Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Review: Gentler Giant

By 08:39 Wed, 18 Aug 2021 Comments

You can disclose correct away that Xiaomi didn't go low-key at all with the Mi Max 2 design. Typically, a phone of this size should be careful not to call attention to itself for the incorrect reasons, and we think Xiaomi nailed the subtle and tasteful exterior: an all-metal body, trendy antenna inlays, and 2.5D front glass. On the inside, the Mi Max 2 has a recent capturing camera sensor, a recent processor, more Random-Access Memory (RAM) and the highlight of it all - a huge battery that this time around is capable of quick charging.

MIUI 8 has got a nifty recent feature which will hopefully bolster the Mi Max 2's productivity credentials alongside its multimedia skills. Split Screen has been around for years in various custom ROMs and MIUI is finally taking advantage in a way that phablet users will likely appreciate.

The Mi Max 2 is massive but its heart is gentle. Screens of six inches or more are not a huge niche and yet it's not heavily contested either. The first Mi Max did very well for Xiaomi, and we guess a sequel made perfect sense. So there we are, the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is in for review and we're gonna give it our best shot.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 key features

  • Body: Aluminum unibody design, 2.5D front glass
  • Screen: 6.44" IPS Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) display of 1080p resolution; 342ppi
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 625, octa-core 2.0Giga Hertz (GHz) Cortex-A53 processor; Adreno 506 GPU
  • OS: Android 7.1.1 Nougat with MIUI 8.5 and Split Screen
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Memory: 64 or 128GB storage; microSD support, hybrid slot shared with 2nd SIM
  • Camera: 12MP rear camera, f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, dual-LED dual-tone flash; 4K @ 30fps video, 720p @ 120fps
  • Selfies: 5 MegaPixel (MP) front camera, f/2.0 aperture; 1080p @ 30fps video
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM, LTE, Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, IR, USB-C, Frequency Modulation (FM) radio
  • Misc: Fingerprint sensor
  • Battery: 5,300mAh battery, Quick Charge 3.0

Main shortcomings

  • Hybrid DualSIM/microSD slot limits options
  • Split Screen not available out of the box

The hybrid SIM slot is by no means a deal-breaker - you're better off with an imperfect option than none at all. Having to wait for the Split Screen to arrive via a firmware update in late August is a bit of a letdown, but we are still supposed to acquire it. If Xiaomi meets its own deadline even the earliest of adopters will not have to wait long.

The Snapdragon 625 might seem as a downgrade from the 650 chip in the original Mi Max, but we think Xiaomi might have a point here. The hexa-core Central Processing Units (CPU) in the Snapdragon 650 has a couple of powerful 1.8Giga Hertz (GHz) Cortex-A72's for some extra kick when needed. But the octa-core Snapdragon 625 is built on a 14nm process, meaning superior power efficiency and less heating. The eight 2Giga Hertz (GHz) Cortex-A53's are perfectly capable of crunching routine, day-to-day tasks and the huge battery will probably create an even bigger incompatibility with that power-efficient chipset.

We already have a fine feeling about the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 and it's not just the size of the classy screen and the battery. So, let's acquire on with the review by opening that gigantic box, shall we?

Special thanks to HonorBuy for providing the review unit.



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