six-inch-plus phablets have existed for a while, but there were few takers for these big-size devices. The new trend of thin bezels and bezel-less displays are making bigger phones more compact and convenient to hold. In line with this, Xiaomi has launched Mi Max 2, the successor to Mi Max launched last year.
Done in matte black, the Mi Max 2 is a premium-looking phone. Boasting a 6.4-inch display just like its predecessor, the Mi Max 2 in a 6.85x3.49 inch body is not too big to hold. A lot of credit goes to the soft metal chassis and the 2.5D curved glass merging smoothly into the anodised aluminum body. The power button and the volume key
are easy to access. The 3.5-mm port sits at the top edge with the Type-C charging port and speaker grills at the bottom edge and a fingerprint scanner at the rear panel. There are three capacitive touch keys below the display, which can be used to enter the one-hand mode as well. Sliding the finger from home towards the back key shifts the one-handed mode towards the bottom right and sliding the finger from home to options key moves everything to the bottom left. Tap on the empty area to exit this mode.
Going back to the display, Xiaomi has added a full HD display with decent viewing angles, making it apt for watching multimedia content on the move. The colour reproduction is good with sufficient sunlight legibility. When compared with the 5.5-inch screen of the Apple iPhone 7, both fetched the same number of stories from Google News, but the font size on the Mi Max was slightly bigger. Xiaomi has even added dual speakers that complement the multimedia experience.
The user interface is pretty neat. But unlike stock Android, apps are placed across the homescreen in different folders and features are tucked under different apps. For instance, the data usage setting can be accessed within the security app and assistive touch can be activated by turning on Quick ball from settings, which will eliminate the need to reach out to the power button to lock the phone or the capacitive buttons from the bottom. For privacy, Xiaomi has added an app lock, where apps that you don’t wish others to access can be password-protected. You can instal a third-party launcher app and, thankfully, the one-hand mode will still be accessible.
The Mi Max 2 runs on MIUI8 based on Android 7.1.1 and is yet to receive split-screen mode. I used the Mi Max to stream videos, play games, write emails and browse the web. It handled all the tasks with ease, without slowing down. The Mi Max 2 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor paired with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB onboard storage. There is also a 12MP rear camera with Sony IMX386 sensor with various modes such as manual, straighten, beauty, group shot and tilt-shift, among others. Images shot in bright daylight had great details, but there was visible noise in low-light images.
Smartphone battery is usually a pain point in many devices, but Xiaomi has addressed that concern by adding a massive 5,300 mAh battery to the Mi Max 2. When fully charged, it can easily last two days. But charging such a big battery can take a lot of time and that’s why Xiaomi has added Quick Charge 3 to this phone. Using the Type-C adaptor provided in the box, 68 per cent of the battery can be charged in just over an hour, which is good enough to last a day.
Bag it or junk it: If you are looking for a big- size phablet, this is the best one