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ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2 Long Term Review

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It has been almost three months since ASUS Philippines brought the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2 to the local market and we think its time to revisit the phone for a long term review.

ASUS Zenfone Max M2 Pro specs:

  • Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor
  • Adreno 512 graphics
  • 6GB RAM
  • 64GB internal storage expandable via microSD
  • 6.23-inch Full HD IPS LCD display (1080 x 2280 pixels)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 6
  • 12 MP (f/1.8 aperture) Sony IMX 486  + 5MP (depth sensor) rear facing cameras
  • 13 megapixel front facing camera  with LED flash
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, Fingerprint Scanner, Face Unlock
  • GPS, A-GPS. GLONASS
  • 5,000 mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo

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HARDWARE

The plastic construction might put off some meticulous smartphone buyers who want an elegant design with metal and glass construction. For us, plastic is still the best for us. First, it doesn’t break during an accidental fall and it does not bend unlike those phones with aluminum construction. In the case of the Zenfone Max Pro M2, we never acquired any dents and dings after an accidental fall. The finishing on the plastic is very shiny and it attracts fingerprints and scratches. We suggest you use the included case provided in the package.

To be honest, we never liked the notch on any smartphone and we still felt the same with this phone. Although we got used io it, we hope ASUS could think of ways to avoid the notch on a rather good display. And speaking of the display, we do love the IPS panel on this phone. It is bright even under direct sunlight.

PERFORMANCE

Qualcomm/s Snapdragon 660 has been proven to be very efficient and powerful chipset. It may not be as powerful as the flagship Snapdragon 845 but it is powerful enough to power your graphic intense games. For the past three months, we never encountered any heating issues with the device while playing games. There was no occasion that we experienced any lags too.

What we like most about the Zenfone Max Pro M2 is its running stock Android. No custome ZenUI here. For Android purists like ourselves, its a breath of fresh air to see ASUS shifting to clean, stock experience. This also adds fluidity to the experience. It also comes with almost no bloatware and redundant apps like we saw on the Zenfone 5.

The phone, however, still runs on Android 8.1 Oreo. Although ASUS plans to upgrade this to Android 9.0 Pie, we not sure when and if it qualifies to be upgraded to Android Q in which will announce in August 2019.

CAMERA

When we first got the phone, it runs on a pre-released software and we experience some inconsistencies on the camera. Since then, we received three big software updates to fix the camera bugs and photos taken have significantly improved. Photos have better dynamic range and color saturation but it struggles a bit in night photography. Photos appear to be grainy.

BATTERY AND CONNECTIVITY

The ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2 is our perfect hotspot buddy. Since our favorite work place, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is having some internet problems in some of their stores, we use our own data to work. We’ve used the phone as a WiFi hotspot while listening to Spotify for 5 hours straight and it only had about 30% drop in the battery (from 92% to 62%). It proves to be the battery king still during our video loop test – 4 movies on Netflix for 6 hours straight – 44% left in the tank.

And since its a perfect WiFi hotspot buddy, the phone’s 4G/LTE connectivity is quite excellent. We never experienced any signal drops and sudden slowdown on internet speeds. Calls are also clear with no issues.

VERDICT

After three months, the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2 has aged very well. We are confident, this phone will good for 2 years at the most. Great hardware, improved cameras, excellent battery life, great connectivity. This is a good phone to buy overall. Keep in mind that it is not the best camera in its class and the plastic build has a shiny finish that could be potentially a scratch magnet.

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