Introduction


Xiaomi Mi Max 2 review unit provided by our friends at EuDirect.Shop

For the second year in a row, Chinese phone maker Xiaomi has produced a device that takes the word “phablet” to another level. Much like its predecessor, the recently-released Mi Max 2 employs a massive 6.44-inch screen, but also packs improvements in several key areas.

While undoubtedly welcome, these enhancements also come hand in hand with a bigger price tag, so let's put this exotic smartphone under scrutiny and see if it's worthy of your attention.

Design



As we live in the year of “all-screen” phones, we can't really say that the bezels on the Mi Max 2 are all that slim. Still, the phone works out a good screen-to-body ratio of 74.13%.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2

Xiaomi Mi Max 2

Dimensions

6.85 x 3.49 x 0.3 inches

174.1 x 88.7 x 7.6

Weight

7.44 oz (211 g)

Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra

Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra

Dimensions

6.5 x 3.11 x 0.32 inches

165 x 79 x 8.1 mm

Weight

6.63 oz (188 g)

Lenovo Phab 2 Pro

Lenovo Phab 2 Pro

Dimensions

7.08 x 3.49 x 0.42 inches

179.83 x 88.57 x 10.7 mm

Weight

9.14 oz (259 g)

Huawei Mate 9

Huawei Mate 9

Dimensions

6.18 x 3.11 x 0.31 inches

156.9 x 78.9 x 7.9 mm

Weight

6.70 oz (190 g)

Xiaomi Mi Max 2

Xiaomi Mi Max 2

Dimensions

6.85 x 3.49 x 0.3 inches

174.1 x 88.7 x 7.6

Weight

7.44 oz (211 g)

Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra

Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra

Dimensions

6.5 x 3.11 x 0.32 inches

165 x 79 x 8.1 mm

Weight

6.63 oz (188 g)

Lenovo Phab 2 Pro

Lenovo Phab 2 Pro

Dimensions

7.08 x 3.49 x 0.42 inches

179.83 x 88.57 x 10.7 mm

Weight

9.14 oz (259 g)

Huawei Mate 9

Huawei Mate 9

Dimensions

6.18 x 3.11 x 0.31 inches

156.9 x 78.9 x 7.9 mm

Weight

6.70 oz (190 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Display



The obvious highlight of the Mi Max 2 is its humongous 6.44-inch LCD display. Its 1,080 x 1,920 resolution works out a pixel density of 342ppi, which is not ideal, but sufficient. Viewing angles are good and the screen seems to be a bit less reflective than the original Mi Max, but the maximum brightness level has been reduced for some reason. As such, outdoor visibility isn't a strong point of this display.

With a color temperature of 7500K, most colors and shades appear bluer than intended, but we do have to note that the situation is better than with the original Mi Max which had an even colder screen. All in all, we're happy with the display's performance, given the fact that the phone costs about $300.



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20 Comments

1. notfair

Posts: 718; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

OMG!!! THAT BATTERY LIFE.....

12. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Your username describes the essence of review....big size as a con is not valid i think.... the whole purpose of this phone is to have a big size... it's made for that specific purpose... it's like saying iPhone 5se having small size is a con as it may be small for some people.. second the waterproofing con is simply no brainer considering the price of product... and meanwhile Xiaomi has already announced the nougut plans that brings multiwindow so adding a word - not "yet" present would be better idea

16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

fun fact: this phone got almost twice battery life compared to iPhone7+ and yet, It can get fully charged 52minutes faster than iPhone7+ source: PA's battery test

18. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

which explains pretty much on why the sales of ip7+ is horrible

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Now, at first glance, one might said: "What's the bloody point of making such an 'enormous' phone..." And I asked the exact same thing to myself... But then I got it... China's one child policy...!!! Allow me to explain, It's meant for people who mostly stay indoors (Geeks & nerds, to be precise). Not as massive as a tablet, yet bigger than a 'regular' 'puny sized' 5.5" phablets to enjoy heavy duty internet surfing, Youtubing and gaming... And since the younger Chinese generation mostly stays indoors and aren't that social, this is a PERFECT solution for them... When they DO go out, it's not that hard for them to lug it around, unlike a bloody full-sized tablet which would be quite a chore in comparison... So, Xiaomi has found a nice, little niche there... To understand Chinese People, you've to THINK like Chinese People...!!! "I think, therefore, I AM..." G'Day!

