Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Review

Xiaomi Mi Max 2

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Call quality and connectivity

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Review

We have no qualms with the way the Mi Max 2 sounds during calls. The earpiece is loud enough, and the sound quality is decent. We're easily understood on the other side of the line.

It's important to note that the handset is incompatible with the majority of 4G bands in the USA. However, 3G support should be available with AT&T and T-Mobile. If you're living in Europe, make sure that your carrier uses either LTE band 3 or 7, as 20 is not supported.

As for connectivity options, the only thing missing from this smartphone is NFC, so Android Pay isn't available. Otherwise, the hybrid SIM tray allows you use either two SIM cards or a SIM and microSD card. All the other goodies are on board, such as Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, the latest Wi-Fi standards, and so on.


Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Review

The battery life on the Mi Max 2 is unbelievable. It's hulking stature hosts a power cell with a capacity of 5,300mAh. Combine that with the energy efficient chipset, and what you get is record-breaking durability.

The Mi Max 2 clocked in at 17 hours and 22 minutes in our custom battery tests. It managed to beat LG X Power, the former champ in this category, by over two hours. To put things into perspective, it's more than twice as durable as the iPhone 7 (7 hours and 46 minutes) and the Samsung Galaxy S8 (8 hours and 22 minutes). Two days between charges is pretty much guaranteed on this device, and with moderate use this number can easily go up to three or four days.

Meanwhile, the charger supports Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 technology, which enables the huge battery to go from 0 to 100% in about 2 hours and 15 minutes.


Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Review

In a fiercly competitive mid-range segment, the Mi Max 2 is a smartphone that simply stands out. It certainly isn't for everyone, but it rewards those who can handle its size with a quality build, adequate performance, decent cameras, and exceptional battery life and multimedia experience.

Yes, it has its flaws, but we're inclined to look the other way, given the fact that the 64GB version costs about $260-$280 (delivery, import and other fees not included). At this price, there aren't many other phones that can compete with Xiaomi's "Max" package.

So, do we recommend the Mi Max 2 as a good purchase? Well, is it compatible with your carrier? Will you be comfortable with using a device of this magnitude? Can you live with the fact that service and support may be limited in your country? If the answer to those questions is "yes", then so is ours.

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


  • Quality build
  • Decent cameras
  • Outstanding battery life
  • Big, pleasant display
  • Reliable fingerprint scanner


  • Big size can make it unsuitable for many users
  • Waterproofing would have been nice
  • Limited network coverage and support for western markets
  • Video recording can be better
  • Big screen is suitable for multiwindow mode, but feature is not present
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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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