 percent of the customers voted for this name. Sadly, the only official information we have so far is the name of the device because the company has not shared any details regarding the hardware that will be sported under the phone's hood. However, there are some rumors suggesting that the Xiaomi Max will have a metal body and that will come with a 6.4-inch display. According to the same rumors, the handset will be powered by a Qualcomm made Snapdragon 820 quad-core CPU, but we can't know is this is accurate until the news gets officially confirmed, so take it with a little dose of skepticism. Also, the handset will allegedly have a fingerprint scanning sensor. If it's going to b located on the back side or the front side of the smartphone, it remains to be seen.
One reason we believe the Xiaomi Max will, in fact, be coming with a different processor instead of the aforementioned one is the fact that the company has still to announce the Mi Note 2 in 2016, and as you may already know, the Mi Note lineup is the manufacturer's flagship family of phablets, which will most likely be underpinned by the Snapdragon 820. In other words, there is a big chance that the Xiaomi Max will boast a SoC that fits in the mid-range category. Again, this is just speculation at the moment, because just like in the case of the Xiaomi Max, we have not come across so many Mi Note 2 rumors either. We'll probably know more once the launch date of the device will approach.
Speaking of which, the company will probably be releasing the Xiaomi Max in a few months if the product is still in the works. However, if they are already done with the manufacturing process and the only thing they needed was the name of the phablet, we might see it on the market sooner than expected, maybe weeks.