(Don't get this big phone confused with the Mi Mix, a concept design revealed last year with a similar-size but bezel-less screen.)

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When is the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 release date?

The Mi Max 2 went on sale in China on 1 June. It will not officially go on sale in the UK, but GearBest is listing the device and happy to ship it (for free) to global customers. (We actually have one in for review, so keep your eyes peeled for our verdict later this week.)

It has now also been announced in India, where it will go on sale on 27 July.

You should take into account when buying a phone from abroad that different countries use different cellular frequencies. Typically Xiaomi phones will support the 2100MHz and 2600MHz bands we use for 4G in the UK, but not 800MHz. This means customers of O2, Sky Mobile, Giffgaff and others that rely solely on 800MHz for 4G will not get anything faster than 3G without connecting to Wi-Fi. (See How to tell whether a phone is supported by your network.)

You should also factor import duty into your initial budget, since the Mi Max 2 will ship from China rather than within Europe. This is calculated at 20 percent of the value on the shipping paperwork, plus an admin fee of around £11. (Check out our Chinese tech buying advice for more details.)

How much does the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 cost?

Mi Max 2 model Chinese RRP UK price US price EU price
4GB RAM, 64GB storage 1,699 RMB £216.24 $279.99 245.47€
4GB RAM, 128GB storage 1,999 RMB £367.99 $476.47 417.72€

In the table above you can see the Chinese RRPs for the 64- and 128GB storage versions of the Mi Max 2. We've also listed GearBest's UK, US and EU prices. Also see: Best Chinese phones

In India, when it goes on sale later this month, the Mi Max 2 will cost INR 16,999.

You should also factor in import duty, as we have explained above. Also see: Best dual-SIM phones

What does the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 look like?

As previously, the Mi Max 2 is a full metal unibody phone with rounded edges, now with improved one-handed use.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2

A fingerprint scanner remains located on the device's rear, and the screen still features incredibly slim bezels to the left and right edges.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 specifications and features

Specification Mi Max 2
Display 6.44in full-HD (1920x1080)
Processor 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core
Storage 64GB/128GB, plus up to 128GB via microSD
Primary camera 12Mp Sony IMX386, 1.25um pixels, PDAF
Selfie camera 5Mp
Battery 5,300mAh, Quick Charge 3.0 (68% in 1 hour), two-day battery life
Audio Stereo speakers, 3.5mm headphone jack
Extras Fingerprint scanner, IR blaster, dual-SIM support
Operating system MIUI 8.0 (based on Android)

Keep your eyes peeled for our Xiaomi Mi Max 2 review, coming very soon!