The Zenfone Max Pro M1 smartphone from Asus is very popular among the budget-minded consumers in India. This phone was launched in April this year at a very competitive price of INR 10,999 and decent hardware. It was one of the best value for money smartphones in the budget segment.
Asus doesn’t really sell a lot of smartphones as such, but it did sell plenty of Max Pro M1 units in the country. You can still buy this phone online and via offline retailers. When launched, the Max Pro M1 came with Android 8.1 Oreo on board, but is said to be upgraded to Android 9.0 Pie in a couple of months.
ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 Android P OS Update
Android 9.0 Pie is the latest version of the Android OS from Google. Everyone wants a taste of the Pie, but not all smartphones will get the update. Asus had announced in October that the phone will definitely be receiving an update to the latest OS. Unfortunately, the company did not provide any details regarding the release date. Now, a customer service representative has confirmed that the phone will receive the Android 9.0 Pie update in February 2019.
According to the customer, who had a chat with an Asus Customer Service rep, the update will arrive by the end of February next year. Asus had also confirmed that the Zenfone 5z, yet another solid mid-range smartphone, will be receiving the update in January 2019. Makes sense that the company would release the update for the Max Pro M1 a month later. The Customer Service rep from Asus also mentioned that the software is currently being tested internally.
That’s not bad at all, as several OEMs are yet to provide the Pie update to its users. Even Samsung’s latest phones will be getting the update in January next year, which is hardly a month away. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 users have been waiting for the update from quite some time now. Looks like they will have to wait for two more months to receive the Pie update.
ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2 Coming Soon
Meanwhile, the Taiwanese manufacturer has recently announced the successor to the Zenfone Max Pro M1. Asus unveiled the Max Pro M2 earlier this month and it will be releasing it in India in the next few days. The company has already launched the product page for the M2 on Flipkart. The phone will be launched on December 11 in India.
The Zenfone Max Pro M1 is a solid budget device and features good hardware. The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 636 processor, has up to 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, and gets a large 5000mAh battery. It came with a 5.99-inch display, dual-rear cameras, and up to a 16MP front camera on the 6GB RAM variant.
The upcoming Max Pro M2 carries on the tradition of providing great value and includes some updated hardware. The device has a 6.3-inch full HD+ display with a notch at the top and Gorilla Glass 6 protection. It is powered by a newer Snapdragon 660 chipset, same RAM and storage configuration as seen on the M1, and the same 5000mAh battery. All in all, you will still get great battery life, but with improved performance. The phone is expected to priced slightly higher than the current Max Pro M1. Stay tuned for more details.