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Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2

The asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 was a stellar device, và the Max Pro mét vuông improves on it in almost every department making it a reliable và powerful mid-ranger.

Last year, asus made a comeback in India. It had been a while since the company launched a điện thoại thông minh there. Once a decent mid-segment player, the company lost the plot trying lớn compete with stiff competition from several Chinese players.


The hãng asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 was a solid comeback device. Developed especially for the Indian market based on consumer feedback, the Max Pro M1 was a well-rounded device that ticked all the boxes an affordable smartphone should. It was a runaway success. Hãng asus followed it up with the hãng asus Zenfone Max M1, a stripped-down variant.

Just before the year ended, the company launched the hãng asus Zenfone Max Pro M2. It is quite a big upgrade lớn the Max Pro M1 — on the specs sheet as well as the design. I spent a couple of weeks with the device. Here’s our asus Zenfone Max Pro mét vuông review.

Asus Zenfone Max Pro m2 review: Design


While the younger sibling Max m2 carries on the design legacy of the last generation, the Zenfone Max Pro m2 introduces a new glass-like kiến thiết with “dynamic optical finish” that totally ups the ante in visual appeal. It also makes it prone lớn scratches, and the glossy exterior easily catches smudges all the time.

There’s an overall premium feel to lớn this device và it looks much better than its very vanilla metal-bodied predecessor. It looks rad, especially in the gorgeous Blue & Titanium màu sắc variants the phone comes in, & stands out in a sea of similar looking mid-range smartphones.

It’s impressive Asus could pack a large 5,000mAh battery into a phone that weighs only 175 grams. It feels quite compact, và the even weight distribution makes it quite comfortable khổng lồ hold.

Asus Zenfone Max Pro mét vuông review: Display


On the front, there’s a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection. It’s the cheapest điện thoại cảm ứng thông minh in the market with the latest Gorilla Glass 6 protection, which is quite a feat from Asus.

There’s a not-so-big notch on the top & thinner bezels than the last time, which makes for a higher screen-to-body ratio.

The M1 only had a passable display, and hãng asus has made amends this time around. Our hãng asus Max Pro M2 nhận xét unit has a brighter, livelier display, with punchy colors and good viewing angles overall. The sunlight visibility is pretty good as well.

Asus Zenfone Max Pro mét vuông review: Performance

The Zenfone Max Pro m2 has some serious internal upgrades over the M1, as well. It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor paired with an Adreno 512 GPU. The Snapdragon is the vị trí cao nhất of the line chipset in this price range, and asus did well moving up from the Snapdragon 636, unlike Xiaomi’s Redmi lưu ý 6 Pro.

There are three RAM variants — 3GB, 4GB, and 6GB — with 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. I used the middle variant for this hãng asus Zenfone Max Pro m2 review.

In everyday usage, the Max Pro m2 sails though even while multitasking with several apps mở cửa in the background. There was no apparent lag or stuttering và the entire experience was quite fluid. Some graphically intensive games lượt thích PUBG took a while to lớn start, but with medium graphic settings, the gaming experience is pretty smooth.

With a large 5,000mAh battery and stock app android experience, the Zenfone Max Pro mét vuông easily lasts for a day & a half with moderate to lớn heavy usage. The battery life on the Max Pro mét vuông is great, but the lack of fast charging means it takes ages lớn charge the big battery completely.

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Asus Zenfone Max Pro m2 review: Hardware

The choice of a Micro-USB port instead of USB-C on the Max Pro m2 is disappointing now that few other smartphones in the market at similar price points have made the switch.

The device features a 3-in-1 tray with dedicated slots for two nano SIM cards và a microSD thẻ to expand storage up to 2TB.

Asus Zenfone Max Pro m2 review: Camera

For its segment, the dual camera cài đặt on the Max Pro mét vuông looks good on paper. There’s the 12MP Sony IMX486 sensor with f/1.8 aperture combined with a 5MP depth sensor. This may seem like a downgrade from the setup on the predecessor, but asus is using a larger sensor this time, with a 1.25micron pixel size.

There’s also EIS and tư vấn for 4K clip recording, và an over-the-air update during the nhận xét period brought AI scene detection as well.

In daylight outdoors, the phone took some good shots, although it was inconsistent. Some shots were overexposed and often the details in the background or at distant subjects were missing. The màu sắc reproduction is pretty good though.

The portraits came out great, with good edge detection và natural-looking shots — unless you phối them khổng lồ the highest level of blur (yes, you can control the amount of depth you want in your portrait shots).

In low light, the camera struggles. It’s better than its predecessor, but not by a giant leap. Most shots are grainy và lack sharpness. There’s also significant shutter lag & a slight delay as each shot is saved.

Up front, you have a 13MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture and an LED flash. Selfies are quite good, and face detection locks focus accurately when taking a group selfie. You can select the cấp độ of beautification, & even on high levels it doesn’t go overboard with smoothing skin — no mannequins here.

The Zenfone Max Pro m2 now comes with stock Android, as asus dropped its proprietary UI layer — ZenUI — from its budget and mid-range lines. It’s a clean & no-frills experience, with only three preloaded third-party apps (Facebook, Messenger, & Instagram).

While the phone ships with game android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, the company has confirmed that the điện thoại will receive game android 9.0 Pie soon. Asus has been quite aggressive with over the air updates on this new series. Every few weeks there has been an update on the older phones further fine tuning your điện thoại experience and delivering monthly security patches.

Asus Zenfone Max Pro m2 specifications

Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M2)
Display6.3-inch Full HD+ (2280 x 1080) LCD IPS 19:9 aspect ratioCorning Gorilla Glass 6
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa vi xử lý core (4 x 2.2 GHz, Kryo 260 + 4 x 1.8 GHz, Kryo 260)
GPUAdreno 512
Storage32GB/64GBExpandable up lớn 2TB with microSD card
CamerasRear camera: 12MP | Sony IMX486 sensor | f/1.8 aperture | 1.25μm px size5MP secondary sensor for depth of fieldPDAFEISFront camera: 13MP | f/2.0 aperture
Battery5000 mAh
SensorsFingerprint sensor Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope
SoftwareAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Dimensions and weight157.9 mm x 75.5 milimet x 8.5 mm175g

Starting at 12,999 rupees in India, and about $320 in the U.S. Via Amazon, the hãng asus Zenfone Max Pro mét vuông is a well-rounded affordable smartphone that punches above its weight. There are upgrades across the board from the last generation. Hãng asus really moved the line forward, rather than adding small iterative changes.

The Max Pro M1 was a stellar device, và the Max Pro mét vuông improves on it in almost every department, with a snazzy new look khổng lồ boot.

It has all the right ingredients for a reliable và powerful mid-ranger. Hãng asus has demonstrated it’s not just aiming lớn match Xiaomi, but to compete with it by delivering a great hàng hóa at brilliant pricing.

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