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5,000 mAH battery
Vanilla Android Oreo 8.1
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
12MP+5MP rear camera
Vibrant 18:9 display
Best value for money
Poor shots in low light condition
No fast charging
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 Price in India is Rs.9999 for 3GB/32GB variant and Rs.11999 for 4GB/64GB variant. With a massive 5000 mAh battery, a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor and an Adreno 509 GPU, the Zenfone Max Pro (M1) packs quite a punch. Its 15.21 cm (5.99) FHD + Full View Display, along with its 2nd generation NXP SMART Amplifier and 5-magnet Speaker, takes your audiovisual experience to the next level. Equipped with a stock version of Android and the Android Oreo 8.1 operating system, this phone offers you a seamless and a more secure mobile experience. no coupon code needed. Shop now!
Over the years starting from 2014 Asus has created a sweet spot in the low cost smartphone market in India which packs quite a bunch of features in one form factor. It has dabbled in a motley of emerging products including wearables, tablets, netbooks and smartphones. Its Zenfone series became a hit with Indian consumers and the brand made a place for itself in the competitive price segment. Since then Asus has been experimenting with its Zenfones. While its Zenfone 3 series were high-end phones, the Zenfone 4 was targeted towards selfie lovers. It also tried to create a niche market with some of its exclusive smartphones like Zenfone AR, Zenfone Zoom S and Zenfone Live. But with Chinese brands focusing on delivering value infused phones, Asus has diverted its attention towards producing too good to be true low-cost smartphones that delivers incredible features. The Zenfone Max Pro M1 is on such smartphone that Asus unveiled this summer. Asus has tied up with Flipkart to launch multiple budget phones and Max Pro M1 is the first one under this partnership. The Max Pro M1 is available in two variations of 3GB RAM and 32GB storage and 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The prices are Rs 10,999 and Rs 12,999 respectively. The Max Pro M1 is here to compete Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 which is a pretty popular Android smartphone under Rs 15,000.
Max Pro M1 comes with a solid Qualcomm Snapdragon octa-core 636 processor clocked at 1.8 GHz coupled with a GPU of Adreno 509 with variations of either 3GB or 4GB RAM. The Snapdragon processor is meant for premium mid-range phones and it is prudent of Asus to use this processor for its competency and popularity. The metal body of the phone is a solid design with end to end screen and curved corners. The back has a matte finish which is prone to fingerprints. The back of the phone has its dual lens camera and LED flash on the left and the fingerprint sensor in the middle. The power and volume rocker buttons are on the left which though being plastic gives a tactile touch and finish. The bottom has the USB port charger and 3.5 mm audio jack. It is little disappointing to see that the phone lacks a Type C-port which is provided perhaps with basic smartphones these days, but it is not too serious to wave that off. On the left edge Asus has provided a dual-sim tray card along with dedicated slot for micro-SD card, which is good news.
The phone measures 159 x 76 x 8.46 mm and weighs a tad heavier at 180 grams. It is a little too thick too at 8.5 mm. Asus provides a cardboard holder called the Max Box in the package for you to ease the task of watching videos and playing games, but it isn’t too handy and comfortable. Also, because of its size it is difficult to operate this phone with your thumb as it doesn’t reach the corners. But there is the fingerprint sensor at the back which has its hiccups and isn’t as fuss-free as other phones in this price segment. But nonetheless it does the job well. The phone package does not provide you with any headset or screen protector or case. The dual sim supports 4G but if you are using both sims then only one will run on 4G and the other on 3G speed limit. It is somewhat surprising to see that this phone supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n instead of the faster version Wi-Fi 802.11ac. You get a more recent version of Bluetooth 5 though with aptX audio.
Overall, the Max Pro M1 is a simple solid design phone which is sturdy and big and packs solid hardware specs for good performance.
The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 has an FHD+ 5.99 inch screen of aspect ratio 18:9. The screen has a resolution of 1080x2160 at 402 pixels per inch. The display is clear and sharp with good color pop. It is an IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen which is bright enough in dark and is not reflective under sunlight. You can customize the light intensity as you desire for the optimum result. The screen has got good viewing angles too. Asus promises that the phone screen has 450nit maximum brightness coupled with a contrast ratio of 1500:1 with 85 percent reproduction of NTSC color range. The screen appears flawless and smooth and is snappy and a joy to use. The color vibrancy and saturation are good and at this price it is seriously a winner. It is great to watch videos in this phone and the aspect ratio gives quite a decent view.
