It’s hard not to love the Mi Max phablet. It has a massive display, an equally huge 4,850mAh battery that can easily last over a day with heavy use, and it just costs around $230. Thus, it’s no surprise the device sold over 3 million units.
What’s also unsurprising is that Chinese electronics maker Xiaomi has just announced the Mi Max 2. Like its predecessor, the phablet’s main highlights are its 6.44-inch screen and gargantuan battery. This time, however, the Mi Max 2 is powered by a 5,300mAh which Xiaomi claims will last two full days of use.
Mi Max 2 specs
Here’s what’s under the hood:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor
- Qualcomm Adreno 506 GPU
- 4GB RAM
- 6.44-inch Full HD display, 1920 x 1080 resolution
- 64GB/128GB expandable storage, via microSD
- 12-megapixel Sony IMX386 rear camera, Large Pixel, with PDAF
- 5-megapixel front camera, with wide-angle lens
- Dual SIM (Hybrid, Nano), 4G LTE, LTE-A
- Fingerprint sensor, IR blaster, and stereo speakers
- 5,300mAh battery, Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
- Android 7.0 Nougat (MIUI 8)
That two-day battery use seems feasible considering that the 625 processor is more power efficient (it uses 14nm architecture) and the power supply is larger at 5,300mAh versus the original’s 4,850mAh.
We’re not sure, however, if the Mi Max 2 battery can survive heavy use (e.g. playing games for six hours; or all-day simultaneous data connection, GPS, music, Bluetooth, syncing, and internet browsing) for two days.
For a bit of perspective: in our experience, the original Mi Max can typically last upwards of 8 hours screen-on time while watching YouTube videos and still have at least 30% of juice.
As mentioned in the specs, the device also comes with Quick Charge 3.0, which Xiaomi claims can give the Mi Max 2 a 68% recharge in one hour. Hopefully, Xiaomi would provide a Quick Charge 3.0 charger and support for the Mi Max 2 out of the box (the original didn’t).
The Mi Max 2 is scheduled to release in China this 1 June 2017. The 64GB variant will cost around $247, while the 128GB version is $291. Importing the phablet may bring up your total expense to $400, which is still pretty cheap considering the terrific specs.