The Taiwanese company, Asus, has now come out with its latest phone, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro. This, in theory, marks all the boxes that a mid-range phone should have. However, the Zenfone Max Pro does not scream “flashy”, in fact, its design may not generate anything at all since it is a very simple terminal to the naked eye. In addition, you could also say that the phone does not have any features that differentiate it from other phones in the same price range. However, so you know what this smartphone can really offer, this time we will make an informative review about it.
But first, we consider a specific point important: with the launch of this mobile phone, many believe that Asus is looking to emulate the success of Xiaomi in India. Recall that the Chinese company has consolidated its position in the mobile phone segment of India over the past 12 months by deploying a wave of low-cost devices that offer great value for money. The Redmi Note 5 Pro is an example of this. With the launch of the ZenFone Max Pro seeks to enter the competition, because it has similar specifications and offers pure Android.
ASUS Zenfone Max Pro: Design
The Asus Zenfone Max Pro is not a high-end device, therefore, it does not have the high-quality design that we have seen in smartphones with a higher price. Instead, it adheres to the basics, achieving what you would expect from a device for its price range. It has a metal back panel, with plastic sides and a non-striking back that is available in two color options: black and gray. It is a simple but competent approach.
In summary, if there is a word to describe the ZenFone Max Pro design, it would be generic. And while the phone is made of metal, the smooth back and the plastic inserts of the antenna at the top and bottom make it feel like a 2016 device. There really is not much excitement about its design.
The build quality seems to be fine, but it does not seem to have the same resistance as the Redmi Note 5 Pro. And if we take into account that weighs 180g, even after packing a 5000 mAh battery, it does not look like the metal used in the construction of the chassis is as durable as those you’ll find in other cheap phones. The rest of his measures are of 15.9 x 7.6 x 0.85cm.
On the other hand, Asus has fortunately retained the 3.5mm connector, but the phone still has a micro USB port and no USB type C. The good thing is that the Max Pro comes with a dedicated microSD slot and a separate one for SIM cards.
ASUS Zenfone Max Pro: Screen
The FHD + screen (2160 x 1080 pixels) has an aspect ratio of 18:10 and a size of 6.0 inches that covers 85% of the NTSC color gamut and the phone has a brightness of 450nits. The screen is decent enough, and the relationship between it and the body is increased to allow the screen to adapt to the device without affecting too much the size of the phone. In addition, it has no protection Corning Gorilla Glass or Asahi Dragontrail, so you should invest in a screen protector to give resistance to the glass.
ASUS Zenfone Max Pro: Hardware
Under the hood is where ZenFone Max Pro really shines, since the phone is one of the fastest devices in this category. The combination of a Snapdragon 636 1.8GHz processor with pure Android makes the terminal fly, although the software is not yet fully optimized. The chipset offers a good balance of power and energy efficiency and is good enough to handle most tasks, including games, multitasking and more.
The phone will be available with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage in its standard version and there will also be a variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Asus has even declared that it will launch a model with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory in the near future. In each model, you can expand storage by using the dedicated micro-SD card slot.
ASUS Zenfone Max Pro: Operating system and connectivity
The biggest conversation point of the Asus Zenfone Max Pro, with respect to others in the company, is its software. While Asus has generally powered its ZenUI interface on its devices, it is often criticized for having too much bloatware on it. There is usually an application created by Asus for every possible function on the phone, and updating these applications can also be a problematic issue considering the frequency and size of these updates. With the Zenfone Max Pro, Asus seems to have taken this criticism very seriously and launched the phone with Android 8.1 Oreo on board.
But to be clear, this is not Android stock or even Android One. The Asus Zenfone Max Pro does not offer any guarantee of improved software support, as is the case with devices with Android One that have some support from Google. It is Asus who provides software development and support, simply with a simple and lightweight layer that eliminates bloatware.
As for connectivity, the secondary SIM card slot becomes 3G by default if you already have a SIM card in the first slot; there is no way to use the 4G data of both SIM cards. In addition, the phone is limited to Wi-Fi b / g / n, so you cannot connect to 5 GHz networks. The phone works with VoLTE, but you will not see the symbol in the status bar. Among other things, it comes with Bluetooth 4.2, A-GPS, Beidou, GLONASS, GPS, fingerprint sensor and facial recognition.
ASUS Zenfone Max Pro: Cameras
The Asus Zenfone Max Pro has a dual camera configuration on the back, with a primary sensor of 13 megapixels and a secondary sensor of 5 megapixels. The front camera is a game of 16 megapixels and 8 megapixels with video recording capability in high definition, while the rear camera is capable of recording 4K video. The dual camera configuration uses the second camera to allow the depth effect for portrait shots.
ASUS Zenfone Max Pro: Battery
There is a massive 5000mAh battery with a 10W charger. In terms of battery life, you will naturally have about two days of use with a single charge. However, the charge is slow, since a 10W micro USB charger is anything but suitable for a phone with this battery capacity. It will take more than two hours to fully charge the phone.
ASUS Zenfone Max Pro: Specifications Table
|SIM card slot:||Dual SIM with standby mode|
|SIM type:||Double Nano SIM|
|Screen and dimensions|
|Type of screen:||IPS LCD|
|Screen size:||6.0 inches|
|Screen resolution:||2160 x 1080 pixels, 403ppp|
|Dimensions:||15.30 x 7.57 x 0.79 cm|
|CPU:||Qualcomm Snapdragon 636|
|Core:||1.8GHz, eight cores|
|GPU:||Qualcomm Adreno 509|
|External memory:||Yes. Up to 2TB|
|Band technologies:||2G: GSM 1800MHz,GSM 1900MHz,GSM 850MHz,GSM 900MHz
3G: WCDMA B1 2100MHz,WCDMA B19 850MHz,WCDMA B2 1900MHz,WCDMA B5 850MHz,WCDMA B6 850MHz,WCDMA B8 900MHz
4G LTE: FDD B1 2100MHz,FDD B18,FDD B19 800MHz,FDD B2 1900MHz,FDD B26,FDD B28 700MHz,FDD B3 1800MHz,FDD B5 850MHz,FDD B7 2600MHz,FDD B8 900MHz
|Wireless connectivity:||Wi-Fi: 802.11 / b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.2, A-GPS, GLONASS, GPS, Beidou, facial recognition|
|Interfaces:||USB port type C, SIM card slot, fingerprint sensor|
|Main camera:||12.0MP + 5.0MP|
|Front camera:||16.0MP + 8.0MP|
|Characteristics:||Autofocus, face detection, touch focus, continuous shooting, panoramic, AI functions.|
|Includes||ASUS Zenfone Max Pro, USB cable, charging adapter, headphones.|
ASUS Zenfone Max Pro: Where to buy it?
We hope that we have aroused your interest in the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (ZB601KL) and that this will only be used for everything that this great terminal offers. So, if you are thinking, what is the price of this product and where can I buy it? We invite you to the Gearbest online store where you will find it available for a price of $339.99 (€289), in its 4GB + 64GB version. To make your shopping experience easier and faster, we leave you the direct links to the product pages.
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