Xiaomi launched the Mi Max 2, a Phablet device targeted for users who prefer to consume media on large display devices. Available at a price of Rs. 16,999, the smartphone would be available for open sale on both online and offline platforms. The successor to the Mi Max and Mi Max Prime, the Mi Max is packed with some new specs which would help it carve out its own place in the market.

Getting the boring specifications aside first, the Mi Max 2 is powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor and features 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. On the front there is a massive 6.44-inch display (1920x1080p) wrapped around a metal unibody design with antenna bands running over the top edges. On the camera aspects, the Primary camera is a 12MP unit featuring the Sony IMX386 Sensor also used on Xiaomi’s Flagship Mi 6 and the front camera is a 5MP unit. The Mi Max 2 is also equipped with the other important sensors such as the proximity sensor, the Accelerometer, Ambient Light sensor and the Gyroscope. On the software front, the device comes with Android Nougat 7.0 out of the box with Xiaomi’s MiUi 8 on top.

Now coming to the important highlights of this smartphone, first of which is the battery. The Mi Mix 2 has a massive 5,300mAh battery with a quick-charge 3.0 enabled USB-C port. This aspect makes it a powerhouse for binge-watching TV shows and movies for a long period of time. In case you’re not satisfied yet, here’s another important feature. This Smartphone has dual stereo speakers which could work really well to deliver the best possible multimedia viewing experience.

That said, it does also have a list of cons, though there’s not too much of it. The size of the device, though has a proper reason for its implementation gets really huge when you consider the top and bottom bezels. Clearly, the Mi Mix 2 won’t fit in smoothly in pockets. Aside from the size of the device, there aren’t any major cons actually. The display, with a resolution of 1920×1080, doesn’t look quite as good as it could look on a 5-inch display smartphone. It isn’t annoying, but then the size of the display actually makes you desire for more pixels deeply. Afterall, it seems a bit annoying if a large display does not have as much clarity is a small sized display. But even so, it isn’t really a deal breaker.

The Mi Mix 2 isn’t meant to be a device for productivity and general usage obviously because of its size. It is meant for those who love to consume media on their smartphones and don’t want their devices to lose their battery within an hour or two of video streaming. The battery life is further enhanced with the use of the Snapdragon 625 processor which is made to put battery life at a higher priority without the sacrifice of performance. However, this might not be the perfect smartphone for gaming as the Adreno 506 GPU powering the device might not play high-end games at the highest level of graphics. Anyway, the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is a great and a unique smartphone in its price segment which puts it in direct competition with the like of the Moto G5 plus, Huawei Honor 6x, and others. The Mi Max 2 shares a lot of things from the Redmi Note 4, essentially it is actually a larger version of the Redmi Note 4 with the major differences being in the Camera setup and the speakers.

The Mi Max 2 is a perfect smartphone/phablet for those looking for a decent media consumption device at a budget. It might be too large to be used as a normal smartphone, but if you are willing to compromise the portability aspect, the Mi Max 2 might be well worth it.

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