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[Representational Image] Xiaomi Mi Max image surface online ahead of launch; key design elements revealed. Pictured:Three models of China's Xiaomi Mi phones are pictured during their launch in New Delhi July 15, 2014. China's Xiaomi said it intends to invest heavily in India as the budget smartphone maker launched on Tuesday its flagship Mi phone and other products in the world's third largest smartphone market, currently dominated by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. REUTERS/Anindito MukherjeeREUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

An image of the Xiaomi's Mi Max has leaked online just days ahead of its launch on May 10.

Technology blog Mobipicker has got hold of the close-up shot of Xiaomi Mi Max. In the photo, the device actually looks similar to the former flagship Mi 4 series, and not the Mi Note as previously rumoured. It features three back-lit capacitive buttons (return, home and recents) at the bottom of the display and a metal-based frame around the edge.

Despite the image being clear, it's very hard to assess whether the phone features a 6.4-inch screen, as speculated on the internet. But it is certainly above 5.0 inches in size, given the size of the computer keyboard in the background.

Expected features of Xiaomi Mi Max:

From what we have gathered so far, the Mi Max is said to feature a full-HD (1920x1080p) display, Android 5.1.1 Lollipop-based MIUI v7.0 OS, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 hexa-core (ARMv8-based Cortex A72 x 6) CPU, an Adreno 510 GPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB inbuilt memory, a 16MP primary camera on the back and a 5MP front-snapper.

In a related development, a photo of the Mi Band 2, which is expected to be unveiled along with the Mi Max, also got leaked online.

In the picture (courtesy Mobipicker), we see a yellow-hued strap with a black display unit showing time and the battery level. This is a huge upgrade considering the fact that its predecessor had only three LED lights. Mi Band 1 owners had to connect it to a smartphone to know the fitness statistics. But the successor will directly show the details right on its own screen.

It remains to be seen if Mi Band 2 will be as pocket-friendly as the 2015 model.

The company has not responded to the Mi Max and Mi Band 2 rumours circulating in the internet. We will certainly know for sure what Xiaomi has in store for fans next week in Beijing.

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