Asus ZenFone Max M1 Design
Asus ZenFone Max M1 The look is familiar. It will remind you of ZenFone Max Pro M1. Plastic is mainly used to make the phone. It is available in Black and Gold colours. Going by the trend, the Max M1 has a large 5.45-inch screen and is equipped with 2.5D curved glass. The borders are quite wide which seems fair considering the price.
The selfie camera, earpiece and proximity sensor have got a place above the display. According to us, the build quality of Asus ZenFone Max M1 is average. On the right are the power and volume buttons. The SIM tray has got a place on the left side.
Asus uses the ‘Max’ branding for its big battery smartphones. The same has been seen with the Asus Zenfone Max M1. The surprising thing is that despite having a big battery, the company has managed to keep the weight of this handset 150 grams. After looking at the new phone from the back side, the difference from ZenFone Max Pro M1 becomes clear. There is a rear camera here. The position of the fingerprint sensor is good, especially considering the size of the phone. The 3.5mm headphone jack is on the top. The micro-USB port is on the bottom. Speaker grills have been given on both sides of it. But the speaker is present only in the right one.
Asus ZenFone Max M1 Specifications and Software
Asus has used Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor in this handset. This decision is a bit strange, as it is an old chipset which Moto G5 And Moto G5S Like has been a part of old smartphones. The clock speed of this octa-core processor is 1.4 GHz. In this price range, we have got to see processors like MediaTek Helio P22 and P23 which are respectively Xiaomi Redmi 6 And Infinix Note 5 are part of.
Asus Zenfone Max M1 has 32 GB storage with 3 GB RAM. MicroSD card up to 256 GB can be used if needed. The 5.45-inch display is of HD + resolution, which seems reasonable considering the price. The phone has support for Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, GPS and GLONASS. ZenFone Max M1 is a dual sim device. It has slots for both the Nano SIM. Both the SIM slots have support for 4G and VoLTE, but only one SIM can connect to the 4G network at any given time. 4000 mAh battery is provided.
The device comes with ZenUI based on Android Oreo. You will get features like Mobile Manager, Weather, Sound Recorder, File manager and Themes. Apart from this, Instagram, Facebook, Facebook Messenger and some Google apps are already installed on the phone in the handset.
Asus ZenFone Max M1 Performance, Camera and Battery Life
We did notice a slight lag after the initial setup, but after a few hours, the problem went away. We found that the Max M1 can be unlocked faster with face recognition and fingerprint scanner. However, the old processor has been used in this. This is reflected in the benchmark scores as well. The Zenfone Max M1’s benchmark scores fall short of other phones in this price range.
We played PUBG game on the phone. It ran on the lowest settings. After playing this game for about half an hour, the phone did get hot, but the situation did not reach to uncomfortable.
In our HD video loop test, the ZenFone Max M1 died in 11 hours and 32 minutes. If seen, it is slightly less than Redmi 6A and Redmi 6. After repeatedly checking WhatsApp accounts, using Google Maps for over an hour, and playing PUBG for about 40 minutes, the phone had a little over 50 percent battery left at the end of the day. There are many power saver modes in this phone, with the help of which you can increase the battery life of the phone.
Max M1 has a 13-megapixel primary camera with F/2.0 aperture. It is equipped with phase detection autofocus. An 8-megapixel sensor with F / 2.2 aperture has been given on the front panel. The camera app is the same as on other Asus phones.
Photos taken in daylight with the Max M1 were good. But there was a drop in performance in low light. In daylight, the camera locked the focus according to our preference. Distant objects lacked detail and sharpness. The Max M1 shot some great macros. The separation between subject and background was good. HDR mode has to be enabled manually. This mode helps in taking better pictures in bright conditions. HDR shots came out better, but the Max M1 forced us to wait after taking a shot. You will be able to take portrait shots with the front and rear cameras. But edge detection is also weaker than average.
The Max M1 is unable to capture detail in low light. Noise reduction is very aggressive in this, due to which there is a filter-like effect. You will be able to record videos up to 1080 pixels from both the cameras of the Max M1. There is no stabilization available, so you have to keep your hands very steady while recording the video.
Asus has launched two strong phones in different price segments like Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 and Asus ZenFone 5Z. But the Asus Zenfone Max M1 doesn’t offer that strong a claim. The outdated Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 is much slower than the processor used in other phones in this price range.
Battery life goes in favor of the Asus Zenfone Max M1. Due to the large battery of 4000 mAh, the phone does not need to be charged for about one and a half days. If battery life is most important to you, then the Max M1 is a good option. Especially in the festive season, where this handset can be bought with a discount.