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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.

Camera


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

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.



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.

Multimedia


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.



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PhoneArena rating:
7Good
Display6.4 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (342 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera12 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Octa-core, 2000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53 processor
4 GB RAM
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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