ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1): Budget Smartphone with Killer Specs

It has definitely been quite a while since the ZenFone 5 Series was launched and there have been talks of the ZenFone Max Pro being released in the Philippines. On paper, this budget phone definitely checks off all the boxes a mid-range phone would. That’s why we took one for a spin!

Design:

Initially, when you try to experience a phone, the first thoughts would be how it fits your hands. If you have small hands, it would be quite difficult to hold it with just one hand. The phone has slipped off easily (without its free silicon case) from my hands quite a few times. Thankfully, it didn’t drop or have any gashes upon impact. This goes to show that the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1) has a good built. It was a good call for them to stick with the aluminum body as seen in the previous Max Series.

With a 6-inch FHD+ screen, it does feel solid in the hands, but because of its massive 5000mAh battery, it weighs 180g. I am comparing this to the ZenFone 3 Zoom which has the same capacity but weighs only 170g. Despite the high capacity battery, ASUS has maintained a sleek exterior.

Power

At the heart of the aluminum body lies the Snapdragon 636 Chipset, 3GB RAM, and 32GB storage. This is actually more than you can ask for in a phone at this price. That is not all! The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro is powered by a Pure Android 8.1 which makes it run smoother and faster compared. This would also be a plus for those that want to tinker with the developer’s options.

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Pure Android 8.1

The Snapdragon 636, a successor of the reliable and popular Snapdragon 625 Chipset, is claimed to offer more than 50% faster performance and even greater efficiency than its predecessor. It packs in eight Qualcomm Kryo cores compared to the standard ARM Cortex A53 cores on the older Snapdragon 625.

Gaming

Gaming is definitely light no matter what game you play on it. This is a huge plus for most mobile gamers with a small budget. The best part is, you don’t run out battery when you binge game the whole night. The 5000mAh battery really does last for the longest time and doesn’t take too long to charge either. We did run a test with Black Desert Mobile leaving it on and playing on auto and I have to say that the phone really did its best!

[Gaming Test Videos to be uploaded once the internet is fixed. For now, here’s a quick PUBG Mobile Game]

Camera

The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro has a built-in 13MP Primary Camera and a 5MP Secondary Camera for the rear. While on the front, we have the 8MP Selfie.

Now about the photos themselves. You would see in the photos we took of Santa Zenny that the camera absorbs too much light. The camera doesn’t handle exposure well either with the bright spots melding into white and dark spots losing all detail. We wouldn’t want you to expect much since the this is advertised as more of a gaming phone with its slogan “Limitless Gaming.”

Verdict

The phone in itself is a powerful device. The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro is definitely la crème de la crème. If you don’t care about the camera, then you’re not going to get a better phone than the Asus Max Pro M1 at this price range. This is definitely one of the powerful devices in the below 10,000 price range.

Get your hands on one at Lazada for only P9,995.

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Post Author: Christian

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