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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.

Battery


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.

Battery Benchmarks

Battery life (hours)
Higher is better
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 17h 22 min (Excellent)
Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra 10h 32 min (Excellent)
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro 7h 3 min (Good)
Huawei Mate 9 12h 14 min (Excellent)
LG X Power 15h 18 min (Excellent)
Charging time (minutes)
Lower is better
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 145
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro 100
Huawei Mate 9 144
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Conclusion


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



Pros

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

Cons

  • 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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posted on 20 Jul 2017, 09:48

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


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

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..."

G'Day!

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:
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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