Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Xiaomi just launched its latest smartphone dubbed “phablet” in India, the Mi Max 2. The successor to the last year’s product and the subsequent Prime variant that the Chinese company, the Mi Max 2 represents the best of Xiaomi. The company’s portfolio in India boasts of some of the best selling smartphones in the country, which anyway speaks volumes about the brand’s popularity, but also at their attempt to cater to different segments of our society. The Mi Max sold over 3 million units which solidifies the user base even more for people who love a large smartphone. And then the Max 2 builds upon that.
1. Sleek Design
2. Dual Stereo Speaker
3. Amazing Battery Life
4. Improved Camera
5. Fingerprint Scanner
1. Not so powerful processor
2. Half Baked Nougat Experience
3. No OIS
4. Big in size
The massive 6.44-inch display has a resolution of 1080x1920 pixels, which means a density of 342ppi. It also boasts of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection. Xiaomi is marketing the display as one of the best features of the Mi Max 2, but there's also a big 5300mAh battery to talk about. At the India launch event, Xiaomi even bragged that the Mi Max 2's battery can last for up to 31 days with the phone in standby.
Under the hood, the Mi Max 2 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, which has been a popular SoC for phones in this price segment. Unlike most Xiaomi smartphones, only one variant of the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 has been launched, and it features 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage.
The phone has a hybrid dual-SIM slot which might disappoint users who want to take advantage of the big screen with lots of movies and TV shows stored on a microSD card. Users have to sacrifice either a second SIM or a microSD card. The Mi Max 2 supports microSD cards of up to 128GB. If you create a Mi account, you'll get 5GB of cloud storage space. The phone sports a 12-megapixel rear camera with a Sony IMX386 sensor, f/2.2 aperture, and two-tone flash. There's also a 5-megapixel front camera with an f/2.0 aperture.
The Mi Max 2 runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, with Xiaomi's MIUI 8.5 skin on top. This makes it the only phone in the company's portfolio to currently run a stable MIUI ROM based on Nougat.
There have been some significant design changes in the Mi Max 2 compared to the original Mi Max, despite the fact that their screens are the same size. The all-metal body of the Mi Max 2 is more appealing and now features rounded edges that make it easier to hold. The 2.5D glass across the front gives it a more premium look, although the metal back is somewhat slippery. The antenna bands are more discreet, blending in with the colour of the back.
The Mi Max 2 is big for any kind of pocket. Apart from its size, weight is sometimes an issue. At 7.6mm thick, the Mi Max 2 is sleek enough and offers good grip but 211g is a lot for a phone. This is something that might (or might not) bother you.
The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 has backlit capacitive buttons at the front placed just below the display. There's a front-facing camera and sensors above it, accompanied by the earpiece which also doubles up as a loudspeaker. The power and volume buttons are on the right, while the hybrid dual-SIM tray is on the left. The USB Type-C port is on the bottom between two grilles, but only one is actual speaker while the other is just a design element.
The phone has an Infrared emitter on the top panel, accompanied by the 3.5mm audio socket. Fingerprint scanner on the back might trouble people with smaller hands.
In terms of construction quality, the Mi Max 2 looks solid. Fortunately, the back panel is not a fingerprint magnet, which means you won't need to worry about wiping the phone from time to time. The Mi Max 2 has slimmer screen borders than the original Mi Max, and this means less distraction when watching videos.
Xiaomi has launched the Mi Max 2 only in black in India, and it looks stunning, but we can expect more colour options to be released over time. Inside the retail box, you get standard set of documents, a SIM ejector tool, a USB Type-C cable, and a charger, apart from the phone itself. Xiaomi doesn't ship earphones with any of its phones.
The obvious highlight of the Mi Max 2 is its humongous 6.44-inch LCD display. Its 1,080 x 1,920 resolution works out a pixel density of 342ppi, which is not ideal, but sufficient. Viewing angles are good and the screen seems to be a bit less reflective than the original Mi Max, but the maximum brightness level has been reduced for some reason. As such, outdoor visibility isn't a strong point of this display.
With a color temperature of 7500K, most colors and shades appear bluer than intended, but we do have to note that the situation is better than with the original Mi Max which had an even colder screen.
The 5-megapixel front-facing camera takes good selfies, but the quality fell below average in low light.
The 12-megapixel rear camera uses a Sony IMX386 sensor with 1.25-micron pixels, and has an f/2.2 aperture. It does well enough in daytime but did not impress us in low light. Our sample photos showed very good colour rendition and sharpness under the right lighting conditions. Moreover, PDAF worked well in daylight too. However, in low light situations, the camera was more hit-or-miss. Autofocus was less accurate, colours seemed off, noise was quite apparent, and there was a major loss of detail. The HDR mode does well to improve dynamic range though you won't need it all the time. The Mi Max 2 can record videos at 1080p and 4K quality which is a great feature. Video quality in general was good. The phone also supports time-lapse and slow-motion video modes. The default camera app is identical to the one we saw on the Redmi Note 4, and there are modes and filters that are accessible with one tap.
The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 smartphone will be also available on Paytm Mall including other e-commerce platforms like Mi.com, Flipkart and Amazon.in. Paytm Mall will offer open online sale and customers can buy the device using the Paytm and Paytm Mall app with easy EMI options. The device will be available both online and offline starting July 27. The Xiaomi Mi Max 2, for a price of Rs 16,999 and $320 in USA it could be vary as its not a fixed price.
The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 has a large, non-removable 5300mAh battery which the company claims can deliver up to two days of life. In real-world usage, the phone doesn't disappoint with its battery performance as it easily lasted up to two entire days on a single charge, even with heavy usage.
The Mi Max 2 also supports Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 and parallel charging, which are both useful considering the battery size. it can charge from zero to 100 percent in around 100 minutes which is impressive.
Comparison Mi Max Vs Mi Max 2
Should you upgrade??
There you have it readers, the Mi Max 2 is a decent upgrade from its predecessor with a new processor and RAM and storage options. Owners of the existing Mi Max need not despair as their devices are just as well equipped leaving very few reasons for them to upgrade. Users who require a device between a full fledged tablet and a smartphone can eagerly look forward to it.
Mi Max 2 offer good value in this price bracket but not the best with improved camera, beautiful design and increased storage it also have difficulties like its big in size, lacks OIS in camera have hybrid sim slot which means you can either use second sim or micro sd card . So overall who need tablet and phone which means phablet in this range go for it but if you have Mi Max then you do not need it. Its Good or say better then previous version
Loved About Phone
2. Ok Ok camera
3. Battery life