Leave it to Chinese superstar Xiaomi to come up with an intriguing smartphone that's pushing the boundaries as far as specs go. One of The Red Dragon's leading smartphone makers has definitely perfected its "powerful things come in big and often cheap packages" mantra with time, and it's Mi Max from 2016 was proof that Xiaomi is not afraid to go all the way in.And now, the second iteration of the Mi Max—not to be confused with the bezel-less Mi Mix—is now official, and rest assured it has what it takes to carry the torch onward.
As far as design goes, the Mi Max 2 is nothing to write home about. It's boasting the very same run-of-the-mill design that makes up most of Xiaomi's affordable portfolio. Metal body, three capacitive navigation keys in the front, a round fingerprint scanner at the back, rounded edges, that's all you need to know.
Carrying a huge 6.44" display at the front and a hefty 5,300mAh battery at the back, the Mi Max 2 is powered by one of Qualcomm's best recent chipsets. No, it's neither the Snapdragon 835 or even the older 821 powerhouses, but the chip maker's arguably most power-efficient chipset, the Snapdragon 625. Paired with the huge battery, the chip will most likely propel the Mi Max 2 past the two-day battery life mark. Well, buh-bye, wall charger!
Here are the specs of the phone in a nutshell:
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
6.44-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixels
174.1 x 88.7 x 7.6mm, 211gr
2.0GHz Snapdragon 625
64GB / 128GB, microSD slot
5,300mAh, Quick Charge 3.0
12MP, Sony IMX386, PDAF, 1.25μm pixel size
5MP, 85-degree FOV
Android Nougat + MIUI 8
Dual-SIM, FDD-LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual frequency, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou GPS, No NFC
Stereo speakers, IR blaster
$245 / $295
In terms of software, users should expect the same old MIUI experience, but with a few novelties in tow, Chief and most notable among these is Split-screen Display, which is exactly what you think: it lets you run two apps side-by-side on the Mi Max 2's gigantic display, which would likely be well-received by future adopters.
Split-screen Display on the Mi Max 2
The Mi Max 2 will launch on June 1 in China, where it will sell for the local equivalent of $247 or $290, depending on the storage option you want. Getting it outside of China later in time will be possible as the phone will hit other markets, but getting it in the West will, as usual, require you to meddle with third-party resellers and whatnot.