Asus has launched its new smartphone Zenfone Max Pro M1 in India. The smartphone has strong specifications and the price is also reasonable. The starting price of the handset is Rs.10,999. The phone has been launched in three storage variants. But will this call be challenged in India’s strong position in Xiaomi’s budget category? Let us know in the review.
In Zenfone Max Pro M1 has a 5.99 inches full HD + display, 3GB / 4GB RAM, 32 GB storage / 64 GB storage, Snapdragon 636 processor, 5000 mAh battery, latest Android 8.1 oreo, 13MP + 5MP dual rear camera, 8 megapixel front camera, dimension -159 x 76 x 8.5 millimeters, weight -180 grams, colores – black and titanium gray
Asus Zenphone Max Pro M1 Design
Asus has given a basic design in this phone. Over the last several years we have seen this design in many smartphones. A metallic unibody design comes with a mattle finish back in the phone. There is a dual rear camera setup on the rear and the flashlight above it. We found Aussus’s Dual camera setup design better than the Redmi Note 5 Pro. There is a fingerprint sensor and ASUS branding in the middle on the rear. Despite mattle finishe fingerprints appear on the rear of the phone and it needs to be cleaned. Zenfone Max Pro M1 has a power button with volume locker buttons on the right. There is a triple slot tray on the left side. Audio jacks, speaker grills and micro-USB ports are given below. Altogether, this phone of Asus has nothing in the design that can be remembered.
Asus Zenphone Max Pro M1 display
Like the Redmi Note 5 Pro, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 has a 5.99-inch screen that comes with full HD + (2160 x1080 pixels) resolution. The display has features like Adaptive Brightness, Night Light. Apart from this, features like font size, display size and screen tone adjust feature are also available.
Speaking of display quality, we have no complaints from Zenfone Max Pro M1. Photos appear sharper in the phone. We did not have any problem in using the phone even in the maximum brightness in sunlight.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 Performance
There is another feature in the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 which is the same as Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro. The phone has Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor. It is the second phone of Asus to come with Kyro Technology based chipset. The phone has 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB inbuilt storage.
Like the Note 5 Pro, we did not have any problem in working everyday in ZenFone Max Pro. There was no problem framing the frame or heating in the phone. The phone never hangs while using Call quality and audio quality are also good. However, when the phone is kept in landscape mode, the sound coming from the speaker below seems to be suppressed.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is the latest stock Android version 8.1 runs on Oreo. We believe that by getting the stock Android experience in the phone, it proves better than the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Because the Redmi Note 5 Pro runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat based MiUI 9. Coming to the latest Android version is one of the most important features in the phone.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 Camera
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 has a 13 megapixel and 5 megapixel dual camera that comes with Bokeh effect. On the front, the phone has an 8 megapixel selfie camera. Considering the price of the device, camera specifications can be called viable, but we like the Zenfone Max Pro M1’s camera interface. We have not seen this in any other smartphone with stock Android.
The device has Snapdragon Camera app interface and it is easy to access camera modes, filters, pictures, settings and depth of field features. We did not take time to find these filters and features, but we noticed that in many other handsets we took a lot of time to find these features.
Speaking of image quality, the pictures taken from the smartphone did not affect us very much. When using Bokeh effect, there is a difference between foreground and background. Paintings and exposures come in handy in pictures. However, in indoor lighting the camera can not provide such a quality picture. Noise appears in pictures taken in indoor lighting. Most of the time colors come in fine. Viewing angles are not correct in photos taken from the phone’s front camera. While the most important feature of smartphones coming nowadays is the selfie camera, while this phone of Asus is left behind in this case.
Asus Zenphone Max Pro M1 battery
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1’s most important feature is the 5000 mAh strong battery. While many other smartphones can run only one day or less, this handset of Asus runs for about two days with normal use. During this time, we have been able to make calls from phone, in addition to Internet browsing, GPS tracking, Netflix view. Overall performance of Zenfone Max influenced us a lot.
With an initial price of Rs 10,999, Asus has made a comeback in the entry-level smartphone segment. The phone’s 4 GB RAM and 64GB storage variant cost Rs 12,999. Apart from these two, Asus will soon launch a 6 GB RAM and 64 GB storage variant. This variant will have 16 megapixels and 5 megapixel dual rear camera setup with 16 megapixel front camera and it will cost Rs 14,999.
The most important features of the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 are the 5000 mAh battery and stock android 8.1 oro operating system. With a slightly better design and camera performance this handset could have become a perfect package and could break the monopoly of the Xiaomi Redmi Note Series in the Budget Segment. Asus will have to do some more work to challenge Xiaomi. Asus’s new handset is capable of challenging the Note 5 series and we recommend that it can be bought.
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