When it comes to battery, we all know ASUS is the king as they offer the Zenfone Max series with large 5,000 mAh battery. These phones sell well to power users such as gamers but failed to capture the selfie and camera centric customers. ASUS wants to solve that with the new ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2 as the company promised a better camera and more vibrant screen. i=Does it live up with its promises? Read on.
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
HARDWARE AND DESIGN
ASUS has impressed us this year with the designs of the Zenfone 5 and the flagship Zenfone 5z. The company has been doing their own thing when it comes to design. There are no radiant color options here we see on HUawei, OPPO and Vivo but instead, there is a simple shiny gray variant with some sort of a pattern when it hits the light. We also saw the Zenfone Max Pro M2 in silver and that is more stunning than the gray variant we have here.
We were expecting a USB Type C port here but instead we have a USB 2.0 still on this phone. Audio coming out from the single speaker are loud though we hear some distortions on max volume. The phone is surprisingly light and thin despite the fact it carries a large 5,000 mAh battery. More of that on our battery review.
One of biggest improvements as compared with the previous model is the display. It is still an IPS panel though it is brighter and more color saturated. We had no problems using the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2 outdoors though there is a bit of reflection. Oh yes, there is a notch. We hate the notch and we’ve mentioned it many times.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
One thing we love about ASUS is their excellent after sales service and support for the Zenfone community through Zentalk and Facebook groups. The company listens to their customers. Until now, our 2 year old Zenfone 3 still receives security updates and was updated to Android 8.1 Oreo this year. We did talk to our friends from ASUS and they did mention a planned update to Android 9.0 Pie for the Zenfone 5 line and even the Zenfone Max Pro M1 and M2. We have to stay tuned for that.
When we got the phone in our hands, the Zenfone Max Pro M2 is running a pre-released software and there software bugs especially on the camera. Recently, ASUS seeded a large software update to fix all the bugs. After the update, it generally smoother and faster. It handled multitasking and gaming pretty well.
On the software side, it runs on stock Android 8.1 Oreo. There are still some bloat there but very minimal. We hope ASUS could just remove ZenUI already and focus on a clean, fast pure Android experience. A phone running on pure Android makes it easier for an OEM (original equipment manufacturer to update their devices to the latest software.
Normally, a good camera and a great gaming phone comes in two different devices. On the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2, you get both. The company has a Sony IMX 486 12 megapixel sensor backed by a 5 megapixel depth sensor at the rear. Photos appeared to be a hit or miss situation. Sometimes we get good photos, sometime we don’t. We recently received a software update and we noticed some improvements on the camera.
Here check out some of our photos
ASUS did use Qualcomm as a choice of chipset for the Zenfone Max Pro M2 and comes with it is Qualcomm’s own LTE modem. Internet speed are within normal range with less inconsistencies and so as calls. Fingerprint scanner and face unlock works very well too.
Of course the juicy part of the review – the battery. What can a large 5,000 mAh battery can do for you? Well, ASUS claimed 15 hours of Netflix or You Tube and 7 hours of graphic intense gaming over WiFi. So we decided to do an actual battery draining test and played You Tube videos. we managed to get 7 hours of screen on time with 25% battery left. We used our 4G/LTE service which sips more battery. Great job ASUS!
This is truly the Battery King of smartphones. Heavy smartphone user won’t be bringing their powerbanks or wall chargers. Just leave them at home. Aside from excellent battery life, it does give you decent photos, a pure Android experience, a smooth performance all in an elegant thin and light design. For that we also give our #FTARecommended seal of approval.
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