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Last edited by azhar75 on 2018/12/30 16:50


DATE : Monday, 31st December 2018 @ 9am

Coming from Nokia 3210, Moto Razr V3x, Nokia E61, Nokia N78, Sammy i780, HTC HD2, iPhone 4, LeMoto S890, LeMoto P780, Alcatel Idol X, LeMoto K910, Sammy Galaxy Note 3, Sammy Galaxy S5, Huawei Honor 3C, Huawei MediaPad X1, ZTE Blade S6, Meizu M1 Note, ASUS Zenfone 2 ZE550ML, Xiaomi Mi4i, Ulefone Be Touch 2, Meizu M2 Note, Elephone P4000, Alcatel OneTouch Flash Plus, Huawei Honor 7, ZTE Zubia Z7 Max, Xiaomi Redmi 3, Xiaomi Redmi 3S, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro, Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime, Sammy Galaxy Note5, Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom, Huawei Mate 10 Pro, ZenFone Max Pro M1, Pocophone F1, Asus ROG Phone and my current daily driver the LeMoto P2.

As a start, I shall rename the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2, ZB631KL as the “M2P".

The glossy Midnight Blue M2P 6GB RAM/64GB ROM has been tested since 16th December 2018 and I will give my honest review and comparison to my previous smart devices, where applicable. The M2P is being used as stock and no unlocked bootloader or rooting access permission are performed. At the current review state, the M2P is having a firmware build number OPM1.WW_Phone-15.2016.1809.127-20181008.

Hence, future OTAs may improve certain functionalities in general.

The review unit packaging are as follows:

Note : Malaysia unit will receive 3-pin prong power adapter/charger.

A = Android
The continuity from Max Pro M1 (M1P) is preserved with factory-baked the Android Oreo 8.1.0; is shipped out of the box. Asus slightly tweaked with "ZenMotion" extra features like :
1) Double-tap-to-wake the screen;
2) Double-tap-to-sleep;
3) Gestures when device is sleep;
4) Double-press power button to launch camera;
5) AI camera interface.

Overall experience is positive but if we are coming from "Android on Steroid" like MIUI, EMUI, ZENUI, Flyme OS, Colour OS, Fun-Touch OS, etc, we will not be happy with stock Android experience. We have to depend on a lot of 3rd party apps in the Google PlayStore in order to match the experience of "Android on Steroid" earlier.

"OK Google" and Google Lens work as designed. Google's Project Treble is supported but seamless system updates are not.

B = Body-Built
Running away from semi-unibody metal design of the M1P, Asus upgraded M2P with acrylic material on the back and maintain the polycarbonate frame around the body. However, for this unit, pressing the acrylic panel with mild pressure will produce undesirable creaking and clanking sounds intermittently.

The glossy Midnight Blue colour is prone to scratches and sticks fingerprint like a glue. Hence, the included gel case is appreciated all the time.

The front panel is unexpectedly upgraded with  Corning® Gorilla® Glass 6; something that only latest flagship will possess. This is where the role of premium oleophobic coating is very valuable which is not supposed to be placed in mid-tier device like the M2P. But Asus really step-up the game with the Corning® Gorilla® Glass 6 to make sure the feel and holding experience is flagship level.

Physical buttons are positioned properly so that when mounting M2P onto car/camera holder and gimbal, these buttons are not clashed with the car holder/gimbal's legs/brackets. Buttons are satisfactorily give good tactile feedback and quite sturdy too; just like the M1P.

Camera lens is flushed with the acrylic back panel and can be secured by the given gel case.

The ever-die-ing 3.5 mm audio jack is located at the bottom; which is the preferred location. However, no type-C port is there to be found and the layout repeats from the old M1P.

SIM tray is triple slot option. Just be extra careful to not flip the SIM tray as there is no indicator showing which side is top or bottom.

Overall, the build quality is average but feels exquisite for a smart device.

C = Connectivity
Call quality is above average with good signal reception. Rare disconnection issue so far even while taking calls inside an elevator; at par with other Huawei and Motorola call quality. Dual internal microphones with ASUS Noise Reduction Technology to cancel out ambient noise is working as intended.

Bluetooth 5.0 tech works as expected. It does pair with my Sammy Gear S3 Frontier smart watch flawlessly with all notifications and call communications running thru the smart watch without hiccup, including my favourite Samsung Pay.

