Asus on 23rd April announced its new mid-range smartphone named Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 starting at a price of Rs. 10999. Asus Zenfone Max Pro can be called as the successor of Zenfone Max which also came with a 5000mAh battery but failed mainly due to its heavy weight. However, the successor is massively improved when it comes to weight balance. Having a 5000mAh battery the phone is as light as the popular Redmi Note 5 Pro.
Other specifications of the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 include a dual camera configuring a 16MP camera with f/2.2 aperture at the front and 5MP with f/2.2 aperture at the black with having a flash both at the front and rear. The all new Asus Zenfone Max Pro is powered by Snapdragon 636 processor which made its debut with the Redmi Note 5 Pro. It runs with Android Oreo 8.1 out-of-the-box. Asus has also promised two levels of future Android updates that is Android P and Q. As per the demand, Asus has provided a dedicated SD card slot with support of 2 nano sim cards.
Having all the features of the fast-selling Redmi Note 5 Pro, Asus Zenfone Max has Cons which makes it fall behind while its pros boosting it up. However at a price of Rs. 10999, Asus Zenfone Max Pro is a value-for-money device although having its cons.
Pros and Cons of Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 Pros:
Huge 5000mAh battery in Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is what gives an edge to the phone. one can easily get along 1-1.5 day with about SOT of 8-9hours. However, with the lack of Quick Charge, the phone might take around 2.5 hours to charge full
The 4K recording support is what people expect in a smartphone costing above 10K. 4K video recording can throw out some quality videos that are better than 1080p which can help you if are sort of vlogger or more of a videographer.
5 Magnet Speaker with NXT Amplifier
The 2nd Gen NXT Amplifier with 5 Magnet Speaker can definitely deliver a better audio output. However, with a single speaker, it is moderately loud than most of the other smartphones.
Android Oreo 8.1 out-of-the-box
If pure Android is what you need than this smartphone is for you. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 comes with the latest version of Android and fewer pre-installed apps which saves a bit of memory and gives a smooth experience with fewer complications.
Promised Android update to P and Q
Asus in the launch event mentioned about the Android updates to the new Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 wherein it was announced that the phone is going to get two levels of Android update in future that is the Android P and Android Q what Google will call them.
Dedicated SD card slot
As per the demand, Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 comes with a dedicated SD card slot which gets you the privilege to use two nano sim cards along with an SD card in case you need extra memory to save your data.
Expandable storage up to 2TB
Not the biggest pros as the 128gb SD card also costs more than Rs.3000. But in case there is a price drop in SD cards, ‘expandable storage up to 2TB’ will come into play hopefully.
Flipkart Damage Protection at Rs.49
Along with the new phone launch, Flipkart revealed a new value-added-service named Flipkart Damage protection which is priced at Rs.49 exclusively for Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1. Flipkart’s Damage Protection if bought along with the smartphone can help you with free repair or replacement in case of physical damage or water damage also. A thing to notice is that Flipkart is going to charge you a processing fee of Rs. 500 for screen or liquid damage.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 Cons:
No USB Type-C
Its 2018 and smartphone companies haven’t yet got ridden from the Micro USB. That may not be a big deal but the fact that Type-C is more reliable and lets faster transfer is what makes a con for Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1
Lacks Quick Charge Support.
With a huge battery of 5000mAh, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 would have been better with the support of Quick Charge. Although at a price of Rs. 10999, one cannot simply expect Quick Charge support.
No Gorilla Glass Protection
Another major con of Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is that it doesn’t have any type of protection that most of the smartphones have. It is highly recommended to protect this phone with a case/cover and a screen guard on top.
Slow Response with Fingerprint Scanner (Asus has reported that it will be fixed via update)
In most of the unboxing videos, it was noticed that Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 gave a slower response with fingerprint unlock. However, Asus experts have reported that the problem will be fixed with the update via OTA.
Poor Front Facing Camera
If you are more of a selfie conscious than this smartphone is going to disappoint you a bit. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 although having a better rear camera falls behind when it comes to the front-facing camera.
With lack of EIS, it might make it difficult to get a stable video if you are shooting videos when walking or if your hands are shaky. Although since EIS is a software implementation, Asus might work on providing EIS via a software update but no mention about it from Asus officials.
Conclusion: The phone Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 having all the necessary features can be a difficult competitor to Redmi Note 5 Pro due to its lower price tag. Even though the phone does not perform well in the camera department, it can be picked due to its huge 5000mAh battery if you are a heavy user. The phone clearly outperforms the Redmi Note 5 priced at Rs. 9999. For those who have a tight budget, Zenfone Max Pro will be the perfect choice in place of Honor 7x, Honor 9i Lite or Redmi Note 5.