Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1) first impressions: the Redmi killer?

ZenFone Max Pro M1

While the budget section is one of the most competitive markets, companies like Xiaomi has captured the majority market share. And while others like Huawei and Moto have been trying hard, Xiaomi has let very less space for them to play. Well, a player that was kinda lost in this section for a few years is back with a bang. With a beast of a processor, and clean stock android, could the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 be the Redmi Note 5 Pro killer?

Also read: Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 with SD 636, 5000mAh battery launched in India for a shocking price

Zenfone Max Pro M1: design

On the first look, the design of the phone looks really good. The cold metal was evident while we were taking it out of the box and it felt equally sturdy. The back is 90% metal along with a specially coated plastic frame. The design looks really smart and while it looks unassuming, I’m happy. It’s a curved design and is a bit on the thicker side which makes it a little too slippery at times. At the back, sits a comfortably placed fingerprint scanner along with the Asus logo and a dual camera setup. 

ZenFone Max Pro M1: display

At the front, sits a gorgeous Full HD+ LCD display with the new 2:1/18:9 aspect ratio. The display quality has really stunned me, it’s bright, it’s sharp and also surprisingly colour accurate. Now, that might not be a good thing for everyone. I’ve generally heard all tech enthusiasts and reviewers praise colour accurate displays, but I personally like more vibrant and punchy looking ones, which is why I’m drawn towards Samsung displays a lot. Well, this one isn’t certainly desaturated, but yes, it has more accurate and hence, muted colours. 


Watch the first impressions of the Zenfone Max Pro M1 here: 


Zenfone Max Pro M1: software

Now coming to the software, I’m very excited about it because the Zenfone Max Pro M1 runs clean stock Android inside. Yes, I know this might be unbelievable but Asus has dropped the ZenUI skin in favour of stock Android 8.1 Oreo on the Zenfone Max Pro M1. The UI is clean, it also comes with the stock launcher, a Google screen on the left and all of Google’s naked Android goodness. There are a few Zenfone settings inside, but that’s close to nothing and this means that the Max Pro M1 will be easier to upgrade when a newer Android version comes out. 

Zenfone Max Pro M1: performance

Coming to the performance, Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 comes with an extremely powerful Snapdragon 636 chipset with 3GB/4GB/6GB of RAM. The Snapdragon 636 comes with a Kryo 260 architecture inside. Well, this Kryo core is usually found in Qualcomm’s flagship processors like the Snapdragon 820, 835, and even the latest 845. This is also the exact same chipset that sits inside the Redmi Note 5 pro, which is crazy. That processor runs Redmi Note 5 pro’s MIUI with ease, just imagine how well stock Android will run on the Zenfone Max Pro M1. We’ll bring you the detailed review very soon where we’ll test all aspects of performance.

Zenfone Max M1 Pro: cameras

Finally coming to the camera, we have a 13MP camera on the back with a second lens for depth sensing.  At the front is an 8MP selfie camera. Now I haven’t had a lot of time with these cameras so stay tuned for a full review and a few camera comparisons which will be coming soon to know exactly how good they are. The few camera samples we took came out really well and vibrant and the HDR is very aggressive in all the images.
The biggest variant of the phone with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of ROM will come with 16MP + 5MP sensors on the back and a 16MP sensor on the front for selfies. Click here to take a look at full-sized images. 

Zenfone Max Pro M1: battery

The Max in the name comes due to the huge 5000mAh battery inside this thing which is really cool. The battery should on paper last for very long, but I’ll tell you all my thoughts in the full review.

Price and Conclusion

Now, in conclusion, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 looks like an unbelievably feature-packed device with stock Android, beast of a processor, a premium design, and a beefy battery. The Zenfone Max Pro comes in three variants with the pricing as follows:
3GB RAM + 32GB Storage – Rs 10,999
4GB RAM + 64GB Storage – Rs 12,999
6GB RAM + 64GB Storage – Rs 14,999
It comes in Silver and Deep blue-black colour variants and will be available for buying on Flipkart exclusively. Do you find this phone lucrative? Let us know in the comments section below. 
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