Xiaomi Mi Max 2 review - smartphone with giant battery!
Smartphones beyond the 6 inches are especially popular in Asia. The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is the new and mostly improved version of the popular 6.44 Xiaomi Phablet. Whether the huge smartphone can supply the water to its predecessor and whether the device also convinced us in everyday life, you will find out in this review!
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Processor and memory
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
GPU: Adreno 506
RAM: 4GB (LPDDR3)
Internal memory: 64GB / 128GB (eMMC5.1)
Memory extension: Yes
Display Type: IPS
Display diagonal: 6.44 inches
Display resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
Screen Protector: Unknown
Multitouch: 10 fingers
Main Camera: 12 Megapixel Sony IMX386
* PDAF (autofocus)
* Dual Tone LED Flash
Front camera: 5 megapixel
Dual SIM: Yes
SIM size: Nano SIM + Micro SIM
2G: GSM B2 / B3 / B5 / B8 CDMA BC0 / CDMA EVDO BC0
3G: WCDMA B1 / B2 / B5 / B8 TD-SCDMA B34 / B39
4G: FDD-LTE B1/B3/B5/B7/B8 TD-LTE B38/B39/B40/41
WiFi: 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac MU-MIMO
* Ambient light sensor
* Proximity Sensor
* Hall sensor
* Fingerprint Sensor
Battery: 5.300 mAh
Quick charge function: Quick Charge 3.0
Headphone jack: 3.5 mm
Operating system: Android 7.1.1 (MIUI)
Size: 17.41 x 8.87 x 0.76 cm
1x Xiaomi Mi Max 2
1x USB-C Charging Cable
1x SIM needle
1x user manual
First impression of the Xiaomi Mi Max 2
The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is a so-called phablet, a name that is composed of the terms smartphone and tablet and describes mobile devices beyond the 5.7 inch display diagonal. Due to its great popularity in Asia, Xiaomi has been operating under 2016 since Designation "Max" a phablet series that enjoys increasing obesity in this country as well.
Design, workmanship and Scope of delivery
Satte 17.41 x 8.87 x 0.76 cm measures that metal unibody case of the Xiaomi Mi Max 2, which makes the smartphone a sizeable Weight of 211g reached. The term "unibody" means as much as that the back and the frame form a unit, whereby visible transitions do not exist and the smartphone appears visually rounder overall.
The smartphone is set up as follows: front side There is the 6.44 inch large display with a striking, bezel 3.5 mm ready bezel. Below the display 3 capacitive and white illuminated control buttons were placed. Again above the display are the auricle, to the left of it the proximity sensor and right next to it the 5 megapixel front camera as well as the monochrome notification LED.
The housing frame includes on the right side the volume rocker and the power button. The SIM tray was placed on the left side of the frame. The dual SIM slot holds two SIM cards in the size "Nano" and "Micro", as well as it is possible, instead of the dual SIM function, to use the second slot for memory expansion using a micro SD memory card. The top and bottom of the frame are typically equipped with the microphones, the speaker, the USB-C connector, the 3.5 mm jack audio connector, and even an infrared transmitter.
The back The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 includes the 12 megapixel main camera with dual-tone LED flash, as well as the round fingerprint scanner, which is located in the upper third. Due to the unibody design, the backside is not removable, so that the battery can not be exchanged! In addition to the successful design, the smartphone is also processed without hesitation.
The scope of delivery of the Mi Max 2 is minimalist as usual. Included are that smartphone, USB-C cable, charger with NEMA-1 connector as well as a Chinese Manual, On a protective case or a screen protector was omitted.
As a phablet, the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 has a display diagonal of lush 6.44 inches, The IPS display resolves with pin sharp clarity Full HD, with 1920 x 1080 pixels on and reaches one Dot density of 342 PPI, Despite the large display, individual pixels can not be seen with the naked eye.
By default, colors make the display particularly rich and hit you good mix between warm and cold color matching, In addition, the color profile can be individually adjusted within the display settings. Among other things, there are the Color profiles "Warm", "Standard" and "Cold". The Brightness of the display can be adjusted automatically based on the ambient light. There is also a function of automatic contrast adjustment, which also works with the help of the ambient light sensor. Despite the rather average Luminance of 450 Nit the display can be read well even in strong ambient light. Especially the automatic contrast adjustment convinces. Who wants to use the phablet for reading, for all those there is a special one read modewhich reduces the amount of blue light and thus protects the eyes. Also not to criticize is the Viewing angles, Even from extreme viewing angles, the color reproduction and the sharpness of the display are retained.
