Xiaomi Mi Max 2 performance
It was no surprise that the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 performed just as well as the Redmi Note 4, thanks to their similar specifications. We used the new Mi Max 2 for a week, and it handled multitasking with ease. Jumping from one app to another was as smooth as it could be. 4GB of RAM is sufficient for most tasks, and we found that there was up to 1.8GB free at any given point. The phone supports 4G with VoLTE, and call quality was decent. The main problem with taking calls was the size of this phone, because it covers most of the user’s face, and it becomes tedious to hold over the duration of a long call.
The display is crisp and reproduces colours well. It has decent viewing angles and sunlight legibility. Images and text looked sharp despite the low pixel density. In our opinion, the Mi Max 2 has the best screen in Xiaomi’s current India portfolio, considering that the Mi 5 is now over a year old. Graphics-heavy games like Asphalt 8 and Marvel: Contest of Champions ran smoothly. Despite long gaming sessions, we found that the Mi Max 2 didn’t get too warm compared to the Redmi Note 4 and Moto G5 Plus.
In our Mi Max review, we had pointed out that stereo speakers would have been great, and it looks like the company has indeed acknowledged that complaint with its successor. The Mi Max 2 uses two speakers to offer stereo sound when used in landscape mode, and it produced some of the loudest sound we’ve ever heard coming out of a smartphone. There was noticeable distortion at high volume levels, but the Mi Max 2 still outperforms most phones. Audio quality is good through headphones as well.
We noticed that benchmark results were slightly higher than what we have seen from other Snapdragon 625 phones. The Mi Max 2 scored 68,067 in AnTuTu; 29,555 in Quadrant; 9,211 in 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme; and 27fps in GFXBench. The phone handled 1080p video files as well as FLAC audio files with ease. We had a good time watching TV shows and videos on the Mi Max 2 thanks to the large 6.44-inch screen. In terms of performance, the Mi Max 2 excels compared to phones in its price segment.
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 camera performance
The 12-megapixel rear camera uses a Sony IMX386 sensor with 1.25-micron pixels, and has an f/2.2 aperture. It does well enough in daytime but did not impress us in low light. Our sample photos showed very good colour rendition and sharpness under the right lighting conditions. Moreover, PDAF worked well in daylight too. However, in low light situations, the camera was more hit-or-miss. Autofocus was less accurate, colours seemed off, noise was quite apparent, and there was a major loss of detail. The HDR mode does well to improve dynamic range though you won’t need it all the time.
The Mi Max 2 can record videos at 1080p and 4K quality which is a great feature. Video quality in general was good. The phone also supports time-lapse and slow-motion video modes. The default camera app is identical to the one we saw on the Redmi Note 4, and there are modes and filters that are accessible with one tap. The 5-megapixel front-facing camera takes good selfies, but again the quality fell below average in low light.
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 battery life
The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 has a large, non-removable 5300mAh battery which the company claims can deliver up to two days of life. In real-world usage, the phone doesn’t disappoint with its battery performance as it easily lasted up to two entire days on a single charge, even with heavy usage.
We used the Mi Max 2 for roughly a week, and found that battery performance was good throughout this period. In our standard video loop test, the Mi Max 2 lasted for 23 hours and 30 minutes which is way more than what its predecessor achieved.
The Mi Max 2 also supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 and parallel charging, which are both useful considering the battery size. During our review, it went from zero to 100 percent in around 100 minutes which is impressive.