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Xiaomi Mi Max 2

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Price in India as of February 18, 2018, 4:20 am
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The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The smartphone has a 6.44-inch Full HD IPS LCD display. The latest budget smartphone you may also like are Redmi Y1, Redmi Y1 Lite and Redmi 5A. It has a 12MP rear camera with an LED flash and a 5MP front-facing camera. The device is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor and 4GB RAM. It has 64GB internal storage which can further be expanded via a microSD card. Connectivity options include dual-SIM 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS, and a USB Type-C port. The device is powered by a 5,300 mAh Li-Ion battery.
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Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Price in India

Rs. 15,999
Rs. 15,999
Rs. 15,999
Rs. 16,499

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Key Specifications

Snapdragon 625 processor
4GB RAM
64GB internal storage
5300 mAh battery
12 M.Pixels rear & 5 M.Pixels selfie cameras
6.44 inch screen
Dual SIM (Nano SIM) SIM
Android OS, v7.0 (Nougat) OS

Pros & Cons

Good things
  • Big screen to enjoy videos and games
  • Smooth and lag-free performance
  • Huge battery for uninterrupted usage
Bad things
  • Poor imaging quality
  • Fingerprint reader on an odd location

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 long-term review: A worthy successor

Mi Max 2 Review Screen

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

Mi Max 2 Navigation Buttons

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.

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However, waxing eloquent on the brilliant design and build quality of Mi Max 2 is moot, considering that I have chronicled the same in another standalone article, so click here to read more about the phone’s design and build quality.

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

Mi Max 2 Display Quality
Xiaomi continues its winning streak here as well, with the Mi Max 2’s display being perceptibly better than that of its predecessor. The 6.44-inch IPS LCD screen has the same Full HD resolution, giving it the same pixel density of 342ppi. However, that’s where the similarity ends. The display is brighter, with more saturated colours and improved contrast. In short, it’s better in every aspect, but if you wish to delve deeper into why the Mi Max 2’s display easily bests its predecessor, click here to read a more detailed evaluation of the phone’s IPS LCD screen.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2: Camera

Mi Max 2 Camera UI

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.

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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.

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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

Mi Max 2 Gaming 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

Mi Max 2 MIUI 9 Update

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

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

Mi Max 2 Default App Launcher

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.

Pros

  • 1. Looks gorgeous
  • 2. Unibody aluminium construction, quite durable and shatter resistant
  • 3. Brilliant display
  • 4. Phenomenal battery backup
  • 5. Stereo speakers
  • 6. Terrific value for money
  • Cons

  • 1. Performance optimisation is lacking
  • 2. Mediocre at lowlight photography
  • 3. Might be too big for some users
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    Does it have a 6GB RAM, 64GB ROM and Android 7.1 OS?
    Answer: It doesn't have a 6GB RAM, but it comes with 64GB ROM and Android 7.1 OS.
    By Srikanth on 23rd Jan, 2018
    Which phone is better between Mi Max 2 and Mi A1?
    Answer: I am using Max 2 for last one month or more, and I would like to say Max 2 is an excellent phone at a reasonable price, just the size in hand is little big. But it's a very good phone, I must say.
    By Moiz** on 24th Nov, 2017
    Answer: Mi Max 2 is better for the user interphase and battery backup. Mi A1 is better for its camera.
    By Alexs** on 11th Jan, 2018
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    Does it have dual speakers?
    Answer: Yes, it has a dual speakers.
    By Sharfuddin on 09th Feb, 2018
    What is the storage limit Google Photos in this phone?
    Answer: It depends on your Google Drive storage limit. If you select "High Quality (free unlimited storage)" then there is no storage limit for your photos and videos.
    By Alexs** on 11th Jan, 2018
    Answer: For original quality, it's limited to 15GB, but for high quality, it's unlimited. The high quality is also very good.
    By Ashu** on 23rd Jan, 2018
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    How is the performance of this mobile?
    Answer: I had purchased it during the Diwali. Until now, the performance has been extremely good, and I have not faced any problems.
    By Shivramg** on 07th Nov, 2017
    Answer: Very good performance, I like Mi Max 2 so much.
    By Raja.pa** on 11th Nov, 2017
    Answer: Overall, it's very good.
    By Moiz** on 24th Nov, 2017
    Answer: Good.
    By Yourslo** on 09th Nov, 2017
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    Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Price in India starts from Rs. 15,999

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    A Massive Entertainment Package.
    5.0
    By MySmartPrice User • August 10, 2017

    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..
    Specifications:.
    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.
    Now review:
    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.

    Now, performance:.
    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:
    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.

    Sensors:
    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:
    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.

    Calling:
    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.

    Speakers:
    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.

    Price:.
    It's a very good deal as it gives you all the things in one package at resonable price.

    Verdict:
    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.

    Nice product.
    5.0
    By Sandip Kumar Patel • February 12, 2018

    It is a nice product; has good speed and easy to handle. The camera and the battery performance are also good.

    Poor image quality and the speaker is not good.
    3.0
    By MySmartPrice User • January 23, 2018

    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.

    Waiting.
    5.0
    By MySmartPrice User • May 27, 2017

    I'm just waiting for this phone.. Best phone in the Indian market.. Awesome features in Rs.20000.

    Good phone.
    5.0
    By MySmartPrice User • January 31, 2018

    Handy in use.

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