The Touchscreen recognizes a maximum of 10 simultaneous inputs. So-called Ghost Touches or other recognition errors did not exist during the test phase. The touch panel works without delay and inputs are detected precisely. With the "Double tap screen to wake" function, the smartphone can be fetched from standby by tapping the display twice. Which display glass Xiaomi used with this smartphone is not known.
The built-in processor is on Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, a mid-range processor with a total of 8 ARM Cortex-A53 processor cores that clock up to 2 GHz. Compared to last year released Xiaomi Mi Max, which was still equipped with a Snapdragon 650 or 652 (Prime Edition), the Snapdragon 625 is a minor performance downgrade. Instead, the Snapdragon 625 features an 14nm architecture improved energy efficiency and supports the USB 3.0 standard. The storage equipment amounts to one 4GB LPDDR3 memory and one 64GB, optionally also 128GB large eMMC 5.1 flash memory.
The everyday performance is surprisingly good. In direct comparison to a significantly more powerful Xiaomi Mi6, the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 apps opens only a fraction of the delay. Even after many apps are open in the background, the performance does not noticeably diminish. The user interface can be operated fluently and without delays.
The smartphone, on the other hand, shows performance drops in gaming. The predecessor model Xiaomi Mi Max is clearly superior. Games such as Asphalt 8 are playable, but depending on the situation you can feel the slight declines in the picture. However, the low temperature increase is positive again. Even after prolonged full load, the back of the case does not get uncomfortably hot.
All Xiaomi smartphones are with the in-house MIUI Depending on the device, it is currently based on Android 6 or Android 7. Depending on which dealer one buys the smartphone, a specially adapted Store-ROM on the device, which is MIUI, but has been enhanced with additional features and apps, or with enhanced language selection. A disadvantage of the shop ROMs is that you can never be sure how harmful apps are preinstalled, as well as can not import automatic OTA updates. If you know something about flashing ROMs, you can install an official MIUI ROM in a few steps.
We received our test copy from GearBest, one of the largest import shops in China, which is known to often provide Xiaomi devices with a shop ROM. Surprisingly, the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 was the dealer's first test copy, not with a shop ROM, but with a official "Global Stable" ROM was provided. On the smartphone was the Global Stable 18.104.22.168, which is already based on Android 7.1.1.
MIUI itself is characterized by a heavily modified user interface which deviates significantly from Stock Android. Particularly interesting are the additional features that MIUI has to offer. On the Theme Launcher For example, different themes can be downloaded and selected in no time at all. The security Center Offers advanced security settings for app permissions and can also monitor apps. The so-called "Second Space" mode allows to create two user profiles. As a result, private can be separated from the business with one click. Updates are available with MIUI Global OTA (Over The Air).
Update 01. November 2017
The rollout of MIUI 9 Stable has begun. Owners of a Xiaomi Mi Max 2 already receive the update as an OTA directly to their smartphone. Furthermore, the MIUI 9 update can be downloaded directly from the official MIUI website (link), MIUI 9 is currently the most up-to-date and in-house Xiaomi ROM for smartphones and tablets.
The camera equipment amounts to one Main camera with a 12 megapixel Sony IMX386 image sensor and a f / 2.2 aperture, In contrast to Xiaomi Mi6, which also uses the Sony IMX386 as the main sensor, the camera of the Mi Max 2 offers no optical image stabilization (OIS). The front camera uses an unspecified 5 megapixel image sensor, One f / 2.0 aperture and one 85 ° wide angle.
Practical test of the main camera
The main camera generates in clear lighting detailed and sharp imagesthat deals with the dual main camera of the Xiaomi Mi6 can measure. In terms of color, the main camera of the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is a bit cooler, which makes blue tones stand out better. In low light conditions, the images are also still useful, but the image noise increases significantly. In addition, it is becoming increasingly difficult to capture sharp images. Here it is Xiaomi Mi6 clearly superior with the dual camera and the OIS.
