Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Review: A Long

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While the ngươi Max 2 is mostly a progressive iteration of the first generation device, does it make for a compelling phablet? Here's our review.

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The ngươi Max 2 is a quality device that sits on the intersection of a large smartphone and a portable tablet, và excels at that offering an incredible battery life.
The mi Max 2 is a unique device that sits on the intersection of a large điện thoại thông minh and a portable tablet, & excels at that offering an incredible battery life.
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Phablets, or smartphones with display sizes larger than 6 inches, can cause quite a divide in opinion. The large size factor is a complete deterrent for most people, yet there is a niche audience for these big smartphones – young people who watch a lot of videos or are gaming enthusiasts, or professionals who enjoy the large real estate while emailing or working on documents & spreadsheets.


It’s actually quite addictive if you can live with the kích cỡ – not that the latter is easy. & then there’s the huge battery life – a natural outcome of the large cell that a huge phone manages khổng lồ pack in.


After introducing the ngươi Max last year, mi has now launched the mày Max 2. While it is mostly a progressive iteration of the first generation device, does it make for a compelling phablet and should consumers coming from regular-sized smartphones pick one up? Let’s find out in our review!


For the purpose of this review, I took the Indian variant for a spin. Xiaomi has launched a single variant – in memory configuration as well as màu sắc – in the country. For the đoạn clip review, Bailey Stein has the international variant, in a different color. So, we’ve got it all covered.

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With a 6.44-inch display, the mi Max 2 is huge in form size and despite what the company wants khổng lồ assert, it’s not really a comfortable phone to use when you’re walking or juggling around with more than one tasks. Typing with one hand is a tough task, for example, and it’s too big for any kind of pocket. But let’s get it out of the way because that’s precisely why you’d want khổng lồ pick this phone up. It’s a big phone & at that, it’s designed quite well.


For a mid-range smartphone, the mày Max 2 looks quite nice & the metal chassis gives it a definite premium feel. The construction quality is solid, & the màu đen nhám variant looks stunning. At 7.6 mm, it’s also quite slim and it’s remarkable that it packs the big 5,300 mAh battery that it does. It’s not light (over 200g) but the weight is evenly distributed và it doesn’t feel heavy at the top. Also, the rounded edges & sloping back make it easier lớn hold.


The fingerprint scanner on the back is a tad difficult lớn reach, especially if you have smaller hands. On most occasions, I had khổng lồ use two hands khổng lồ place my index finger on the scanner – not entirely because it was out of reach, but because I was conscious of not dropping the phone due khổng lồ the awkward lack of grip while extending the finger.


The bottom of the device sports two symmetrical grilles on either side of the USB Type-C port. That’s mostly cosmetic because only one of them is an actual speaker.


Overall, the ngươi Max 2 is almost similar in kích thước to its predecessor but the design và finish is definitely more refined this time around và more aligned with the xiaomi mi design language that we’ve seen recently.


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The mi Max 2 features a Full HD 6.44-inch display which gives it a pixel density 342ppi. A higher resolution on a phone of this kích cỡ would’ve been nice, but that would’ve also required a more powerful processor.


The display offers a decent level of màu sắc reproduction, và the contrast is good và it looks vibrant. The brightness levels are just about okay và phone also offers good daylight visibility, but auto-brightness doesn’t always work well & I had to resort lớn manual calibration sometimes.


Unfortunately, the viewing angles are limited, which is a tad disappointing for a điện thoại cảm ứng that aims to lớn please video clip consumers. The mi Max 2 also boasts of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection, which should help protect the panel against the odd bump & scrape.


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The mi Max 2 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 processor, a popular & a capable chipset for smartphones in this price segment. Still, it’s a step down from the Snapdragon 652 found on the original mi Max, & specs sheet watchers will likely be a tad miffed.

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However, combined with the 4 GB RAM it packs in & the balance it aims khổng lồ strike between raw processing and power consumption, the mày Max 2 is an able performer. Yes, it is apparent that it is underpowered in outright tốc độ comparisons & benchmark tests, but in real world usage, the performance isn’t an issue. The phone chugs along nicely while juggling multiple apps or playing graphic-intensive games. At any point, there was a little less than 2 GB RAM left available out of its 4GB pool, so multitasking isn’t an issue.


