There are quite a few Mi Mix clones available and here is one, the Maze Alpha. This is also a Mi Mix clone, not available in India but you can buy it from GearBest for under Rs. 12,000. Check the Maze Alpha review to know if this handset is worth the price.

The Maze Alpha though kind of looks like Mi Mix, it is quite heavy. This handset looks unique in the sense that the screen is extended right up to the top giving a different usage experience. There is space on the front bottom area and in fact the front camera has been moved to that area.

Overall performance is smooth, even gaming did really well. This handset also comes with dual camera setup, but do check the camera section for more on the camera quality. Battery life is pretty good and heat up is under control.

Maze Alpha review

Maze Alpha features, specifications

Inside the box (unboxing the Maze Alpha) :  Handset, data cable (USB to USB Type C), travel charger 12V/1.5A, user guide, warranty card and two screen guards
Body : Build and finishing is excellent, handset looks quite premium. It is using metal frame and there is glass on front and back
SIM Type : Hybrid – Nano SIM + Nano SIM / Micro SD card slot
Weight and Dimensions : 225g, 6.29 x 3.25 x 0.32 inches
Screen  :  6 inches, 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution, viewing angles, touch response and color reproduction are very good
Connectivity :  4G, WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth. Note : VoLTE option is not there you will need to use Jio4GVoice app to make voice calls in case you are using Jio SIM. I had mailed the company they said they will enable VoLTE via OTA update – so far I did not get any such update
Sensors : Accelerometer, Proximity, light and magnetic and Gyro
LED Notification : No
OTG : Yes supported
RAM : 4GB (about 2.4GB free on first boot)
ROM : 64GB (about 52GB free on first boot)
Micro SD : Yes 128GB MAX
OS : Android Nougat 7.0

Maze Alpha 6 inch screen with FHD

Maze Alpha Performance

CPU :  2.5GHz MediaTek Helio P25 Octa Core
GPU :  Mali T880
Heating : Medium
Max Battery Temperature : 37 degrees

Overall performance was smooth, games also played smoothly and heat up was under control.

Maze Alpha quality

Maze Alpha  Benchmark

Antutu : 65074 / 11822
NenaMark3 :  59.4 fps (3-4)
Multi Touch : 5 points
Disk Speed :  180 MB/s read  and 205 MB/s write

Maze Alpha  Gaming Review

I played Modern Combat 5 as well as Asphalt 8 in High Visual quality mode. Both these games played well without any lag. The hardware can play high end games.

Maze Alpha  Camera  Review

Rear Camera : 13MP + 5MP, auto focus, flash, f/2.2
Front Camera : 5MP, f/2.2
Video Recording : 1080p (FHD) resolution

The only issue with this handset is the camera quality. The camera quality is average. If you use dual camera mode i.e via the Blur option from the camera interface, it is just no good. Dual camera mode is really bad and does not shoot like other dual cameras.

Maze Alpha dual camera

Normal camera mode is also just about average. Front camera is also average. Since the front camera has been shifted to the bottom when using the front camera you will get a message to invert the handset, also cause of the handset weight it is not that easy using the front camera for selfie. This handset can shoot FHD videos. Do check the samples.

Camera Rating : 2.8 out of 5

Maze Alpha Camera Samples

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Other features

Finger print sensor is on the front and it is decently fast and accurate. Sound is loud and clear. I did not find any other issues.

Maze Alpha  Battery Review

Battery capacity : 4000 mAh (non-removable)
Charging Time : QC 3.0 supported – Charge 1 hours 40 minutes using the charger provided from 17% to 100%.
Battery Life : 5 to 7 hours non-stop (moderate to heavy)
Daily usage battery life : One to One and a Half days of mixed usage

Maze Alpha back panel glass

Battery Test Results

Battery Temp at idle : 30 degrees
Running Benchmark app :
 16 minutes / 4% / 34 degrees
Mc5 + Asphalt 8  game play : 32 minutes / 10% / 37 degrees
FHD video playback with full brightness (WiFi /4G on) :  47 minutes / 11% / 34 degrees

Verdict

The Maze Alpha Smartphones looks great, it is heavy but unique. Hardware is powerful, dual cameras are no good and battery life is pretty good. Just hope the company rolls out VoLTE support on this.

Rating : 3.4 out of 5

This Maze Alpha handset was initially available for a much lower price but now the price has increased.

This handset is not available in India, but if interested you can buy from Gearbest website – price is $182.99 – use the Coupon Code: AFF33 and you will get it for $179.99 (approx Rs. 11,500). Do not go for free shipping / EMS shipping, instead opt for Priority Line or DHL shipping – Note you may need to pay custom duty if applicable it will be under Rs. 4000.

Published by Gogi Rana

Founder and Chief Editor - gogi.in

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  1. I imported 6gb ram version.
    210 USD.
    Rec’d without duty.
    I am in Dubai.
    Handset is attractive.

