Taiwanese PC hardware and smartphone maker ASUS is set to launch the ZenFone Max Pro M2 at an event in India on December 11. On the same day, ASUS will be launching the budget Android smartphone in Indonesia as well. Ahead of the smartphone’s formal launch, it has made an appearance on the popular Geekbench benchmark database. Along with the ZenFone Max Pro M2, the upcoming ZenFone Max M2 has also been spotted on Geekbench. The ZenFone Max M2 is not expected to be launched alongside the ZenFone Max Pro M2 on December 11.
ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2, Max M2 Spotted on Geekbench
The ASUS ZB631KL listing on Geekbench confirms the smartphone will run on an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE processor, a decent upgrade over the Snapdragon 636 chipset powering the ZenFone Max Pro M1. In the memory department, the ZB631KL variant packs 4GB of RAM. Unsurprisingly, the smartphone runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system and not the latest Android 9.0 Pie. However, we certainly expect ASUS to roll out an update to Android 9.0 Pie for the ZenFone Max Pro M2 sometime next year. In terms of benchmark performance, the ZenFone Max Pro M2 managed a single-core score of 1,481 points and 5,549 points in the multi-core test.
The ASUS ZB633KL listing reveals the ZenFone Max M2 will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor under the hood, coupled with 4GB of RAM. Some previous reports, however, had claimed the smartphone will run on a Snapdragon 636 SoC. Similar to the ZenFone Max Pro M2, the ZenFone Max M2 has been caught running on the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system. We expect both smartphones to offer a stock Android experience, just like their predecessors. As for the benchmark scores, the ZenFone Max M2 scored 1,255 points in the single-core test and 4,791 points in the multi-core test. While the ZenFone Max Pro M2 will be officially unveiled next week, ASUS is yet to reveal its plans regarding the ZenFone Max M2.
ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 Launching in India Next Week
The ZenFone Max Pro M2 will be launched as a Flipkart-exclusive in India on December 11. ASUS had partnered with Flipkart to launch the ZenFone Max Pro M1 in India, so it is definitely not surprising that the two companies have decided to come together once again for the ZenFone Max Pro M2. In terms of hardware specifications, ZenFone Max Pro M2 is expected to sport a 6-inch display with Full HD+ resolution and a 19:9 aspect ratio. Thanks to a notch at the top of the display, ZenFone Max Pro M2 will be a slight improvement over its predecessor in terms of the screen-to-body ratio.
Under the hood, as confirmed by the Geekbench listing above, ZenFone Max Pro M2 will be running on a 14nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE processor clocked at up to 2.2 GHz with an Adreno 512 GPU. In the memory department, we expect the ZenFone Max Pro M2 to be available with up to 6GB of RAM in the Indian market. As for storage, rumors suggest the handset will be offered with up to 128GB of internal storage. In the camera department, ASUS’ upcoming budget Android smartphone is expected to have a dual-camera setup at the rear with a 12MP primary sensor and a 5MP secondary sensor. Just like its predecessor, the ZenFone Max Pro M2 will be an impressive device in terms of battery life, all thanks to a massive 5000mAh capacity battery.