06 March 2019
Xiaomi has officially confirmed that it is all set to end software support for Mi Max and Mi Max Prime. Both these smartphones have already received their respective final beta updates. The team will be releasing the final stable update in the form of MIUI 10.3 for these devices sometime around April.
Both Mi Max and Mi Max Prime received MIUI beta version 9.2.28 on March 1st. It will not be receiving any beta releases going forward. This is the reason Xiaomi is advising users that it is up to beta testers whether they want to stay on the beta channel or move to the stable channel. It goes without saying that the upcoming MIUI 10.3 update will be released only for those who are on the stable channel.
The exact date for the MIUI 10.3 update release is currently unknown. But it is confirmed that there will be no MIUI 11 support for both these smartphones. The team mentioned "comprehensive factors such as device release date, device activity & stability and software experience" as reasons for deciding to pull the plug on the two phones.
Xiaomi debuted Mi Max in 2016 as the first phablet phone from the brand. Its USP included a huge display backed with a huge battery. It was targetted at a niche audience interested in such a device. The Mi Max Prime was released as an improved version of the device with Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 chipset instead of the previously used Snapdragon 650. The latest rumors have suggested that Xiaomi has already started to work on Mi Max 4 and Mi Max 4 Pro.