The mày Max 2 packs in a large 5,300 mAh battery which easily gives two days of battery life on a single charge, even if you’re a heavy user lượt thích myself. Mi claims 11 hours of non-stop gameplay, & the claim isn’t misplaced. I streamed HD movies from Amazon Prime video clip continuously for over 12 hours starting at full charge, và still had some juice left when I was done. (Nice Harry Potter marathon, by the way!)


The mày Max 2 also supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 & parallel charging, which is very important for smartphones with this big a battery else it takes annoyingly long lớn charge fully. Ngươi Max 2 takes less than two hours khổng lồ go from zero lớn 100 percent charge, which is impressive.


Clearly, the focus of the innards on the mi Max2 is nguồn efficiency & the Snapdragon 625 chipset proves khổng lồ be a nice workhorse without guzzling into the massive battery. A fine choice, then.


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The ngươi Max 2 sports a hybrid SIM slot, so you can either use two SIMs or one SIM và one microSD card. A lot of multimedia hoarders who use two SIMs don’t usually like this arrangement – more so in a device targeted towards that group – but there’s a generous 64 GB internal storage & many people will be content with that.


The ngươi Max 2 includes an IR blaster so you can control your trang chủ appliances using your phone as a remote. It works with a with a variety of appliances và brands. There’s also a USB Type-C port this time around, instead of the microUSB on the mày Max, which is a nice và welcome progression.


Thankfully, the điện thoại cảm ứng thông minh boasts stereo speakers, which offer quite a loud sound. While one of the speakers is at the bottom, the other one is next lớn the earpiece. This arrangement is slightly awkward for directional stereo sounds, but not many people will notice it.


The camera on the mi Max 2 is just about okay. The 12-megapixel rear camera with an f/2.2 aperture manages to capture photos with good color reproduction và contrast in daylight, but the lack of detail is very apparent. The phase detection autofocus mechanism facilitates faster focusing và works quite well in daylight.


In low light though, the camera is a hit-and-miss, and captures average photos. Most photos are noisy, và the lack of sharpness hurts the overall image quality. There’s dual LED flash, but it ends up washing out the subject và I didn’t really lượt thích using it. The 5-megapixel front camera takes good enough selfies – in daylight, that is. Not so pretty ones in low light.


The video chất lượng is also pretty good và in well-lit conditions, it is remarkable. However, since there’s no optical image stabilization, most videos tend to be quite shaky, especially since it’s hard to hold a large phone with a steady hand. There’s also tư vấn for shooting time-lapse và slow-motion videos.


The mày Max 2 is Xiaomi’s first device to be powered by apk Nougat out of the box. It runs the company’s proprietary UI layer, MIUI 8.5, based on apk 7.1.1.


While the interface may be considered slightly bloated by some và is often behind on major game android updates, the kiến thiết will feel very familiar to lớn MIUI fans. Mi has worked hard to offer nifty features and utilities on top of game android to enhance everyday user experience. There’s Dual Apps that allows two instances of the same app, so you can xuất hiện up two conversations in WhatsApp, Second Space which allows users lớn keep their personal & work setup separate, & a Reading Mode that reduces glare on the display.


A couple of these features are quite important for the phablet actually. There’s a one-handed mode that reduces the UI kích thước for a one-handed on-the-move use. Và there’s the Quick Ball which allows shortcuts lớn your preferred apps by just swiping on one side of the screen.


Despite running the latest app android version, mày Max 2 doesn’t offer split-screen functionality which is really a missed opportunity on a device with large display. However, xiaomi has announced that the feature will roll out with an update soon, and is already available in beta.


The mày Max 2 is a quality device that sits right on the intersection of a large điện thoại 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 mày Max 2 is a nice, progressive iteration of the idea. The refined design và the incredible battery life make for a well-rounded package. The camera is not the best & the processing power nguồn isn’t đứng 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 điện thoại thông minh features thrown in.