Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 Design
Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 comes with a very flashy body. If seen, this is the first major difference compared to the old variant. The smartphone is available in Blue and Titanium colours. We have reviewed the blue variant.
Asus Max Pro M2 has a laminated back panel which gives it a glossy finish. Because of this fingerprints fall easily. remember that ZenFone Max Pro M1 Came with metal backplate.
ZenFone Max Pro M2 There is a dual camera setup on the rear side, with a single LED flash. The fingerprint scanner is in the middle and it is easy to reach. The phone has a 6.26 inch FullHD + display. There is a notch on the top and the display is of 19: 9 aspect ratio. Asus claims that this is the first smartphone in this price segment to come with Corning Gorilla Glass 6.
The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 sports very thin bezels on the top and sides. But the bezel at the bottom is very thick. Asus has tried to keep the earpiece out of the notch towards the frame. This has helped in reducing the size of the notch. Selfie cameras, flash and sensors have got place in the notch. The notification LED is also placed outside the notch. It has got a place next to the earpiece grille.
Like other phones in this price range, the Zenfone Max Pro M2 has a plastic frame. The power and volume buttons are on the right and the SIM tray is on the left. The position of the power button is good according to us, but it takes some effort to reach the volume button.
At the bottom, there is a Micro-USB port, primary microphone, 3.5mm headphone jack and loudspeaker. The secondary microphone is on the top. By the way, most phones in this price range come with a Micro-USB port. But the USB Type C port would have been a welcome move.
Asus has kept the edges of the Zenfone Max Pro M2 curved, which gives good grip. Surprisingly, despite the huge battery, the phone does not feel heavy or bulky.
Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 Specifications and Software
The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 gained popularity due to its powerful processor and aggressive pricing. Asus has reiterated this strategy by offering a 1.95 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor in the ZenFone Max Pro M2. The new chipset is more powerful than the Snapdragon 636. This processor has been used in handsets like Xiaomi Mi A2, RealMe 2 Pro and Vivo V9 Pro.
There are three options based on RAM and storage – 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. We have reviewed the variant with 4 GB RAM. All three variants have support for microSD cards up to 2TB.
Connectivity features of the Zenfone Max Pro M2 include Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and FM radio. This is a dual sim smartphone. It has two nano sim slots. Both slots support 4G VoLTE.
ZenFone Max Pro M2 flaunts a full-HD+ display with 450 nits brightness. There is no problem in reading it in sunlight. The viewing angles of the display are also good.
The key feature of the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 is the big battery. Asus has given a 10W charger to charge it. But there is no support for quick charging, which means that charging will take a long time.
This Asus smartphone will also run on stock Android. It is expected that the company will release updates for this phone more quickly. The company has just introduced the smartphone with Android 8.1 Oreo and has also promised to provide Android Pie update in January 2019. Our review unit came with the October security patch.
Even though it is a stock Android device. But in addition to Google’s selected apps, Facebook, Messenger and Instagram apps will be pre-installed in this phone.
Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 performance, battery life and cameras
Knowing the specifications of the Zenfone Max Pro M2, we had an idea of its performance. Due to the fast processor and stock Android, the performance of ZenFone Max Pro M2 is very smooth. There were no complaints of lag or stutter in our review unit.
You can use fingerprint scanner and face unlock to unlock the phone. During the review, we found that the scanner is a bit slow in unlocking the device. Apart from this, we did not find any settings to run any app in fullscreen mode. For this reason most apps run letterboxed.
PUBG Mobile ran on medium setting. We were able to play this game without any lag or framedrop. After playing the game continuously for 25 minutes, the phone did get a little hot.
We enjoyed watching videos and playing games on this phone. The speaker is also quite loud.
The battery life of the handset is excellent. The credit for this goes to the 5000 mAh battery. In the HD video loop test, the phone died after 17 hours 58 minutes. At the end of the day, about 55 percent battery was left during regular use. The 10-watt charger provided in the retail box charged the battery 52 percent in 1 hour.
Asus has upgraded the camera setup in the ZenFone Max Pro M2. You will get 12 megapixel primary sensor and 5 megapixel depth sensor on the back side. A 13-megapixel camera has been given on the front panel.
The camera app is simple and easy to use. There are toggles for shooting modes, beautification, depth effect and flash settings. You will also get the option to apply filters before taking pictures. There is a Pro mode in which you will be able to adjust focus, shutter speed, ISO, exposure and white balance.
AI scene detection isn’t available at the moment, but Asus has talked about bringing this feature to the ZenFone Max Pro M2 with EIS and Bokeh mode on the front camera through an update in December.
While shooting with the ZenFone Max Pro M2 we found that it didn’t manage to set the exact exposure in certain scenes. For example, some photos during the day were overexposed.
Color reproduction is great. But this detail is not able to capture in distant objects. Macros shots come with more detail and the phone does a good job of separating the subject from the background. Portrait mode can be easily enabled. You will get the option to set the level of blur.
HDR mode needs to be improved further. It handles the brighter areas in the scene, but loses detail in the shadows. Edge detection is great in the output. But at the highest level, the blur looks artificial.
Camera performance is average in low light. The phone does not switch to night mode by itself. The phone takes a little longer to save landscape shots. The output is satisfactory, as the lack of detail becomes apparent upon zooming in.
Selfies come out great and face detection ensures that there is no face blur while taking group selfies. Beautification is also available.
You will be able to record 4K video with the primary camera and 1080 pixels with the selfie shooter. Video stabilization is available at 1080 pixels and the phone manages to reduce the shake.
Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 has a huge responsibility on its shoulders. Especially considering the success of the ZenFone Max Pro M1. There is no doubt that Asus has made a strong claim by giving Snapdragon 660 processor and 5000 mAh battery.
Performance and battery life are good. If cameras are your priority then the Realme 2 Pro is much better. If you are considering buying either of these, then you also have to consider the advantages of stock Android over the ColorOS UI of Realme.
The price is the strongest aspect of the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2. There is no harm in buying this phone for Rs 12,999. We have reviewed the variant of Rs 14,999 which Realme 2 Pro ,review) And Realme U1 ,review) is slightly higher than the handset.
Stock Android is another right decision. If Asus manages to provide regular updates, it will be icing on the cake for the customers.