Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Price in India
|Display Type||IPS LCD|
|Screen Size||6.4 inches (16.26 cm)|
|Pixel Density||342 pixels per inch (ppi)|
|Color Reproduction||16M Colors|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|Screen to body percentage||74.0 %|
|Expandable||microSD, Upto 256GB (Hybrid Slot)|
|Launch Date||27 July 2017|
|Dimensions||6.8 x 3.4 x 0.3 inches (174.1 x 88.7 x 7.6 mm)|
|Weight||211 grams (7.44 oz)|
|Colors||Gold, Matte Black|
|Operating System||Android v7.0 (Nougat)|
|Rear Camera Features||Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR, panorama|
|Physical Aperture||Rear (f/2.2), Front (f/2.0)|
|Video||2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps, 720p@120fps|
|Fast Charging||Yes, Quick Charge 3.0|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS|
|Wi-Fi||Yes with dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||v4.2 with A2DP, LE|
|Network||4G VoLTE, 4G|
|USB||Type-C 1.0 reversible connector|
|Voice Over LTE (VoLTE)||Yes|
|SIM Configuration||Dual SIM, Nano-SIM/ Micro-SIM (Hybrid Slo)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625|
|CPU||2.0 GHz Cortex-A53|
|No of Cores||8 (Octa Core)|
|Fingerprint sensor||Yes, Rear- mounted|
|Other Sensors||Proximity Sensor|
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Pros & Cons
- Big screen to enjoy videos and games
- Smooth and lag-free performance
- Huge battery for uninterrupted usage
- Poor imaging quality
- Fingerprint reader on an odd location
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 long-term review: A worthy successorby Nachiket Mhatre
The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 has rather large shoes to fill, because the original Mi Max managed to wow even someone like me who usually hates large form factor phones. However, phablets as they are known are immensely popular in the Indian subcontinent, where people prefer a smartphone that can serve every possible role ranging from a phone to entertainment and media consumption device that has enough juice to last for several days.
The original Mi Max achieved all this while delivering a butter smooth performance in all expected applications and lasting several days on a single battery charge. Everything from the design to nigh perfect optimisation makes it the phone to beat in this segment. It’s for this reason that I decided to use the Mi Max 2 longer and check how the latest avatar of Xiaomi’s cut-price phablet has what it takes to dethrone its overachieving predecessor.
Xiaomi Mi Max 2: Design and Build Quality
If there’s one thing I can’t deny outright, it’s the fact that Xiaomi has done a stellar job on the design, engineering, and aesthetic side of the Mi Max 2. The new phablet is every bit of an improvement over the original Mi Max in every conceivable aspect. While that may sound like a hyperbole, but it just beggars belief how Xiaomi has managed to deliver a true unibody aluminium construction in such a feature-packed phone costing a mere ₹16,000. This is all the more significant when you factor in the brilliant 6.44-inch display, competent Qualcomm SoC, fast fingerprint scanner, and massive 5300mAh battery.
Having said that, the Mi Max 2 proved itself quite durable during the three odd months that I used and, I must admit, abused the phone. I have dropped the phone several times from the bed onto the hard granite flooring and often times from the pocket height as well. The phone, remarkably has been unharmed saved for a few inconspicuous scratches and one tiny dent along two of the corners. And the phone has been dropped enough times to assure me that it’s resilience isn’t some freak coincidence. Full marks to Xiaomi in this department.
Xiaomi Mi Max 2: Display
Xiaomi Mi Max 2: Camera
On paper, it seems Xiaomi has compromised the camera to fund the improvements elsewhere, with the new rear camera sporting fewer pixels at 12MP as opposed to the 16MP primary camera of the erstwhile model. A higher f stop number also means that the sensor has to work with less light and is potentially slower. The front camera thankfully is unchanged, so there’s neither any improvement nor compromise in that department.
Specifications might give a general idea, but it’s not the final word. The real-world performance is what matters and the Mi Max 2’s camera surprisingly delivers crisper images with an improved colour saturation in bright daylight conditions. The improvement isn’t significant, but it’s evident when you do an A/B comparison of photographs. The focusing in good lighting is fast and the HDR feature works well to highlight the darker areas even when a part of the frame is brightly lit.
Having said that, the 12MP primary camera of the Mi Max 2 pales in comparison to that of the Redmi Note 4. This snapper is noticeably better than the Mi Max 2’s snapper in every conceivable aspect. Most notable of which is lowlight photography. And that’s not a good sign because the Redmi Note 4 itself is strictly average when the ambient light is lacking. The Mi Max 2 loses colour accuracy and introduces noise with night shots, but what’s worse is how focusing takes too long and sometimes the camera just can’t get objects into focus.
