Perhaps you have never heard of the brand, Bluboo. It is a Chinese brand that was established in 2006. Bluboo is extending its reach internationally with a range of interesting smartphones. The Bluboo Maya Max has arrived Mobility Arena and gives us our first encounter with any of their devices. I share my Bluboo Maya Max first impressions below. Enjoy the show!
Bluboo Maya Max First Impressions
China loves metal and lots of Chinese manufacturers have embraced all-metal unibody for their smartphones. The Maya Max follows in that tradition. It is a solid device in the hand. The design language reminds me of the UMi Plus and Infinix Zero 4 Plus. The rear is brushed metal though.
The Bluboo Maya Max runs Android 6 Marshmallow and has a 6-inch display, a Mediatek MTK6750 Octa-core CPU clocked at 1.5 GHz, 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB internal storage. There is no expandable slot for a memory card. There’s a big 4,200 mAh battery with quick charge thrown in. The USB port is Type-C. There is a fingerprint scanner at the back just below the camera flash.
The user interface is a mildly skinned version of Android with large, icons with rounded edges. There is no app drawer here. All apps can be accessed by swiping horizontally, iPhone-style.
The Maya Max loudspeaker won’t win any awards in terms of audio output quality, but it is very loud. The phone supports 4 4G LTE bands. Because it is pretty much stock Android, the Bluboo Maya Max does not let you peg network to 3G or 4G only.
On the left side is a hardware mute button that toggles between general profile and vibrate. And an unusual one: the SIM tray opener is implemented as a plug for the 3.5mm audio port at the top of the Bluboo Maya Max. From the little time I’ve used the phone, it looks like this pin will go missing rather soon. It keeps getting loose from the port and I have to push it in again.
Bluboo Maya Max Photos
Here are some photos of the Bluboo Maya Max:
The Bluboo Maya Max looks and feels like a very solid smartphone that will deliver value for money. Do expect our series of feature articles on performance and benchmark tests, 4G LTE tests, as well as our full review. In the meantime, you can read up the Bluboo Maya Max specifications.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.