Asus is finally getting some aroma of success with the latest Zenfone Max Pro M1 and Zenfone 5Z because of their aggressive pricing when compared to other competitors. Irrespective of the price, both these smartphones pack some amazing specifications as well. So yeah, today we are going to review one of those devices, the Zenfone Max Pro M1.
I have been using the Zenfone Max Pro M1 from past few weeks and I must say that it is one of the best devices in this price range. But at the same time, there are some major cons as well. A few months back, if you want to buy the best smartphone at any price range below 20K, you can only find Redmi devices. But now consumers have more choices than before, which is a great thing to know. Particularly in this price range i.e, 12K -15K, we got the Redmi Note 5 Pro, RealMe 1 and the Zenfone Max Pro M1. So without any intervention, let’s jump into our review.
Considering the price, I’m totally impressed with the overall design and build quality of the Zenfone Max Pro M1. It has a metal body with aluminum frames around it. Even though it is hefty because of that mammoth 5000mah battery, it is actually good to hold. Talking about the display, it has a Full HD 2.5D curved display and it has no gorilla glass protection on it.
During my usage it got quite a lot of scratches over it, meaning you should definitely use a screen protector. And the back could easily get smudges and fingerprints, meaning you should use a back cover as well. I would suggest you install a skin instead of the back cover as it just adds some extra weight to your already hefty smartphone. But yeah, for such a low price, you can’t complain more.
I’ve spent around Rs 1000 just for screen protectors itself, still i coudn’t find the perfect one. Asus, please release some official screen protectors as soon as possible.
The rear cameras of the phone sports a 13MP primary sensor and a 5MP sensor which is used for depth sensing purposes. and it can even record 4K UHD as well. Talking about picture quality, the images tend to overexpose and over sharpen in broad daylight. Remaining times it can produce good images. In low light, it struggles a lot to get a decent picture resulting in fewer details and a grainy image. and the video recording was also decent enough.
Coming to the front, it has an 8MP camera with some AI capabilities as well. yes, it does produce some good results. But as same as the rear cameras, it tends to overexpose most of the time in broad daylight and it also fails to get details resulting in getting slightly washed out images. After some recent software updates from Asus, the camera performance did improve a lot. And coming to portrait mode, the edge detection was average and I don’t know why it produces darker images than normal images. Maybe, it’s because of that scrappy camera UI.
Finally, I just want to say that the cameras have the capability to produce great images but the shitty snapdragon camera UI is stopping it to do that. Even though you install other third-party applications you still get similar results as the API is locked. If you want to unlock it via rooting your phone and install the GCAM to get awesome results, check out this video. If you don’t want to root your device, all you can do is to wait for more future software updates from Asus.
Having said all these, even though your initial output sucks you can always make it look awesome with a little bit of editing. You can find camera samples down below. You be the judge.
Performance, Battery Life, And Software:
Zenfone Max Pro M1 rocks a Snapdragon 636 with 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of internal storage, which is more than enough for average gaming and multitasking. And the performance was buttery smooth most of the time, mostly because the amazing hardware is coupled with amazing software. Yes, Asus refined that sluggish ZenUI to make it as stock as possible and they totally succeed in doing that.
Gaming on this device is just amazing for its price, it can run mostly all high-end games without any trouble like the PUBG, Asphalt 8, and it can even run upcoming Fortnite as well. Oh, and also it didn’t overheat at all even though I’ve played games for hours. Gaming on a device which has a massive 5000mah battery is just so satisfying.
Talking about the battery life, it survived for almost 2 days on normal usage and survived for a whole day on heavy usage which is freaking awesome. and the screen on time was also pretty great. It took me around 2.5 hours to charge it completely from 0-100, which is a long time but considering it has a massive battery, it is acceptable. So yeah I’m always a fan of these three things and I think these are the main reasons why I’ve liked this device more than the Redmi Note 5 Pro( it just lacks stock android)
- Stock Android
- Great Performance
- Amazing Battery Life
Fun Fact: Eventhough it has a mammoth 5000mah battery, it weighs 1 gram lesser than Redmi Note 5 Pro
You will definitely like watching videos and gaming on this device as the Screen quality is just amazing and it is definitely better than Redmi Note 5 Pro. Remaining things like call quality and speaker output were great and you also get triple slots for your sim cards and SDcard and a free sound amplifier along with box which is an added bonus to the complete package.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro is definitely a great device for those who love stock android, great performance and amazing battery life in a single package. The cameras were also decent enough for the price but the only problem is the camera UI and we hope to see more software updates on that side in the near future. But yeah if cameras were your main priority, you can go with the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Finally, I just want to say that this is one heck of a device for the price you are paying and you will totally satisfied with your purchase, I can guarantee that.
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