ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2 Review: The Mid-Range Smartphone of the Year 2018?

ASUS Zenfone is one of the well-known smartphone brands that catered to every types of consumer, from selfie-lovers, mobile gamers to budget and productivity, there is a Zenfone variant designed specifically for each them. Of all the Zenfone line, my personal favorite was the Zenfone Max due to its battery capacity and power efficient processor. Yes, it was an ideal “work phone” for me, but it still has its flaws, one of which is its mediocre design and camera. 

But that all has changed when I got the chance to review new Zenfone Max Pro M2. I’ve been using it for a couple of days and so far, I’m quite impressed on what this phone can bring in to the table despite of its amazingly affordable price tag!

Zenfone Max Pro M2
SpecsZenfone Max Pro M2
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 660
GPUAdreno 512
RAM6GB
Screen6.2-inch FHD+ (1080×2280, 420 ppi) IPS LCD Display with Gorilla Glass 6
Storage64GB expandable via Micro SD Card
Main CameraDual camera: 13-Megapixel f1.8 Aperture and 5-Megapixel Depth Camera f2.4 Aperture
Selfie Camera13-Megapixel
Battery5000mAh non-removable, Li-ion
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo

Design:

One of the key improvements on the Zenfone Max Pro M2 is its aesthetics and build. It has a metallic frame with rounded corners and 2.5D Arc Glass at the back to give you that premium look, not to mention the entire screen protected with the latest Gorilla Glass 6 which is 2x better than its predecessor, however I still recommend to put a screen protector on this one as I’m little OC when it comes to smartphone screen.

It doesn’t feel slippery nor edgy when holding it with one hand thanks to its curved uni-body design. The only small design flaw I see on this unit is that it easily gets smudges and fingerprints, luckily it comes with a free transparent jelly case.

On the left side you will see its sim card tray capable of supporting dual sim cards with Sims 1 and 2 both supports LTE connectivity. The power button and volume rockers are located on the right side. At the bottom is where you can find its 3.5mm audio jack, a speaker grille and a micro USB charging port which I’m a bit disappointed because most phones today are now using USB type-C. The unit doesn’t support fast charging but it does have a large battery size of 5000 mAh so it won’t be much of an issue on the Zenfone Max Pro M2. 

zenfone max pro m2

zenfone max pro m2
zenfone max pro m2
zenfone max pro m2

Display

I personally love the screen display of this device since I’m fond of smartphones with large display, the 6.26-inch FHD+ resolution allows me to enjoy binge watch Netflix and browse through my social media feeds with incredibly crisp and clear photos. Brightness nits are high enough for me to use it in direct sunlight. Unfortunately for those who are not a fan of its screen notch you can’t turn it off so some apps might not be able to fully utilize it, however a simple update can actually fix this in the future

Performance

Inside the Zenfone Max Pro M2 is an octa-core Snapdragon 660 processor with Adreno 512 GPU. I tried playing Mobile Legends with it and surprisingly, I managed to play it in all high settings with high frame rate enabled! Also it doesn’t get warm easily as it took 20 minutes of non-stop gaming before finally noticing it.

ML on Zenfone Max Pro M2


As for its Operating System and user interface, it comes with Android Oreo 8.1 from out of the box, so far the whole interface is quite responsive with all 10 touch points and gestures working properly. However, the shift from customized to stock made it a seem too simple and plain, stuff like file transfer, theme customization and other features from ZenUI are not present anymore. I know I hate bloatware but ASUS should have take note which apps needs to be retained or not.

As per the benchamark tests here are the scores we got:

Antutu

“The numbers we got are quite impressive considering that this phone is priced below Php17,000.00. The 6GB RAM did a great job of organizing all the active applications so the processor and graphics can focus on high intensive games to minimize lags and frame skips”.

Camera

The images taken by Zenfone Max Pro M2 are above average for a mid-range phone. The dual camera has a 13-megapixel f1.8 aperture and a 5-megapixel f2.4 aperture in-depth camera. Images taken by the main shooter are accurate and not overly saturated, to be honest I was surprised on its quality as it can even go toe-to-toe with other flagship smartphones in terms of outdoor photography. I suggest to just use the auto mode as the Zenfone Max Pro M2’s A.I. guided algorithm enables it to have the best post processed images. However, for its front camera the selfies are bit off in color saturation and the pictures seemed to be too bright.

Just like any other smartphones, it has various filters and shooting modes to choose from:

For video capture, unfortunately it doesn’t support 1080p at 60fps but instead takes 4K videos at 30fps

Zenfone Max Pro M2

Images taken by Zenfone Max Pro M2:

Battery

Dubbed as the new “Battery King” for its efficiency and large 5000mAh battery which is among the highest capacity of any smartphone – especially for its size. On my average use, the Zenfone Max Pro M2 can last 2 days before charging it which is pretty impressive, considering that I play mobile games during my free time and yet it can still last that long. Charging the device takes at least 2.5-3 hours since it doesn’t support quick charge.

Overall, I like what ASUS did of combining a power efficient chip, screen resolution and battery size on the Zenfone Max Pro M2. I don’t see too much flaws aside from the absence of USB Type C and quick charge feature. Its a near perfect phone for me considering its very affordable price of Php14,995 and all of its great features.

Pros:

  • Affordable price
  • Great design
  • Good for mobile gaming
  • Excellent battery life
  • Camera 
  • Outstanding speakers for a Mid-Range smartphone

Cons:

  • Not a USB Type-C
  • No Quick Charge feature
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