Xiaomi Mi Max 2 – THE KING OF PHABLETS RETURNS WITH IMPROVED DESIGN AND HARDWARE
We really liked the Mi Max when we reviewed it last year. It was a perfect device for multimedia consumption with its stellar battery life and a huge display. This year, Xiaomi is following up with a new phablet, aptly named Mi Max 2. But can it live to its predecessor’s name?
One thing that set Mi Max apart from the rest of the phablets was the design. Designed to be used as a smartphone and Mi Max 2 is no different. In fact, it one ups last year’s device with its 7.6mm thin unibody and curvy design. The device has rounded edges that help to give the phone a good grip and manages to hide the antenna line well, giving the Mi Max 2 a clean look in its matte black finish.
There are little to no changes if we consider physical placements. Power and volume buttons are placed on the right followed by the USB Type-C port, two speakers grilles at the bottom, SIM card slot on the left and finally the 3.5mm audio jack and IR blaster on the top. The fingerprint sensor is placed at the back.
Features & Performance
Overall, we liked the design that has a good ‘hand feel’ and is easier to operate with one hand. The Mi Max 2 features a 6.44-inch display that supports Full HD (1920×1080) resolution. The display is bright with a maximum brightness of 450nit and comes with a variety of options to tweak the display’s colour temperature. There’s reading mode as well, which when activated, makes it easier to read on the device to reduce eye fatigue. The large display is protected by a 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
Powering the device is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory. The phone also supports storage expansion of up to 128GB through microSD card.
When it comes to performance, Mi Max 2 is actually a Redmi Note 4 in a large garb. The device handles everything like a champ but the two things that elevate the experience is the display, which is a treat when you’re watching some movie on a large screen and the humongous 5300mAh battery to back it up ensuring that you won’t run out of juice mid-movie. In fact, we easily got over two days of battery life with a mixed use of multimedia consumption, calls and the internet. Xiaomi has also taken care of charging such a high capacity battery. The Mi Max 2 gains Quick Charge 3.0 support, which means it can go from 0 to 68 percent in an hour.
The phone still runs MIUI 8 but is now based on the latest Android Nougat. MIUI is as polished as ever and comes with nifty feature like One Handed Mode that makes the usable display smaller. Interestingly, the feature asks the preferable screen size ranging from 3.5-inches to 4.5-inches.