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ASUS Zenfone Max Pro Review: Gaming Powerhouse on a Budget

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Last week, ASUS Philippines has finally launched their most awaited mid-range smartphone which is dedicated for casual gamers. On the span of one week of using the device, here’s our review and opinion 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 front facing camera
  • 4G/LTE Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, Fingerprint Scanner
  • 5,000 mAh battery with fast battery charging
  • Price: PHP 9,995



We love the way how ASUS build the Zenfone Max Pro. Its aluminum body and rounded corners makes it very comfortable in the hand. The placement of the power button, volume rockers, and the single-grill speaker are also just right and convenient specially when gaming.



The Zenfone Max Pro features a 1080p resolution on its display which is able to produce above average viewing experience. The colors are vibrant, the details are sharp, and the contrast maintain the darkness of blacks. On the other side, the Auto-brightness feature has a little bit of delay and hopefully it could be fix on the next update.



This device is just a few of the budget smartphones which are equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor. Just like the new Zenfone 5 which was priced at around P20,000 this budget-friendly phone is just half of the prize of it.

Paired with the Pure Android 8.1 Oreo OS, this smartphone was said to be a more efficient device compared to other devices running the same processor. Based on our experience, it can run most of the MOBA and casual games found on the Android Playstore.


When it comes to the added security features, we found the Facial Unlock and the Fingerprint scanner a little bit slow. The Face Unlock struggles a lot specially on low-light environments while the Fingerprint sensor takes 1-2seconds before unlocking the phone.



The Zenfone Max Pro has satisfied our expectations from its huge 5000mAh battery. The combination of the Snapdragon 636 and the Pure Android OS makes this device to manage its power more efficiently.

On a lite usage which includes regular texting, calling, taking pictures and checking your social medias, the phone can last up to 2-3days. While on an extreme usage which includes long hours of gaming, social media, and taking photos/videos, the phone has managed to last a whole day with a screen ON time of almost 10hours.



As compared to the Max Plus and the Max M1, the dual camera setup on the Max Pro was dedicated for bokeh effect and not for wide-angle shot. The Pure Android OS is also responsible for the old look of its UI. But don’t be deceived by its look because surprisingly, the image capability of this device is good for the price.

On outdoors and places with good lighting conditions, the phone can capture nice images with sharp details, good color reproduction, and clean bokeh effect. While on low-light, the phone is taking some time to process the photo and remove the noises which results to a smooth image.

Here are some of our sample shots:

Auto (outdoors)

Auto (indoors)

Bokeh effect


If you are a casual gamer and is looking for a smartphone with a capable processor, long lasting battery and a good display, the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro might be the one you are looking for. The Snapdragon 636 is proven to be energy efficient and can run most games, the 5000mAh battery can give you around 10hours of continuous usage, and the 1080p display for the overall viewing experience. The three key features mentioned above has proven that the Zenfone Max Pro is a real #BatteryKing and is perfect for gamers.