Battery champ: Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is official with a 5,300mAh battery, 6.44" display, Snapdragon 625


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:

SpecsXiaomi Mi Max 2
Display6.44-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixels
Size174.1 x 88.7 x 7.6mm, 211gr
Screen-to-body ratio74.04%
Processor2.0GHz Snapdragon 625
RAM4GB
Storage64GB / 128GB, microSD slot
Battery5,300mAh, Quick Charge 3.0
Rear camera12MP, Sony IMX386, PDAF, 1.25μm pixel size
Front camera5MP, 85-degree FOV
SoftwareAndroid Nougat + MIUI 8
ConnectivityDual-SIM, FDD-LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual frequency, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou GPS, No NFC
ColorsGold, white
Special featuresStereo speakers, IR blaster
Price$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.


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.

So, what's the verdict?




source: Xiaomi (1), (2)

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Mi Max 2
  • Display 6.4" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 5300 mAh(57h talk time)

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31 Comments

1. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Mi note user here, I'm happy to downgrade from snap 801 to snap 625 as long as the battery life more than 5000mah.

2. Hama22

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

It is not really a downgrade, the SD625 is actually on par with the SD801.

3. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Honestly I'm the only one who will jump to battery life ship, rather than better processors, you don't feel like you're upgrade when your new phone is equally sucks despite insignificant faster performance. Battery life means everything in 2017

10. AmashAziz

Posts: 2923; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

You are not the only one. What makes you think that?

20. iluvsonynokia

Posts: 161; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

I consider battery backup over processor speed

27. Danny856

Posts: 1; Member since: May 25, 2017

Actually the Snapdragon 625 is more on par with the Snapdragon 805. If you look at benchmarks, the 625 is equal to the benchmarks of the Snapdragon 805 making it far better than the Snapdragon 801. On geekbench 4 the 625 got a 1050 on single core and on multicore it got a 4017 and on antutu the 625 was able to achieve a 68,733 so that definitely puts it far above the 801 and on par with the Snapdragon 805

33. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Actually SD625 is on par with SD808. Or at least that is what the benchmarks indicate - My SD625 phone scores virtually the same in benchmarks as my SD808 phone. It is an upgrade over SD801 not a downgrade, it is faster and more energy efficient.

4. Guaire

Posts: 886; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Flagship name, efficient but weak and to be outdated very soon chipset, pretty much guaranteed noisy images and shaky videos both, dim screen for the class, iPhone-esque back design and giant bezels.

5. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2359; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

The Snapdragon 625 isn't going to be that outdated pretty soon. The recently announced Snapdragon 630 is built on the same 14 nm process and uses the same octa-core ARM A53 chipset design. The differences are a slightly higher clock on the 630 (2.2 vs 2.0) which gives a 10% performance increase, a 30% GPU bump, and a new modem that offers higher download speed. There are some other features that the 630 brings like LDDR4 support and Bluetooth 5.0. While the changes are welcomed and will certainly be great for new devices moving forward to ensure they are more future proof, I wouldn't say the introduction of the 630 automatically makes the 625 an outdated processor considering they both use the same Cortex A53 architecture.

6. Guaire

Posts: 886; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

- Up to 10% CPU perf gain, - 30% GPU perf gain, - 100% faster peak download speed, - either 20% faster or 30% more efficient charging, - Dual channel LPDDR4 vs single channel LPDDR3 RAM support, - Better ISP and DSP, - USB 3.1 support vs 3.0, - aptX codec for wireless audio, plus improved audio capabilities are better than nothing. When it's on the market Snapdragon 625/626 will be outdated. Only purpose of using them probably will be inventory cleaning. This phone most likely will stay on the market at least a year.

9. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2359; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

You are aware the Snapdragon 630 isn't available to manufacturers until the end of this month, right? And they don't expect a device with it to be announced until at the very least Q3 which would be July at the earliest. And then on top of that it would take some time for them to ramp up production of said device for release, so then you're looking at most likely an August release. So for at least the next 3 months this device has an up to date processor. Which by the way, I believe the Zenfone 3 was the first to feature the Snapdragon 625 and it wasn't widely released until 5 months after the processor was announced. And even then there were many devices announced including some Motorola and a Blackberry device announced this year with the processor. So it's safe to say that for the next year the Snapdragon 625 should suffice.

