Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 Review: The New Budget King | AIB

The long wait is finally over as ASUS brings their highly anticipated new “Battery King”, the ZenFone Max Pro M1. Asus has presented a new model in India with mid-range features but with a very distinctive feature: its battery. The three variants of this model differ in RAM and storage but have the same autonomy, which can reach. The phone will compete against the Redmi Note 5 Pro and Honor 7X Smartphone. Xiaomi is known for its budget smartphones with high-end specifications, but this time Asus Zenfone is the Killer one.

Let us find out if the smartphone is worth your time and money!


ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 incorporates a 5.99-inch panel with FullHD resolution in 18: 9 format. In our opinion, it is enough to present a mobile gaming experience that catches the eye and comfortable in hand.

The thing that distinguishes it is the position of dual cameras and LED flashlights are not arranged horizontally, and the position of the fingerprint scanner is still the same. This smartphone is still very comfortable held in hand, not too big.


This Smartphone comes with a Snapdragon 636 processor, which has an Adreno 509 GPU and there will be three versions depending on the RAM, with 3 GB, 4 GB and 6 GB and two if we look at the internal memory, with 32 GB and 64 GB, with eMCP technology 5.1. All these versions can be extended with a microSD, up to 2 TB.

Based on tests conducted using benchmark applications, the resulting score is high enough, and an indicator that this smartphone is able to process the graphics quality is good enough in a game.


In the camera section, we have a dual rear camera of 13 megapixels plus a secondary one of 5 megapixels to obtain the preferred portrait mode. The Zenfone Max Pro records in 4K feature beauty mode, and flash. For the front camera, it is chosen to incorporate an 8-megapixel sensor, aperture f / 2.2 and face recognition.

Based on our experience, the quality of the front camera is very satisfying for those specifications in outdoor conditions. The picture quality is quite sharp though the color is less strong, and so is the contrast. In indoor conditions with sufficient lighting, the resulting photos are still sharp and satisfying to us.


Zenfone Max Pro M1

Zenfone Max Pro M1 fuses Android 8.1 Oreo without customization layer. Asus said goodbye to Zen UI to compete directly against the Android One. In India, Google has a lot of presence, and pure Android is also very well valued.

However, the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 excludes some of ASUS’s native apps that are actually good. For example, the Power Master application is used to monitor battery consumption and battery saving management. Besides, apps like Selfie Master are also missing from so we found the capabilities of smartphone photography a bit bland than usual.


Zenfone Max Pro M1

Another most important point is the battery, ZenFone Max Pro M1 has 5,000 mAh that will be fully charged in 2 hours and 42 minutes, according to official ASUS data. With this, we theoretically get up to 28 hours of WiFi browsing or 20 hours of video.

We tested battery life using the PCMark Work 2.0 app that keeps the smartphone screen up while running multiple simulations of use. We performed tests ranging from battery conditions 93 percent with 50 percent screen light intensity, noted that with the scenario ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 could last up to 17 hours 29 minutes.

Price and availability

Zenfone Max Pro M1

The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 was released on May 3 in India exclusively on Flipkart, India’s online distributor. The official starting price is Rs 10,999 for the 3GB and 32GB, and the 4GB model of RAM and 64GB will sell for Rs 12,999. We will also have the Zenfone Max Pro M1 with 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a dual camera of 16 megapixels with aperture f / 2.0 for Rs 14,999.


Zenfone Max Pro M1

This ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 is superior in terms of performance and battery life in mid-range smartphones. Another detail that ASUS has tried to take care of is the sound, where we have a lower speaker with an NPX amplifier. We do not have USB type C or Gorilla Glass protection, but the Zenfone Max Pro design seems quite successful, with the fingerprint reader in the back and weight and thickness not far-fetched for the amount of battery that incorporates.

Review overview

OS and UI9.3


The ZenFone Max Pro M1 absolutely nails the basics and does so without compromising in any key areas. Honestly, there isn't much more you can ask from a budget phone.

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