JustInReviews has brought for you, the smartphone review of Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1. Go through this curtainraiser, before opting to buy it.
The new Zenfone Max Pro M1 is known to have been created particularly for India, as indicated by Asus, and it could be amongst the first of numerous such devices. Its major objective is said to be to knock out the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (Review) and Redmi Note 5 Pro (Review) off their roosts.
So, let’s check out as to what the manufacturers have included in this smartphone, so as to achieve its goal.
The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 includes the traditional design with next to zero advancement in terms of the screen. It dons a unibody metallic design alongside a rear body that is matte finished. At the back, there is likewise the dual camera setup which can be said to be better placed and designed over its Xiaomi peer. The back camera on the Redmi Note 5 Pro protrudes juts a tad, then again, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 facilitates the same dual-camera setup all the more neatly and with accuracy, consequently giving a more premium and smoother appearance to the smartphone. Likewise, the back panel hosts the fingerprint scanner at the center alongside the Asus branding.
With respect to the power and the volume buttons, this gadget has them on its right side. The triple slot on the smartphone has been placed on the left side. The 3.5mm jack, speaker grille and the micro USB port are placed at the base of the handset, following the typical tradition and design principles.
One would be happy to see that there’s no notch present on the 5.99-inch screen. It has got a 18:9 aspect ratio and a 1080×2160 resolution. The corners happen to be rounded, and Asus states a 450nit max brightness having a contrast ratio of 1500:1 and 85% reproduction of the NTSC shading range. The screen appears sufficiently bright for outdoor usage, and hues are quite lively. The viewing angles were found to be fine. Night mode exists and additionally manual colour temperature modification in the Settings application.
The camera setup which has been set on the left back side of the handset over the LED flash comprises of a 13MP primary sensor alongside a 5MP secondary sensor which assists the mobile in catching pictures with the shallow profundity of field or basically the bokeh effect. In case of selfies, the owners get a 8MP camera on the front side. Be that as it may, there is one interesting little change, which is this immensely unique camera application UI on the Asus Zenfone.
Asus has promised that it will keep enhancing the camera experience through OTA updates. What’s more, for the camera lovers, Asus additionally introduced a premium 6GB RAM variant with technology updated cameras, however, that will be sold at a later date.
The significant news here is the inclusion of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 processor, intended for premium mid-range smartphones, in a technology at this price range. It’s nothing unexpected this is a similar processor that Xiaomi brought in for its Redmi Note 5 Pro. It is likewise intriguing to take note of that Asus is utilizing a similar processor in its “lite” flagship Zenfone 5 (2018).
Buyers can pick between two variants of the Zenfone Max Pro M1: one possesses 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, while the other – has got 4GB and 64GB respectively.
Another feature highlight of this device is the dual 4G connectivity option, which enables users to have two 4G SIM cards on their device. Additionally, the mobile is compatible for dual VoLTE functionality. Other connectivity choices incorporate Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (sans 5GHz band support), GPS, Bluetooth and a micro USB port.
The gadget battery was told to survive through a full working day even with a reasonable piece of video streaming and some 3D games, yet that can’t particularly be called great with its 5000mAh capacity. The video loop battery test kept running for 13 hours, 29 minutes which is not as much as what the Redmi Note 5 Pro was able to do with a smaller battery, and furthermore well shy of Asus’ claim of 25 hours of constant video playback. This is an odd outcome, and we should take note of that the power administration could enhance once Asus comes with the shipping firmware.
There happens to be a 10 Watt charger in the packing, and keeping in mind that the Qualcomm Quick Charge isn’t depicted as a feature, handlers could reach from 0 to 15% in 10 minutes. However, it took just shy of three hours to get to 100 percent!
When we talk about the software, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1, the handset boots Android 8.1 Oreo out of the crate. The UI of the phone is found to be a pure stock affair which a considerable measure of phones appear to ship nowadays. This is where the Asus Zenfone can be said to really sparkle when contrasted with the Redmi Note 5 Pro on the grounds that despite the fact that the phone offers faultless specs, it just keeps running on the Android Nougat 7.1.1 with the MIUI 9 on top as its skin. As against the Xiaomi phone, the Asus Zenfone will offer a sans bloatware experience to the users thanks to the stock Android. There are likewise going to be the standard OS updates alongside most recent security patches as indicated by Asus. Post the most recent software update, the software is said to have got better.
Asus, the Taiwanese smartphone maker is ready to launch its Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 in India, at a beginning price of Rs 10,999.
– Screen appears vibrant
– Cameras of decent quality
– Good performance
– Battery life not up to the mark
– Monotonous design
– Awkward looking camera app UI