After Xiaomi tasted success with the first generation Mi Max in India, it’s ready with the Xiaomi Mi Max 2. Aimed at the Indian audience, the Mi Max 2 combines the functionality of a phone and a multimedia device into a single phone, rather a phablet.
The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 boasts of greater storage, bigger battery, and a fresh new design at a price of only Rs. 16,999. So, if your hands are itching to buy the Xiaomi Mi Max 2, here are some pros and cons that you ought to consider before buying it.
In this article, we are considering that you favor a larger display and the Mi Max 2 at 6.44-inches is more than an apt device.
With the Mi Max 2, Xiaomi has overhauled the design elements. With its 2.5 D curved corners and tapered edges, the Mi Max 2 is a slimmer and sleeker version of the older Mi Max 2.
With the Mi Max 2, Xiaomi has streamlined the bezels, thus making it easy to operate even with a single hand.
2. Dual Stereo Speakers
A major highlight of the Mi Max 2 is the introduction of the dual stereo speakers. Both the speakers kick in intelligently when the phone is held in the landscape mode.
The primary speaker is located at its usual place at the bottom, while the secondary speaker — a tweeter — is tucked into the earpiece.
3. Amazing Battery Life
Battery life is one of the most important aspects of any smartphone. The massive 5300mAh battery of the Mi Max 2 is a major upgrade from the 4850mAh battery in the Mi Max. With this battery specs, the Mi Max 2 will easily last you two days after a full charge.
What’s more, it also comes with Quick Charge 3.0. The Quick Charge 3.0 is capable of charging up to 40% faster than the conventional chargers and is geared to power the device with 2 hours of battery time in just 15 minutes.
4. USB Type C
The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is the first Xiaomi device in the sub-Rs. 20,000 price bracket to sport a USB Type-C charging port. The 24-pin design of the USB Type-C makes for a faster data transfer rate and charging speeds.
Furthermore, the Mi Max 2 also supports reverse charging. In fact, it’s touted that the Mi Max 2 can reverse charge an Apple iPhone 7 twice. If you ask me, that’s pretty impressive.
5. Improved Camera Specs
The Mi Max 2 packs in the same sensor — Sony IMX386 — as the Xiaomi flagship, Mi 6. Combined with a 12-megapixel and an aperture of f/2.2, the camera shoots crisp and sharp pictures in natural and artificial light.
Furthermore, the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 also comes packed with the Gorilla Glass 3 protection, which is sure to keep the huge display protected from accidental scratches.
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Cons
1. Less Powerful Processor
The Redmi Note 4, priced at Rs. 9,999 is powered by the same processor as the Xiaomi Mi Max 2. For a device which is priced at Rs. 16,999, Xiaomi could have at least put a newer and powerful processor like the Snapdragon 660 or 630 at its place.
Though the present Snapdragon 635 isn’t too slow on the eye when it comes to everyday usage, the gaming experience will get a tad sour with quite a few frame skips in between.
2. Half-Baked Nougat Experience
The Mi Max 2 is one of the few Xiaomi devices released this year that comes packed with Android Nougat. However, the latest build of MIUI 8.5 is still to feature some of the standard Nougat highlights like the multi-window mode or better notification controls.
While Xiaomi has announced that the feature will soon make its way to the Mi Max 2, until that time you might have to go about your work by switching between the different apps, instead of taking advantage of the huge real-estate.
3. No Optical Image Stabilization
If you are familiar with the latest phones being launched, surely you must be knowing that the powerful OnePlus 5 lacks the OIS technique. Following close on the heels of the OnePlus 5 is the Xiaomi Mi Max 2.
The rear camera of the Mi Max 2 lacks the OIS, due to which videos shot with it appears to be a tad wobbly and shaky.
3. No Way to Restore Apps
Moving on, the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 doesn’t have any means by which you can restore apps from your Google Account after the first boot.
Though the Mi Max 2 gives you the opportunity of restoring apps from the Mi Cloud, however, that would work only if you are shifting from a Xiaomi device.
If you are upgrading from a non-Xiaomi phone, prepare to put in long hours to get your favorite apps onboard.
Here, I might be a bit nitpicking. But considering the huge display size of the Mi Max 2, you would seriously want to use it as an e-book reader from time to time.
And if you are, you might be in for some disappointment as the Mi Max 2 lacks a monochrome reader mode.
Though it contains a Blue Light filter disguised as the reading mode, it’s reddish hue tends to sour the reading experience a bit. But then, as I said before, it’s there only when you are looking for it.
So, to Conclude
The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is a great multimedia-focused device. Coupled with its immersive speakers and great battery life, it’ll surely leave you content. But then, it also has its share of disadvantages like the OIS issue and that, some of the standard Nougat features like multi-window or notification controls are missing.
Plus, if you are planning to upgrade from the first generation Mi Max, you will really come to love the Quick Charge 3.0 and the immersive speakers.