Recently we had brought news that the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 hardware specification had leaked on GFXBench. Under the codename Oxygen, the device packed a lot of firepower for its budget positioning in the product stack. Today, a report at mydrivers stated that the device will have a Snapdragon 626 SoC and not the yet un-revealed Snapdragon 660.

Xiaomi has had a busy first quarter for this year with a flurry of launches and pre-launch hype being built up. The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is an important device in the company’s product stack, offering a full blown phablet experience at a fraction of the cost. Earlier reports had stated that the successor to last years Mi Max would come with the Snapdragon 660 SoC at its heart. This was further fueled by a recent leak of a Xiaomi device, codenamed Oxygen over at GFXBench bearing an unspecified Qualcomm octa-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz.


Xiaomi Mi Max 2 on GFXBench
The Xioami Mi Max 2 specifications

This means all devices featuring such an unspecified processor at the heart of their hardware specifications might just be powered by the Snapdragon 626 and not the Snapdragon 660. The former is a slightly higher clock boosted variant of the older Snapdragon 625 SoC while the latter is the successor to the Snapdragon 65* line of SoCs’.

The main advantages of the Snapdragon 626 over the older 625 is a 10% increment in performance because of up-to ~200MHz higher base clock along with support for dual-camera sensors. Due to being fabricated on the same 14nm LPP node, the newer SoC retains the efficiency advantages of the older, lower clocked SoC. To complement the processor, the device features 4 GB or 6 GB of RAM coupled with 128 GB of internal storage. The Mi Max 2 features a 6.44-inch IPS display like its predecessor.

The original Mi Max

With the upgrade to the Mi Max 2’s SoC, the camera is also said to be getting a major upgrade. According to the same report, it will feature the same sensor as the one found on the Mi 5s, which utilised a 12-megapixel SONY IMX378 sensor but with provision for a larger aperture to get better quality shots. The selfie snapper up-front though will remain unchanged and retain the 5-megapixel sensor as on the Mi Max. To round up the rest of the specifications, the device is running on MIUI 8 a skin over Android’s recent v.7.1.1, Nougat flavour. To power all this hardware Xiaomi has provisioned the Mi Max 2 with a 5000mAh battery pack.

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