Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Review

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Xiaomi Mi Max 2













  • Build quality
  • Big, pleasant display
  • Amazing battery life
  • Impressive rear camera
  • Overall performance is decent


  • Big size can make it unsuitable for many users
  • No waterproofing
  • Mediocre front camera
  • Too bulky for any pocket


Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Review – A big display for a better media and gaming experience

Key features:

  • 16.4 cm (6.44) immersive display
  • Full metal unibody designed for one-hand use
  • Large 1.25μm pixels
  • 4GB RAM Octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor
  • Split screen mode
  • Immersive dual speaker audio
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Announced2017, May
Dimensions174.1 x 88.7 x 7.6 mm (6.85 x 3.49 x 0.30 in)
Weight211 g (7.44 oz)
SIMDual SIM (Nano-SIM/ Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)
DisplayIPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
6.44 inches (~74.0% screen-to-body ratio)
1080 x 1920 pixels (~342 ppi pixel density)
Corning Gorilla Glass 4
OSAndroid 7.1.1 (Nougat)
ChipsetQualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625
CPUOcta-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
GPUAdreno 506
Card slotmicroSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 1 slot)
Internal Memory64/128 GB, 4 GB RAM
Primary Camera12 MP, f/2.2, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
1/2.9" sensor size, 1.25 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
Video[email protected], [email protected]
Secondary Camera5 MP, f/2.0
LoudspeakerYes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jackYes
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth4.2, A2DP, LE
Infrared portYes
USBType-C 1.0 reversible connector
SensorsFingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
BatteryNon-removable Li-Ion 5300 mAh battery


In a fiercly competitive mid-range segment, the Mi Max 2 is a smartphone that simply stands out. It certainly isn’t for everyone, but it rewards those who can handle its size with a quality build, adequate performance, decent cameras, and exceptional battery life and multimedia experience.

Yes, it has its flaws, but we’re inclined to look the other way, given the fact that the 64GB version costs about $260-$280 (delivery, import and other fees not included). At this price, there aren’t many other phones that can compete with Xiaomi’s “Max” package.

So, do we recommend the Mi Max 2 as a good purchase? Well, is it compatible with your carrier? Will you be comfortable with using a device of this magnitude? Can you live with the fact that service and support may be limited in your country? If the answer to those questions is “yes”, then so is ours.

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Xiaomi knows that not everyone will buy their second iteration of the Mi Max and the company doesn’t want that in the first place. It knows that the targeted user base are people who want a big screen smartphone that serves its purpose of being humongous. As such, the Mi Max 2 takes in all of Xiaomi’s best and enlarges it to suit that demand. The Max 2 is larger than life because it is made for people who want a big and bright display, excellent performance, great camera, lots of storage space and least of all, a big, really big battery capacity. The Mi Max 2 represents the best of Xiaomi, yet.

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We like how Xiaomi has concentrated on things like display quality and battery life rather than other specifications with the Mi Max 2. Many would complain that Snapdragon 625 processor is now dated, but in our opinion, it’s good enough for most tasks. Priced at Rs. 16,999, the Mi Max 2 offers a great package, and is targeted at users that like to watch videos, play games, and read books while on the go. The Mi Max 2 also looks better and is easier to handle than the original Mi Max. For many people, it could offer best features of a phone and a tablet in one device.

The overall design is impressive while performance smooth. Battery performance left us pleasantly surprised. On the other hand, the camera could have used improvement. There haven’t been many good launches in the Rs. 15,000-20,000 price band of late, so we would recommend the Mi Max 2 to anyone looking for a great display and battery performance in a smartphone in this segment, if they don’t mind its size.

Those looking for alternatives can go for the Lenovo Phab 2 Plus (Review), which offers a similar screen, or the Oppo F3 (Review), which is a decent package at its price. However, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4(Review) and the Moto G5 Plus (Review) are more suitable for those who want a regular-sized phone.

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Xiaomi has managed to carve out a niche for itself with the first-gen Mi Max, and with the Mi Max 2, the brand has refined its model for the ultimate phablet. The all-metal anodized aluminum chassis gives the phone a premium feel, and the 5300mAh battery fundamentally changes the way you use your phone. The one downside with the device is the lack of a multi-window mode, but Xiaomi is fixing that with a forthcoming software update.

The Mi Max 2 rounds out Xiaomi’s portfolio for 2017 in India. The brand launched four devices in the country this year — the budget Redmi Note 4, the entry-level Redmi 4A, and the Redmi 4 aimed at the sub-₹10,000 segment. What’s consistent across all four models is great battery life, but the Mi Max 2 takes things to a whole new level.

What’s also consistent across all of Xiaomi’s 2017 models is the aggressive pricing. Launching for just ₹16,999 and offering 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage, the Mi Max 2 definitely punches above its weight. There’s no mention of when the Mi 6 will make its debut in India, but Xiaomi has effectively sown up the budget segment with the launch of the Mi Max 2, offering a selection of devices that cater to different market needs.

The phone will go up for sale in India starting July 27. If you’re interested in picking up the Mi Max 2 outside of India, you’ll have to resort to sites like GearBest, where the device is available for $279.

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The Mi Max 2 is a unique device that sits right on the intersection of a large smartphone and a portable tablet. While a lot of people shrug their shoulders looking at the device, there is a definite market for it, as was evident by the success of Mi Max.

The Mi Max 2 is a nice, progressive iteration of the idea. The refined design and the incredible battery life make for a well-rounded package. The camera is not the best and the processing power isn’t top tier, yet at INR 16,999 ($270) in India, it is a great pick for anyone who wants a phone with a large display or wants a power bank with smartphone features thrown in.

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If you’re not scared off by a large smartphone and the inconveniences that come along with it (the difficulty of fitting it in your pocket, hard to use if your hands are small, etc.), you’ll love this device, which is specifically optimized for multimedia. The huge 6.44-inch screen allows you to enjoy video and game content and the stereo sound guarantees a great sound experience. The performances guarantee fluid operation.

Of course, it’s not all rosy in the garden. The smartphone isn’t officially available, so you have to turn to a retailer to get your hands on one, which can scare off some people. Google services won’t be installed by default and I must admit, when you’re used to having it there, it’s hard to go without. As for MIUI, you’ll need an adjustment period if you’re used to stock Android.

All things considered, for a price of around $300, multimedia amateurs will love this great new toy.

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