Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 Pros and Cons- Solid Reasons to Change your Mind
After most of the brands showed off their notch style flagships or triple rear camera setup, it should not be a surprise that Asus has finally made its move. After a long period of time, Asus finally presents the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is set to release in India in a couple of days joining the budget smartphone family.
But wait a sec! What is the difference between other budget phones and the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1? Well, reasons like a huge 5000 mAh battery, a powerful Snapdragon 636 and a stock android at a price tag of sub 15K is enough to differentiate the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 from the rest.
The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 has many competitors like the Redmi Note 5 Pro, Redmi 5, Honor 9 Lite, Redmi Note 5, etc…So, if you are looking forward to getting this phone or just looking for some knowledge about this smartphone, then you are in the right place as we will be discussing every Pros & Cons of the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 in specific detail.
Note: This deatiled Pros & Cons is for the 3GB/ 4 GB variant and not the 6 GB variant.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 Pros and Cons
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1: Key Highlights
- Rear Camera: 13 MP + 5 MP Dual Rear Camera with LED flashlight.
- Front Camera: 8MP.
- 5.99 inches IPS display.
- 3/ 4 GB Ram, 32/64 GB internal storage.
- QUALCOMM Snapdragon 636 octa-core processor
- 5000 mAh battery.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1: Pros or Reasons to buy
- Rear Camera: The camera app here is a Snapdragon camera (app) with a different UI. The dual rear is bundled with a quite lot of features, some of the major features included in the camera are- the portrait mode, Backlight mode, Beauty mode, HDR mode, Landscape mode, etc. Now, coming to the performance of the camera, shots captured in daylight conditions turn out to be good with nice color reproduction and an ample amount of details. Shots captured have a nice contrast and vividness to them which makes the images more satisfying. On the other hand, in low light situations, the camera just manages to perform averagely. Aside from that, the 5 MP camera on the rear is a depth-sensing camera helps in excellent edge detection resulting in excellent Portrait shots. However, the overall performance of Rear camera of the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is what is to be expected in the price range.
- Front Camera: The 8 MP front camera is a social media camera and is also capable of capturing decent Portrait shots. The overall performance good in daylight but average in low lighting conditions.
- Face unlock is finally available thanks to the OTA update.
- The Rear Camera of the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 can shoot up to 4K videos and also Slow motion videos
- The placement of the fingerprint is excellent and easily accessible.
- Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with a resemblance to stock Android UI.
- The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 has a metal back with curved edges that make the Smartphone easier to hold. The metallic back does look and feels premium in hand.
- The 3 GB/ 4GB RAM offered on the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is sufficient enough for smooth multitasking.
- The Redmi Note 5 Pro was the first phone to sport the Snapdragon 636. After noticing how good it performs Asus has also featured the Snapdragon 636 processor in the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 which can play almost all the heavy games. Games like PUBG mobile and Asphalt 8 runs with no lag so, this phone is definitely recommended to hardcore gamers out there.
- The 5.99 inch IPS display has an 18:9 aspect ratio. The display is excellent, sharp and produces vibrant colour. There are no viewing angle issues, as the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is visible from any angle and the display remains clear and bright even in outdoor conditions.
- The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 has a single speaker at the bottom next to the 3.5 mm headphone jack which sounds excellent.To make things even better Asus packs a passive amplifier with the phone which has a shape of a box that redistributes the sound making it louder and clearer.
- The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 has all the essential sensors like Magnometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Light sensor and a Gyroscope sensor that allows users to enjoy videos and games in VR.
- Regarding heating issues, there are no heating issues but, the device tends to slightly heat up on excessive gaming which is normal due to its metal back.
- The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 allows the use of two SIMs and an SD card simultaneously. Still struggling with a hybrid SIM slot? check out this article on how to Use Dual Sim + microSD together, No more Hybrid Sim Slot Problem.
- The device also comes with a multi-coloured LED notification which we saw was lacking in the Redmi 5.
- The box of the device is bunded with a 10-watt charger which charges the phone from 5% to 100% in about 2hours and 30 minutes.
- Asus managed to pack a huge 5000 mAh battery while maintaining the slim build of the phone. The 5000 mAh can last up to around 2 days on moderate use.
- Even though this device has a huge 5000 mAh battery, the weight of the Asus Zenfone is only 180 grams making it a handy phone.
