Xiaomi Mi Max 2 first impressions

Mi Max 2 is Xiaomi's first Mi-branded handset launched in India this year. Here are our initial impressions:

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Highlights

    • Xiaomi Mi Max 2 gets a bigger battery and display
    • The phone has a snappy fingerprint scanner
    • Display comes with an oleophobic coating

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 has been launched in India with a lot of promises, most of which highlight two key selling points of the device: battery and display. The successor to last year’s Mi Max, Mi Max 2 is also Xiaomi’s first Mi handset that has been launched in India this year, featuring bigger battery and display. The device comes in a single black colour option. The latest Mi phablet will be retailing at Rs 16,999 via different online and offline channels starting July 27. We used Xiaomi Mi Max 2 ourselves and based on our limited time with the device, here are our initial impressions.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Build & Design
For starters, Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is a huge device which is not possible to operate using one hand. It flaunts a unibody metal design with rounded edges in addition to a matte finish on the rear, which appears to be somewhat dull and prone to smudges. The phablet feels heavier at 211g thanks to a 5,300mAh battery. The thickness, on the other hand, measures at 7.6mm.

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A 3.5mm headphone jack sits on the top beside an IR Blaster so it can control devices like television and air conditioner. The right side consists of a volume rocker and power button whereas the left side makes a room for SIM ejector tray. The bottom houses a USB Type-C port, a primary microphone, and a speaker grill.

It has a fingerprint scanner on the rear, which we found working accurately in our initial impressions. Setting it up was easy, and nothing did cost us much time to get accustomed to it. However, we found it difficult to reach the fingerprint scanner every time we tried to unlock the phone using one hand. Similarly, we struggled at operating the device using one hand.

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Xiaomi Mi Max 2  Display
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Xiaomi Mi Max 2 sports a massive 6.44-inch 1080p IPS screen, featuring the pixel density of 342 ppi and 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass protection. It has an oleophobic coating so you will not be required to wipe smudges and fingerprints much frequently. The display appeared to be bright enough and should easily maintain visibility under direct sunlight.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Camera
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 houses a 12-megapixel Sony IMX36 sensor, which supports phase detection autofocus (PDAF) and dual-tone LED flash. We clicked a couple of indoor pictures, and they turned out to be somewhat noisy. It could be a result of shooting in low light, though. Selfie experience was no different, thanks to a 5-megapixel shooter, which you should not expect to offer a top-notch performance. As repetitive as it may sound, we would like to reserve our opinion about the camera performance till we’ve done a thorough review.

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Xiaomi Mi Max 2  Software
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 managed to impress us with software. The device runs MIUI 8 out of the box on top of Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system. Xiaomi Mi Max 2 comes preloaded with Microsoft Office suite consisting of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Skype Lite. The phablet is backed by 64GB of expandable storage out of which 54GB is user-available. Xiaomi talked about a split screen feature, which it will soon be rolling out via update.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Battery
The battery is the selling point of Mi Max 2. It packs a 5,300mAh battery under the hood, which is claimed to offer more talk time than Nokia 3310. Thankfully, it supports Quick Charge 3.0 for fast charging, which is noteworthy. We are hoping Xiaomi Mi Max 2 will last at least two days on a single charge. Whether it stands up to that or not remains to be seen once we get the device for review. Until then, we would like to reserve our opinion about the battery performance, however, a battery this big should deliver big results.

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Conclusion
Xioami Mi Max 2 looks promising on paper. We faced no issues with multitasking either. Although it felt pretty average in terms of performance, our time with it was fairly short and we weren’t able to get a whole sense of just how much muscle the Snapdragon 625 and 4GB RAM can flex. In our initial impression, we feel that the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is best suited for those absolutely need a large screen for their day to day functions, and may not be the device for the masses.