Asus has been keeping a low key profile in India for sometime now. Even after announcing the Zenfone 5 and Zenfone 5Z at the MWC 2018, the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer hasn’t done much in India. Today, finally it launched its first smartphone in 2018 and it is the ‘disruptive’ Zenfone Max Pro M1. Well, the phone is priced under Rs. 13,000 and surprisingly runs vanilla Android out of the box.

Now that the launch is done with, there are a lot of Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 related questions unanswered. If you are searching for answers to those unanswered question you have landed on the right page. Here is all that should know or might want to know about Zenfone Max Pro M1 before buying it.

 

Also Read: Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 Review – Is it better than Redmi Note 5 Pro?

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Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 Specifications

  • 5.99-inch Full HD+ Display, 18:9 aspect ratio, 2.5D curved glass display, 1500:1 contrast ratio, 85% NTSC color gamut, 450 nits brightness
  • 14nm based 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 636 Mobile Platform; Adreno 509 GPU
  • 3GB RAM with 32GB storage and 4GB /6GB RAM with 64GB storage, dedicated expansion slot supports up to 2TB
  • Android 8.1 (Oreo)
  • Dual SIM (nano + nano)
  • 13MP rear camera with LED Flash, PDAF, 1.12μm pixel size, f/2.2 aperture, secondary 5MP camera
  • 8MP front-facing camera, f/2.0 aperture
  • Fingerprint sensor, Face unlock (coming soon)
  • 3.5mm audio jack, 5-magnet speaker, NXP Smart Amp
  • Dimensions: 159x 76x 8.46mm; Weight: 180g
  • 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS
  • 5000mAh battery with fast charging

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 India Price and Availability

  • Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 price in India starts at Rs. 10,990
  • Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 to exclusively retail at Flipkart

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 Benchmarks

  • Anutu: 92,000
  • Geekbench: 1410 for single core; 4658 for multicore
  • 3D Mark Ice Storm Unlimited: 19544

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 Design and Display

Question: How is the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 design?

Answer: Design wise, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro is not as tempting at its own ageing Zenfone 3 or the upcoming Zenfone 5, but if you compare it with the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro, I find it more appealing in comparison. It looks much cleaner and is in line with the latest trends.

Also, the Max Pro M1 is the slimmest phone with a 5000mAh battery and weighs a modest 180 grams. As far as big battery phones go, this is one of the best-designed phones.

Question: How is the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 build quality?

Answer: Once again, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 feels more sturdy than the Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro. The facia includes an 18:9 full screen layered with a trendy 2.5D glass. The chassis is made of metal which further ensures it is tough enough to withstand daily wear and tear.

Question: Does Zenfone Max Pro M1 come with case cover in the box?

Answer: No.

Question: How is the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 display?

Answer: The Zenfone Max Pro M1 display makes a decent first impression. The colors seem accurate enough and color calibration also appears to really good for a budget phone. We couldn’t notice any backlight bleeding on the panel. Blacks are deep and Contrast ratio is also impressive.

Question: Does Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 offer option to adjust display colors? 

Answer: The software lets you tinker with the color temperature from within the display settings.

Question: Does the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 has a Bluelight filter?

Answer: Yes, it does. You can turn on the night light from display settings and also adjust its intensity.

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 Performance and Software FAQ

Question: How much internal storage space is free in Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1?

Answer: In our 32GB variant, we got approx. 24GB of usable space out of the box.

Question: Does Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 come with a dedicated microSD card slot?

Answer: Yes, it comes with a dedicated dual sim slot and a microSD slot which supports SD card up to 256GB.

Question: Does the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 supports USB OTG?

Answer: Yes, USB OTG is supported.

Question: Is there a fingerprint sensor present on the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1? How many fingerprints can you scan and store?

Answer: The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 has a fingerprint sensor on the back panel. It is easily accessible but it’s kind of slow and is inaccurate very often.

You can store up to 5 finger imprints for authentication.

Question: How is the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 day-to-day or general performance?

Answer: The Zenfone Max Pro M1 packs the latest generation Snapdragon 636 chipset which also stars in the slight costly Redmi Note 5 Pro. The chipset is paired with 3GB/4RAM and 32GB/64GB of internal storage, expandable up to 256GB via microSD card. The Zenfone Max Pro M1 performed really smooth as we noticed no hiccups whatsoever.