- Calls over 4G and VOLTE are good. And both SIM slot supports Dual 4G standby which is rare in the sub 15k price tag.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1: Cons or Reasons not to buy
- Rear Camera: Shots taken in low light conditions lacks a lot of detail and contrast. A lot of noise tends to creep in shots taken in low light. I think Asus could have done better in terms of camera.
- Front Camera: While the Rear camera offers good Portrait shots, the Front camera’s edge detection is no up to the mark where pictures lack the bokeh effect around the edge of the object.
- Shooting Videos can be a tough work on the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 due to the lack of EIS. However, Asus has promised EIS via the next update.
- The phone has no gorilla glass protection but, it does seem to have some kind of protection, However, we suggest the use of tempered glass.
- The fingerprint on the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is quite slow when compared to the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Let’s hope Asus fixes this in their next update.
- The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 also lacks quick charging. Looking for some extra juice for your phone? check our list of Top 5 Best Power bank under 1500 Rs in India & Top 5 Best 20000 mAh Power banks in India.
- No pair of headphones/ earphones is included with the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1. But, if you are looking for some excellent sounding earphones then check our list of Top 5 Best Earphones under 500 Rs in India & Top 10 Best Earphones under 1000 Rs in India.
Final Thoughts on Asus Zenfone Pro M1
The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 has proved itself as the best phone for your money. It is the best pick for Smartphones under 11K as it offers a decent camera, stock Android UI and a huge 5000 mAh battery just for Rs. 10,999.
Like the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1? Buy now!
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1: Expert Score & User Ratings
- Huge 5000 mAh battery.
- Good Display.
- Dual Rear Camera.
- Comes with an Amplifier
- Weighs 180 gram.
- Slow Fingerprint Sensor.
- No EIS/OIS.
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|In The Box||Handset, Charger, User Manual, Warranty Card, Max-Box, Sim Ejector|
|Model Number||ZB601KL-4A010IN / ZB601KL-4A020IN|
|Model Name||Zenfone Max Pro M1|
|SIM Type||Dual Sim|
|Hybrid Sim Slot||No|
|Sound Enhancements||5- Magnet Speaker,2nd Gen. NXP SMART Amplifier,|
|Display Size||5.99 inch|
|Resolution||2160 x 1080 Pixels|
|Resolution Type||Full HD+|
|Other Display Features||Slim Metal, 2.5D Glass, 5.99-inch Full View Display in 5.5-inch Compact Size, 2mm Slim Bezel, 18:9 Full View, Brightness in 450 nits|
|OS & Processor Features|
|Operating System||Android Oreo 8.1|
|Processor Type||Qualcomm Snapdragon 636|
|Processor Core||Octa Core|
|Primary Clock Speed||1.8 GHz|
|Memory & Storage Features|
|Internal Storage||32 GB|
|Expandable Storage||2 TB|
|Supported Memory Card Type||microSD|
|Memory Card Slot Type||Dedicated Slot|
|Primary Camera Available||Yes|
|Primary Camera||13MP + 5MP|
|Primary Camera Features||13MP, f/2.2, PDAF + 5MP with Bokeh, Camera Modes - 10 effects beauty modes, HDR, Landscape, Sports, Flowers, backlight, candle light, sunset, night, beach, Snow|
|Secondary Camera Available||Yes|
|Secondary Camera Features||8MP, f/2.2, Camera Mode - 10 effects beauty modes, HDR, Landscape, Sports, Flowers, backlight, candle light, sunset, night, beach, Snow|
|Flash||Front and Rear LED Flash|
|Dual Camera Lens||Primary Camera|
|Network Type||4G VOLTE, 2G, 3G|
|Supported Networks||4G VoLTE, GSM, 4G LTE, WCDMA|
|Internet Connectivity||4G, 3G, Wi-Fi|
|Wi-Fi Version||802.11 b/g/n|
|Sensors||Accelerometer Sensor, E-Compass, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Rear Fingerprint Sensor, Gyroscope|
|Other Features||Fingerprint Sensor - 0.3 sec Fast Unlock, 5 Finger and 360Degree Recognition, Power-efficient 14nm Processor, 10W Adapter (5V/2A), 3 Slots - 2 SIM Card and 1 MicroSD, Stock (Pure) Android, Face Unlock, CAT LTE - CAT 4|
|Battery & Power Features|
|Battery Capacity||5000 mAh|
|Warranty Summary||Brand Warranty of 1 Year on Mobile|