Planning to buy a smartphone? Budget is limited? And do not want to give up on the specifications, features and design of the Smartphone then Bluboo Maya Max is the device fit for your needs. Bluboo Mobiles doesn’t skimp on hardware and features with Maya Max. The device went on pre-sale in August 2016 for $139.99, while the actual retail price of the device is $179.99. To get $30 off your purchase now from here. In this article we are going to review Bluboo Maya Max.
Do you like metal? If so, you will appreciate the build quality of Bluboo Maya Max. The handset sports full metal body made from 6000 series aluminium alloy with fine curves. This adds the premium look and feel to the smartphone.
On the front we have a 6-Inch JDI HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection and LED notification indicator and 8MP front facing camera on either sides of the ear piece. On the back of the handset, you’ll get a 13MP camera and Fingerprint scanner. On the left we have Hybrid SIM Slot and Mute switch, and on the right we have Volume rockers and power button. On the top we have 3.5mm Headphone jack, and USB Type-C, Speaker and Mic on the bottom.
Bluboo Maya Max offers a 6-Inch JDI display with 1280×720 pixels resolution, which isn’t as high as you would have expected, but is more than sufficient. It’s extremely bright when compared with other handsets of its ilk. Lower pixels on Maya Max also comes as an advantage in terms of battery, lower the no of pixels the lesser the battery juice will be used.
Bluboo Maya Max runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, which is forked version of Android with added features. The UI and settings are quite similar to what we see on other smartphones of these days.
Bluboo Mobiles have reported that the device would receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update in the near future. The “bingo launcher” which the device uses have some slow animation and needs some tweak. But this is not at all a problem as you can go with third party launchers like Nova Launcher etc. which work flawlessly on this device.
The Maya Max is powered by Octa-core MediaTek MT6750 processor clocked at 1.5 GHz coupled with 3GB RAM of RAM and as a result the device has plenty of power to handle the tasks which we have thrown at it. We played some high-end games like Asphalt 8, N.O.V.A 3, Modern Combat 5, Brother in Arms 3, GTA IV, Dream League etc. and the device was able to handle them smoothly with any drop in frames or hiccups even though some apps were running in background. The graphics rendering was smoother, all thanks to the Mali T860 M2 GPU clocked at 520 MHz.
Coming to multi-tasking and RAM Management on Maya Max, they are not at all an issue for the device. In terms of the performance, the device has scored more than our expectations.
The camera interface on Maya Max is simple and easy to use & navigate. The device sports a 13MP primary rear camera with Sony IMX214 sensor which is capable of taking decent pictures. But the tap to focus takes some time to focus on an object. To take decent pictures, you need to have stable hands. There is some noice in the photos we took in low light conditions, overall it comes with the decent camera when compared with the price at which the device is being offered.
There are different modes in the camera, among them PIP mode is the new one which pop the front facing camera in a little window. So you will get your head popup in the picture taken with back camera.
The front-facing camera is a 5MP camera which is interpolated to 8MP and can take decent selfies. With the addition of Bluboo’s BeautySnap app, you can add filters and edit the selfies right away.
Coming to other features Bluboo Maya Max is packed with a 4200mAh battery which is non-removable. It supports quick charging through the USB Type-C port. The battery capacity is more than enough to power the 6-Inch screen and give juice through the day. Checkout the battery endurance test done by the Bluboo Mobiles here.
The most highlight features of Bluboo Maya Max are Turbo Download and HotKnot. The Turbo Download allows to combine both 3G/4G data with Wi-Fi thus increasing downloads speeds and saving your time. The HotKnow feature can be used to exchange data when the screen touches another device. The data exchange is done via Wi-Fi so large files can be transferred in a matter of minutes.
Talking about the Fingerprint sensor, it is quite fast and is 99% accurate. It can also be used to lock apps using Fingerprint via third party apps like CM App Lock etc.
The device is IP65 rated against dust and water and more information about it can be found here.
Pricing and Availability
Bluboo Maya Max is already available for purchase via many online stores. It will be available for $99.99 under promotional offer from 19th September to 24th September at 18:00 (GMT +8). The actual retail price of the device is $179.99, but it can be grabbed with $30 off from here.
Maya Max is the first smartphone we got hold of from Bluboo Mobiles and the handset stood out in our expectations for the price it has been offered. If you are looking for a phablet with 6-Inch display and smooth performance then Maya Max is your goto device.
Checkout Bluboo Maya Max Review video which shows some sample pictures taken using Maya Max’s Camera and also test the gaming performance of the device.