Sadly, just like his old brother, the M1P, no 5GHz AC Wi-Fi is available and the 2.4GHz Wi-Fi signal is average for all spectrums. The 2.4GHz band is serviceable for streaming HD videos but not fast enough for high speed data transfer for drone or NAS. As for mobile hotspot, we can connect up to 5 devices simultaneously. Wi-Fi direct is supported together with Wi-Fi Display tech.

No infra-red blaster & no NFC too for any of the Malaysian variants.

Broadband data modules are compatible with all Malaysia telcos but local VoLTE and VoWiFi support are yet to be discovered. Meaning, using the M2P with Malaysia "YES" Telco is a big fat "NO". Bands for 4G are derived from FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20) and TDD-LTE (Bands 40 only). Below is the theoretical speed for mobile broadband :
  • LTE CAT5: UL 75 / DL 150Mbps.
  • DC-HSPA+: UL 5.76 / DL 42Mbps
  • 2CA (Carrier Aggregation) support

Dual SIM feature has been enhanced to Dual-SIM-4G active mode. The M2P is equipped with Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X12 LTE Modem. But as usual, only one SIM can accept data from cell towers but easily switchable in the settings menu. Both SIM slots are nano-SIM size and dedicated microSD expansion slot is available up to 2TB capacity (supports exFAT format too).

Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Display and vix Cast to smart TV is supported too. But MHL connection via the legacy micro USB port to smart TV is not supported.

FM radio is a bonus if we are camping in the jungle without any broadband connection.

Overall, if one is expecting average mobile connectivity, the M2P is at par with the rest.

D = Display
No IGZO panel (eg. Meizu M1 Note & Razer Phone 1 and 2). Asus is betting on the 6.26-inch FHD+ (2280 by 1080) IPS display at 19:9 ratio (~403 ppi density).

For enjoyable gaming and multimedia experience, Asus adopts 94% NTSC color gamut, 450 nits max brightness  and 1500:1 contrast ratio.

The display is capacitive touch panel with 10 points multi-touch (supports glove touch).

Screen-to-body ratio is roughly 90% (really…?) with smaller notch than iPhone series; but very prominent chin at the bottom. We should be wondering how Huawei and Oppo/OnePlus manage to slim the chin to the “Max”.

The Screen Color can be adjusted only to “Default”, “Warm” or “Cool” as the device is running pure stock Android platform.

However, for this unit, even leaving the screen color to “Cool”, still a magenta tint/hue is present as compared to the old M1P:

I hope that this issue is valid for my review unit only.

The 2.5D front glass panel is upgraded with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 6 protection with excellent oleophobic coating to make the fingers glide effortlessly during typing/swiping/gaming. Tempered glass screen protector is a must in this case to ensure scratch and crack prevention.

Viewing angle is good up to 170° on all corners. No "shadow" effect when tilted sideways, which M1P has this limitation earlier; especially with white background. Direct sunlight readability is above average, thanks to the 450 nits brightness level. Screen glare is at minimum level. The auto-brightness sensor is working wonderfully (compared to M1P) and will increase or decrease the brightness in appropriate sequence.

As this is non-AMOLED panel, AOSD (Always On-Screen Display) is to be missed.

The small notch for the 19:9 aspect ratio does not negatively impacting the viewing experience while watching YouTube or playing mobile games in landscape orientation. The notch will be automatically hidden by black bars in any apps when in landscape orientation.

The touchscreen sensitivity and responsiveness is always the ZenFone strength compared to others. “Glove” mode is automatically activated but no settings to turn it off. Perhaps it is one of the stock Android features as of now.

Overall, the screen of M2P is very enjoyable experience for day and night be it for online surfing, gaming, shopping, entertainment and productivity activities and could be the best in its class.

E = Ergonomic
Without using any cases, the size-to-weight ratio is as good as M1P. The tall 19:9 aspect ratio of the screen is well balanced; though slight slippery, the device is stable enough to be held when fast typing but not comfortable enough to be used with one hand.

Typing with both arms while laying in the bed is troublesome as the palm rejection algorithm is not available.

The 175 grams paired with 8.5 mm profile makes it ergonomically easy to pick-up when lay on flat surface. No sharp edges is presence between the polycarbonate frame and edge-to-edge glass panel makes the ergonomic experience pleasurable. No complaints in the ergonomic department.