While the original Mi Max had these low light issues as well and was actually worse off, Xiaomi still hasn’t made a major improvement and the Mi Max 2 still sucks at low-light photography. Video capture again is acceptable and can go up to 2160p at 30fps – just like the original Mi Max. The camera software continues to be excellent, with great UI and a good selection of filters and modes that make for interesting snaps.
Overall, the camera is a disappointment and bested by the unit found in the company’s own lower priced Redmi Note 4. While the Mi Max 2’s camera is slightly better than that of the original Mi Max, the better performance of the Redmi Note 4 in this department shows that Xiaomi could definitely have improved the Mi Max 2’s camera.
Xiaomi Mi Max 2: Hardware, Connectivity, and Performance
This sentiment of disappointment continues with the performance. On paper itself, the Snapdragon 625 SoC of the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 looks inferior compared to the Snapdragon 650 found in the base version of the original Mi Max. This gives the predecessor a definite edge in the single core performance stakes thanks to the presence of two powerful ARM Cortex-A72 cores, which the Mi Max 2 woefully lacks. However, the newer and more efficient Snapdragon 625 SoC on the Mi Max 2 should give it better multi-core performance and improved battery life.
The last bit is moot because power efficiency was never an issue with the Mi Max or the Mi Max 2 due to their car battery levels of backup. Moreover, in the real world, the multi-core advantage doesn’t hold true because the Mi Max 2 feels decidedly more slower and lag prone than its predecessor. This could be down to optimisation, but I have already spent nearly four months with the phone and there have been many performance-enhancing updates, which have mitigated the performance issues to a fair extent. However, the Mi Max 2 still feels slower and decidedly unoptimised compared to the original Mi Max, which performed flawlessly with nary a lag or stutter.
Both the phones are nigh identical in the connectivity front, with the only difference being that the Mi Max 2 has embraced the times and upgraded to the universal USB Type-C connector. Overall, the performance of the Mi Max 2 leaves a lot to be desired and although it isn’t bad by any stretch of imagination, you still can’t forgive Xiaomi for failing to achieve the same level of polish and optimisation it did with the original Mi Max.
Xiaomi Mi Max 2: Software
The Mi Max 2 ships with Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) and is now equipped with the latest MIUI 9. This includes the much-awaited split screen mode that makes perfect sense in a phone as large as this one. The newer and better designed notification shade and faster app launch along with more system optimisations also helped mitigate some of the optimisation issues with the Mi Max 2. However, let’s not forget that the original Mi Max never had these performance/optimisation issues to begin with. The support for stickers and better photo editing tools such as the capability to erase elements from the photos is a welcome addition too. The video app too has been overhauled. For more information on the rest of the MIUI features, you can refer to my Xiaomi Mi Max 2 review.
Xiaomi Mi Max 2: Battery Life
The real star of this show is the battery. The massive 5300mAh Li-ion battery is no joke and is only rendered even more ridiculously powerful thanks to the power efficiency of the Snapdragon 625 SoC. The original Mi Max gave me a screen-on time upwards of 10 hours with rigorous usage. With similar punishing battery utilisation involving lots of 4G data usage, web browsing performance heavy websites (serving HTML5 video), substantial gaming and video consumption, and consistent social media app usage, the Mi Max 2 still delivered a whopping 12 hours of screen-on time, with nearly two days of heavy usage until the battery ran out.
Mind you, this is some crazy amount of phone utilisation where I was glued to it almost nonstop. However, with regular usage over the course of nearly four months, I would charge the phone only a couple of times a week. In fact, the enormous battery backup had made me so complacent that I would often forget to recharge the phone until the low battery warning popped up. Even then, the phone would last several hours more and still making it back home for a recharge. Battery backup wise, this is undoubtedly one of the best phones out in the market.
Xiaomi Mi Max 2: Verdict
The Mi Max 2 is a brilliant phone. It’s built stronger and with better more expensive materials, with a unibody aluminium design that’s not only modern, but also gorgeous despite its massive heft. The battery life is unparalleled and incredibly an improvement over its already over-performing predecessor. It’s the same story with the display, which is orders of magnitudes better the unit on the original Mi Max. Unfortunately, the phone has its share of issues.
Primary of these issues is the poorly optimised Snapdragon 625 SoC. It simply cannot match the performance and optimisation of the more powerful Snapdragon 650 found on the original Mi Max. If you had asked me a month or two earlier, this would have been a deal breaker. But Xiaomi has mitigated the performance and optimisation issues through regular updates and the optimisation in MIUI 9. The performance situation is much better now, but it still doesn’t match the buttery smoothness of the original Mi Max.
