Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro is a slightly better phone, but the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 64GB is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much your want to spend!

Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro  Xiaomi Mi Max 2 64GB 
Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro Xiaomi Mi Max 2
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Excellence Score
35.7
35.3
Value for Money Score
50.3
69.4
Price ₹ 31,000 onwards ₹ 15,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2016 Jul, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Upgradeable to 7.0 NougatExpected update to 8.0 Oreo Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6 inches 6.4 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 367 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 344 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 4 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features Super AMOLED 2.5D Curved Glass, Sunlight Display, Night Display, Reading Mode, Color Temperature Adjustment
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm MSM8976 Snapdragon 652Ranked #23 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 625Ranked #34 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 510 Adreno 506
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB-C
Primary Camera 16.0MP 12.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features F/1.9 Aperture, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), 1/2.8" Sensor Size, Geo-tagging, Face Detection, Panorama, HDR F/2.2 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Sony IMX386 Sensor, 1/2.9" Sensor Size, 1.25 um Pixel Size, Panorama, HDR, Burst Mode, Face Recognition, Real-time Camera Filters
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 5.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/1.9 Aperture, Full HD Video Recording F/2.0 Aperture, 85-degree Wide-angle Lens, Selfie Timer, Facial Recognition
Internal Memory 32 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 128 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.9 mm 7.6 mm
Weight 210 gm 211 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh 5300 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A 57.00 hrs
Battery Talktime (3G) 33.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging Yes Yes, Quick Charge 3.0
Other Battery Parameters Internet Usage Time (3G): 17 hrs, Internet Usage Time (4G): 20 hrs, Internet Usage Time (WiFi): 21 hrs, Video Playback Time: 26 hrs, Audio Playback Time: 109 hrs Video Playback Time: 18 hrs, Gaming Time: 9 hrs, Audio Playback Time: 240 hrs, Reading Time: 19 hrs, Navigation Time: 21 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Fast Battery Charging: 32% in 30 mins; Scratch Resistant Back Panel (Corning Gorilla Glass 4); Samsung Pay; S-Voice; NFC; ANT+ Support; FM Recording; Noise Filtration Fast Battery Charging (Quick Charge 3.0); Parallel Charging; MIMO; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Premium glass-metal design
  • The flattened mid section too helps in making it easy to hold
  • With small bezel size (just 2.7mm) the overall size is kept relatively manageable for such a large screen device
  • Samsung's expertise in making good AMOLED screen shines through in the A9 Pro as well - although the resolution is relatively low at 1080p, the screen looks sharp, offers superb contrast, viewing angles and brightness
  • If you find the colours not to your liking, you can also switch modes from the display settings (adaptive/cinema photo/basic modes)
  • Good overall speed/performance, powered by the Snapdragon 652 processor, paired with 4GB RAM - offers the same class of performance as previous generation flagships - but falls behind the current Snapdragon 820 phones like Le Max 2 and Mi5 which are available in even lower price brackets
  • The 16MP primary camera offers good quality results and has optical image stabilization - although it is easily outclassed by the top camera phones in this price range like the OnePlus 3
  • The battery is massive at 5, 000mAh and combined with the efficient Snapdragon 652, delivers two full days of battery life
  • Fast charging support (30 minutes of charging will give you about a 30 per cent charge)
  • On the whole, if you want a really large screen smartphone from one of the top brands, A9 Pro is a good deal, but if you are ok about going with middle level or smaller brands, you can do better by getting better performance, more RAM, storage and better cameras at a cheaper price
  • Premium, high-quality design - 2.5D curved glass at the front and smooth flowing curves round the back, along with a unibody anodized aluminum build
  • The curves at the back and the sleek 7.6mm profile make the Mi Max 2 relatively easier to hold, for a device of this size
  • Fast, accurate fingerprint sensor located at the back
  • Gigantic 6.44in display - pleasant, bright, viewable in direct sunlight, accurate colors, and excellent viewing angles - you can adjust the contrast levels, and there's also the option to toggle sRGB mode - the large screen is great for viewing video and playing games
  • Amazing battery life - with a giant 5300mAh battery into the chassis - easily lasts 2 days with moderate use - this is tablet-class territory, and the Mi Max 2 is in fact better than most 7-inch tablets when it comes to battery life - the battery combined with the large screen makes for a potent combination, particularly if you're interested in viewing a lot of multimedia content
  • MIUI is a light and clean Android UI, with a lot of customization options
  • Additional software features include a screen shrinker, blue-light filter, built-in video editor in the gallery, scrolling screenshots, and Quick ball to launch apps with ease - all useful stuff
  • Performance is good and smooth too - powered by the Snapdragon 625 and comes with 4GB of RAM, along with 64GB of storage - does a good job of crunching through everyday tasks (the only place where you'll notice the odd stutter is the most visually demanding games)
  • Decent rear camera - especially in daylight conditions - takes detailed images, and Auto HDR makes a noticeable difference - the camera is a definite step-up from the first-gen model
  • Decent front camera too, in daylight conditions
  • The dual speaker combination is well done and gets sufficiently loud, without distortion at high volumes
  • Also has Quick Charge 3.0 over USB-C, allowing you to charge up to 68% of the battery's capacity in just over an hour, or enough juice to last an entire day
  • Infrared sensors have been a mainstay on Xiaomi phones for several years now, and that hasn't changed with the Mi Max 2, allowing you to control your TV, air conditioner, or set-top box with the phone
  • On the whole, with a 6.44-inch display and a massive 5300mAh battery, Xiaomi's latest phablet is the ideal device for consuming multimedia on the go, and an excellent option if you are looking for a combined phone-tablet experience, and don't mind carrying around a large device in daily use - it is a portable all-in-one that allows you to comfortably watch videos and movies, play games, and read books on the go
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • No notification LED
  • This is of course a big phone, so if ease-of-carrying or one-handed use are primary concerns, then you want to look at other options
  • Both the rear and the front camera, while good in day-light conditions, are not that great in low-light conditions, and in video-recording quality
Expert Reviews
  1. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  1. No stunts, no trickery, not even split screen multi-tasking - just a sensible design, big screen and a big battery.
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. It certainly isn't for everyone, but it rewards those who can handle its size with a quality build, adequate performance, decent cameras, and exceptional battery life and multimedia experience.
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Mi Max 2 builds upon the success of its predecessor and represents the best of Xiaomi
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. We would recommend the Mi Max 2 to anyone looking for a great display and battery performance in a smartphone in this segment, if they don't mind its size
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
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