first_imgThe original Mi Max, which Xiaomi launched in India in July last year, towered over every other phablet in the market by its sheer size and ambition. Xiaomi was very clear about the Mi Max though. It felt that there was a market for something as humongous as a 6.44-inch phablet – however small it might be – just that there weren’t many good super-sized phablets out there. The ones that were there, were just bad – uninspiring slabs of cumbersome plastic – that didn’t necessarily serve any real-world purpose.The Mi Max on the other hand came with an all-metal body, a sharp full-HD display, good hardware, dual-SIM support, 4G LTE connectivity, and more importantly, a sensible price tag. Over the course of time, Xiaomi went on to sell a lot of these super-sized phablets. Not surprisingly though. The Mi Max was, after all, a ridiculously good buy for those into considerable multimedia consumption, and yet didn’t want to shell out on tablets, that on most occasions lack voice calling.Also Read: Xiaomi Mi Max review: A giant that’s surprisingly light on its feetOn Thursday, Xiaomi announced a successor to the Mi Max, at an event in China. Called simply the Mi Max 2, the phablet in question, although it comes with the same 6.44-inch 1080p display as the original, is a complete overhaul in almost all the other departments including the design making it a thorough upgrade to last year’s model. Take a look.Update: Okay, there is something that we need to address aboutthe Mi Max 2, given that this is something that we have started hearingon blogs and on some tech news sites: This is about the Mi Max 2 Indialaunch. As far as the official Xiaomi stance is concerned, there is nonews on it for now. Neither the Mi Max 2, nor the Xiaomi Mi 6, arecoming to India soon. In fact, chances are that the Mi 6 is not comingto India at all. The Mi Max 2, as we noted earlier, will most likelycome to India. The question, however, is when. A couple of days agoXiaomi India chief Manu Jain tweeted that the company had achieved twomilestones on January 23, March 23 and May 23. Then he said, guess whatis going to happen on July 23? A lot of people seem to have taken thatas a hint of Mi Max 2 launch and have speculated that the phone willlaunch in India on July 23 or around that. It is a possibility but alsounlikely. Chances are that the Mi Max 2 may come to India sooner than that.Although, nothing is official about the Mi Max 2 launch in India so far.advertisementJust like the original Mi Max, the Mi Max 2 also boasts of a full-metal body. But, while in the case of the Mi Max, the antenna lines were a clear eye-soar differentiating the middle (all-metal) portion with the (plastic with brushed metal finish) top and bottom, the Mi Max 2 has re-positioned antenna lines. These have been pushed towards the extreme edges — ala iPhone 7 — so the Mi Max 2, in fact, looks like it has been carved out of a single slab of metal. It certainly looks strikingly better then the Mi Max, particularly from the behind.The front, is meanwhile, the same as the Mi Max. So is the fingerprint scanner placement. The Mi Max 2 has a rear-mounted circular fingerprint scanner and curved 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified) on the front with backlit capacitive keys. Just like the Mi Max, the Mi Max 2 also has an impressive screen-to-body ratio giving you ample real estate, literally as well as figuratively.Xiaomi, has again, managed to somehow keep its internal proportions – girth and weight – in check. It weighs just, if you can say just here, 211 grams and measures just 7.6 mm in line with the original Mi Max. Mind you, it also has a bigger 5,300mAh (over the Mi Max’s 4,850mAh) battery inside. It’s, still pretty much, a giant that’s surprisingly super light on its feet.Xiaomi has again used a full-HD (1080 x 1920 pixels and 342 ppi pixel density) IPS panel in the Mi Max 2. Now, a 6.44-inch screen and a 1080p resolution may not add up. Or at least that is what you will think. The original Mi Max didn’t have a breathtaking display. Rather, it was barely adequate in front of Xiaomi’s top-tier phones like the Mi 5 (and the Mi 4 before it). But, the colours, oh the colours were so spot on! The Mi Max handled – and reproduced — colours so well you didn’t mind that it was not as bright as the company’s