Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Hands On and Preview: Bigger is Better

At an event 18th July 2017, Xiaomi launched its latest phablet in India- the Mi Max 2. The smartphone comes as a successor to last year’s Xiaomi Mi Max and costs Rs. 16,999.

The Mi Max 2 has a lot of similarities with the Mi Max such as screen size and bigger battery.But there are subtle upgrades compared to the last iteration we will find out in this Hands-On first impression of the device.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Hands On and Preview: Bigger is Better

But the internals of the phone is similar to Redmi Note 4, but comes with a much better camera. The Mi Max 2 will be available for sale in India starting today in Mi.com. Xiaomi is also conducting a third anniversary sale exclusively on Mi.com, where the brand is offering discounts on several smartphones, and the Mi Max 2 will be up for sale for the first time in India.

We spend a little time with the Mi Max 2, and the device looked incredible in a short time because it has competitive hardware and for the price is a superb deal.

Here’s how the device fared in our short time with the phone.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Hands On and Preview: Bigger is Better

Let’s Talk Design – Mi Max 2

The highlight of the Mi Max 2 is its design. Yes, at 7.6 mm in thickness, the Max 2 feels very robust in hands, and even the 211 grams weight doesn’t make any difference because the device is well built and has everything on point.

The phone has an iPhone-esque antenna band design, but they are not visible, unless you closely observe, thanks to the matte black color edition launched in India.

The discreet Antenna Design for the Mi  Max 2 it blends into the body and is hardly visible.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Hands On and Preview: Bigger is Better
And yeah, the device is launched only in the matte black color option in India. Maybe the company will launch other color options in coming months or weeks.
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Hands On and First Impressions: Bigger is Better
No Camera Bump – Another notable thing about the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is when you keep the device on a table it stays flat without any wobble and comes without any camera bump. It has a rear flush design for the camera and the lens.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Display and Experience

With a screen size of 6.44-inches, the Mi Max 2 is surely not a single-handed device. But Xiaomi is making the device usage easier by adding a one-handed mode into the MIUI. The panel used in the Mi Max 2 is a Full HD one with a resolution of 1080*1920 pixels.

The big display offers a much better reading experience compared to smaller phones I have used. We all secretly want a larger display on the phone to read our favorite publications, but apparently, it sometimes becomes annoying while calling or carrying in a pocket.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Reading

Screen Protection and Display Quality – Xiaomi, for the first time, mentioned screen protection used on their smartphone and it’s the dated Gorilla Glass 3 technology. The display is magnificent and offers punchy colors. The Mi Max 2 will be a beast for multimedia watchers in a smartphone.

Split Screen Mode – There is also support for the Split screen which is a handy feature when it comes to multi-tasking with the Mi Max 2.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Split screen

Performance and Battery Life

Hardware wise, the Mi Max 2 is powered by the Snapdragon 625 chip with an octa-core 2.0 GHz CPU. The phone has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The device also has a microSD card slot for storage expansion.

Though the Snapdragon 625 is not as powerful as the last years Snapdragon 652 on the original Mi Max. But due to the 14nm manufacturing process, the Snapdragon 625 offers much better energy efficiency.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Hands On and Preview: Bigger is Better

The Snapdragon 625 is known for its energy efficiency capabilities, and with a mammoth 5300mAh battery, the device will be a battery beast. This chipset is paired with an Adreno 506 GPU for graphics-intensive tasks.

Coming to the significant aspect of the Mi Max 2, it uses a 5300mAh battery which comes with Quick Charge 3.0 support and Parallel Charge technology. The device will easily last for two days even with heavy usage. We will bring the full battery performance in our complete review of the product.

Xiaomi showcased the below battery test, and the Mi Max 2 lasts much longer when compared to the iPhone 7 Plus and the Mi Max which are one of the best battery mobiles.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Battery test

Camera – A Much Better Camera than Redmi Note 4

Xiaomi has used a Sony IMX386 12MP sensor on the Mi Max 2. The company also highlighted that it’s the same sensor used in the Xiaomi Mi 6. The sensor has a f/2.2 aperture, so the low-light photos will inevitably disappoint you. The front-facing camera is a 5MP one, which also doesn’t inspire confidence.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Image


Xiaomi Mi Max 2 comes with Dual speakers and offers decent sound quality. The sound from the speakers is loud and goes with the large display when watching movies or playing games. The smartphone automatically switches to stereo mode when it is in landscape mode for a better listening experience.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Hands On and Preview: Bigger is Better

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Hands-On and Preview: Bigger is Better

Concluding the article, the Mi Max 2 is an excellent successor to a smartphone like Mi Max because Xiaomi sold over three million units of the Mi Max in just one year. Also, the phone has support for 4G VoLTE and all other essential connectivity options.

Traditionally, Xiaomi goes with aggressive pricing, and Mi Max 2 is no exception. We can expect it to post some impressive sales numbers in the coming days.

Moreover, the decision to launch only a matte black version is appreciable. A lot of customers who’re looking to purchase a matte black version of Mi Max 2 is going for another color due to limited stocks.

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