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Asus Zenfone Max Plus M1 Review

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Launched last month, the Asus Zenfone Max Plus M1 has finally joined the new trend of having an 18:9 aspect ratio into the new generation of smartphones.

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Inside the box:

  • Zenfone Max Plus M1 unit
  • wall adaptor
  • data/charging cable
  • earphone with extra silicon cap
  • OTG adaptor
  • SIM tray ejector
  • manuals

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ASUS Zenfone Max Plus M1 Specs:

  • 5.7-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD display (2160 x 1080 pixels) with 18:9 aspect ratio
  • Mediatek MT6750T processor, 1.5GHz Octa-core
  • Mali T860MP2 graphics
  • 32GB internal memory expandable via microSD up to 256GB
  • 4GB RAM
  • 16 MP (f/2.0 aperture) + 8 MP (f/2.4 aperture) wide-angle with autofocus and LED flash
  • 8 megapixel front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, Fingerprint Scanner, Face Unlock
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 4,130 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • P11,995

HARDWARE AND DESIGN

The Asus Zenfone Max Plus is a refreshing device to the company’s smartphone line-up. Although its back panel is just like the older Zenfone 4 Max with an added fingerprint scanner, you will see the improvement on the front panel of the device.

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The Zenfone Max Plus comes in the trending 18:9 aspect ratio making the overall look of the device slimmer and taller. While trying to join the nearly bezel-less smartphones, the navigation buttons on the Max Plus are removed and changed them into a software-based navigation therefore leaving a thick space on the bottom front panel of the device.

DISPLAY

The 1080p resolution of the Max Plus’ display is one of the things we like about it. The details of its content are clear and it is capable of delivering nice viewing experience when watching multimedia with friends. Its brightness is also pretty good allowing you to continuously use the device even under the bright sun.

SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE

The Max Plus is running on Android Nougat out-of-the-box. With Asus ZenUI 4.0, the app icons and user interface very clean and colorful in the eyes. There are also no other unwanted third-party apps pre-installed once you open the device for the first time.

Here are some screenshots from the benchmarking that we have done using the AnTuTu and Geekbench apps.

We have also tested the Zenfone Max Plus into the VainGlory tournament organized by Asus Zentalk Community and we doesn’t experienced any lags while playing the game.

BATTERY

The ASUS ZenFone Max Plus would not be a Max series smartphone without long battery life; as a result, a large 4130mAh battery powers the heart of the device. Although its battery capacity was smaller compared to the Zenfone 4 Max having a 5000mAh, this device is still expected to provide long lasting battery life with the help of Smart power management handled by ASUS PowerMaster, with features that enable the battery to last twice it’s lifespan, making sure your ZenFone Max Plus will serve you well into the future.

CAMERA

The Max Plus has a dual-camera setup at the back composed of a 16 MP (f/2.0 aperture) and an 8 MP (f/2.4 aperture) wide-angle. Normal shooting using the 16MP sensor provides average quality images while using the 8MP wide-angle results to stunning 120 degree panoramic shots perfect for landscape and travel enthusiasts.

Here are sample images that we have taken:

Rear camera shots

Foodie (rear camera – indoor, good lighting)

Rear camera (low-light)

Wide-angle shots

Normal Vs Wide-angle (good lighting)

Normal Vs Wide-angle (low-light)

Selfie

The 16MP main camera and the 8MP selfie cameras are capable of taking good photos but you can also notice that the secondary 8MP wide-angle camera is having an issue when taking pictures on low-light environments. We can see that some parts of the photo are having blur issues and hopefully future software updates could solve this problem.

VERDICT

The Asus Zenfone Max Plus M1 was dedicated for people who love travelling. With its large battery capacity, you will no longer worry of getting low battery on a long-day trip. Its secondary wide-angle camera is also perfect for those beautiful landscapes that you wanna share with your friends. It also has a Face Unlock feature that works perfectly together with the fingerprint scanner. When it comes to the battery life, we are pretty sure that most or some of us might be aware of the capabilities of the Zenfone Max smartphones – that they are capable of having long lasting battery life, and the same apply to the Zenfone Max Plus.