Xiaomi's supersized Mi Max phablet makes debut along with MIUI 8

New device has Xiaomi's largest phone screen yet

6.44in display anyone? Say hello to Xiaomi's Mi Max, the company's largest phone yet with a 4850mAh battery to match its size.  Xiaomi claims the battery can support up to 14 hours of video streaming via WiFi, thanks to some software tweaks.

Though large, the phone is only 7.5mm thick and weighs 203g, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650/652 processor that uses six or eight Cortex A72 and A53 cores. Multimedia-wise, the phone relies on an Adreno 510 graphics chip and 4GB of RAM. The phone also has support for up to 128GB microSD cards.

There's also a 16MP camera, fingerprint sensor and three storage options: 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. Pricing-wise, the Mi Max Snapdragon 650 with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage is priced at RMB1499 (RM931) while the Snapdragon 652 with 64GB (3GB RAM) and 128GB storage (4GB RAM) costs RMB1699 (RM1056) and RMB1999 (RM1242) respectively.

Besides the phone, Xiaomi also announced the latest version of MIUI, MIUI 8. Besides a renewed design with new fonts and bolder colours, MIUI 8 also includes new features including app cloning and multiple accounts on the same phone. Cloning means that two instances of the messaging app can run at the same time, under different accounts.

Two different users can share a phone, by assigning different passwords or fingerprints that will unlock different home screens, apps and data according to who is logged in. However, address books and call history can be merged if needed.

Availability-wise, the phone will be available in mainland China from 17 May. Beta-testing for the MIUI 8 will start in China on 1 June. The developer ROM will be released on 17 June with support for Mi 2/2S/3/4/4c/4S/5/Max, the entire Redmi and Redmi Note series, and the Mi Note series.

Xiaomi says that its MIUI custom OS has now over 200 million users, 21 apps on MIUI having accumulated 10 million daily users and 40 billion app downloads so far on the Mi App Store.