ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 With Android 9 Pie Appears on Geekbench; OS Update Rolling Out Soon?

ASUS' highly popular budget Android smartphone, the ZenFone Max Pro M1 has been spotted on Geekbench running on the latest Android 9.0 Pie operating system.


During a recent interview with YouTuber GeekyRanjit, the head of ASUS India mobile division confirmed that the Android 9.0 Pie update for the ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Review) is currently in testing and that the update will also bring official support for the Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) feature. The popular budget Android smartphone from ASUS has now been spotted on the Geekbench benchmark database running on the Android 9.0 Pie operating system.

ZenFone Max Pro M1 Running Android Pie Caught on Geekbench

The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 variant running on the latest Android 9 Pie OS happens to be the 4GB RAM variant. Going by the benchmark scores, the Android 9 Pie build for the ZenFone Max Pro M1 has been optimized quite well. The 1,505 single-core score and 4,773 multi-core score are both on par with the average scores achieved by ZenFone Max Pro M1 units running on Android Oreo. Other than that, however, the Geekbench listing doesn’t give us any clue with regards to the actual release timeframe. Some manufacturers such as HMD Global and OnePlus have already started pushing stable Android 9 Pie to some of their phones, so there is a chance that the ZenFone Max Pro M1 may be updated to Android 9 Pie before the end of the year. ASUS is generally quite slow when it comes to rolling out software updates but the fact that the ZenFone Max Pro M1 does not use a custom skin should allow the manufacturer to be quicker than usual.

What to Expect from the ZenFone Max Pro M1 Android Pie Update

Since the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 offers a stock Android experience, you can expect the Android Pie update for the smartphone to include nearly all the goodies that Google’s latest mobile operating system brings to the table. One of the most impressive features of Android Pie is Adaptive Battery. Google claims the feature learns a user’s usage pattern to optimize battery usage. Along with slightly improved battery life, you can look forward to improved system performance as well. Google has tweaked the ART (Android Run Time) with Android 9.0 Pie, allowing for improved app startup times as well as higher power efficiency. Android Pie will also allow you to set limits on how long an app can be used in a day. Some of the other key Android 9 Pie features include support for gesture-based navigation, App Actions, enhanced Do Not Disturb mode, improved security, multiple Bluetooth pairing ability, adaptive brightness, Slices, and more. The Android Pie update for the ZenFone Max Pro will also make the EIS feature easily accessible in the camera app. The EIS setting is currently hidden inside the Camera Settings.

If you are interested in getting the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1, we highly recommend purchasing one during the upcoming Big Billion Days Sale on Flipkart. Flipkart is offering up to Rs.2,000 flat discount on all three variants of the smartphone. The base variant with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage can be purchased for just Rs.9,999, while the 4GB RAM variant will be available at Rs.10,999. The top-end 6GB RAM variant will be on sale at Rs.12,999 during the sale.