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Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 Review: A Decent Budget Phone With Massive Battery

The new phone brings the Zenfone Max lineup up-to-date with modern designs and more powerful internals. Asus is now maintaining consistency for the Zenfone Max series by ensuring the presence of stock Android OS.

Md. Waquar Haider | News18.comwaquarhaider2

Updated:January 1, 2019, 11:34 AM IST
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Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 Review: A Decent Budget Phone With Massive Battery
Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 Review: A Decent Budget Phone With Massive Battery
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With the newest addition, the ZenFone Max Pro M2, Asus has brought the Zenfone Max lineup up-to-date with modern designs and more powerful internals. Asus is now maintaining consistency for the Zenfone Max series by ensuring the presence of stock Android OS. The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 comes with a 19:9 aspect ratio display, with a 6.26-inch full-HD+ screen. The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC and is available in three variants - 3GB RAM / 32GB Storage, 4GB RAM / 64GB storage, and 6GB RAM / 64GB storage across three variants. We have reviewed the 4GB RAM with 64GB storage variant. It ships with stock Android 8.1. It has a 5000mAh battery, similar to what was seen in the Max Pro M1. It sports a dual rear camera setup with a 12-megapixel primary sensor with a f/1.8 aperture and a 5-megapixel depth sensor, along with a 13-megapixel selfie camera that has a front LED flash. This smartphone has a notification LED too. It has a headphone jack and a micro-USB port for charging. The smartphone weighs 175g and has certified scratch and drop resistance, according to Asus. It ships with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 for more impact resistance. The Max Pro M2 will be available in two colors - Blue and Titanium. The Max Pro M2 supports dual-SIM dual-VoLTE standby. This phone has a fingerprint sensor and supports face unlock as well. The smartphone is priced at Rs 12,999 for 3 GB/ 32 GB, Rs 14,999 for 4 GB/ 64 GB and Rs 16,999 for the 6 GB/ 64 GB variants.

Design:
The new Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 looks very premium for its price due to the 3D glass like finish at the back. It is easily one of the best-looking devices we have seen in the price segment, with a beautifully curved glass back that stands out from the crowd. The SIM tray is on the left along volume rocker keys while power button are placed on the right and are conveniently located for single-handed operation. The back of the phone tries to imitate the more premium Zenfone 5z, with a vertically stacked dual camera layout and LED flash positioned under the lenses in a clever fashion so as to resemble a triple camera setup. The fingerprint sensor stays in the usual and easy-to-reach center position, with the Asus branding resting under it. The phone has usual buttons and ports, including the 3.5mm headphone. Unlike some other phones in the market that now have USB-C port, this one comes with a micro USB port. Yes, there now is a notch on that full HD+ display, and although it carries a front camera, LED flash, proximity sensor, light sensor, notification LED and an earpiece, it manages to look small enough. Overall, it comes with a good design, nothing new or out of ordinary, but sticking to the basics.

Asus zenfone max pro m2 review

Display:
In the Zenfone Max Pro M2 Asus puts a large 6.3-inch IPS LCD display, which has a FullHD+ resolution. Notched displays are old news but the Zenfone Max Pro M2 has a decent looking one. It is neither big nor tiny waterdrop notches. The front of the display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6, making this one of the few phones in its price segment to come with that level of protection – Asus claims it can survive up to 15 falls from 1 meter. The company has fitted an IPS LCD panel which is quite good when it comes to brightness and color reproduction, especially at its price point. The resolution of the device is enough for multimedia consumption at any point of time. The display works like a charm and feels quite immersive to watch movies and play games on. However, under direct sunlight, we felt the display lacked a little in terms of brightness.

Camera:
For photography, Zenfone Max Pro M2 sports a 12-megapixel Sony IMX486 sensor paired with a 5-megapixel depth sensor. It houses a 13-megapixel front camera with f/2.0 aperture for selfies. On the Zenfone Max Pro M1, the 8-megapixel selfie camera was rather disappointing. Asus has improved the selfie capabilities on its successor with much better results. The Zenfone Max Pro M2 has an impressive camera for its price. In low-light conditions, the photos come out decent enough. There’s a night mode which during my experience worked quite well. Video recording is supported in 4K resolution and we found the video quality to be great for the price. You get a 13MP front camera with f2.0 which captures selfies with good amount of details. One big advantage for selfies on the Max Pro M2 is the front LED flash for low light environments. The portrait mode is fairly acceptable.

Performance:
The Zenfone Max Pro M2 runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 processor paired with Adreno 512 GPU. In terms of performance, the Zenfone Max Pro M2 manages multiple apps in the background without forcefully closing any. The device comes running Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, however, Android Pie rollout for the device has been announced for January 2019. Overall, the presence of powerful internals and stock Android ensured that the phone performed extremely well during our time with it. For instance, the popular game PUBG Mobile works fine with the graphics settings toggled to medium. The security features on the device include a fingerprint sensor at the back as well as facial recognition support, both of which are quick to react.

The highlight of the phone is battery life. The 5,000mAh battery regularly lasted us for two full days. It was only with really heavy usage (3 hours of GPS navigation, 3 hours of PUBG gaming, an hour of video calls, multiple benchmarks and 2 hours of voice calls) that the phone’s battery dropped below 20% in a single day. Much to our surprise, the Max Pro M2 weighs just 175 grams even with the large 5,000mAh battery.

Verdict:
All we can say is that you should get the ZenFone Max Pro M2 if you want a big battery smartphone that lasts long on a single charge. The bonus is that this phone feels very well built too. Priced at Rs 12,999 for 3 GB/ 32 GB, Rs 14,999 for 4 GB/ 64 GB and Rs 16,999 for the 6 GB/ 64 GB variants, the Zenfone Max Pro M2 faces a lot of competition from Xiaomi and Realme smartphones. Where the Zenfone Max Pro M2 takes the advantage is with the large and long stamina battery.
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