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

But I do wish that Chinese parents do something about all that 'screen time' and take steps to make their child more social... Oh well...

20. born_naughty

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 06, 2017

That's an interesting theory GreenMan. And I'm not saying there's no truth to it but certainly not for me. Just a sidenote: I don't really see the point in the large battery if it's for people that don't go outside often. I have a Mi Mix at the moment that has the same screen size. I like playing games while I wait, when I have an appointment or when I don't have anything to do for a short while. Playing games on a smaller screen then this is really bothersome in my opinion. Ideally I'd like a tablet but then I need two devices and a tablet hard to lug around as you mentioned. That's why this is the perfect solution for me. Yes, I know it touches a few points you made but what I mean is, I don't have any problems fitting a phone like this in my pocket and while my hobbies are mostly indoors, I am quite social and take this phone everywhere I go. As said before, if I would stay at home I would rather have a tablet and wouldn't need a big battery either as I'd just keep it plugged in. This battery makes sure I can take this phone with me the whole day and play games without having to recharge.

5. cmvrgr

Posts: 45; Member since: Aug 16, 2013

This xiaomi has Limited network coverage and a sluggish cpu. Asus Zenfone Ultra 6.8" is far better alternative (supports Band 20 and Band 28 for europe and oceania).

15. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

comparing $260 phone with $700 flagship? lol...

6. UglyFrank

Posts: 2193; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

This phone would've been more of a catch if they included the S660 which is the obvious successor to the 650/652 in the past Mi Max. Also the lack of western network support isn't really important for phones that aren't officially sold by the manufacturer in the west.

7. Trickzter

Posts: 83; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

No SD660 is the reason I didn't purchase this. I did have interest in buying this phablet as I currently have Redmi Note 3 and was looking at Mi Max 2. But will hold off and go with something else now.

8. brasstax

Posts: 541; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The 660 is a kick ass cpu. Read a review on some Chinese site on a phone having the chip and it easily keeps up with the 835 in benchmarks.

9. TheOracle1

Posts: 2210; Member since: May 04, 2015

Big size can make it unsuitable for many users - Huh? How does this count against it. Big shoes are unsuitable for some users too? Waterproofing would have been nice - And why would it need waterproofing when it's primarily a multimedia device? Limited network coverage and support for western markets - Surprise, surprise! It wasn't meant for western markets. But T-Mobile US & UK and AT&T H+ are plenty fast anyway Video recording can be better - No argument there. Big screen is suitable for multiwindow mode, but feature is not present - It's about to be updated to MIUI 9 which does have multi-window. Most of what you've listed aren't cons. They're tradeoffs when buying an imported phone. It's $270 for the 64gb version with free shipping to the US from most resellers, so you need to check the source of your pricing. It's not a phone for me but it certainly deserves more than a seven.

10. UglyFrank

Posts: 2193; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Waterproofing isn't really essential in this price segment I had to pay a premium for my super media smartphone (S8+) Although I had considered getting this until the S625 rumours came out) Many valid points, that battery score is enough for it to score at least an 8 since it's clearly fulfilled its purpose as a Max device

11. mahima

Posts: 727; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

pa cons are always a joke especially to xiaomi device

13. Marslander

Posts: 160; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

If you do a search on YouTube, you can find a tutorial on how to enable multi window/split screen functionality in MIUI 8 nougat, without root.

14. Mr.mobile

Posts: 130; Member since: Mar 09, 2017

I said many times snapdragon 625 is best power efficiency prossecer ever made by Qualcomm , and this mi max 2 has 6.44" inch screen and just 5300mah battery they could easily put 6200mah battery waste of space inside look lenovo p2 with 5.5" inch screen it has 5100mah battery with 177grams

17. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

MiMax battery life 17h P2 battery life 11h even with that huge screen, it can last 50% longer than P2...

19. Mr.mobile

Posts: 130; Member since: Mar 09, 2017

Just 17 hours Screen on time when can I see 25hours of SOT in just 4000mah battery

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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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