If you’re after big-screen phones on a budget, there’s good news. There are plenty of mid-range phones that sport screens as big as 5.5 inches or even larger, and some of them even offer screens as large as 6.44 inches. Big screen phones offer huge screen real estate along with high capacity batteries, so when you’re not consuming content, such phones will last longer than other phones.
The Mi Max 2 (review) has the biggest screen among all the mid-range phones that are available in India. If you want a phone from a more known brand, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max has a 5.7-inch screen. However, neither of these phones have a screen with modern, 18:9 aspect ratio and minimal bezels. While the Moto G5 Plus had a 5.2-inch screen, the upcoming Moto G6 Plus will have a 5.93-inch 18:9 screen, and the phone could be announced later this month at MWC 2018.
Today, we’re comparing these three phones, the upcoming Moto G6 Plus, the Xiaomi Mi Max 2, and the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max. We will compare the pricing, specifications, and features of these phones to know which one you could buy if you want a big-screen Android phone within the 20K price range.
Moto G6 Plus vs. Mi Max 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy J7 Max: Price in India
The Moto G6 Plus hasn’t been unveiled or launched yet, but going by the pricing of the Moto G series phones from Motorola, the phone could be priced somewhere around Rs. 15,000. The Mi Max 2 was launched in India in two storage variants: 32GB (priced at Rs. 13,999) and 64GB (priced at Rs. 15,999). The Samsung Galaxy J7 Max is the costliest of the three phones, and is priced at Rs. 16,900, but it comes with just 32GB storage.
Moto G6 Plus vs. Mi Max 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy J7 Max: Screen & Design
We had exclusively leaked some images of the yet-to-be-announced Moto G6 Plus a few weeks ago. Moreover, Droid Life has leaked the features of the entire Moto smartphone lineup for 2018. According to the information, the Moto G6 Plus will come with a 5.93-inch IPS LCD screen with Full HD+ resolution (1080×2160 pixels) and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The Xiaomi Mi Max 2, on the other hand, features a 6.44-inch IPS LCD screen with Full HD resolution (1080×1920 pixels) and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The Samsung Galaxy J7 Max features a 5.7-inch PLS LCD screen with Full HD resolution (1080×1920 pixels). Of the lot, looks like the Moto G6 Plus will have the best screen, thanks to an IPS LCD panel and 18:9 aspect ratio.
Moto G6 Plus vs. Mi Max 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy J7 Max: Camera Quality
The Moto G6 Plus will feature a dual-rear-facing camera with a 12MP primary sensor and a 5MP secondary sensor. There will be a 16MP front-facing camera which is accompanied by an LED flash. Similar to the Moto G5 Plus, it features dual-pixel phase-detection autofocus, ƒ/1.7 aperture, and 4K video recording. The Mi Max 2 has a single 12MP rear-facing camera with phase-detection autofocus, dual-tone flash and 4K video recording, but its aperture is narrower at ƒ/2.2. The Samsung Galaxy J7 Max uses a single 13MP camera with Moto G5 Plus-like ƒ/1.7 aperture, but the sensor is smaller in comparison and the phone can record just 1080p videos. While the Mi Max 2 and Galaxy J7 Max can click decent images, the Moto G6 Plus’ camera is in a different league, and you can notice better image quality in low-light conditions.
Moto G6 Plus vs. Mi Max 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy J7 Max: Performance and Software
According to the leaked information, the Moto G6 Plus will use the popular Snapdragon 630 processor, something that was used in the Moto X4 as well. It will have 4GB RAM and at least 32GB internal storage. The Mi Max 2 uses the slightly older version of the Snapdragon 630, the Snapdragon 625. Moreover, it has 4GB RAM and it comes in 32GB and 64GB storage variants. The Samsung Galaxy J7 Max uses the MediaTek Helio P20 chipset (MT6575) with 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. All the phones have expandable storage option, thanks to microSD card slots. When it comes to actual performance, the Galaxy J7 Max is the slowest of them all. The Moto G6 Plus is slightly faster than the Mi Max 2 due to higher CPU clock speed.
The Moto G6 Plus will come with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box and stock Android UI. The Mi Max 2 was launched with Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and there’s a good chance that it will receive the Android 8.0 Oreo update. The Galaxy J7 Max was released with Android 7.0 Nougat and it might receive the Android 8.0 Oreo update later this year. However, the Moto G6 Plus might get the Android P update a sometime next year since Motorola has a better track record when it comes to Android updates. The fingerprint reader on the Moto G6 Plus will be hidden underneath the Motorola logo (batwing duvet), and it’s the easiest to reach and one of the fastest in comparison to the fingerprint readers on the Mi Max 2 and the Galaxy J7 Max.
Moto G6 Plus vs. Mi Max 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy J7 Max: Battery Life
The Moto G6 Plus will reportedly come with a 3200mAh battery with 15W Turbo Charge capability. The Samsung Galaxy J7 Max features a 3300mAh battery, but lacks any kind of rapid charging technology. The Mi Max 2 on the other hand has a huge 5300mAh battery with 18W Quick Charge 3.0 rapid charging tech. Looks like the Moto G6 Plus and the Galaxy J7 Max are good for one-day battery life, but the Mi Max 2 can easily last two days on a single charge. It can charge faster, too. So, the Mi Max 2 is the clear winner in terms of battery life.
Moto G6 Plus vs. Mi Max 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy J7 Max: Verdict
All things considered, the Moto G6 Plus looks like a promising phone, thanks to a close to 6-inch screen, 18:9 aspect ratio, minimal bezels, dual-camera setup, and a 16MP front-facing camera. However, if its the screen real estate and battery life are your main concerns, the Mi Max 2 is clearly a better choice among all three phones. The Galaxy J7 Max has neither a good screen, nor good performance. It even lacks a good camera and the latest version of Android. We would not recommend the Galaxy J7 Max to anyone since there are much better phones out there. The only thing going for it is Samsung’s strong after-sales network.