Taiwanese electronics giant ASUS announced the launch of its latest budget Android smartphone – the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 – at a launch event in Delhi earlier today. The Zenfone Max Pro M1 as you can clearly see from its naming scheme is a battery centric device as the case was with older members of the Zenfone Max lineup. However, as far as today’s launch is concerned, it seems ASUS will directly pit the Zenfone Max Pro M1 against the current king of the budget Android segment in India – the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 series. With the Zenfone Max Pro M1, it seems like ASUS wants to take the battle to Xiaomi. Also, note that the Zenfone Max Pro M1’s global launch has happened in India.
Let us now check out whether the Zenfone Max Pro has what it takes to challenge the domination of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 series in the budget segment.
ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1: Specifications, Hardware
Right from the start, the prospects of the Zenfone Max Pro M1 look good. The phone while being offered in two capacity versions, use the same SoC which happens to be the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chip. This, incidentally, is the same processor used in the Redmi Note 5 Pro and is more powerful than the Snapdragon 625 SoC that the Redmi Note 5 gets. As mentioned earlier, the Zenfone Max Pro M1 is offered in two capacity and RAM versions – a base 3GB RAM + 32GB version and a premium 4GB RAM + 64GB version. Both the versions get a dedicated micro SD card slot and separate twin slots for the SIM cards. Coming back to the SoC, the phone also gets the powerful Adreno 509 GPU for graphics. Being a part of the Zenfone Max family, the Max Pro M1 gets a large 5000mAh battery. This is 1000mAh more than both the Redmi Note 5 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro. While the handset lacks stereo speakers, what it does boast of are five magnet speakers that ASUS claims to offer much better performance when compared to normal speakers. The handset also ships with the Max Box sound enhancement accessory for free.
ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1: Design, Display
The ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 features a tall-boy design thanks to its long 18:9 aspect ratio display. The panel happens to be an IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. The panel measures 5.99-inches across. The display has a contrast ratio of 1500:1 and a brightness value of 450 nits. The phone gets a metal body, and at 8.9mm thin, it is surprisingly thin for something that crams in a 5000mAh battery that promises 199 hours of music playback, 25.3 hours of HD video playback. The phone also supports fast charging and takes 2 hours and 42 minutes to charge from 0 to 100 percent. The phone will be offered in two colour options; Meteor Silver, Deepsea Black.
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ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1: Camera, OS Updates
The Zenfone Max Pro M1 features a dual 13-megapixel + 5-megapixel depth sensor at the rear. The primary camera uses the Omnivision 16880 sensor and supports Phase Detection AF. At the front, there is an 8-megapixel selfie camera. Both the cameras get LED flash for low light situations. The camera app used by the handset is the Snapdragon Camera app. As far as video recording is concerned, the primary camera can take 4K videos at 30fps. The Zenfone Max Pro, in fact, also supports 4K DCI videos which is a rare thing on smartphones. You can use the Zenfone Max Pro M1 to record 1080p and 720p videos as well.
The ASUS Zenfone Max Pro runs Android 8.1 Oreo – the newest version of Android without the Zenfone UI. The Max Pro M1 is the first ASUS smartphone that will offer stock Android UI to its consumers. ASUS has gone ahead and confirmed that the phone would be updated to two subsequent versions of Android as well.
ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1: Price in India, First Sale Date
The prices of the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro in India are as follows. The entry-level 3GB RAM + 32GB version has been priced at Rs. 10,999. The higher priced 4GB RAM + 64GB version will set you back by Rs. 12,999. The handset will also be offered in a 6GB RAM version soon with the camera upgraded to a 16-megapixel camera and a price tag of Rs.14,999.
The Zenfone Max Pro M1 is a Flipkart Exclusive and will go on sale starting May 3.
ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1: Launch Offers
The handset comes with a Vodafone offer as well, offerings benefits of up to Rs.3,200. Prepaid users get free 10GB of data per month for one year if they are on Rs.199 plan and above. The same offer is applicable for postpaid users. The handset will also come with complete Flipkart Mobile Protection which can get for just Rs.49 more.
If you buy the handset on the launch day, you can get the handset for a low-cost EMI from Bajaj Finserv and an additional extra Rs.1,000 off on exchange.
What do you think about the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1? Will it be a worthy challenger to the Redmi Note Series? Do let us know in the comments section below.