Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Review: Brienne of Tarth’s spirit
Ode to the iPhone 7
In my usage, the camera performed impressively with shooting some amazing and crisp daytime pictures. The ability of Max 2's camera to switch focus between objects is speedy and processes the shots swiftly. During my time with the Mi Max 2, the images I captured came out to be a precise replica of the actual scene both from the rear as well as the selfie camera which establishes the Mi Max 2 as a worthy equivalent to Brienne.
The Great Gig in the Sky
Brienne's style in combat is a mix of different techniques wherein she makes use of her size, power and an uncompromising might. Xiaomi's Mi Max 2 picks up these things from her in its day-to-day performance. The smartphone chews through apps and processes like the Oathkeeper cuts through enemies and no matter what we throw at it, the Mi Max 2 is too resilient to fall back. All this might is the courtesy of Qualcomm's best mid range processor working in tandem with the Adreno 506 graphics unit, 4GB of RAM and an onboard storage of 64GB which is expandable. Mind you, this is the same package we saw in the Redmi Note 4 which was a stunning device in its own right. I tried multitasking between the apps and the Mi Max 2 handled it like a pro. Games such as Need for Speed, Injustice 2, Clash of Clans ran on the smartphone without any lags. While playing a graphic intensive game such as the Injustice 2, there was a drop in frame rate which auto-corrected after few minutes. Even the processor doesn't budge in front of my usage and provides a smooth user experience throughout
On the software front, the Mi Max 2 runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat under MIUI 8.5 which offers some new features for the users. Now, people who love stock user interface won't like the interface of Mi Max 2 or any other Xiaomi smartphone for that matter and neither does the company expect you to. Xiaomi has got a great developer user base throughout the world who love the MIUI for its practical features. In Max 2's case, features such as one-handed mode, quickball, dual apps, scrolling screenshots, caller ID, action buttons among others make it for a fairly easy user experience. The interface on Mi Max 2 allows users to fully customise it according to their choice with thousands to themes to choose from. The overall UI of the Mi Max 2 is amazingly smooth and didn't feel broken at any time in my usage. It also adds some Nougat features like split screen and a Xiaomi speciality of having twin instances of the same app running on the same phone.
MIUI running on Android 7.1.1 Nougat
which also means that the camera isn't the fastest in low-light situations.
The Wheel of Time
For ₹16,999 if you want a large, powerful, sexy looking smartphone then, of course, Xiaomi's Mi Max 2 is for you. The 5,300 mAh battery is a cherry on the cake. Xiaomi has targeted a certain audience in India with the launch of their Mi Max 2. People who love large displays but not too large and those who want a big battery capacity albeit the bulkiness. The best thing about Brienne of Tarth is that she's straight forward, honourable, faithful and believes in the idea of knighthood. She defines badassery. Xiaomi's best things about their smartphones, culminate in this big, badass and unapologetic, Mi Max 2.