Asus zenfone max pro (m2) smartphone review

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The Hãng Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 is powered by a Qualcomilimet SnapLong 660 SoC It has Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection on the display ZenFone Max Pro M2 price in India starts Rs. 12999, goes up to Rs. 16999

Hãng Asus seems lớn have taken a leaf out of Xiaomi"s book. There is no other way to lớn describe the strategy Hãng Asus has adopted while launching its new smartphones. An aggressive sầu approach with the price and specifications of the ZenFone Max Pro M1 helped Asus grab everyone"s attention in the budget segment at the beginning of this year. Now, for its successor, the company has taken the same formula but made it spicier. Asus has opted for the more powerful Qualcomilimet SnapLong 660 processor, và with prices starting at Rs. 12,999, the new ZenFone Max Pro M2 does look like a very good giảm giá. Has Hãng Asus managed to take out all of its competition with the ZenFone Max Pro M2? Read on khổng lồ find out.

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Hãng Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 design

Asus has given the ZenFone Max Pro M2 a flashy exterior, which makes it easy lớn distinguish from the phone it replaces. The smartphone is available in two colours, Blue và Titanium, và we had the former in for the nhận xét.

Hãng Asus has chosen a laminated back for the ZenFone Max Pro M2 which gives it a glossy finish. This picks up smudge quite easily compared khổng lồ the metal backplate on the ZenFone Max Pro M1(Review).

The ZenFone Max Pro M2 has a dual camera cài đặt at the baông chồng with a single-LED flash. The fingerprint scanner is positioned at the centre and is easy to reach. At the front, this phone sports a 6.26-inch display with a notch at the top and a 19:9 aspect ratio. There"s Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on the front, which Asus claims is a first in this price segment.

The ZenFone Max Pro M2 has thin bezels at the sides & the top, but the bottom is comparatively thicker. Asus has moved the earpiece outside the notch và towards the frame. This helps reduce the form size of the notch while still having enough space for the selfie camera, a couple of sensors, & a selfie flash. The notification LED has been moved out of the notch và sits right next khổng lồ the earpiece grille.

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The glossy back of the Hãng Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 picks up smudges easily

Like most other smartphones at this price point, the ZenFone Max Pro M2"s frame is made of plastic. The power and volume buttons are on the right while the SIM tray sits on the left. We found the power button to lớn be well positioned but the volume buttons require a bit of a stretch khổng lồ reach.

At the bottom, you"ll find the Micro-USB port, primary microphone, 3.5mm headphone jaông chồng, and a loudspeaker. A secondary microphone is at the top. While the majority of smartphones in this price range still have Micro-USB ports, a USB Type-C port would have been welcome.

Asus has curved the sides of the ZenFone Max Pro M2, which makes it comfortable to hold. What is surprising is that the phone does not feel heavy or bulky in spite of its big battery.

Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 specifications & software

The ZenFone Max Pro M1 gained popularity for its powerful processor at an affordable price. Hãng Asus is trying khổng lồ replicate the same story by offering the ZenFone Max Pro M2 with a Qualcomilimet Snaprồng 660 SoC clocked at 1.95GHz. This new chip is superior to lớn the SnapLong 636. It also powers the the Xiaongươi Mi A2(Review), RealMe 2 Pro(Review) & the Vivo V9 Pro(Review) which cost a little more.

There are multiple RAM & storage variants of the Hãng Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2. You can choose between 3GB of RAM with 32GB of storage, 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage, và 6GB of RAM with 64GB of storage. We had the middle variant for our Đánh Giá. Storage is expandable by up to 2TB thanks to lớn a dedicated microSD card slot.

Connectivity options on the ZenFone Max Pro M2 include công nghệ Bluetooth không dây 5, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, five navigation systems, & FM Radio. This is a dual-SIM smartphone và has two Nano-SIM slots. There is support for 4G as well as VoLTE on both SIM slots.

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The ZenFone Max Pro M2 sports a Micro-USB port

The ZenFone Max Pro M2 has a full-HD display with 450 nits of brightness, which makes it legible under sunlight. Asus has also thrown in the option khổng lồ adjust the colour temperature of the display to your liking. The display has good viewing angles and can reproduce 94 percent of the NTSC colour gamut.

One of the highlights of the ZenFone Max Pro M2 is the big battery. Hãng Asus ships a 10W charger in the box, but there is no support for quick charging, so you can expect long charging times.

Asus has favoured stoông chồng Android over its ZenUI skin for its budget phones, which should please Android purists. The company has also committed to lớn pushing out updates for this device quickly. The company ships this điện thoại thông minh with Android 8.1 Oreo but has promised khổng lồ roll out an Android Pie update in January 2019.

Our Review unit was running the October security patch, which is acceptable. Despite this being stock Android, you get Facebook, Messenger, và Instagram preinstalled along with Google"s suite of apps.

The few customisations we could find were the ZenMotion gestures that let you double-tap the screen lớn wake the device or khổng lồ put it to lớn sleep, a Smart Screen On feature that prevents the phone from going inkhổng lồ standby while you are looking at it, & a few apps such as a calculator và FM radio.

The small notch liberates a lot of space on either side, letting you glance at pending notifications as well as the battery percentage và other indicators. If you don"t lượt thích the notch, you might be disappointed that there is no way to lớn hide it on this phone.

Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 performance, battery life, & cameras

Looking at the hardware on the spec sheet, we had an idea of what khổng lồ expect from the ZenFone Max Pro M2. It offers snappy performance thanks lớn the fast processor and stoông xã Android. We did not encounter any lag or stuttering on our unit when scrolling through the UI or while multitasking.

You can use the fingerprint scanner at the baông xã khổng lồ unlochồng this phone, but we found it a bit slow. Face recognition is also supported. Also, unlượt thích on most phones with a notch, we couldn"t find a setting lớn run apps in fullscreen mode. As a result, supported apps including Google Maps ran full screen, while others ran with the areas to lớn the sides of the notch blacked out.

A few of our benchmarks tests did not work on our Reviews unit which could be because of Asus" attempt to lớn keep performance scores from leaking prior khổng lồ the device"s official launch. While AnTuTu failed to run, we managed lớn run Geekbench 4, which returned 1,438 & 5,180 points in the single-core and multi-core tests respectively. GFXBench also ran fine, returning 42fps in the T-Rex chạy thử, 12fps in Manhatrã 3.1, & 7.6fps in Car Chase.

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These scores are marginally lower than those of the Xiaongươi Mi A2. Compared to the Realme U1(Review) which is based on the MediaTek Helio P70 SoC, the ZenFone Max Pro M2 scores less in CPU benchmarks but outperforms it in the GPU tests.

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The dual camera setup on the ZenFone Max Pro M2

PUBG Mobile ran with the graphics set at Balanced & frame rate phối khổng lồ Medium. We were able to play the game without any lag or stutter. After around 25 minutes of gameplay, the phone did get slightly warm lớn the touch.

We enjoyed watching videos & gaming on the ZenFone Max Pro M2, và the bottom-firing speaker was quite loud.

Battery life is excellent thanks khổng lồ the big 5000mAh battery on board. In our HD đoạn phim loop kiểm tra, the phone went on for 17 hours và 58 minutes. With our usage consisting of running a few benchmarks, taking some photos, an hour và a half of navigation using Google Maps, 25 minutes of PUBG sản phẩm điện thoại, and an active WhatsApp tài khoản, we still ended our day with 55 percent in the tank.

When we did plug this phone in, the supplied charger was able to lớn charge it from zero khổng lồ 52 percent in an hour.

Hãng Asus has upgraded the cameras on the ZenFone Max Pro M2. You get a dual-camera setup on the rear with a 12-megapx primary camera & a 5-megapx depth sensor. The primary sensor is a Sony IMX486 with a 1.25micron pixel kích thước and an f/1.8 aperture, while the depth sensor helps take shots with a Bokeh effect.

At the front, this phone has a 13-megapx sensor with a 1.12 micron pixel kích cỡ and an f/2.0 aperture.

The camera ứng dụng is simple và easy to use. There are quiông chồng toggles for shooting modes, beautification, the depth effect, và the flash. You also get the option to lớn apply filters right before you take a shot. There is a Pro mode that lets you adjust focus, shutter tốc độ, ISO, exposure, and White balance.

Auto lớn HDR isn"t available but you can toggle it manually. Hãng Asus has promised an update in December which will add AI scene detection to the ZenFone Max Pro M2, along with EIS và a Bokeh mode for the front camera.

While shooting with the ZenFone Max Pro M2 we observed that it did not set the exposure right in a couple of scenes. For example, a few of our test shots taken during the daytime came out overexposed.

This phone managed good colour reproduction but it did miss out on a few details in objects at a distance. Macros had better detail và the phone did a good job at separating subjects from the background.

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Tap to lớn see full-sized Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 camera samples

HDR mode still needs some work. It could take care of the brighter areas in a scene, but shots seemed to lớn laông chồng details in the shadows. Portrait mode is easy to lớn enable and gives you the option to lớn phối the level of blur you lượt thích. The output had good edge detection but looked artificial when phối at the highest màn chơi of blur.

Low-light camera performance was average, và the phone did not switch lớn night mode automatically. When taking landscape shots, there was a slight lag as each shot was saved. The output is acceptable, but you will notice a drop in details when you zoom in to lớn each image.

Selfies were also good, & the face detection helps the ZenFone Max Pro M2 loông chồng focus accurately when taking a group selfie. You can select the level of beautification required.

Video recording maxes out at 4K for the primary camera và 1080p for the selfie shooter. Video stabilisation is available at 1080p, & the phone does a good job of reducing shakes.

VerdictThe Hãng Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 has some big shoes khổng lồ fill, as it predecessor, the ZenFone Max Pro M1 has been a strong presence in this segment. Hãng Asus has definitely got our attention by giving this phone a powerful Qualcomilimet SnapLong 660 SoC and a big 5000mAh battery.

Performance và battery life are both very good, but if cameras are a priority for you, the Realme 2 Pro has the edge here. If you"re choosing between these two phones, you also have to lớn consider the advantages of stoông chồng Android as opposed khổng lồ the custom ColorOS UI on the Realme.

Hãng Asus also seems to lớn have sầu gotten the pricing right for the ZenFone Max Pro M2. Starting at Rs. 12,999, you can"t really go wrong with it. The variant we reviewed is priced at Rs. 14,999, which is slightly higher than a similarly configured RealMe 2 Pro(Review) or Realme U1(Review).

Going with stoông chồng Android was a smart move sầu, và if Asus sticks with its promise of updates, this phone will offer even better value down the line than it does now.

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