Xiaomi Mi Max 2 versus Xiaomi Mi5s – Similar price range, but who is better?

Hi guys, this is my in-depth comparison of the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 and the Xiaomi Mi5s, two similarly priced smartphones. So who offers better value?

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The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is a giant phablet, with a 6.4 inch screen. So, it is more like a mini Tablet. It will not be for everyone’s task, but having looked at it and used it for quite some time, it is one of the must have Phablets of 2017. On the other hand, the Xiaomi Mi5s is the predecessor of the Xiaomi Mi6. It is relatively cheaper now, but still offers Flagship performance and an impressive camera similar to the Google Pixel.

Strengths of the Xiaomi Mi Max 2:

  • Great build quality (Flagship Quality)
  • Camera performance is similar to the Xiaomi Mi6 minus the OIS
  • Comes with Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box
  • Good overall performance
  • Can run 3D intensive games at 1080p
  • Ultra Long Battery life (17 hours)
  • Great Display
  • Fingerprint Performance is accurate and much better than the Xiaomi Mi5s
  • Very efficient Chipset and doesn’t overheat
  • No Overheating issues, even after heavy use or gaming
  • Price: the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 at $269


  • Gaming is obviously weaker compared to the Xiaomi Mi5s
  • Similar to the Xiaomi Mi5s, it still suffers from Poor memory optimization
  • Huge size, not for everyone, difficult to put in pocket
  • Average Audio Quality from the Camera mics (low bit rate)
  • Slippery, I almost dropped this when reviewing
  • No IS (Image Stabilization) on video

Strengths of the Xiaomi Mi5s

  • One of the best choices for gaming on the budget
  • Stellar performance or Flagship level
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization) on 1080p only
  • Good Battery Life (8 hours casual use)
  • No Overheating issues, even after heavy use or gaming
  • Price: The Xiaomi Mi5s (3+64gb) at $256


  • Probably one of the worst Front Touch ID (Fingerprint Scanner that I have tested)
  • Build quality is similar to other cheaper midrangers from Xiaomi
  • Only comes with 3 GB RAM out of the box (at least this model is)
  • Average Audio Quality from the Camera mics (low bit rate)
  • No IS (Image Stabilization) on 4K
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