Let us all settle down and accept the fact that smartphones are a part of our daily lifestyle. We use them for work, for school, for business, and for personal use like connecting with people via social media. When I am purchasing a smartphone, I have in my checklist different things to consider and I am right with getting the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1) smartphone.
Asus ZenFone Max Pro
This is not a product review. This post, however, will help you decide should you want to buy this smartphone. I will be sharing with you what’s in the box, the technical specifications, and some features relevant and useful to my part as a mobile photographer and a blogger who is always connected online.
I will not make things complicated but I will do my best to provide the information in a not-so-technical way on this very technical subject matter. The new ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1) is a newly released smartphone in the market. It’s not a high-end smartphone. It’s not even a flagship product but it has high-end capabilities that help me with what I need from a smartphone and a mobile camera.
The ZenFone Max Pro (M1) is the next-generation smartphone with Snapdragon 636 platform providing extraordinary performance and endurance that will take things further than we ever thought possible. With its magnificent 6-inch Full HD+ (2160×1080) 18:9 Full View display, ultra-long-lasting 5000mAh battery, dual-camera system and breathtaking sound, ZenFone Max Pro M1 has all the stamina and power I need to match my non-stop blogging and mobile photography lifestyle.
The device model on hand is 4GB RAM with 64GB internal storage (there’s a 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage variant with a much lesser price). For the selling price of ₱13,995.00, you can already get an amazing feat on the smartphone tech competitive to other brands.
|Product Name||ZenFone Max Pro (ZB602KL)|
|Finish / Color||– Meteor Silver|
– Deepsea Black
|Capacity||Internal storage: eMCP 5.1 32GB / 64GB|
MicroSD card: Supports up to 2TB
Google Drive: 100GB free space (1 year)
|Weight and Dimensions LxWxH||Dimension: 76mm (2.99 inches) x 8.45mm (0.33 inches) x 159mm (6.25 inches)|
Weight: 180 grams (6.34 ounces)
|Display||– 6-inch Full HD+ (2160 by 1080) 18:9 Full View IPS display|
– Front 2.5D curved glass display
– 1500:1 contrast ratio
– 85% NTSC color gamut
– 450nits brightness
– 404ppi pixel density
– Capacitive touch panel with 10 points multi-touch
|Processor||CPU: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 636 Mobile Platform with 14nm, 64-bit Octa-core Processor|
(Snapdragon™ 636 performance is 1.54x better than Snapdragon™ 625)
GPU: Qualcomm® Adreno™ 509
|Main Rear Camera||16MP|
Up to F2.0 aperture
Up to 25mm equivalent focal length in 35mm film camera
|Second Rear Camera||5MP|
Portrait mode for depth sensing
Up to 26mm equivalent focal length in 35mm film camera
85° field of view
Softlight LED flash
Face recognition unlock
|Video Recording||4K UHD (3840 by 2160) video recording for main rear camera|
1080p FHD video recording at 30 fps
720p HD video recording at 30 fps
Take photos while recording video
|SIM Cards||Triple slots: Dual SIM & one microSD card|
|Battery||5000mAh capacity (with fast charging)|
|Operating System||Pure Android™ 8.1 Oreo™|
At the heart of the ZenFone Max Pro is an advanced Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Mobile Platform, which combines smooth, responsive performance with superb battery life. This processor is up to 1.54X faster than its predecessor, the Snapdragon 6251.
Whatever you are doing, the ZenFone Max Pro can handle it easily, with more advanced mobile performance to spare.
|14nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Mobile Platform||CPU performance improvement over SDM6252||CPU performance improvement over ZenFone 4 Max Pro3|
The Battery King
Inside the sleek exterior of the ZenFone Max Pro is a massive reserve of stamina: a powerful 5000mAh lithium-polymer battery custom-crafted to pack maximum performance into minimum space.
It has a fast charge capability that can provide 60% of battery after 1 hour and 11 minutes of charging time. The full charge will take 2 hours and 42 minutes according to charge time testing. The battery is equivalent to non-stop Mobile Legends gaming for over 45 matches in 1 charge.
|5000mAh||42 hours||28 hours|
|High capacity battery with Standby time up to 35 days3||Up to 42 hours of 3G talk time||Up to 28 hours of Wi-Fi web browsing|
We Love Photo
The ZenFone Max Pro has an advanced dual-camera system that will take your mobile photography to new heights. The rear camera focuses on the subject in less than the blink of an eye and has a high-resolution sensor with a high-quality wide-aperture lens that captures clearer photos, every time.
It shoots video at up to 4K UHD resolution — four times the quality of Full HD! There’s nothing complicated for you to do: just point, shoot and share your memories, all captured with incredible levels of detail.
For gorgeous portraits and close-ups, the second camera on the ZenFone Max Pro is used to create an artistic depth-of-field effect, putting the subject in sharp focus while progressively blurring the background for a gentle yet powerful effect that really makes the subject stand out.
To help you take the most indulgent selfies, the ZenFone Max Pro has a live beautification feature that instantly retouches your shots to remove blemishes, balance facial features, enhance skin tone and more. The ZenFone Max Pro really lets your beauty shine!
Latest Android™ 8.1 Oreo™
The latest version of the beautiful Android™ user interface delivers an intuitive experience that helps you do stuff faster, improve your productivity, and simply lets you have more fun with your phone.
The ZenFone Max Pro is powered by the latest Android™ 8.1 Oreo™ making it faster, smarter with a pure Android™ experience.
What’s In The Box
ZenFone Max Pro with Android™ 8.1 Oreo™
ASUS earphone with microphone (optional)
Ejector pin (SIM tray needle)
USB power adapter
Documentation (user guide, warranty card)
Clear soft bumper (optional)
With the ZenFone Max Pro, it can be your enduring mobile photography, gaming and social media companion that is always ready to capture every special moment.
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So, what do you think? Are you considering to get this smartphone? The Asus ZenFone Max Pro is a good deal for someone who is using a smartphone as a camera, for gaming, and for selfie and wefie. It can be challenging for those who are tight on budget, however, the specifications and other features can make you consider to have a device like this.
The ZenFone Max Pro is currently available at select ASUS store and ZenFone shops for only ₱13,995.00 with freebies or special promotional deals. The 3GB RAM/32GB internal storage variant has ₱9,995.00 price tag.
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- Calculated for a 48-hour usage scenario with 30% talk time, 20% web browsing, 40% audio playback, 10% video playback. Standby time and usage time were based on results from ASUS lab tests, calculated from the current drain and typical battery capacity. Results may vary according to test and usage conditions.
- Comparison between Snapdragon 636 and 625 with Antutu scores of 116,118 and 75,880 respectively.
- Performance comparison between ZenFone Max Pro with Snapdragon 636 and ZenFone 4 Max Pro with Snapdragon 430. Antutu benchmark scores of 116,618 and 43,000 respectively.