The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 that was launched earlier this year in India took the smartphone market by storm. Asus has now announced that it has sold over a million units of the Max Pro M1 in India. While announcing the same, the company has also confirmed that the smartphone will soon be getting a software update. According to the tweet from the brand, the software update will include improved biometrics, and improved camera software along with EIS. While improvements in biometrics doesn’t sound much, the inclusion of EIS is a big deal. So what is EIS and how will it benefit the camera performance of the Max Pro M1? Let’s have a look.
Note – According to a few sources, the 6GB RAM variant will get the EIS feature first, followed by the 3GB and 4GB RAM variants.
What is EIS?
The EIS stands for Electronic Image Stabilisation. In short, EIS corrects the shakes that might have occurred due to hand jitters or other unsteady movements while capturing a photo or recording a video. To make it even simpler to understand, suppose you are taking a photo or recording a video with your smartphone, and while doing so, you didn’t keep the device steady. Now, without EIS, the photo or the video might appear shaky, or you can say blurry. However, with EIS, the smartphone automatically recognizes the shake, and with some complex algorithm, the camera reduces those shakes, giving you a more stabilized photo/video. The EIS in Zenfone Max Pro M1 will work only for videos, unfortunately, leaving the photos vulnerable.
You should also note that the EIS can’t always correct the shakes entirely every time you don’t keep the device steady. The EIS is a cheaper alternative to OIS, as it is software based, and because it doesn’t require any additional hardware components. The OIS, on the other hand, is implemented on the hardware level and requires an additional mechanism in the camera unit. Hence, it is found only in costlier smartphones, and it also works better than its software-based sibling. The EIS was among the most demanded features on the Max Pro M1 as its competitor the Redmi Note 5 Pro offers the same.
What does the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 offer?
The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 comes with a massive 5000mAh battery, which is among its main selling points. The smartphone features a 5.99-inch IPS LCD with Full HD resolution. The device is powered by the most powerful chipset in the price segment, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636. The Max Pro M1 comes loaded with stock Android 8.1 Oreo OS. For biometric unlocking, the smartphone has a fingerprint scanner at the back.
For imaging, the smartphone comes with a 16MP + 5MP dual-camera at the back that can record 4K videos and a 16MP camera at the front with an LED flash. The device offers a dedicated microSD card slot apart from having a separate, dual-SIM card slot. The Zenfone Max Pro M1 comes in three variants – 3GB+32GB, 4GB+64GB, and 6GB+64GB. The base model comes with a price tag of Rs. 10,999, the middle variant costs Rs. 12,999, while the top-end variant is priced at Rs. 14,999.