The Big Daddy of Phablets
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.