If you can live with that fact, and believe me you can, provided you haven’t used the original Mi Max, the Mi Max 2 still is a solid phone. Not to mention the only great choice in its price segment, where it absolutely decimates the competition with its exacting quality and impressive feature set.
Questions and Answers
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Price in India starts from Rs. 15,990
The best price of Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is Rs. 15,990 in Amazon. is not available in other online stores.This phone is available in 32 GB, 64 GB storage variants. Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is available in Black colours across various online stores in India.
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Details
Ratings & Reviews by MySmartPrice Users
The real winner.
Many might be apprehensive of using a 6.44 inch smartphone but wait a minute. Read my review and then decide.
I will make it easy for you to decide..
Screen- 6.44 inches, Full HD (1080p), with Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
RAM- 4 GB.
Internal memory- 64 GB (54 GB was free at the time of first boot).
Processor- Snapdragon 625, 2.0 Ghz.
Sensors- Fingerprint, IR Blaster, Gyro etc.
Speakers- Dual- One at top and one at bottom. (Sound is crisp and clear).
Camera- 12 MP rear and 5 MP Front.
Camera lens- Sony IMX 386 (same as MI6).
Android-7.1.1 Nougat, running on MIUI 8.5.
If I missed something, you please rectify.
The first and best part is that with 6.44 inches it never feels like one. So, slim and well designed it is, that I am using it quite comfortably since last 2 days.
Of course it is hard to believe but it is really very well designed. Despite of 5,300 mAh battery, it is so light that you will be astonished.
This is the part for which I decided to go for it. I tested the Snapdragon 625 and it is worth. Combined by 5300 mAh battery, it is gives superb backup.
I charged it on 29th July at 12 noon..Till 30th night 11 pm it was still left with 24% charge, that too after 4 to 5 hrs of gaming, continuously using WhatsApp, facebook and watching videos on facebook. And I am using it too much just to see how much power it can give.
So, you have a powerful battery that will last for 2 days with heavy usage and 3 days with moderate usage. If you are a completely insane gamer, still it will last for more than one day. So, 10/10 for battery. Besides you get quick charge facility with this. Charger is quite fast and charges this massive battery of 5300 mAh in just about 2 to 2.5 hours.
Camera is the part on which Xiaomi has worked this time. At daytime it clicks really good pictures. I clicked some photos during day time and it came out very good that was not expected from a Xiaomi device. The shutter is quite fast and sensors are good. So, images come out well detailed.
Selfie camera is quite OK...here, it could have been made better. Not the best, still gives good pictures. But altogether front camera is ok.
It is having all the sensors including IR Blaster. Gyro is there. You have to download a VR App, purchase a VR glass and enjoy VR Videos.
Fingerprint works very smooth.
Screen is another part where it gives you worth it's price. Very bright and clear. Sunlight legibility is very good and with 6.44 inches watching videos, movies, gaming is like out of the world. You will not get anything better.
Voice clarity is good all the times and the speaker gives good sound. Also, the signal strength is very good.
As it is light and well designed, I didn't feel uncomfortable in holding it to my ears for 29 to 30 minutes of calling.
Loud and clear. With dual Stereo Speakers you will love to listen songs, watch videos, movies etc. Just add any VR app and you will love to watch big screen videos.
It's a very good deal as it gives you all the things in one package at resonable price.
It has got everything at such price. It's only drawback (if you really believe it is a drawback) is it's screen size. With 6.44 inches it is not that easy to handle in one hand. But believe me Xiaomi has tried and succeeded in making it as easy as possible to use it, by too good design. I am using it and will use it as my primary device. With so many good features, the screen size will not matter much for me. It's up to you to decide.
Performance and camera is superior to Redmi Note 4. Of course, it is also having Snapdragon 625 chip but I feel in this device Xiaomi has worked more on software optimisation and given even better performance. Also, Camera sensors are the best in a Xiaomi device till date.
So, if you can adjust with big screen, this smartphone or phablet will give you the best performance and functionalities. If you watch lot of videos, movies and game a lot then this is the one for you.
It is a nice product, thanks to Mi.
Overall, it's good; its camera effect is also fine.
And the battery performs well.
It is a nice product; has good speed and easy to handle. The camera and the battery performance are also good.
The camera and speaker quality are very bad. When we listen to the music in the music player, the output audio is very noisy. But the battery performance is always good.