Asus India had a minimal margin to play with, as the fact the Indian mid-range smartphone space is heavily dominated by Xiaomi with products like Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro. As it is rightly said, competition means scope, and with that hope - Asus India launched the Zenfone Max Pro M1 smartphone in India. Though the handset was initially made available in only 3GB and 4GB variants, the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer soon introduced the bigger variant in the market witnessing the demand from the Indian buyers. But, does Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 6GB variant has that, what it takes for a smartphone to land up in consumer’s pocket? Let’s find out!! New Apple iPhone XS & iPhone XS Plus: Launch Date, Specifications, Features and Images: All You Need to Know.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 6GB Variant: Design - The overall design of the bigger variant of Zenfone Max Pro M1 is identical to its younger counterparts. The front fascia of phone carries a 5.99-inch full-HD+ notch-less display carrying an aspect ratio of 18:9, which makes the screen content pretty immersive. Moreover, the screen is pretty much bright for outdoor use. For added convenience, the company is also offering a manual colour temperature adjustment as well as night mode.
The rear section of the phone is also the same as that of 3GB and 4GB variants. It features a rear metal plate with plastic inserts at the top and bottom. The smartphone weighs 180g, which is contributed by the hefty 5000 mAh battery. The body design of the Zenfone Max Pro M1 certainly feels premium.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1: Performance: As far as the performance aspect is concerned, the 6GB RAM variant of the smartphone is very much identical to the younger variants. The bigger variant performs similar in real-life scenarios, tackling essential day to day usage. The 6GB RAM variant managed to perform pleasingly well against power-intensive apps and heavy daily usage. Heavy games such as Asphalt 9 and PUBG ran without any lag giving an excellent gaming experience.
At the same time, the variant showed no sign of heating or sluggishness, keeping the thermals in control. However, the only annoying thing noticed on the variant was the application load time. Coming to the benchmark scores, the AnTuTu and PC Mark Work 2.0 benchmarks stood at 115612 and 6005 respectively.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1: Camera - The new variant of Zenfone Max Pro M1 not only gets bigger RAM but also improved camera for better photography experience. It comes with vertically stacked dual camera module featuring a 16MP primary sensor along with a 5MP depth sensing sensor at the back. The front camera has also been improved as compared to the previous variants, which 16MP sensor for selfies and video calling.
The 3GB and 4GB options feature 13MP + 5MP dual camera at the rear along with an 8MP camera upfront. The rear camera on the Zenfone Max Pro M1 6GB variant captures detailed shots and covers more objects in a frame. The image quality is far better than the smaller 3GB and 4GB variants. Also, the focusing and the photo capturing rate is faster in the bigger option as compared to the other counterparts. Shots captured on HDR mode too brings in details offering more crisp and sharp images. IFA 2018: New Huawei P20 Pro 8GB RAM Variant Launched; Gets New Morpha Aurora & Pearl White Colours.
The portrait mode managed to capture better images than before, however, requires some improvements. The front camera, on the other hand, too captures details in perfect lighting conditions. However, the selfie image quality in low light conditions or indoor during the night is just satisfactory. The video captured on the 6GB variant is detailed, but it maxes out at 4K and 1080p for the rear and front camera respectively.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1: Software & Battery - Fitted with a massive 5000 mAh battery, searching for a plug was never a concern. The huge battery backup ensures a seamless experience for the user without the need of charging even after heavy usage. With 1 hour of heavy gaming, a couple of surfing with location turned on and numerous apps running in the background, the phone stood firm with more than 50 per cent of the battery. Coming to the software front, the Zenfone Max Pro is light and responsive, due to near-stock build for Android 8.1 by Asus. The company has also claimed to bring Android Q update to Zenfone Max Pro M1 in the future. The smartphone also comes with a face unlocking system, which is quite slow even in perfect lighting condition. Also, the accuracy and speed further deteriorate in low light conditions. Apple to Repair Defective iPhone 8 Logic Boards for Free.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1: Verdict - To sum it up, the Zenfone Max Pro M1 6GB variant is a capable product from Asus offering excellent battery backup, improved camera, performance and quality at a price point of Rs 14,999. At this price point, the smartphone is a value for money product. And, the buyers looking to own a reliable with a bigger battery and certainly something other than Xiaomi, this is it. A quicker face unlocking system and fast charging would have been an added advantage over here.