other phones. The Mi Max 2 is expected to be as good, if not better in this regard.The Mi Max 2 runs Android Nougat-based MIUI 8 out-of-the-box. As always, latest software iteration does not necessarily translate to drastic changes in Xiaomi’s interface. The MIUI 7 in the Mi Max looked almost exactly (save some exceptions) like MIUI 5 in the Mi 4. Having said that, the Mi Max 2 comes with improved one-handed usage features (including a one-handed mode and a shortcut menu) according to Xiaomi, and would be getting a split-screen multitasking feature in the days to come. A split screen multitasking feature — which was absent in the Mi Max — will indeed make a lot of sense on a 6.44-inch phablet.The Mi Max 2 is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with Adreno 506 GPU. Now, the Snapdragon 625 has some plus points and it has some minus points. In comparison to the Snapdragon 650 (and Snapdragon 652), that was inside the original Mi Max. A simple Google search will tell you that the Snapdragon 625 is the first 600-series chipset to be built on the power-efficient 14nm finfet process. The technology essentially allows a processor — the Snapdragon 625 in this case — with multiple cores to hit higher clock speeds without overheating and draining the battery quickly. The Snapdragon 625, for your reference, consumes up to 35 per cent lower power than its predecessor (the Snapdragon 617), in typical usage scenarios, according to Qualcomm. In layman’s terms, you’re more likely to get (much) better battery life and little (or no) overheating in phones powered by a chipset on the lines of the Snapdragon 625. It is more likely to give you a (much) better battery life and little (or no) overheating than phones like the Mi Max (Snapdragon 650). Xiaomi has had a fine run with the Redmi Note 4 courtesy the Snapdragon 625. It’s not surprising then that Xiaomi stuck with the same processor for the Mi Max 2 as well.As opposed to the Mi Max which was gunning for raw power courtesy the Snapdragon 650, the Mi Max 2 is all about power saving and thermal efficiency courtesy the Snapdragon 625. But, there’s a catch. The Adreno 506 GPU (inside the Mi Max 2) is good, just not better than the Adreno 510 inside the Mi Max. Graphical intensive gaming could leave a lot be desired on the Mi Max 2, just the way it did in the case of the Redmi Note 4.The Mi Max 2 will be available in two configurations: 4GB RAM and 64GB memory, and 4GB RAM and 128GB memory. Both the versions will support expandable storage of up to 128GB via a hybrid micro-SD card slot. It further supports dual-SIM, 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) and USB Type-C (as opposed to micro-USB 2.0 in the Mi Max) for charging and data syncing. There’s also an IR blaster that can be used in tandem with the Mi Home app to control smart home appliances. The biggest highlight of the Mi Max 2 is, perhaps, the fact that it supports stereo speakers making it quite a steal for multimedia junkies.The Mi Max 2 sports a 12-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.2 aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus and a dual-LED (dual-tone) flash. Interestingly, the Mi Max 2 comes with the same Sony IMX 386 image sensor as the one on-board the company’s flagship Mi 6. The Mi Max 2 will be capable of recording 4K videos as well. On the front, the Mi Max 2 comes with a 5-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture. The original Mi Max came with a 16-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus and dual-LED (dual-tone) flash along with a 5-megapixel camera on the front with f/2.0 aperture.The Mi Max 2 is backed by a massive 5,300mAh battery which is rated to deliver up to 2 days of battery life on regular usage. The Mi Max 2 also supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 — can charge by up to 68 per cent in 1 hour according to Xiaomi — and Parallel Charging which means that you can continue to use the device even while charging.Pricing and availability: The Mi Max 2 starts at 1699 RMB (roughly Rs 15,953) for the base 4GB RAM/64GB memory model and goes all the way to 1999 RMB (roughly Rs 18,765) for the top-end 4GB RAM/128GB memory model. The phone is exclusive to China for now though and will be available for buying from June 1.advertisementadvertisementlast_img