Asus, the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer, is undoubtedly taking its game to all-new level. Last year, the phone maker cherished good numbers with leading models like Zenfone 5Z and Zenfone Max M1. The company also introduced gaming phone ROG in India maintaining its solid hold throughout the year. To keep the momentum going, Asus launched Zenfone Max M2 in December last year that ensured an apt end for the company, as far as the sales are concerned. With rivals like Realme 2, Samsung Galaxy M10, Note 6 Pro, Honor 9N, Will Asus Zenfone Max M2 be able to prove its mettle? Let's find out! Asus Zenfone 5z Review: An Affordable Choice with Premium Looks and Flagship Performance.
Asus Zenfone Max M2 Design: Unboxing the phone, the first thing that will get your attention is the design. Though sober and straightforward more sort of entry-level one, the plastic frame is bounded with a metallic rear. Moreover, the matte finish on the metal gives a premium look that also feels very solid when held in the hands. Another added advantage of the matte finish is that you don't have to worry about the fingerprints and does heavy and unwanted covers.
Upfront, the new Zenfone Max M2 gets a notched display with a large chin at the bottom. At the sides, the phone receives a SIM tray on the left whereas the volume rockers and the power button is positioned on the right side. The 3.5mm headphone jack is placed at the top while the loudspeaker, mic and micro USB port are offered at the bottom. Coming to the rear, the sleekly designed rear profile gets vertically aligned dual cameras and fingerprint sensor.
Asus Zenfone Max M2 Display: The display fitted on the Zenfone Max M2 is a 6.3-inch IPS LCD notched one carrying aspect ratio of 19:9. The screen panel also comes with a resolution of 1520 x 720 pixels. The screen looks bright and punchy in outdoor conditions providing crisp and sharp colours. The only let down in the display department is that the company didn't incorporate any Gorilla Glass protection here, which leaves the phone vulnerable to scratches and breaks. Thus, it is highly recommended to use a high-quality screen guard on the phone. Moreover, the phone could only play YouTube videos up to 720p only. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 6GB Variant Review: A Value for Money Mid-Range Smartphone With Max on Battery & Performance.
Asus Zenfone Max M2 Performance: Moving on to the performance department, the major overhaul over here is Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 chipset in comparison to the predecessor. As a reminder, the Zenfone Max 1 is powered by a Snapdragon 430 CPU. The processor is backed by up to 4GB of RAM that ensures easy operation even at heavy usage. The new Asus Zenfone Max M2 was capable of performing efficiently without any signs of lagging or heating while multi-tasking between apps like Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and watching YouTube videos.
In terms of gaming, the phone was tested on heavy graphics games like PUBG, Sniper 3D and Real Cricket 18. The phone could not handle the high graphics games on the top peak settings. While playing games on the modest configuration, the phone gave more than decent feedback with less effort and more smooth playback. This aspect can be ignored for the fact that it is a budget device, not a flagship one.
On the UI front, Max 2 gets stock Android based on Android 8.1 Oreo which is simple, clean and easy to understand. But, the phone comes with several pre-loaded with third-party apps like Instagram, Facebook, Messenger, etc. As the device runs stock Android, it will receive OS updates and security patches ahead of its rivals running customised Android skins.
Asus Zenfone Max M2 Camera: The camera on the new Asus Zenfone Max M2 is a dual rear-camera module paired with LED flash which features a 13MP primary shooter with an aperture of f/1.8 while the secondary shooter is a 2MP depth sensing lens. The front camera is an 8MP snapper with an aperture of f/2.0, which also comes with an LED flash for quality images.
The pictures were taken from the rear camera surprisingly are quite good with perfect saturation and contrast. However, the colour correction was seen on the images quite often. The image quality produced by the camera is at par, which can be seen when zoomed on the pictures. When capturing the images by using the optical zoom, the photos were just fine. The images produced from the selfie camera have a different story to tell. The colour correction and saturation on the images captured are just fine. Overall the camera on the Asus Zenfone M2 could have been better.
Asus Zenfone Max M2 Battery: The company has incorporated a massive 4000 mAh Li-Ion battery that ensures excellent battery life to the device. When fully charged, the battery backup offered is above average as the fact the device runs throughout the day with moderate usage. While gaming, the battery drainage is intense, but managed to sail through the day. The phone comes with a 10W charger which takes more than 2 hours to charge the device entirely.
Conclusion: To sum it up, the new Asus Zenfone Max M2 is a decent buy. Like the fact that it is an entry-level device, the phone gets more than the suitable configuration that too with an attractive price point of Rs 8999 (3GB). However, we feel that the company could have incorporated Gorilla Glass and a better camera on the device. If you are looking for a power-packed smartphone with excellent battery, Zenfone Max M2 could be an attractive option.