Update 03/May/2018 – The Zenfone Max PRO M1 is available for purchase from Flipkart, today (3rd May) at 12:00 pm, in grey and black color versions. Also, both 3GB Ram / 32 GB Storage and the 4GB Ram/ 64 GB storage version are available. Besides, I am working on a detailed review of the phone and will post it soon on Candytech Youtube Channel and website. Asus has pushed a recent update that enables Face unlocking and even improves camera features, so after testing these will share the review :). Stay tuned.
Taiwanese conglomerate, Asus, has today launched the new exciting phone in the “Max” series that is known for phones with incredible battery life. Asus was one of the first companies to launch the 5000 mAH capacity mobile Zenfone Max, almost 3 years back.
There have been several iterations for the Zenfone Max including the Zenfone 3 Max and Zenfone 3s Max, Zenfone 4 Max that came with a much better design and experience in comparison to the first generation of Max phones.
Zenfone Max Pro M1 India Launch
Today the company has unveiled a new exciting Max Pro M1 at an event in New Delhi, India. Dinesh Sharma, the director of mobile products, Asus India, introduced the new phone to a packed audience.
The new Max Pro caters to people who want a mobile with extended battery life. Notably, this is a different phone in comparison to the recently launched Zenfone Max M1 that comes with a 4000 mAH capacity battery.
The Zenfone Max PRO M1 will go on sale on Flipkart starting 3rd May 2018 and the price starts at an insane Rs. 10,999 for this specs loaded monster.
Additional Launch Offers
- No Cost EMI on all credit cards or Bajaj Finance.
- Rs. 1000 additional cash back on an exchange of selected mobiles.
Flipkart Comprehensive Mobile Insurance
Flipkart is offering a comprehensive insurance that covers water damage, screen replacement and other issues that your phone may face, for only Rs. 49 for the Zenfone Max Pro M1. Otherwise, the cost of insurance is Rs. 999. It is a new product from Flipkart and you can buy the insurance with any other mobile too.
Also, a couple of days back Flipkart and Asus held an event in New Delhi where the top executives from both the companies were present. The event was meant to announce a strategic partnership for selling Asus phones on the e-commerce platform and an increased co-operation.
Let’s check the price for the 3 models of the Max Pro M1.
Zenfone Max Pro M1 Price Details India
- 3 GB RAM and 32 GB Storage – Price Rs. 10,999
- 4 GB Ram and 64 GB Storage – Price Rs. 12,999
- 6 GB Ram and 64 GB Storage – Price Rs. 14,999 (To launch later)
Importantly, the 6 GB ram will launch at a later date and will come with 16 Megapixel + 5 MP Dual rear camera and even will have an improved 16 Megapixel front selfie camera.
Let’s talk more about the new Zenfone Max Pro M1 starting with top features.
- Powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Octa-Core Processor
- Adreno 509 GPU Ideal for Gaming
- Massive 5000 mAH capacity battery
- Stock Android Experience, Latest Oreo 8.0
- Bezel-less Display With 18:9 Aspect Ratio
- Great Audio, 5 Magnet Speakers
Details and Specs – Zenfone Max Pro M1
Design and Display
The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 comes with a design that is too familiar now, an iPhone X iteration. Notably, the key competitor Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro has a similar design and camera placement.
The phone has a metallic back cover with dual rear cameras, vertically aligned, and a circular fingerprint scanner present above the Asus logo.
It comes with a 5.99 Inch Full HD+ Display (2160*1080 pixels) screen. The maximum screen brightness is 450 nits and the display panel offers 85% NTSC color gamut. Also, it offers 1500:1 contrast ratio up from the standard 1000:1.
Additionally, it has a 2.5D curved glass coating and comes with contoured edges with concealed Antenna lines.
Powering the phone is the 14 Nm, Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Processor and the Adreno 509 GPU. Notably, the SD 636 is an Octa-Core processor with a maximum clock speed of 1.8 GHz.
It is really a beast and scores over 111,000 on the Antutu benchmark offering almost twice the performance of the Snapdragon 625 used in many phones like Redmi Note 4.
Furthermore, the mobile comes with 3/4/6 GB Ram and has 32/64 GB internal storage that is expandable to 2 TB using the micro-sd card.
Another highlight feature for the new Zenfone is that it comes with the Android Oreo 8.0 Os with stock Android experience. It is one of the first phones by Asus that comes with the stock Android experience and shuns the Zen UI.
