Review Xiaomi Mi Max 2: and a smartphone little
We are entering in times of mass rejection of the framework: Samsung and LG already is not only Xiaomi with its Mi MIX, but also such famous smartphonetoday as, for example, Doogee. This means that after a short stagnation, a growing number of smartphones will again to displays with a diagonal of more than 6 inches. Meanwhile, the monstrous smartphones-phablets on the market not so much: in addition to the Galaxy S8+ Mi and the mentioned MIX, we have ASUS Zenfone 3 Ultra with a huge, 6.8 inch display, and modest six-inch Sony Xperia Ultra and XA series Huawei Mate and Mate 9 has not appeared on the Russian market.
Many of these giants are playing in completely different niches. For example, Xiaomi Mi Max 2 definitely does not compete with the flagship Samsung and its experimental brother in the family of Mi MIX. He and a half times cheaper ASUS Zenfone 3 Ultra and has a half-inch larger display than the Sony and Huawei devices. Well, we are dealing with an almost unique offer – it will be interesting to talk about him.
In contrast to the above-mentioned apparatus ASUS phablet Xiaomi offers some outstanding multimedia features, due to which he could claim the title of a bedside tablet or something like that, although here and there are stereo speakers. This is the usual modern smartphone, just a really big – and it has unexpected advantages.
|Xiaomi Mi 2 Max||Xiaomi Mi Max||ASUS Zenfone 3 Ultra||Huawei Mate 8||Sony Xperia Ultra XA|
|Display||6.44 inch, IPS, 1920 × 1080 pixels, 342 ppi, capacitive multitouch||6.44 inch, IPS, 1920 × 1080 pixels, 342 ppi, capacitive multitouch||6.8 inch, IPS, 1920 × 1080 pixels, 324 ppi, capacitive multitouch||6 inch, IPS, 1920 × 1080 pixels, 368 ppi, capacitive multitouch||6 inch, IPS, 1920 × 1080 pixels, 367 ppi, capacitive multitouch|
|Safety glass||Corning Gorilla Glass 4||Corning Gorilla Glass 4||Corning Gorilla Glass 4||Corning Gorilla Glass 4||Is, manufacturer unknown|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (eight cores ARM Cortex-A53, 2.0 GHz)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 (dual core ARM Cortex-A72, 1.8 GHz + four cores ARM Cortex-A53, 1.4 GHz)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 (four ARM Cortex-A72, 1.8 GHz + four cores ARM Cortex-A53, 1.4 GHz)||HiSilicon Kirin 950 (four cores ARM Cortex-A572, 2.3 GHz; Quad core ARM Cortex-A53, 1.8 GHz)||Mediatek MT6755 Helio P10 (four cores ARM Cortex-A53, 1.2 GHz + four cores ARM Cortex-A53, 2 GHz)|
|Graphics controller||Adreno 506, 650 MHz||Adreno 510, 550 MHz||Adreno 510, 550 MHz||The Mali-T880 MP4, 900 MHz||ARM Mali-T860, MP2, 700 MHz|
|RAM||4 GB||3/4 GB||3/4 GB||3/4 GB||3 GB|
|Flash memory||64/128 GB||32/64/128 GB||32/64/128 GB||32/64 GB||16 GB|
|Memory card support||There||There||There||There||There|
|Connectors||USB Type-C, mini-Jack 3.5 mm||microUSB, mini-Jack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C, mini-Jack 3.5 mm||microUSB, mini-Jack 3.5 mm||microUSB, mini-Jack 3.5 mm|
|SIM card||Two nano-SIM||nano-SIM + micro-SIM||nano-SIM + micro-SIM||two nano-SIM||One nano-SIM/dual nano-SIM|
|Cell 2G connection||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz|
|3G cellular communications||HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz||HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz||HSDPA 800/850/900/1900/2100 MHz||HSDPA 800/850/900/1900/2100||HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz|
|Cellular 4G||LTE Cat. 6 (300 Mbps): the bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 6 (300 Mbps): the bands 1, 3, 7, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 6 (300 Mbps): the bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 6 (300 Mbps): the bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 17, 19, 20, 26, 38, 39, 40||LTE Cat. 4 (up to 150 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n|
|Navigation||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS|
|Sensors||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), infrared port||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), infrared port||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), barometer||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)|
|The main camera||12 MP, ƒ/2.2, and phase detection autofocus, led flash, record 4K video||16 MP, ƒ/2.0, phase detection autofocus, led flash, record 4K video||23 MP, ƒ/2.0, hybrid autofocus, led flash, optical stabilization, recording Full HD-video||16 MP, ƒ/2.0, autofocus, optical stabilization, led flash, recording Full HD-video||21.2 MP, hybrid autofocus, led flash, recording Full HD-video|
|Front camera||5 MP, fixed focus||5 MP, fixed focus||8 MP, fixed focus||8 MP, fixed focus||16 MP, autofocus|
|Food||Removable battery 20,14 WH (5300 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery is 18.4 W·h (4850 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery 17.5 W·h (4600 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery 15.2 WH (4000 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery 10.2 W·h (2700 mAh, 3.8 V)|
