Xiaomi is a technology company that's known for making some really good smartphones in a budget. Last year the company went bold and launched the Xiaomi Mi Max, which had a massive 6.44-inch display. This year the company is continuing their philosophy of a big screen device and have made the Mi Max 2 available in India at a Price point of Rs 16,999. Now the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 was first introduced in China this year and within a couple of months, the company has made the phone available to its Indian fan base. But is it worth the Rs 16,999 price tag? Let us find out and rate this on each and every aspect:
The Mi Max 2 features a metallic build with round edges and curved sides.
It has a 6.44-inch full-HD 1920 x 1080 screen, protected with 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 3.
The curved glass adds to the aesthetics and feels more premium than flat glass.
With screen turned off, the smartphone wears a bezel-less look, but huge bezels become visible around the display when you turn the screen on.
Capacitive navigation keys are placed on the bottom bezels at the front which makes it handy to use for full-screen content.
Also, it seems a much better idea than on-screen navigation buttons killing the overall screen resolution.
Back of Xiaomi Mi Max 2:
The smartphone has a fingerprint sensor at the centre-top.
The placement of the sensor, however, is not great; it is difficult to reach during single-hand use.
The rear camera placed on the top-left is assisted by a dual-tone LED flash.
The placement of the camera is also somewhat inappropriate as it comes behind the index finger most of the times when you hold the phone horizontally.
Hardware and Software:
The Mi Max 2 is powered by an efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, a popular choice for mid-segment smartphones.
The processor works fine for regular tasks, but shows some lag while operating heavy apps and processor-intensive features.
The phone comes with a 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage, expandable with microSD.
The hybrid card slot can support either two SIMs, or one SIM and a microSD (up to 128 GB).
With 64 GB internal storage, it is assumed that the need for a microSD card would not arise.
But if you want to use two SIMs as well as microSD card, this smartphone may disappoint you.
The Mi Max 2 runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box under the Xiaomi MIUI 8.5 skin.
This makes it the only phone in the company to currently run a stable MIUI ROM based on Nougat.
Despite a modern version of Android, you could be slightly disappointed to see some features missing from the Mi Max 2.
The vast screen estate gives a lot of scope for MIUI 8.5 software-based customisations.
But, the lack of features like split-screen in the current software version affects the experience.
On the other hand, there are some useful features like the one-handed mode, which reduces the screen for single-handed use.
Quick ball keys allow on-screen multi-function key for improved usability, and the reading mode reduces blue light glare for extended reading time without any strain on eyes.
The phone also sports a second space feature that allows you to create two accounts based on your usage – personal and professional.
The device also supports dual app feature and that creates two instances of the same app, allowing multiple accounts on the same phone. For example, with the dual app feature, you can have two WhatsApp accounts with different numbers running simultaneously on the Mi Max 2.
The Mi Max 2 has a 12-megapixel (MP) rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and dual-LED flash.
On the front, there is a 5 MP wide-angle camera with f/2.0 aperture.
The rear camera uses the Sony IMX386 sensor that delivers balanced images in day-light conditions.
The camera takes little to no time to focus on a subject, thanks to phase-detection autofocus (PDAF).
The pictures turn out good with enough details and balanced colours.
The rear camera, however, suffers drastically during low-light conditions, and that is something we have seen in almost all Xiaomi devices.
The device stutters to focus in dark conditions and the images carry a lot of noise.
The performance of the front camera is hardly different.
In day light, the wide-angle lens allows more subjects to fit in the frame and takes stellar shots, but it fails to impress in low light.
The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 has a mammoth 5,300 mAh non-removable battery that delivers exceptional usage.
The phone stays up for more than a day and a half even on heavy use.
The addition of Quick Charge 3.0 technology makes charging time shorter:
The phone charges from 0-100 per cent within 2 hours, which is exceptional for a phone with such a battery size.
Positive Aspects of Xiaomi Mi Max 2:
The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 has got a more curvy design than the Xiaomi Mi Max.
The Mi Max 2 is available in India in just one colour option of black.
The black colour on the Mi Max 2 is slightly on the paler side when compared to the black version of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4.
But still, it manages to have a character of its own.
The flat back design keeps the looks of this phone neat. There is also no camera bump and the fingerprint sensor at the back feels much more integrated into the device than what we saw in the Mi Max.
The Xiaomi Mi Max was a good start for Xiaomi as this is the only 6.44-inch device in the country right now that performs and delivers on a good smartphone experience. We still feel that the 6.44-inch form factor is treading into the tablet segment, but Xiaomi has managed to keep it compact with the Mi Max 2.
The device also now comes with a USB Type-C connector for charging and file transfers. The 6.44-inch display is big, bright but is reflective under harsh sunlight.
The phone also uses a 2.5D curved glass, but in the first go, you won't even notice it as it neatly integrates within the phones shell.
Negative Aspects of Xiaomi Mi Max 2:
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 has a good design, but the black colour and the metal body attracts a lot of fingerprint smudges on the device.
It's a struggle to keep it clean all the time.
Also, the massive 6.44-inch size is a bit difficult to pocket, especially if you wear skinny jeans.
I mean, yes the device will fit in, but you'll feel awkward while walking.
Also, the Xiaomi MIUI 8 is a bloatware that we have had a love hate relationship with. Same is the case with the Mi Max 2.
I like the fact that you can tinker around with so many aspects of the device, but at the same time, there have been instances that the RAM management on the device was a bit wobbly.
Another thing that we were not impressed with was the front 5-megapixel camera. It's just 'OK' for an occasional selfie, and that's about it.
My Opinion on Xiaomi Mi Max 2:
The large-screen Mi Max 2 has a bit of many things but the smartphone fails to show perfection in any one department. But its multimedia capabilities and impressive battery life make it a good choice for its price. If, however, you are seeking a camera phone or a large-screen smartphone with multi-tasking capabilities, the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 may not be for you.