Only let down by the cameras, the UHANS Max 2 packs mid-range performance with an oversized screen, and nails its $150 price point.
Is it a phone? Is it a tablet? No, it’s a phablet! Looking for a full-bodied phone and a tablet on a budget? The UHANS Max 2 comes in at just under $150 and is trying to be everything. Will it succeed? Let’s find out.
UHANS Max 2 Specifications
- Dimensions: 89.2 x 176.5 x 9.2 mm,
- Weight: 245 g
- CPU: MediaTek MT6750T @ 4×1.5 GHz & 4×1.0 GHz
- GPU: ARM Mali-T860 MP2 @ 650 MHz
- RAM: 4 GB
- Storage: 64 GB (expandable via microSD card)
- Display: 6.44″ IPS @ 1080 x 1920
- Battery: 4300 mAh
- OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
- Price: around $150
Firstly, understand that this is not a phone. It is a device made to be viewed from space. The size combined with the weight, makes the Max 2, without a doubt, a two-handed device. Secondly, you wouldn’t compare a hamburger from your local grill to one from a Gordon Ramsey restaurant. So it would be ludicrous to compare the Max 2 to the likes of a flagship from the Apples and Samsungs.
On the left of the device are the combination sim and microSD card tray, volume rocker and combo power and lock button. The headphone jack (thank you, UHANS) is on the top, and finally on the bottom is the micro USB port and what looks like two speakers. Unfortunately just one of them is a speaker with the other one probably being the microphone.
On the face of the device is the 6.44″ 1080p IPS display. There is the capacitive home button which also doubles as the fingerprint sensor. There is an LED indicator, something I sorely miss when I use Apple devices, and a front-facing flash. You will also find a proximity sensor and finally, a dual 13MP and 2MP camera setup
On the rear, there are more cameras, another 13MP, and a 2MP combo. One of my minor gripes is that the rear camera bump is quite pronounced which means extra care needs to be taken when placing the device so that the glass covering the lenses doesn’t get scratched. Thankfully Uhans includes a case and 2 screen protectors to make sure your device is well looked after.
Ergonomics of a Monstrously Sized Phone
When trying to wield a phone which shares the width of an albatross’s wingspan, ergonomics has to be taken into consideration. From button layout, materials and overall shape of the device. This is an area where UHANS have almost nailed it.
The combination of rounded corners, slightly curved back and aluminum design means the Max 2 is surprisingly comfortable to hold. I’m not sure why the top and bottom are made of plastic, but it doesn’t make the device feel any less premium. If I were to nitpick, I wish the volume rocker was knurled, similar to the Doogee BL7000. The material on the rear isn’t the biggest fingerprint magnet I’ve seen, but doesn’t do so great at keeping them away either.
With all that said, everyone that I passed the phone to, unanimously agreed that the device was pleasing to hold, and felt comfortable in the hands. Kudos UHANS!
The product engineers for UHANS wanted majestic camera quality for the Max 2. For some reason, they decided on strapping four cameras to this phone. There are dual cameras garnishing the front and the rear. Each side has a 13MP and a 2MP sensor. As far as I know, this is a first for a phone.
So that should mean the pictures are awesome right? Well, not exactly. The Max 2 has the infamous fokeh (fake bokeh) mode which serves little or no purpose. The front cameras also include modes such as skin smoothing, face slimming, skin whitening and – most importantly – enlarging eyes. Without diverging into social standards, these modes are pretty useless.
In single camera mode, the Max 2 somewhat redeems itself. The front camera performs okay even in low light, and should subdue any selfie addictions. The rear camera, as you would expect, performs much better than it’s forward facing siblings. Pictures were vibrant and had plenty of details. Dynamic range could be improved slightly, but it’s far from being bad.
While the cameras aren’t going win any DxOMark awards, they should suffice for a social media use case. On occasion, however, they do take a little too long to focus, especially in conditions with low light. My biggest complaint is that video has a max resolution of 720p, which might be due to the choice of processor.
If you’re a numbers person, you might not be impressed by the Max 2. The MediaTek 6750T scored around 44,000 on Antutu and Geekbench topping out at 609 single core, 2602 multicore and 1746 in GPU compute.
Using the device, however, was great. Navigation was smooth, and multitasking was excellent with the 4GB of RAM. If you’re on the bleeding edge and are coming from a flagship device, you may notice a few milliseconds of delay, but it really is quite close.
Android 7.0 must also be credited to the device’s smooth performance. All of the native operating system features work really well like Google Assistant and the split-screen view. Being able to hide and rearrange the on-screen buttons was absolutely brilliant. Many users prefer to swap the button layout and switch the position of the back and recent keys.
Presumably, the screen size combined with the not-so-efficient MediaTek processor is what is probably capping the phone at a single days use from that 4,300MAh battery. Anything short of a day would’ve been unacceptable, but you do get around six hours of screen-on time.
Touch sensitivity was as responsive as it could be, with the multitouch detecting a maximum of 10 touches. The GPS took a few seconds before it had a stable lock and didn’t lose its location throughout use.
Who is the UHANS Max 2 for?
What you’re actually getting is mid-range performance and features for the price of a budget device. Media consumption, be it videos, reading and occasional gaming are exceptional on the Max 2 for your hard earned $150. Additionally, the large screen size made for great navigation when driving.
Phablets are for people that don’t want to have a smartphone and a tablet, but still want a better media experience from their device. If you don’t mind a larger device and you don’t want to spend your life savings on a smartphone, the Max 2 absolutely nails its price point.
With all the money you save on buying this device you could buy yourself a new pair of trousers. You will need deep pockets to lug the Max 2 around, but definitely not to purchase it.
Have you ever considered a phablet? What would your use case be on a device of this size? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below