The box can be opened with a slide out function and harbors a surprise accessory along with all the usual accessories that we have come to expect from smartphone. As soon as you tap on the Camera app, it will fire without any delay and you get the screen given below. However, all that might change very soon as Asus has just launched their new budget offering, the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 , and on paper it seems like a great budget device. In Geekbench 4, the device scored a decent 1333 in single-core and 4870 in multi-core tests, which is also slightly better than the other two devices. The latest smartphone comes loaded with all the new features that you would look for in a smartphone at this price point. There are some scene modes and beautification, but no manual mode. During my usage, I found that the bokeh effect that is rendered smoothly without any delay.
The only device which can match this score is Redmi Note 5 Pro which comes with the same processor but is priced higher. During extended sessions of gaming, it heated up slightly but not to a degree that would cause any discomfort. That said, on the downside, the phone is a bit heavy and slippery due to the smooth finish at the back and massive battery backup, so we suggest a protective case as a given for this one. But other than those minor issues, this screen is actually really good — especially when you consider the price. I am surprised how many phones get the most basic thing that a phone is supposed to do wrong but the Asus ZenFone Max Pro is not one of them. Video shot by the camera during the day was quite good and the one which we shot at the night time was just usable; we also faced a lot of focus shifting in the video mode too. You get all the Android Oreo features such as notification dots, action shortcuts on app icons, and split-screen multitasking.
However, the top and bottom bezels are still a bit thicker — making it relatively taller than the competition. Features and performance Asus seems to be a bit shifty about disclosing the MediaTek chipset powering the ZenFone Max Plus M1. The best part of the Max Pro M1 camera is it capable of capturing the 4K at a budget price. We do know that there are some customisations though. Along with these apps, the Android build here comes with various cool gestures, like double tap to wake or lock the device, letter gestures to open certain apps, and more.
Is it actually the best-value smartphone for the price? After using it for some time, you can see the smudges on the back plate which needs to be cleaned. The portrait mode works in the front camera as well, but it struggles to intelligently separate the foreground from the background. However, once we delved into the camera and performance testing, the differences became more apparent. Look, the ZenFone Max Pro has a beautiful display, got great performance, brings stock Android Oreo with confirmed updates till Q, and has a massive 5,000 mAh battery. At first glance, the ZenFone Max Plus M1 looks like it might be worth it, with its design, big display, facial recognition and dual-lens camera, but not everything is as great as it sounds. Also, the phone is available in multiple versions as you can see in the spec sheet.
The phone runs stock Android software, is an excellent performer, has excellent battery backup and is aggressively priced. Interestingly though, the panel looks a bit brighter on the upgraded variant. The company tells us that this was in response to market research, and it decided that this was the better approach for the intended market segment. . When you click the image in the Depth effect mode, the camera tries to create a natural background blur when the subject and background are at the right amount of distance, needs to get a bokeh effect. The downside is that I experienced heating issues on playing games for more 10 minutes straight.
It emerged as the leader of the Indian smartphone market, with a 25% market share, in the last quarter. Other than Xiaomi's Redmi Note 5 Pro, the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 doesn't have much competition in its price band. Still, applications launch reasonably fast. Asus has used the Max name for phones with big batteries before, so this is a fitting continuation. It sure makes videos and games look immersive.
The Zenfone Max Pro supports Bluetooth 4. You can check out the video samples in our video review linked below starts at 5:11. Its chief purpose is to knock the and off their perches, and with a starting price of Rs. On paper, it checks off all the boxes that a mid-range phone should. The phone is slow to focus in low light, but once it does, it can capture reasonable shots. I had to wipe smudges away between each shot when I took photos of the phone for this review, as they look quite pronounced on the dark exterior.
But then again, the camera has become an important extension for all of us. Our video loop battery test ran for 13 hours, 29 minutes which is less than what the Redmi Note 5 Pro managed with a smaller battery, and also well short of Asus's claim of 25 hours of continuous video playback. Display Coming to the display, the ZenFone Max Pro M1 features the same 5. Even after having these shortcomings, Asus ZenFone Max Pro is our choice above the regular Redmi Note 5 which is a testament to its prowess. You can zoom them to see the actual size and quality.
The Zenfone Max Pro M1 is not a phone you can use in one hand. But are the upgrades actually worth the extra money? While there are some users who appreciate the theme support and customizations, we like the plain vanilla stock Android. It has an 18:9 aspect ratio and resolution of 1080x2160. And, even if the camera seems perfectly lined up, the recognition fails more times than not. Having said that, the handset will pose a serious threat to the Note 5 series and surely gets our stamp of approval. I have been using the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 for over 2 weeks, and now I finally have its full review for you guys.