Lenovo Phab 2 Plus vs Xiaomi Mi Max Latest Budget Phones in the Indian Markets

There was a time when 5.5-inch was alarmingly large for some. It is the new normal now. The smartphone world, however, is one that is constantly evolving. A screen size that was considered huge once is normal now, a screen size that is huge now maybe normal two years down the road. You never know. Companies, however, are gearing up for such a future already. Xiaomi and Lenovo are two such companies.

Standing tall at 6.4-inch, Xiaomi's Mi Maxand Lenovo's Phab 2 Plus are super-sized phablets and quite literally, giants of the smartphone world. They are enormous, but surprisingly, both of them are super light on their feet. It's all the more surprising when you consider the fact that both the phablets cram meaty batteries inside.

Here's a step by step breakdown of their top specs to understand what lies underneath:

1. Both the phones boast of full-metal unibodies. However, both the phones weigh more or less the same (around 185 gram). Lenovo's phone is a lot thicker than Xiaomi's phone though. But you won't necessarily mind the extra thickness of the Phab 2 Plus. The extra thickness actually helps in adding an even more premium feel to Lenovo's phone. It looks and feels solid in the hands, and is equally well-built too. Xiaomi's Mi Max, on the other hand, can be a little too thin for some people. It has the ability to fly off your hand if you're not careful. This is because an all-metal body and such a thin frame don't necessarily go hand in hand. The Mi Max is well-built, but ergonomically speaking, the Phab 2 Plus appears to be at a slight advantage. The Mi Max, meanwhile, has the advantage of having Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protective covering.

2. Additionally, both the phones have a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. Both the phones have physical capacitive keys on the front.

3. Both the phones have a 1080p screen resolution. Both the phones suffer from barely adequate brightness levels, but Xiaomi's phone can produce slightly more accurate colours.

4. The Mi Max runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based MIUI 7 out-of-the-box. The Phab 2 Plus, meanwhile, runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based Vibe UI out-of-the-box.

5. Xiaomi's Mi Max is powered by a 1.8GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor, clubbed with Adreno 510 GPU and 3GB of RAM. It comes with 32GB of on-board memory which is further expandable by up to 128GB via a microSD hybrid card slot. The Phab 2 Plus, on the other hand, is powered by a 1.3GHz octa-core Mediatek MT8783 processor coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 128GB via microSD card slot. Both the phones support 4G LTE connectivity. Judging by hardware, the Mi Max has an edge over the Phab 2 Plus. The Snapdragon 650 has a faster CPU (and a faster GPU) and supports big.LITTLE technology so it can switch between its cores in order to maximise performance and battery life.

6. The Phab 2 Plus supports Dolby Audio Capture 5.1 and Dolby Atmos technology. The Mi Max simply has a bottom-firing mono speaker which can get very loud, and is in fact, one of the highlights of the phablet.

7. While the Phab 2 Plus has a 4,050mAh battery, the Mi Max boasts of a larger 4,850mAh battery.

8. The Mi Max sports a 16-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture, phase detect autofocus and dualLED (dual tone) flash. The rear cam is capable of shooting 4K, time-lapse and slow-motion videos. On the front, you get a 5-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture. The Phab 2 Plus meanwhile has dual 13-megapixel cameras on the rear. The twin cameras on-board the device enable for fancy Augmented Reality (AR) software tricks that can be implemented post clicking a random shot. The twin cameras are further aided with f/2.0 aperture, laser and phase detection autofocus and dual-LED flash. The phone also comes with an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.Both the phones carry a similar Rs 14,999 price tag.

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