Around 2 Months back, Asus had announced Zenfone Max Pro M1. It came as a surprise announcement to many. Overall, the phone is well built keeping in Mind the design, the 18:9 display, a powerful snapdragon 636 processor, A Dual camera setup. The phone offers Value for money according to what it is priced.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1) Review
Design and Build Quality
Asus Zenfone Max Pro comes with a simple design, The phone’s form factor is of a Candy bar shape making it easy to hold in the hands. The phone has rounded edges to give it a more better look and the screen on the front sports a 2.5D curved glass which adds more beauty to the design.
The phone sports a metal back with a Fingerprint sensor. As far as the Build quality of the phone is concerned, the phone feels premium while holding in hands and doesn’t feel like it would slip out of the hands at any point on time.
The Asus Zenfone Max pro (M1) sports a 5.99-inch LCD display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. The screen is bright enough and you can easily use the phone under sun. With the phone sporting the huge Battery of 5000mAh and a big screen, you can enjoy watching Netflix, Youtube or some other thing easily and the phone can last easily for several hours.
Performance and Storage
Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1) under the hood sports a Snapdragon 636 octa core Processor with the Ram options as 3GB/4GB/6GB coupled with 32/64GB Storage. The Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with almost same internals but is a priced a bit higher than the Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1).
The phone works smoothly throughout the Normal usage and the Stock Android over it is an added advantage for the smooth functioning and doesn’t lag. The Device does get a little bit warm while using it for gaming or Charging as compared to the Redmi Note 5 which does get a bit warm while charging. That’s a Major con in any smartphone which sports a Metal body but ASUS has managed to keep this thing out of the way.
The Phone scored a 1,15,545 on the Antutu Benchmark App. The phone runs on Pure Android 8.1 Oreo with minimal bloatware.
The Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1) comes with a Dual Camera on the back, The primary camera is of 13MP while the Depth sensor is of 5MP which helps in Portrait mode. The Back camera is flushed within the body so that the Camera Module doesn’t get damaged when the phone falls. Asus has very well managed to keep the camera like it is in other Zenfones but The New camera UI is boring and doesn’t offer much manual control over the camera.
The phone is capable of taking good shots from the Rear camera as well as the Back camera. On the From Asus Zenfone Max pro (M1) sports a 8MP camera which can take good quality photos. The phone also comes with Face unlock and uses the front camera for this. During the tests, I Found out that the Face unlock feature was a bit slow as compared to the Redmi Note 5 Pro but it still did a good job.
The phone under the hood packs a humongous 5000mAh battery which can easily last you 2 days if you’re using it for calls, some games and Social media. During a Screen on Time test we ran, the phone lasted for about continuous 10 Hours of screen On Time or SOT while we streamed some episodes of 13 Reasons why. But, being given a huge battery, it gives the device a more bulkier feel but also adds to the grip of the phone and it doesn’t feel like it would just slip out of the hand at any point of time.
The Final Verdict
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 packs all the right things under the hood and has the best pricing among all the mid-ranger series. Currently, The device ticks all the right boxes and gives a tough competition to all the devices in this segment specially the Redmi Note 5 Pro. We would suggest you to go for this phone as it is the Value for money device.