  2. Hi gogi bro i ordered it and it is almost arrived to my local post office. I want to know that will it support jio?

    1. VoLTE is not enabled on this you can use Jio4voice app but had sent mail to company they said they will roll out OTA update to enable VoLTE.

    2. Hello GopiKannan Bro…Please tell me whether u paid any customs and other purchase experience…It will be helpful

  3. Gogi dear,

    you should open a online store to sell products specially smartphones imported from china,

    it will be better for us and also you will get success as you are more trustworthy than others.

    because paying somewhat extra to get product from safe place is quite good.

    1. It has both + & –
      If the handset fails/faulty, local person will not only gets ‘gali’ but may also be dragged to consumer court.

  4. Why should we buy one tell me? When the Maze, Umidigi, Doogee,Vkworld, Bluboo are not Indian LTE TDD Band 40 not compatible why should we buy one for Rs.14000/- with customs duty? In such a case it is better to buy Huawei 6x, Lenovo k8, Coolpad play 6, Micromax Canvas infinity, LG Q6+, Motorola G5 or G5S.

  5. Hi Gogi,

    Thank for mentioning Device price, website and coupon.

    Please let me know how much have you paid for this device???

    Like Device price+ shipping cost+ forex conversion charges if applicable + custome duty+ and any other if i missed

    Thanks in advance.

    1. I got from DHL and there I paid 4200 custom duty. That was high also better avoid DHL and try for priority line shipping or ask for Fedex. I think DHL are charging more and they are playing less to custom. And avoid free shipping / EMS cause if you use that you will end up paying more than 7000 Rs. as custom duty.

  6. Accurate review , Gogi Bhai ….I’ve been using it for the past fortnight ….looks , performance , battery are pretty good … average camera performance …
    But one thing is for sure ….For Rs 12000 there is no other equivalent phone with such specs….
    Since it has pure untouched android 7 free of bloatware ….the performance is good , almost equivalent to SD 652 ……
    SOT is almost 5-6 hrs – unbelievable
    Viewing on a 6 inch is superb experience ….
    Fingerprint reader is OK , not blazing fast …but decently fast ….
    WiFi is strong ….
    I’ve ordered a case from AliExpress ….
    Comes with two tempered glass on the box ….
    I think it’s better than Dogee and the other clones …UMI 6 inch bezel less upcoming phone , is supposed to be more optimised ….

      1. I have paid none ..it was delivered free of cost….I got the phone through sing post with insurance …it took 25 days …but was delivered free of cost …
        Ordered from gearbest

          1. Gogi Bhai , I order everytime from gear best , I’ve ordered a few times …I’ve bought teclast x plus 2 hybrid tablet dual os , solar lights , leather jacket etc …and now maze alpha ….
            All the times I’ve used Singapore post or Hong Kong post with insurance Ofcourse ( depending on warehouse)
            I’ve paid through PayPal but surprisingly everytime ( atleast 5-6 times ) I’ve got the product for no customs duty ….
            Call it luck or whatever …I’m happy …
            Can anyone else try same method ????
            It could be a gearbest hack ….you never know

    1. Hello Arul. I am planning to buy handsets from gearbest. Need Some Information will there be Singapore post for all items and exactly how much insurance did u pay for products please share ur experience, it will help me.

      1. Hi bharath , I have been a long time customer of gear best , so I was informed about the prelaunch offer through mail and I got the US 179 dollar piece ( I missed out on the US 159 dollar one ) , Later while buying I was asked the shipping , I took the Singapore post costing 0.54 US Dollars with an Insurance costing US Dollars 4.60 …
        Total amounted to approx 12200 INR , Since I did not pay extra …This was the total amount I paid ..I made the payment in June last week but , Maze had some issues with the delivery of the product to gearbest and the shipment was delayed by a month ..It was shipped around 25 July I think .

        Gear best gives partial tracking for cheaper shipping methods ( like Singapore post or Hong Kong post depending on the warehouse )
        But I got the product ( neatly packed in a simple white cover ) in 20-25 days …
        If you can get the phone for 12 K … definitely worth it ….
        I’d have been disappointed had I paid another 6-8 K extra as customs duty ….
        Don’t think the phone is worth 18-20 K though ….

    2. Now a days DHL is charging a lot handling charges so total duty has been increased. If you want express shipping use FedEx it is faster and they charge less handling fee than DHL. If you use normal shipping always declare as 26$ Game player/mp4 player . For bigger item like tablet declare digital photo frame 25$ . In my case I have ordered 18 mobile/ tablet from aliexpress banggood etc without any duty. Generally my parcel get inspected by custom commissioner either in Kolkata or Delhi. I am from Odisha (small town) . In my place DHl (bludart) available but no FedEx so can’t use FedEx cause it will invite remote shipping fee. So I use normal post as option & for me it is good but slow very slow or very very slow

      1. Hello Harsh Bro…Needed to buy phone from aliexpress around 100$. How much can we declare lower value and how to avoid customs please help me bro.