The Big Daddy of Ph­ablets

PRICE SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS

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X6.44-inch IPS (1920 x 1080 pix­els), Qual­comm Snap­dragon 625, 4GB RAM, 64GB stor­age, hy­brid dual SIM, ex­pand­able stor­age, 12MP rear cam­era, 5MP front cam­era, 4G, VoLTE, dual band WiFi ac, Blue­tooth 4.2, GPS, IR Port, USB Type-C, fin­ger­print scan­ner, An­droid 7.1, 5,300mAh bat­tery, 211 grams

Sleek de­sign, bright large screen, fan­tas­tic bat­tery life with quick charge sup­port, great day to day per­for­mance, good rear cam­era, loud speak­ers

iaomi launched the Mi Max ph­ablet in 2016 and ex­actly a year later, the Mi Max 2 has ar­rived. The mas­sive, tabletrivalling 6.44-inch screen re­mains the same. In­stead, the com­pany has re­fined the de­sign, added more fea­tures and up­graded the hard­ware. We be­lieve that keep­ing the same screen size on the Mi Max 2 is a sen­si­ble move from Xiaomi. The 6.44-inch screen is big enough to make it stand out and add pro­duc­tiv­ity. But it’s not big enough to make it feel like a tablet. And yes, it can still fit into most pock­ets be­cause of the slim­mer bezels. The re­vamped de­sign has curved edges which makes it much more com­fort­able to hold. Even though the Max 2 has a big­ger bat­tery com­pared to its pre­de­ces­sor it doesn’t gain much in size or weight — it’s just 7.6mm thick and weighs 211 grams (Mi Max was 203 grams and 7.5mm slim). Only the black vari­ant has been launched in In­dia which is a good move — it’s our favourite among the cur­rent crop of Xiaomi phones and stays in high de­mand. How­ever, keep in mind that the phone is not meant for ev­ery­one. The large size makes it cum­ber­some to hold in hand for too long. There are ob­vi­ous ben­e­fits of the large screen. While it is still a full HD res­o­lu­tion, the screen is bright and crisp. It is an ab­so­lute joy to watch videos, browse web-pages, play games and read books. The slim bezels al­most merge with the black body — great for view­ing videos. You can ad­just colours, con­trast, text size and there is also a

Mi Max 2 has the best bat­tery life we have seen on a smart­phone. The fact that its 5,300mAh bat­tery charges from 0 to 100 in just over 2 hours is just ic­ing on the cake

Large size not meant for ev­ery­one, av­er­age front cam­era read­ing mode. The down­side is that it’s im­pos­si­ble to op­er­ate with one hand.

This is one of the first smart­phones from Xiaomi to come with MiUI 8 based on the lat­est An­droid 7.1.1. You get the usual Xiaomi fea­ture set in­clud­ing sec­ond space, dual apps, one handed mode, se­cu­rity app with cleaner, data us­age, block­list, virus scan, call record­ing and per­mis­sion man­ager. Spe­cial men­tion to the handy Quick Ball vir­tual but­ton — you can cus­tomise it for short­cuts as well as pre­ferred ges­tures and it makes nav­i­gat­ing and us­ing the phone with this large screen much eas­ier. The split screen func­tion is miss­ing at the mo-

ment but the com­pany men­tions it will be com­ing soon via a soft­ware up­date.

Hard­ware in­cludes the ef fi­cient Snap­dragon 625 with 4GB RAM and 64GB stor­age. These specs, while not flag­ship level, are great for all kinds of use as well as for gam­ing. We did no­tice that at any given time al­most 1GB of RAM was avail­able for use — this kept things run­ning smoothly. We did not no­tice any lag with over 15 apps run­ning in the back­ground. You get a large 5,300mAh bat­tery on the Max 2 and it is one of the first phones that, in our ex­pe­ri­ence, man­aged al­most 3 days of bat­tery life. Even with heavy us­age (4G with VoLTE, hotspot ac­ti­vated, screen bright­ness at 70%), the Mi Max 2 lasted over a day and half. In ad­di­tion, the phone has Quick Charge 3.0 sup­port and a QC 3.0 charger is in­cluded in the box. Around the back is a 12MP cam­era with f2.2 aper­ture that man­aged to take some fan­tas­tic shots in day­light. Even indoors, the im­ages have good de­tails and nat­u­ral colours. How­ever, in low light, there is vis­i­ble noise and lack of de­tails. Do keep in mind that this is a large phone and it lacks OIS, so you have to keep your hand steady to get a clear pic­ture. The front cam­era man­ages to take good pic­tures in day­light, but indoors and in low light it suf­fers from soft de­tails and noise which is vis­i­ble on the phone’s screen it­self.

Other fea­tures that im­pressed us on the Mi Max 2 in­clude the fast and ac­cu­rate fin­ger­print scan­ner, stereo speak­ers (one of the loud­est we have seen on a smart­phone) and the fan­tas­tic re­mote app with IR blaster. With the Mi Max 2, the com­pany has added a bunch of re­fine­ments and up­grades while stick­ing to an ag­gres­sive price. If you need an af­ford­able, large screen smart­phone with the best bat­tery life (say bye-bye to bulky power­banks), there’s noth­ing bet­ter than the Mi Max 2. The clos­est com­peti­tor to the Mi Max 2 is the Sam­sung Gal­axy A9 Pro (`22,900) — it has a 6-inch su­per amoled display (full HD), Snap­dragon 652, 4GB RAM and a 5,000mAh bat­tery.

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