The clean stock Android software further helps the Max Pro M1 case. In my time with the device, I found apps load quickly, UI transitions were smooth, Overall, the Max Pro M1 found to be fast and snappy with no noticeable lag.

Question: Is Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 gaming performance reliable enough? Can it match up the Redmi Note 5 Pro in gaming?

Answer: The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 gaming performance is at par with the Redmi Note 5 Pro and better than Redmi Note 5. We tested various games including Asphalt 8, PUBG and Jetpack on the device and it manages to sail through all gaming tests. Playing at the highest settings, we noticed on visible lag or frame drops which is certainly a good news for all the budding budget gamers.

Question: What version of Android does the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 run on?

Answer: It is running on Android 8.1 Oreo with latest security patch from Google.

Question: Does the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 supports Android’s Project Treble?

Answer: Yes.

Question: Is there any heating issues in Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1?

Answer: None.

Question: Does Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 feature a Display Notch?

Answer: Nope.

Question: Will Asus be upgrading the Zenfone Max Pro M1 to Android P?

Answer: Well, Asus has assured of Android P and Android Q updates for the phone.

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 Camera FAQ

Question: How is the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 camera quality?

Answer: The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 features a dual camera setup where the primary camera is a 13MP sensor while secondary camera is a 5-megapixel depth sensor. It is certainly not the best in the class but manages to capture decent enough captures in good lighting conditions. In low light, the results are largely inconsistent

If you are a fan of Asus’s Pixel Master technology than you will be disappointed Asus is using different camera app altogether. The difference clearly shows in the end results. A lot of post processing goes in the background resulting in shallow details.

Question: How is the portrait mode in Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1?

Answer: The portrait mode on Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is similar to what we usually see on affordable phones. It works better than software powered portrait modes, but falters in tricky situations.

The portrait shots are better than what you see in the live preview on viewfinder before pressing the shutter button.

Question: How is the performance of the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 selfie camera?

Answer: The selfies captured with the Max Pro M1 front camera under sufficient lighting look soft rather than sharp and detailed.

Question: Can the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 shoot 4K videos?

Answer: Yes, it can shoot in 4K resolution at 30fps.

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 Miscellaneous FAQ

Question: What kind of SIM cards does Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 support?

Answer: It comes with dedicated dual SIM slot where you can slip in nano sim cards in each one.

Question: Does the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 have Face Unlock option? How well does it work?

Answer: Asus will roll out Face Unlock in the upcoming update. Probably before the smartphone is made available for sale.

Question: Is Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 Water resistant?

Answer: Nope.

Question: Does the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 comes with back cover and screen protector?

Answer: Nope, you have to buy them separately.

Question: How is the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 Audio quality?

Answer: Asus is really upbeat about its audio quality as it claims to best in the budget. The phone comes with 5-magnet speakers and inbuilt NXP Smart Amp. The audio output is fairly loud but the quality is average.

Asus also bundles a Max Box Amplifier with the phone that noticeably magnifies audio output and can also serve as a phone stand.

Question: Does the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 have FM radio app?

Answer: Yes, FM radio is present.

Question: Does the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 have IR blaster?

Answer: Nope.

Question: Does the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 have LED Notification light?

Answer: Yes.

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 Connectivity FAQ

Question: How is the call quality on Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1?

Answer: The call quality is good but not great.

Question: Does the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 support Reliance Jio SIM cards/ 4G VoLTE? Do both SIM slots support 4G VoLTE?

Answer: Yes.

Question: Does Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 support native Jio Video calling or ViLTE?

Answer: No. ViLTE or native SIM card video calling is not supported on Zenfone Max Pro M1.

Question: How is the Battery backup in Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1?

Answer: The 5000mAh battery offers excellent screen on time and can easily last more than a day on a single charge.

Question: Does Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 support Fast charging?

Answer: No, it doesn’t support Qualcomm’s quick charge tech but Asus is claiming that its phone tank up faster than Redmi Note 5 Pro.

Quick Review: Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 with Pros and cons

The Zenfone Max Pro M1 is an Asus attempt to offer as an alternative to Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro which are hottest selling thing in the market today. While performance wise it is better than Redmi Note 5 and at par with Redmi Note 5 Pro, its better-built quality, pure stock Android gives it a slight edge over the Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 siblings. However, Asus still needs to fix the camera real soon.

Pros

  • Excellent Performance
  • Massive battery
  • Near-stock Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Sturdy built
  • Dedicated card slot
  • Dual VoLTE

Cons

  • Average camera

 

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