After announced a strategic partnership with Flipkart last week, ASUS has today officially unveiled its latest mid-range smartphone at an event in India: Zenfone Max Pro (M1). The most striking thing about the Zenfone Max Pro (M1) is its top of the line specs sheet at affordable pricing. It’ll be, of course, available exclusively on Flipkart. The smartphone features an all-metal unibody design and vertical dual camera setup, similar to the most of the phones out there. But ASUS appears to have taken design cues more from the iPhone X than other Android phones.
The Zenfone Max Pro (M1) looks to be an affordable powerhouse, packed with a 5.99-inch Full HD+ (2160×1080 pixels) display in 18:9 aspect ratio, Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset, 3GB or 4GB of RAM, and 32GB or 64GB of storage which is expandable up to 2TB with a microSD card. Its specs and price place it in competition with phones like the Redmi Note 5 Pro and Honor 9 Lite.
Like other smartphones in this price range, Asus adopted dual cameras for the Zenfone Max Pro (M1). The primary unit is a 13MP featuring a OmniVision sensor, with a f/2.2 aperture and PDAF, while the secondary unit has a 5MP sensor. The front-facing camera has a single 8MP lens, unlike the competition, which comes with the dual-lens camera on the front and back. The battery is 5,000 mAh, and the device runs Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box.
It has 5-magnet speaker and NXP smart amplifier onboard to boost the audio. In addition, the company has bundled the accessory called ‘Max Box’ to enhance the audio experience even further. This comes in the box package, and it passively amplifies the audio without any electronics.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1) Key Specifications:
- Display: 5.99″ 18:9 | FHD+ (2160 x 1080 pixels) | 1500:1 contrast ratio
- Processor: 1.8GHz Octa-core Snapdragon 636 | Adreno 509 GPU
- RAM: 3/4/6GB
- Storage: 32/64GB; expandable up to 2TB with microSD
- Software: Android 8.1 Oreo
- Rear Camera: 13 or 16MP Primary | f/2.2 aperture | 1.12μm pixel size | PDAF | LED flash | 5MP Secondary
- Front Camera: 8MP or 16MP | LED flash | f/2.2 aperture
- Connectivity: Dual SIM | 4G VoLTE | Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4 + 5GHz) | Bluetooth 4.2 | GPS | Micro USB 2.0
- Battery: 5,000 mAh | Fast Charging
- Dimensions: 159x 76x 8.46mm
- Weight: 180g
- Other: Fingerprint Sensor | Face Unlock | 5-magnet speaker | NXP Smart Amp | 3.5mm Headphone Jack
Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1) will be available exclusively on Flipkart, and the first sale will go live on May 3. Available in two colours – Deepsea Black and Gray – the 3GB + 32GB variant is priced at INR 10,999 ($165) while the 4GB + 64GB variant costs you INR 12,999 ($195). ASUS also announced that it would be bringing another variant soon with 6GB + 64GB and a 16MP + 5MP rear as well as 16MP front camera setup for a price of INR 14,999 ($225).