13. Guaire

Posts: 886; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

OEMs already have sample units. We are already on the end of this month. July is a month and a week away. You are making a lot of assumptions about the time table. Asus is notorious with lagged launches after announcements. It was the same with first generation Zenfones with Intel SoCs. They announced Zenfone 3 Zoom with same Snapdragon 625 nearly 5 months ago too, but it is not available yet. Snapdragon 625 and 626 both gonna be outdated soon. I can say same thing to any phone from any brand. Even if your best case assumptions are true, that phone will compete against other phones with newer hardware through more than half of its shelf life.

16. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2359; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

That happens with almost every phone except Sony because they release a new flagship every 6 months. Look at the LG G6 which is competing against the newer Snapdragon 835 that was released on the S8 a month after its release. Or the Google Pixel which is competing against the S8 too and was released on October 20th and "halfway through its shelf life" is against the new Snapdragon 835. So I'm not really sure what you're getting at saying the chipsets are outdated when you can say that about almost every device out there. I'm pretty sure someone who is spending the equivalent of $250 on a 6.44 inch phone is not going to mind that much if their phone comes with a 625 or a 630. However, there are people who were looking forward to there being a 660 variant and you could make a better argument for that considering there is a bigger difference between the 652/653 and the 660 than there is between the 630 and 625. And I think you're underestimating the time it takes a chipset from being announced to actually being featured in a device. I did say July at the earliest but if you just take a look at the history of product announcements from Qualcomm to actual devices sporting the chipset it's about 4 months for the first device to be in your hands. The S8 was released in April, 4 months after the 835 was announced. The Snapdragon 652 was originally revealed in February 2015 but the first device to feature it, a Samsung, wasn't released until December 2015. So even if the manufacturers have the chipset, it takes months and months to design an entire device around it.

19. Guaire

Posts: 886; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

"That happens with almost every phone except Sony because they release a new flagship every 6 months." Not true. LG G6 is perfect example. Launching with an to be outdated soon chipset was so obviously a poor decision. It's dead on arrival. The S8 killed it. Hardware wise Pixel is also handicapped now, but it was fine throughout 6 months. SoC of this phone on the other hand will be outdated within a couple of months not 6 months. Google's time table contradicts with Qualcomm's. Qualcomm's big updates come around Q1, Google's new big OS updates come around Q4. Google's main area is software. Maybe they don't care much about sale numbers of their phones. This is China price. Xiaomi built their fanbase in China with great value for money handsets. I think they are much sensitive than you or any westerner or even other Chinese consumers on the price. First Snapdragon 660 device Oppo R11 will be announced 17 days later BTW.

24. brasstax

Posts: 541; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

@Guaire... what exactly do you mean by outdated? 99.99% of people on earth use their smartphone regardless of how costly or cheap it is primarily for social media, watching videos and listening to music and of course to make/receive calls. And a very few percentage of them play high end games like Asphalt 8 or the Modern Combat series. Heck even my 3 and a half year old Note 10.1 2014 Edition hardly breaks into a sweat doing all of these things. If you are talking about theoretically inferior soc on paper, then even if you spend $1000 it is going to be outdated every 6 months as one of the major chip makers will announce an even better chip. So I really don't know what you are getting at. This is simply my d''ck is bigger than yours kind of talk.

25. Guaire

Posts: 886; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Those basic tasks can be handled by a quad core Cortex-A7, 1GB RAM LPDDR2 RAM and 8GB eMMC 4.5 storage. What I mean, a piece of hardware which is replaced with a new generation one brings improvements and extras by their respective manufacturers. Exact opposite of what OEMs and consumers both are demanding.

28. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2359; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

That's because the Snapdragon 660 was already made available to manufacturers when it was announced. Per Qualcomm: "The Snapdragon 660 is available to device manufacturers already and is expected to appear in devices arriving on the market this quarter. The Snapdragon 630 will be available to manufacturers at the end of May and could appear in its first device in the following quarter." So, as I have already said, you won't see the 630 until the earliest of July but really it'll probably be even later than that since the chipset just being made available by the end of this month would mean it would take some time for OEMs to build a device and ramp up production as I've said. Also, you must not really read the news or else you would know that LG reported a 10% year-over-year sales increase for Q1 2017 and they attributed stronger than expected sales of the G6 as reasoning behind a 4% quarter over quarter revenue increase. So, how again was it "dead on arrival"? In fact, LG is expected to see record sales of the G6 compared to past launches. Now, I fully understand and am well aware that in the end the S8 will beat the G6 in overall sales by tens of millions, but that would have been the case even if the G6 had an S835 processor. The point is that regardless of the processor, the G6 still saw much better than expected sales and was deemed a success by LG. And finally, your argument over chipset is a moot point anyways considering this phone is in a market almost of it's own. What other 6.44 inch phones are there in this price range besides the Lenovo Phab 2? If you're looking for a phone of this size, I doubt you are going to be nitpicking the chipset considering you really don't have another alternative on the market.