Asus also said that it will get the next two Android updates including the Android P and Android Q.
Asus claims it boots around 7 seconds faster in comparison to the Redmi Note 5 Pro and offers a superior performance.
The Zenfone Max Pro M1 comes with a decent 8 Megapixel front selfie camera to click detailed selfies. At the back, there are Dual cameras with 13 MP + 5 MP resolution to ensure that you are able to click portrait shots with background blur.
Also, there is no camera bump for the rear camera setup and it comes with PDAF (fast autofocus), a dedicated soft flash for both front and rear cameras.
The camera sensor is a 1.25-micron size to offer better low light images. The rear camera supports 4K video recording, however, there is no Electronic Image stabilization that makes the videos more stable.
The key highlight of the Zenfone Max Pro M1 is the 5000 mAH capacity battery with reverse charging and fast charging support. Notably, the phone can work for 2 days with ease and can even charge your other phones when needed.
Also, it comes with a dedicated slot for the memory card and has 2 slots for using two sims.
It comes with a 10 Watts 2V charger and it can charge fast even compared to the Redmi Note 5.
It comes with the standard connectivity options such as the 4G VOLTE support, WIFI, Bluetooth 4.2 and Dual Sim. Also, there is 3.5 mm headphone jack and micro-USB ports for music and charging.
Notably, the mobile comes with an impressive sound output with 5 magnet speaker and comes with the NXP smart amplifier.
Also, it offers Face unlocking feature for quick unlocking apart from the fingerprint scanner.
The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 comes with some nifty features such as good performance, display, and great battery life. The camera will need more testing before we can offer our opinion and that I will share in a couple of days.
Lastly, the price is very competitive, however, there are competition phones such as the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Huawei Honor 7X that also offers good value for money to the buyers.
Asus has been shying away from price wars in the past 2 years but things are changing with the launch of Zenfone Max Pro M1. Notably, with the launch of Asus Zenfone 3 the company moved to a premium pricing but now we believe they again want to offer phones at an affordable price.
Also, during the presentation, Asus compared it Vs the Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro and is gearing to take on Xiaomi head-on with this new specs loaded device.
Specs Summary Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1
|Specifications||Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1|
|Processor||Snapdragon 636, 1.8 GHz|
|Expandable Storage||Yes, up to 2 TB|
|OS||Android Oreo 8.1, Pure Android|
|Rear Camera||13 MP + 5 MP Dual Camera|
|Front Camera||8 MP Camera|
|Display||5.93 Inch FHD+ (2160*1080), 18:9|
|USB Type C||No|
|Connectivity||4G VolTE, Dual Sim|
Comparison of Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Vs Zenfone Max Pro M1 Vs Huawei Honor 7X
|Specs Comparison||Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 PRO||Honor 7X||Zenfone Max PRO M1|
|Display||5.99 Inch FHD+ Bezel-less||5.93-inch FHD+ Display||5.99 inch FHD+ Display|
|Processor||Snapdragon 636 Octa-Core||HiSilicon Kirin 659 Octa-Core||Snapdragon 636 Octa-Core|
|RAM||4/6 GB RAM||3 GB/ 4 GB RAM||3 GB / 4GB Ram|
|Storage||64 GB GB Internal storage||32 GB/ 64GB GB Internal storage||32 GB/ 64GB GB Internal storage|
|OS||MIUI 9 and Android Nougat 7.1.2||Android 7.1 Nougat with EMUI 5.1||Android Oreo 8.1, Stock|
|Rear Camera||Dual 12MP+5 MP Camera||16MP+2MP||13 MP + 5 MP Camera|
|Front Camera||20 MP Selfie Shooter||8 MP||8 MP|
|Battery Capacity||4000 mAH||3340 mAH||5000 mAH|
|Fast Charging Support||Yes, Q.C 2.0||Yes||Yes|
|Water and dustproof||No||Yes||No|
|Bluetooth||version 5.0||version 4.2||version 4.2|
|Fingerprint Scanner||Rear Facing||Rear facing||Rear Facing|
|Thickness||8.05 mm||7.6 mm||8.6 mm|
|Weight||181 grams||165 grams||181 grams|
|Price||Rs. 13,999, 16,999||Rs. 12,999, Rs. 15,999||Rs. 10,999, Rs 12,999|