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Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Review

Xiaomi Mi Max 2

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Interface and Performance

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Review

With Mi Max 2, you'll get Xiaomi's custom MIUI 8.5 skin which is based on Android 7.1.1. Sure, it does look a lot like iOS, but we certainly appreciate some of the nifty features that are on board.

For example, Dual Apps lets you run two separate instances of the same app, allowing you to do things like using two Viber or WhatsApp accounts on the same phone. If you want to use the device with a single hand, one-handed mode and Quick ball (similar to Assistive Touch on iOS) can aid you. There's also a Themes app that allows for some easy customization in the aesthetics department. However, we're puzzled by the fact that there's no split-screen multitasking on a smartphone this big, and we certainly hope that it will be included at a later point.

In terms of performance, some of you might be disappointed, as Xiaomi has opted to replace the Snapdragon 652 that was present on the first Mi Max with the Snapdragon 625. The 625 is less powerful, but it's built on a newer 14nm process. This means that demanding games and apps won't run as smoothly on the Mi Max 2, but the handset is more power-efficient.

Still, the Mi Max 2 will be able to handle most of your daily needs without too much trouble, and navigation through the UI is generally stutter-free, save for the search function in the Settings menu. Depending on the quantity of the search results, a delay of 2-4 seconds can be experienced before they are displayed, which kind of ruined our otherwise good impressions.

In terms of internal storage, the handset comes in two versions – a 64GB one and one with 128GB of the stuff. Both have a microSD expansion slot and feature 4GB of RAM.

Performance benchmarks

Higher is better
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 60672.33
Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra 63406.33
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro 84676
Huawei Mate 9 128531
Higher is better
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 24.804
Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra 27.651
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro 50.62
Huawei Mate 9 68.406
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen
Higher is better
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 18.33
Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra 21.33
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro 23
Huawei Mate 9 60
GFXBench Manhattan on-screen
Higher is better
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 9.7
Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra 6.6
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro 9
Huawei Mate 9 36
Basemark OS II
Higher is better
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 1239.66
Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra 1264.33
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro 1628
Huawei Mate 9 2785
Geekbench 4 single-core
Higher is better
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 861
Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra 854.5
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro 1472
Huawei Mate 9 1923
Geekbench 4 multi-core
Higher is better
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 4180.66
Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra 3732
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro 3504
Huawei Mate 9 6140
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Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Review
Camera app interface - Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Review
Camera app interface - Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Review
Camera app interface - Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Review

Camera app interface

The Mi Max 2 features a single 12 MP f/2.2 main sensor with Dual-LED flash, and a 5 MP selfie cam. On paper, this might look as another downgrade compared to last year's model which packed a 16 MP f/2.0 camera, but in practice this is not the case. Xiaomi has enlarged the pixel size on the main shooter (from 1.0μm to 1.25μm), and this increase has resulted in an overall improvement of image quality.

We were able to take some pretty decent shots, even in less than perfect day conditions. Exposure levels are generally good, and the color representation seems to be fairly accurate. Low-light performance is nowhere as impressive as photos tend to come out noisy, but Xiaomi's HHT (Handheld Twilight) mode does help out with increasing sharpness.

The camera app is quick to open and shoot, and it has a good selection of modes and filters. As for the front sensor, it can produce some good selfies, but we would advise turning beauty mode off.

Camera speed

Taking a pic (sec)Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec)Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 1.5
Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra 2.7
No data
No data
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro 2.1
Huawei Mate 9 1.5
No data
No data
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Video recording

We certainly didn't feel amazed while recording video with the Mi Max 2. Sure, being able to capture 4K video on a mid-ranger is great, but the autofocus feature is very unreliable and the lack of optical image stabilization can result in some pretty shaky clips.


Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Review

The Mi Max 2 has what's needed to satisfy your multimedia needs. Whether you like to play games, watch videos, or even full-length movies on the go, the phone's colossal screen has you covered.

We also have to give props to Xiaomi for including stereo speakers this time around. The composition is quite interesting – the speaker on the bottom takes care of the bass and lows, while the one embedded in the earpiece prioritizes mid and high frequencies. The sound coming out of there is crisp and sufficiently loud, so we can safely label the current Max model as “above excellent” in this department.

Audio output

Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 0.20
Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra 1.16
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro 0.352
Huawei Mate 9 0.296
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 75
Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra 78
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro 74.9
Huawei Mate 9 75.1
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posted on 20 Jul 2017, 09:48

1. notfair (Posts: 183; Member since: 30 Jan 2017)


posted on 20 Jul 2017, 12:36

12. Anshulonweb (Posts: 437; Member since: 07 Feb 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

posted on 21 Jul 2017, 08:10

16. ibend (Posts: 6675; Member since: 30 Sep 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

posted on 21 Jul 2017, 11:19

18. skyline88 (Posts: 610; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)

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

posted on 20 Jul 2017, 09:50

2. GreenMan (Posts: 1817; Member since: 09 Nov 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..."


posted on 20 Jul 2017, 09:51 1

3. GreenMan (Posts: 1817; Member since: 09 Nov 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...

posted on 20 Jul 2017, 10:23

5. cmvrgr (Posts: 34; Member since: 16 Aug 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).

posted on 21 Jul 2017, 07:57 1

15. ibend (Posts: 6675; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

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

posted on 20 Jul 2017, 11:09

6. UglyFrank (Posts: 1939; Member since: 23 Jan 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.

posted on 20 Jul 2017, 11:20

7. Trickzter (Posts: 63; Member since: 21 Apr 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.

posted on 20 Jul 2017, 11:22

8. brasstax (Posts: 406; Member since: 16 Apr 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.

posted on 20 Jul 2017, 11:35

9. TheOracle1 (Posts: 461; Member since: 04 May 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.

posted on 20 Jul 2017, 11:54

10. UglyFrank (Posts: 1939; Member since: 23 Jan 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

posted on 20 Jul 2017, 12:26

11. mahima (Posts: 464; Member since: 20 Nov 2014)

pa cons are always a joke especially to xiaomi device

posted on 20 Jul 2017, 14:15

13. Marslander (Posts: 140; Member since: 08 Jan 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.

posted on 20 Jul 2017, 23:18

14. Mr.mobile (Posts: 82; Member since: 09 Mar 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

posted on 21 Jul 2017, 08:17

17. ibend (Posts: 6675; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

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

posted on 23 Jul 2017, 06:20

19. Mr.mobile (Posts: 82; Member since: 09 Mar 2017)

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

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PhoneArena rating:
Display6.4 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (342 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera12 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Octa-core, 2000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53 processor
Size6.85 x 3.49 x 0.30 inches
(174.1 x 88.7 x 7.6)
7.44 oz  (211 g)
Battery5300 mAh, 57 hours talk time

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