30. Guaire

Posts: 886; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

July or a bit later won't change the fact this phone will carry an outdated chipset most of its shelf life. July is almost a month away. Even if it takes 3 months which is doubtful, for a whole year of self life, it will be handicapped throughout rest of 9 months. The G6 was not on the market at Q1 if I'm not mistaken. Every OEM says things like that. They can expect record sales, but what they got might be completely different and usually they are. Lack of alternatives doesn't cover up weak points of this phone. If price and screen size are their only concerns they can get first gen Mi Max cheaper. If they already have it and if they didn't like the new one they won't buy it.

31. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2359; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Q1 goes from January through March. The G6 was released on March 10th in South Korea and pre-orders for the US market were taken on March 17th. So yes, those numbers would be included. How again is this phone going to be handicapped? A 10% CPU performance increase is really going to be that noticeable to consumers? Really? At the end of the day, it has just as much to deal with software optimization as it does with the chipset. In fact, here is a video of the Snapdragon 625 Blackberry Keyone versus the Galaxy S8: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQbc2D4lY7s While the S8 does show to be quicker, it's not really by that much. In fact, if the phones weren't side by side I doubt that many consumers would even notice that much of a difference and this is going from a Snapdragon 625 to a Snapdragon 835, and yet you think consumers would really notice a difference between a 625 and 630 processor? Really?

32. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Mi Max 2 is meant to replace Mi Max 1 so for a lower price than Mi Max 2 Mi Max 1 is still a viable buy. The question is how much lower? If it's >$60 lower than 2. Yes, I will still buy Mi Max 1 otherwise I would go for 2 because of the 1000mhA larger battery, updated SOC and an extra 1GB of RAM.

29. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

They are priced at $250 region, so I think they would have no problem finding plenty of buyers. Besides, what other phones could one buy that has the screen size 6.44-inch for the $200 ish pricing. I using a Mi Max 1 here so not buying till maybe Mi Max 3.

8. mahima

Posts: 729; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

anything better to suggest at the price range...which has more than 6inch screen?? some people complain at everything and make them seem like the worst...

15. Guaire

Posts: 886; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

If you are looking for a cheaper phone with +6" screen you can get first gen Mi Max. If you are looking for a near flagship specs with +6" screen, a worthy replacement to Mi Max, regardless of the price this phone can't done the job. The Mi is supposed to be Xiaomi's flagship line. This clearly belongs to the Redmi line.

17. mahima

Posts: 729; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Mi max is in more of a redmi line ... even though the name suggests otherwise, many reviewers pointed out about the name last year, but mi max is not flagship and mi max 2 is not meant to be...

22. Guaire

Posts: 886; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

"Mi max is in more of a redmi line" Mi Max 2 was not supposed to be weaker than first generation.

12. Marslander

Posts: 160; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

I was hoping it would come in a dark color like gray or black. Well you can't have everything.

14. Loveneesh

Posts: 432; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

I think dark color option come when this phone gonna launch in India. (just like redmi 4 black color option)

18. fyah_king unregistered

I'm sure there will be another variant with SD 660. The original mi max had SD 650 and 652.

21. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

An S660 and NFC and they could sell it for $80 more

23. brasstax

Posts: 541; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I am a big Xiaomi fan but I cannot understand their recent strategy of offering slightly inferior hardware compared to the previous iteration of the same line. The Redmi Note 3 has the snapdragon 650/652 which provides more raw grunt than the snapdragon 625 found in the Redmi Note 4. Since the Mi Max series is basically a larger version of the Redmi Note series, we find the same downgrade from the snapdragon650/652 to the snapragon 625. It performs great for sure, but it still is a downgrade in cpu horsepower.

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