Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Performance
Octa-Core, 2 GHz, Cortex A53.|
4 GB RAM
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Display
|6.4 inches (16.26), Full HD, 344 PPI IPS LCD|
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Camera
Dual-color LED Flash|
5 MP Front Camera
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Battery
5300 mAh, Fast Charging.|
Xiaomi launched the Mi Max 2 with a view to attract the market that looks for big size phones and better battery performance at only INR 16,999. Xiaomi claims that the phone can be used by one hand due to rounded edges and a solid metal uni-body. Xiaomi also focused on the camera department by using a Sony IMX sensor for improving low light performance. This phone comes in two variants, 4 GB RAM with 64/128 GB of storage, but as of now it is only available in 64 GB of internal storage. The two colour options available are Black and Gold.
Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi recently launched the Mi Max 2, the second iteration of its Mi Max, in India at ₹16,999. A large-screen device with a focus on multimedia capabilities, this smartphone has updated specifications, features, and design, which make the Mi Max 2 a solid performer in its segment. We have used this device for few days and here’s what we think how it fares on key performance metrics and usability.
Before we go further into details, let me list its main specs. It has a 6.44-inch full HD display, runs on Snapdragon 625 CPU, for data transfer and charging it has a type-c USB port. It retains the headphone jack and comes with an IR, blaster. Internal storage is 64GB and 4GB of RAM. So now you know what the phone packs, let us dig deep into the device and see how it performs on a day to day usage.
The screen is enclosed in a metal unibody frame which spreads all over the back. The discrete antenna bands are at the top and bottom. The sides are smoothly curved and the edges are round. On the front, the screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and the phone is resistant to most of the common starches. The device is slim and feels perfect with the matte black metal design. The fingerprint on the back is also in matte black color with a silver lining. There is also no camera bump which is something nice not to have. Xiaomi has not mentioned anything about the waterproofing but as it is a mid-range phone you don’t want to take a risk of taking it near to the water.
The fingerprint sensor is placed very high which is inconvenient for people with small hands when trying to unlock the phone with one hand. Xiaomi could have placed the sensor a little lower but as you start using the device you’ll get used to it eventually. The fingerprint sensor is very fast, not like the OnePlus 5 fast but it unlocks the device instantly.
The IR blaster at the top works flawlessly. I usually use it to control air conditioner and ceiling fan. The range of Infrared is quite long. I tested it from a distance of 20 feet’s and it worked every time. The addition of IR is always appreciated which is something you don’t get in most high-end devices.
Coming to the speaker, I’ve to say the dual stereo speaker is on par with iPhone 7 Plus‘s speaker. The audio is loud, highs are sharp and lows are also good. The stereo speaker is immersive. The video playback experience on this phone is something you would only expect from flagship devices likes SONY.
Xiaomi has provided the latest USB type-c port in this mid-range phone, probably hinting us that the future is here. And to be honest all the smartphone manufacturer should accept this change and switch to latest hardware in low budget phones too.
A lot of under the hood improvements is done in MIUI skin. The iPhone like guided access icon branded as a quick ball in MIUI is also present which comes handy for devices with bigger screens. You can add up to five shortcut icons, rearrange as per your liking, you can also add a shortcut for apps too which I liked a lot.
It is an Android phone but Xiaomi has added a lot of useful features which a common Android Phone have to get it through 3rd party apps only. The second space and dual app functionality let you two instance of the same app that you can use with different user sign in options. The support for dual apps in my usage experience is with all the apps that I use normally. Let it be Facebook or most common and much need for WhatsApp, and all other messenger apps.
The LED notification provided in this phone glows only white which I doubt can be fixed from the updates as it is a hardware side business. Games played very smoothly in the high graphics setting. There wasn’t any lag during gameplay or that I noticed while playing. The device doesn’t get warm while gaming or during charging.
The capacitive buttons are very it ruins all the fun of watching video from its accidental touch. But Xiaomi took care of that with a toggle switch to turn off the navigation buttons just like the OnePlus 5 so thumbs up for that.
There is also a read mode built right in the settings which helps reduce the blue light from the screen. Again it is nice to have these small features right on the phone.
Coming to the camera, the phone packs a 12MP rear and 5MP front camera. The phone is provided with PDAF autofocus while focuses in a blink. Various filters and mode are present in the default camera itself. There is beauty mode, group shot, auto HDR and a manual pro mode.
The video recording is supported up to 4k, time lapse and slo-mo is also supported.
Mi max 2 takes good pictures in daylight, the colors are accurate and detailed. Low light images are not bad but noise is present. These are the sample images from Xiaomi Mi Max 2 that were taken in different lighting condition.
In the software segment, the MIUI 8 is doing a great job already with packs some unique features, but there are rumors that this device may get the MIUI 9 when officially released. The phone didn’t lag in our experience and handles multitasking well. The Split screen mode is not supported yet despite this device running the MI UI skin on Android nougat but Xiaomi has promised to add in the coming future update later this month.
And finally the battery, Mi Max 2 ships with a massive 5300 mah battery which can last up to 2 days. The provided charger is a quick charger and can charge this phone for roughly 2 hours and 20 mins from 0 to full capacity. With normal usage, web browsing and watching videos online the battery lasted for a full day with 25% left. So in the battery segment, this is the best battery phone you can get at this time. The phone packs pretty much all the sensor including the compass navigation sensor.
So coming to the conclusion should you buy this phone? Well, this phone is priced at ₹16,999. And packs almost everything which a mid-range should have. The performance was good, no lag at all. The battery can last up to 2 days, big screen and on top of that dual stereo speaker.
|Launch Date||Jul 20, 2017 (official)|
|Model||Mi Max 2|
|Operating System||Android v7.1.1 (Nougat)|
|SIM Slot(s)||Dual SIM|
SIM 1 : Micro|
SIM 2 : Nano (Hybrid)
|Network||4G: Available (supports Indian bands)|
|Screen Size||6.4 inches (16.256 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels)|
|Pixel Density||344 ppi|
|Display Type||IPS LCD|
|Touch Screen||Capacitive Touchscreen - Multitouch Supported|
|Screen to Body Ratio||72.95 %|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 MSM8953|
|Processor||Octa-Core, 2 GHz, Cortex A53|
Front : Metal|
Back : Metal
|Internal Memory||64 GB|
|User Available Storage||Up to 128 GB|
|Resolution||12 MP Primary Camera|
|Sensor||Exmor-R CMOS image sensor image sensor|
|Optical Image Stabilisation|
|Flash||Dual-color LED Flash|
|Image Resolution||4000 x 3000 Pixels|
|Settings||Exposure compensation, ISO control|
|Shooting Modes||High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Burst mode|
|Camera Features||Digital Zoom, Digital image stabilization, Face detection, Auto Flash, Touch to focus|
|Video Recoding||3840x2160 @ 30 fps, 1920x1080 @ 30 fps, 1280x720 @ 120 fps|
|Resolution||5 MP Front Camera|
|SIM Size||SIM 1 : Micro, SIM 2 : Nano (Hybrid)|
|Network Support||4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G|
|Same as SIM 1|
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/n/n 5GHz, MIMO|
|Wi-Fi Features||Mobile Hotspot|
|Location||Yes, with A-GPS, with Glonass|
|Audio Jack||3.5 mm|
|Other Sensors||Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope|