ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 (6GB RAM) Review

This is the Review of the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 GB RAM Variant with 64GB Storage, which also has an upgraded set of Cameras than the other Variants of the Pro M1.

DESIGN:



The ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 is a good looking smartphone, its built pretty well with a Metal Back and there are no rough edges or any other problems & even the camera module of the smartphone doesn’t protude. The back consist of Dual Cameras and a Fingerprint Sensor, the top of the device has a secondary noise cancellation mic, to the right we have the power button & volume rockers, to left it has a sim tray which can take 2 SIM (Dual VoLTE) as well as a Micro SD Card. On the bottom, we have a 3.5mm audio jack, a micro USB for Charging & a Speaker. On the Front, it has a 5.99-inch  Full HD IPS LCD Display with 18:9 aspect ratio. The time we used this device we found this display to be bright & vibrant with excellent viewing angles & the color reproduction is quite natural and it also gets bright enough to be perfectly legible outdoors.

PERFORMANCE:

The ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 (6GB RAM Variant) is powered by the Snapdragon 636 processor with Adreno 509 GPU. It comes with 6GB RAM & 64GB Storage. The extra 2GB of RAM does help in Multi-Tasking. The Snapdragon 636 processor is an exceptional processor, with day-to-day usage everything felt fast and snappy, apps opened up quickly & the user interface also felt responsive even when pushed with intense games like PUBG it handled quite well &ive had no issues with the Max Pro M1. As the processor is built on the 16nm FinFet process it is power efficient & didn’t exhibit any overheating issues but  when I was continuously using it over 4G Networks for about half an hour the back gets slightly warm & you feel that because it’s having that metallic back, not worry because this is common with every phone that has a metallic back but it doesn’t get hot that you have to worry about & remained cool for most of the time.

CAMERA:

ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1  (6GB RAM Variant) has an Upgraded Dual Camera Setup, it has a 16MP Rear camera with 5MP Depth Sensing Camera with f/2.2 aperture. ASUS is using the Snapdragon Camera App, it is quite feature packed  & has few shooting modes & a lot of filters. The Zenfone Max Pro M1 (6GB RAM Variant) has a better Camera & is an improved set of Cameras than the setup on the other RAM & Storage Variants. It can shoot 4K Videos at 30FPS, the Quality of the footage is quite good, the dynamic is good but there’s no Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) or Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS). Under Good Lightning Situations, the Image Quality is comparatively good than the past Setup of Cameras there’s a reasonable amount of detail, the dynamic range is good too. Under Low-light theres, a quite bit of noise captured in the photo. The camera performance is Overall Good given the price segment it’s quite expected. The Portrait Images are on-spot & the images turn out to be great. The Background blur wasn’t too artificial like other smartphones in this price range & the edge detection was too impressive given the price it is offered for. There’s an 16MP Camera for Selfies & is Quite good compared to the 8MP Camera on the other Variant. The Front Camera also offers portrait mode which works quite good in daylight situation.

SOFTWARE & UI:

The Zenfone Max Pro M1 (6GB RAM Variant) runs on Zen UI on top of Android 8.1 (Oreo). This time ASUS has done something surprising as they have moved from their older Zen UI to Stock Android. The UI is completely stock with few ASUS Software tweaks, there’s gesture support but barring these add-ons everything is stock. It also comes with Face Unlock it isn’t as fast as the OnePlus 5T or any other Mid-range segment smartphone but gets the Job done & also has a Fingerprint sensor. ASUS has promised to deliver Monthly Security Patches & support for Android P & Android Q but realistically ill be happy if they provide Android P Update on time.

BATTERY:

The Zenfone Pro M1 (6GB RAM Variant)  has a massive 5000mAh battery but it doesn’t feel bulky it feels like any other phone in Hand. Initially, the battery life was not so good & the battery drained quite faster but after a recent software update, everything is fixed. ASUS has included a 10W power adapter in the box & charges the phone from 0%-100% in 2.5 hours. It ensures that the battery lasts a one & a half day easy on each of the day that I spend with this phone regardless of if my usage was moderate or heavy I never needed to plug the Max Pro M1 before the end of the day.

VERDICT:

The Variant we are having here is the 6GB RAM/64GB Variant priced at Rs. 15,999. Considering the price I feel the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (6GB RAM Variant) is a fair competitor to the Nokia 7 Plus, Motorola One Power & the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Also, If you don’t care about the Camera much, the Max Pro M1 3GB/4GB Variants are also quite cheaper than the base variant of the Note 5 Pro in terms of pricing and the Max Pro M1 is offering a lot at this price.

THE BREAKDOWN

  • Camera-   9.0/10
  • Battery-    9.5/10
  • Performance-  9.5/10
  • Design- 8.5/10
  • Software- 8.5/10

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