|Size||Estimated at 174.1 × 88,7 × 7.6 mm||173,1 × 88,3 x 7,5 mm||186,4 × 93,9 × 6.8 mm||Was 157.1 x 80,6 x 7.9 mm||164 × 79 × 8.4 mm|
|Weight||211 grams||203 grams||233 grams||185 grams||202 grams|
|Operating system||Android 7.1.1 Nougat, shell MIUI||Android 6.0 Marshmallow, shell MIUI||Android 6.0 Marshmallow, shell, Zen UI||Android 6.0 Marshmallow, shell EMUI||Android 6.0 Marshmallow, shell Sony Xperia|
|Current price||15 000-19 000 (gray), 19 000-25 000 rubles (officially)||15 000-20 000 rubles||40 000||30 000-32 000||20 000-21 000|
Appearance, ergonomics and software
In an attempt to create a different, innovative smartphone, Xiaomi Mi MIX were apparently thrown all forces designers to other devices already clearly not enough. Some people are lucky: for example, Mi6 may not possess originality, but still turned out cute. But the hero of today’s review is like wearing a cap of invisibility is absolutely plain and boring machine. It needs to attract buyers by the combination of their characteristics and prices, but also non-standard format – but the dust in the eye due to its appearance it is to let anyone can not. Sorry — still want some creativity, even in such matters as the design of the smartphone.
Boredom just the same, driving the jaw when you find out that in Russia Mi Max 2 officially presented in one single colour – black. There is also a version with a gold cap and a white bezel screen, but it can produce only grey paths.
Aesthetics – aesthetics, but with the build quality of Xiaomi’s all good. Decent materials, glass and metal, all customized high quality, no squeaks, does not protrude above the body, some “thin” — in terms of a lack of strength — places in Mi Max 2 no.
One of the main points – dimensions. The numbers by themselves say little, but here they are, just in case: estimated at 174.1 × 88,7 × 7,6 mm. Weight – 211 grams. The developers were able to make the frame around the screen is relatively small, but not removed them entirely, as in the Mi MIX. However, even if it is removed, the display at almost six and a half inch by itself would be hard to fit in the hand. Talking seriously about the usability of this smartphone, in my opinion, impossible. In any case it is a question of patience and willingness to bring some aspects of ergonomics in sacrifice to the big screen: for example, the device is almost guaranteed to stick out of the pocket and trying to from it to fall out when you sit down; keep it not too convenient, and handle him with two hands is a practical necessity.
But there is good news in terms of appearance: in spite of the built-in battery capacity of 5300 (!) mAh, the device is quite thin. And it looks thinner than it actually is, due to the fashion of the bevels on the edges. This, of course, “shovel” – and no one expects him to compete with iPhone SE, but “shovel” is quite modern, the best, so to speak, of sorts.
Ergonomically it is the most common smartphone: the keys on the right side, a mini-Jack on top, USB Type-C on the lower, touch-sensitive navigation keys below the screen (Yes, not a single pixel on the screen is not “lost”), and the fingerprint scanner on the rear panel.
It is for this state fingerprint sensor I’d like to thank Xiaomi is now massively adopted to carry it on the front panel, but for a device with such dimensions and weight distribution is just dangerous. With a similar problem I faced when dealing with ASUS Zenfone 3 Ultra, where you try to move your thumb to the screen, to the sensor led to the fact that the upper part of a smartphone outweighed and he risked to fall on the floor. Here the hand position is natural, to use the scanner conveniently.
By itself, the standard sensor, capacitive. Until the finger is not damaged, dirty or wet sensor works very fast and accurately, on machine start-up takes less than a second. The scanner can be used not only to unlock the phone or specific applications, but to enable child mode and confirm payments.
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Works Mi Max 2 running Android 7.1.1 Nougat, covered with a shell MIUI 8. About this is the combination I have already mentioned, for example, in the review of the Xiaomi Mi5s Plus. Here I note the key points: necessary, standard methods can not be disabled, but changing when you switch the rims around icon; no app menu only multiple desktops; the flexibility of the interface; the function of the Second Space (second space), through which you can create an additional desktop, and Dual Apps, which makes it the first desktop to make clones of apps with other accounts. I got the Mi version Max 2 for official Russian sales – gently Russified and filled with necessary software Google. When ordering the smartphone in the Chinese store all the same may need to work a little magic with apk files.