The real USP of this phone lies in its mega battery which is 5,000 mAH and Asus has clearly done a remarkable job here. The flipside is it isn’t a fast charging one and it takes a little over three hours to charge from flat. But what you get is terrific and with extensive use throughout the day in whatever way you want you are remained with half the charge. The phone will get you through two days without a hitch. The phone also designed to give you excellent gaming experience with great sound quality. Graphics heavy games like PUBG and Asphalt plays great with quality touch response and gyroscope. The experience is immersive with no lag time while playing these games and the phone runs smooth. Even when you play for long the phone does not have any heating issue. It is a good phone under Rs 15k to come with good gaming performance.
The phone performs well with good network connection and calls are clear and loud. The phone does not work with Wifi of 5GHz and the highest bandwidth that you get is of 60Mbps. The download speed is fast and smooth. The loud speaker works well but once you reach the top volume it gets all muddled.
The rear camera sport dual lenses of 12MP primary camera and 5MP for adding depth for bokeh mode. It does not have a Leica lens so do not expect anything mind-blowing or iPhone like results form your shots. Budget phones often do compromise on packaging their cameras, so it is interesting to see what difference Asus can make in this sphere. The front houses the 8MP camera. To begin with the camera app in this handset is in a sham. It is cumbersome and confusing to use. For example, if you want to turn off the flash it takes a more than three taps to do the job. There is no telling if your flash is turned off or on as the flash symbol does not show up either way.
Same goes for when you want to record a video. There is no portrait mode or scene in this app, but you have a ‘toggle mode’ which acts a portrait mode. There are few scenes and modes to choose form but there aren’t too many options to play with.
Shots are well exposed with good color quality in well-lit conditions. Pictures show detail and gradience between foreground and background is good. But as with most of the phone cameras in budget as well as mid-range, in low light conditions shots are usually dull and muddy with little to no detail. Same goes for Asus phone and I think it isn’t a big turn off because you are not paying a hefty amount to buy this phone. Just like most budget phone Max Pro M1 delivers equal results when it comes to pictures. The rear camera records videos in 4K where you have the option to choose from two resolutions; 4K DCI and 4K UHD. But you can hardly spot the difference between the two though on papers they have different resolutions. You can also record in QVGA and CIF modes which are really low resolutions and I am not sure why ASUS just included them in this handset just for presenting with many options which are basically not used anymore. But above all the camera app needs an overhaul and tidying up because it is all over the place and is a serious turn down. Asus vouches to provide camera app updates once its products starts rolling and we hope it will be for real good. Other than minor glitches in its app the shots taken, and video recordings are up to the mark.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 comes with Android Oreo 8.1 out of the box and you get a vanilla OS with little to no customization and no Asus UI on top. Which comes as a little surprise as Asus has never done this before. The company declared that it was a decision made after market research and made them decide to provide a stock Android experience with Max Pro M1. Asus UI is not well known for receiving timely software updates and Asus has made a rather good decision to stick to Oreo. You do not get to play with the OS much, but you do get on time software updates that is essential to patch up security apps and other issues. You get the usual Oreo features like split-app for multitasking, notification dots, and action shortcuts on app icons. Asus is trying to set up its facial recognition app int his phone which will be another perk in using this handset. News is that it will be rolled out once it is commercially available in the market. The phone comes loaded with third party applications like Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and Asus Go2Pay. There are a handful of Zen UI apps though like, FM Radio, Calculator and Voice Recorder which does come handy and useful often.
Honestly, there is little room for complains when you are getting so much for what you are paying. The phone comes with solid hardware specifications in first place and then latest software and vanilla Android with a mega battery power of 5,000 mAH as icing on the cake. The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 has most of the winning points in the budget phone segment. For a long time, Chinese makers have ruled the budget segment in smartphones. But Max pro M1 has all the potential to get all the attention.
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