Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1) – YAY or NAY

Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1) 

 

Asus, the Taiwan based company, recently launched their new smartphone in the budget segment. It had created a buzz since it was announced. So, we are talking about the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1. It is available in two variants, 3GB+32GB and 4GB+64GB variant in black and grey color only. If we go through the price and the features of the smartphone we can call it a tough contender of the Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 Pro. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is priced at rupees 10,999 for the 3GB+32GB variant and rupees 12,999 for the 4GB+64GB variant. The 6GB+64GB variant is expected to arrive soon.

Let’s have a quick overview of the specifications that Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 boasts,

  • 99 inch (15.21 cm) FHD+ Full-view display with 2160 x 1080 pixels screen resolution
  • Dual sim with dedicated memory slot expandable upto 2 TB
  • Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Kryo 260 Octa-Core chipset clocked at 1.8 GHz with Adreno 509 GPU
  • 3GB RAM+32GB Internal Storage and 4GB RAM+64GB Internal Storage
  • Runs on the latest Android Oreo 8.1 and has the stock android interface
  • 13MP+5MP rear dual camera with LED flash and 8MP front shooter also with a LED flash
  • Fingerprint Sensor on the rear side
  • 5000 mAh battery with quick charging

Review

The smartphone seems to be an extravaganza for the people who are focusing on the budget segment devices. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 offers everything in a really affordable price. The big 5.99 inch FHD+ display is phenomenal and the viewing angles are great. The color reproduction is good and crisp. It looks premium and light even though it boasts the huge 5000 mAh battery. The overall looks of the device seem nice and similar to that of the Apple’s iPhone X.

As far as the performance is concerned, the device does a great job as it is powered by the new chipset by Qualcomm which is Snapdragon 636. The gaming experience is great and the device does not heat much. With the pure stock android experience the device works smoothly and has almost no bloatwares. The device handles the task well and thus provides and overall good performance.

If we talk about the camera then the device offers decent camera performance but could have been better. The front camera offers an 8MP shooter which is not that great as compared to the 20MP camera of the Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 Pro which is available at rupees 13,999. Though the rear shooter produces good pictures in the day-light but the low-light photos are not that great but decent.

The huge battery of 5000 mAh is a major plus point or the highlight of the device. The battery provides 48 hours of stand-by on the standard usage. Also, the quick charger is available for quick charging. Also, you can expand the storage with a micro-sd card upto 2TB with the non hybrid sim slot which is again a plus point for the device. And, lastly you will be provided with a powerful 2nd Generation NXP Amplifier and 5-magnet speaker out of the box which enhances the speaker performance of the device.

Verdict

 

The device is a great choice for the people who demand an all-rounder in the budget segment with a great battery backup. The camera of the smartphone is decent in the price segment but could have been better as compared to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro. There is a speculation that the company might improve the camera quality for their 6GB variant. Overall, Asus have done a really good job with the phone and will definitely give a tough competition to the Redmi Note 5 Pro in the budget price segment.

 

 

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