Gaming on a smartphone has become a trend now-a-days. In fact, some phones are purposely made for hard-core gaming like the ROG Phone. But for casual caming, ASUS never stop on bringing new options for its customers. Today, the new ASUS Zenfone Max Pro (M1) has finally arrived in the country and here’s our first impressions about it.
ASUS Zenfone Max Pro Specs:
- 5.99-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD display (1080 x 2160 pixels) 18:9 aspect ratio
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, 1.8GHz Octa-core processor
- Adreno 505 graphics
- Android 8.1 Oreo (Pure Android)
- 32GB ROM up to 2TB via dedicated slot
- 3GB RAM
- 13 MP + 5MP rear facing cameras with PDAF and LED flash
- 8MP f.2.2 rear facing camera
- 4G/LTE Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- WiFi, Bluetooth, Fingerprint Scanner
- GPS, A-GPs, GLONASS
- 5,000 mAh battery with fast battery charging
- Price: PHP 9,995
PHYSICAL APPEARANCE / DESIGN
The Zenfone Max Pro has a chasis made from aluminum alloy. It has a rounded edges and corners which results to a better hand grip when holding the device.
Ports and buttons:
The power button and the volume rockers are on the right side.
Below, you can see the speaker grill, micro-USB port, microphone and headphone jack.
At the left side, we have the triple card slot for 2 nano SIMs and 1 microSD card.
At top, it has an additional microphone hole.
The device features a 5.99-inch 18:9 aspect ratio display with a resolution of 2160×1080. The screen is bright enough that it can still be seen outdoors as well as the colors and sharpness of the display.
SOFTWARE, UI, OS
The Max Pro is running on Pure Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. There are on 31 pre-installed apps which includes system apps and Google apps. The Settings is cleaner than the other Zenfones. You can also notice that the Quick Settings on the Notification bar are bigger than before as well as the Camera interface which doesn’t have a Pro Mode. On the other side, this device is guaranteed to be updated up to Android Q!
GeekBench: 1327 (single-core) / 4560 (multi-core)
ASUS explained that having the combination of Snapdragon 636 and the Pure Android OS makes the device more efficient compared to other smartphone with SD636 alone.
The Max Pro sports a dual rear camera setup composed of a 13MP + 5MP which is dedicated for creating bokeh effect. On the front, it has a 8MP with a softlight LED.
As we mentioned above, the camera UI is quite different from the past Zenfones. This might be because of the Pure Android OS running on the device like the Nokia 7 Plus. We also noticed that it doesn’t have a Pro Mode which allows you to manually control the ISO, Shutter Speed and etc..
The ASUS Zenfone Max Pro (M1) is a smartphone which is dedicated for casual gamers. Having said that, it is equip with most of the key essential features for a gaming phone; the performance, battery, and the display. It is also nice to know that it will be updated up to Android Q for the next two years which includes security patches.