Xiaomi has been sending invites for a launch event in New Delhi on July 18. It could be the launch of the Mi Max 2 in India, the newest phablet from Xiaomi. The Mi Max 2 was launched in China in May with the tagline “big is back”. This smartphone has a starting price of CNY 1,699 (roughly Rs. 16,100) in China for the 64GB variant. The 128GB variant is priced at CNY 1,999 (roughly Rs. 18,900), and Xiaomi might not bring this model in India.
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 specifications
The Mi Max 2 has the same design of its older variant with a metal unibody casing with a fingerprint sensor on the back. It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 625 SoC clocked at 2GHz coupled with 4GB of RAM. This smartphone has a 6.4-inch full HD (1080×1920 pixels) display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. There is a 12MP rear camera with PDAF support and dual-LED flash that is identical to the Mi 6. It also has a 5MP front camera similar to its predecessor.
The Mi Max 2 runs MIUI 8 based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box. The included 5300mAh battery is claimed to last up to two days and also has support for Quick Charge 3.0 that charges the battery up to 68 percent in just one hour. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC and USB Type-C port. Its dimensions are 174.1 x 88.7 x 7.6 mm and weighs 211 grams.
What about Xiaomi Mi 6 launch in India ?
If you were waiting for the launch, forget it! Better buy the OnePlus 5 or Honor 8 Pro instead. India is the second largest market for Xiaomi after China. But the company believes that budget phones are better fit for Indian consumers. The Xiaomi Mi 5 was not a great success in India for the company last year. Mi Max was also not able to grab a major market share, but Xiaomi believes that the launch of Mi Max 2 is less risky. The Mi 6 is a popular smartphone in China, so the company may not have sufficient stock. The Mi Max 2 on the other hand doesn’t have many takers, so there are more units available for countries like India.