The PDAF autofocus works precisely and focused within the shortest possible time. The same applies to the trip timethat does not noticeably matter. The MIUI Camera app offers many features and settings. Among others, there are various filters to choose from, you can even be previewed. Various recording modes, such as the panorama mode, tilt shift or a special night mode are also integrated. Interesting is the manual recording mode, which allows individual adjustment options for the exposure time, the ISO and the focus.
Videos takes the main camera in 4K maximum. The refresh rate is 30 pictures-per-second. Even on 1080p no higher refresh rate is adjustable. It's too bad that Xiaomi waived any image stabilization, Even an electronic image stabilization is not available, which is why video shake very fast. Nevertheless, the pictures are convincing due to the richness of detail in good light conditions. In low light conditions, the video recordings become increasingly mushy and fade in the colors.
Practical test of the front camera
The front camera is suitable for one or the other selfie. Especially with the 85 ° wide-angle, it is also possible to easily bring several people into the picture. Videos takes the front camera only in HD. With the "Smart" and "Pro" recording modes can image artificially beautify.
Telephony, WLAN and Bluetooth
The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 has one Hybrid SIM slot the one with two SIM cards (Nano + Micro) or alternatively with a SIM and a Micro SD memory card can be equipped. The reception strength and transmission quality is not objectionable in the mobile network. LTE Band 20 is not supported on this Xiaomi smartphoneNevertheless, the Mi Max 2 is easy to use in everyday life. In many places you are well served with H + and in most big cities the LTE reception is no problem. Also in the telephony, the device is a good figure. Spoken speech is transmitted very clearly and without any disturbing noises.
The are supported WiFi protocols 802.11a / b / g / n / ac and a Bluetooth 4.2, In the test, a good connection stability with high data throughput rate was achieved. Also over Bluetooth there were no disturbances or disconnections.
Update 15. August 2017
Meanwhile, some import dealers have that Mi Max 2 as "Global Version" listed. Previously released Xiaomi smartphones, which are sold under the name "Global Version", usually covered additional frequency bands, such as LTE band 20. The global version of the Mi Max 2 includes no LTE band 20! Presumably, it is rather the CN version, which has the original Xiaomi Global ROM preinstalled!
GPS and sensors
A GPS fix was found within a few seconds. There were always enough satellites available for position-accurate navigation. An additional one E-Compass facilitates navigation on foot.
Sensory is the smartphone with a Ambient light sensor, One Accelerometer, One Proximity sensor, One Hall sensor, One E-Compass and a gyroscope equipped. NFC does not exist. An additional one Infrared transmitter allows the control of various receivers, such as televisions. On the back is a Fingerprint scanner, which was characterized in the test by a low Entsperrzeit and high detection rate.
Also sonically convinced the Xiaomi Mi Max 2. As already at Xiaomi Mi6, with the help of the pinna and the speaker, located next to the USB-C socket spatial stereo sound generated. Tonal subtleties are well presented, so that the smartphone is quite suitable for listening to music or watching movies. The maximum volume convinced and even at full volume no unpleasant scratching. On a 3.5mm jack audio jack was not waived despite the USB-C connection. The sound over the audio connection is also convincing.
The capacity of the battery is 5300 mAh. Due to the unibody case, it is not possible to replace the battery. In everyday life, the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 proves to be particularly accoustic. The smartphone achieves average performance through the energy-efficient Snapdragon 625 processor and the well-optimized MIUI 8.5 Screen-on times of about 13 hours, Even after intensive use (Gaming and streaming) the smartphone had to after 1 ½ days to be charged. at normal use (WhatsApp and web browsing) the smartphone had to after 3 days to be charged. By the support Quick charge function "Quick Charge 3.0" the battery is already fully charged after 2 ½ hours. To charge the battery only 50%, you only need 55 minutes!
►Very good workmanship
►A nice unibody design
►Energy efficient processor
►Good main camera
►Good reception quality
►Fast fingerprint scanner
►Quick Charge 3.0
►Excellent battery life
►Weak graphics performance
►Storage a little slow
►Camera in low light conditions
►No image stabilization
►No LTE band 20