F = Fingerprint
Asus claims the fingerprint sensor has 0.3 seconds unlock mechanism which is valid in reality. The rear fingerprint sensor is always in active mode, whereby, one just need to tap to unlock from idle/sleep mode. One can register up to 5 fingers in the setting. It also being enhanced with “damp” finger recognition tech. Overall, it is as fast and reliable as Huawei and Xiaomi counterpart. If we are coming from the previous M1P, don't worry as the fingerprint sensor is vastly improved without a doubt.

As M2P is running stock Android, fingerprint gesture support for notification shade and camera snaps are not supported. An OTA is expected allowing selfie snaps using fingerprint sensor. I'm suggesting customisation of fingerprint sensor like double-tap it to take screenshot, or automatic call recording if answering calls via fingerprint sensor. Maybe these input is not suitable for “stock” Android platform.

In-display fingerprint tech will be cheap enough in year 2019/2020.

G = Gaming

With a new tagline of “The Next-Generation Gaming”, upgrading the SoC from Snap636 to Snap660 is just a small step.

Just like previous M1P, heavy gaming titles like Asphalt 9, PUBG (not FortNite), Free Fire, Mobile Legend, etc. do not show any micro-stutter at medium settings. However, at highest settings, "slight" micro-stutter is observed. Nevertheless, one can do gaming for as long as he wants without worrying heating issue and NO throttling of the SoC too. M2P always runs in mild warm forever. Overall, the owner will not be disappointed with M2P's general performance in gaming.

H = Heart
The heart of M2P is a 14nm FinFET SoC of Snap660 AI Engine; 6GB LPDDR4X Double-Channel RAM at 1,866 MHz couple with 64GB eMMC5.1 built-in storage.

Out of the box, 54 GB free storage is available with 25% of 6GB RAM is used when the M2P is first booted up.

The big.LITTLE architecture of 64-bit Octa-core Processor with Qualcomm AI Engine
synergies MSM8976 Plus aka the Snap660 (@ 4 x 1.96 GHz Kryo 260 + 4 x 1.84 GHz Kryo 260); paired with Adreno 512 (GPU Boost @ 850 MHz) mobile platform SoC makes heavy lifting tasks possible without any lag and hiccups.

Even though the SoC is the “underclocked” version of Snap660, overall, the general experience on online surfing, gaming, shopping, social networks, multimedia, VR, productivity and camera snaps will be a breeze for average users who are fond of stock Android.

I = Ingress
Ingress Protection (aka IP) rating is understandable - not present. No splash-resistance too.

J = Juice
Finally, one of the selling point of the M2P is the 5,000mAh sealed unknown brand of lithium-polymer cell; UNFORTUNATELY cannot dethrone "The Best Energy Consumption Smartphone of 2016/2017/2018" which is STILL belongs to LeMoto P2. Claimed talk-time, stand-by time, etc. are achievable for dual-active-nano-SIM LTE phone. Getting beyond 7 hours of Screen-on-Time is GUARANTEED.

For normal usage :

For heavy usage :

M2P has dropped the misleading term "Rapid Charge" features from the M1P. Actually, both M1P and M2P support Qualcomm Quick Charge 1.0. Stock "Rapid Charger" is bundled in the box at 5V-2A. M2P is "some-what" reverse compatible with Qualcomm's Quick-Charge 2.0/3.0/4.0 technology but only QC 1.0 will be used all the time. Using the provided stock "Rapid Charger and cable", re-energise from 15% to 100% (while device is idle/on), requires 3 hours and 4 minutes waiting time to fill-up the whole massive 5,000mAh lithium polymer battery capacity. No significant difference with certified Qualcomm QC 3.0 adapter as shown below:

8 hours of stand-by / deep sleep overnight rate is 0.5% per hour which is “fair” in my collection so far:

As anticipated, fancy wireless Qi charging is not present on any mid-range devices.

Overall, no drastic improvement has been made from the previous M1P in the energy supply and management department. Let's hope that the next M3P will have reversible Type-C charging port and supports Power Delivery 3.0 tech.

K = Keys
No hardware capacitive navigation keys for Back/Home/Recent is available nowadays. Hence, the on-screen navigation keys (default) is available. No option to activate the iPhone-like navigation gestures but it will come in Android Pie OTA later.

Volume and power keys are sturdy. They are made of polycarbonate material. No texture on the Power key (which M1P has previously). See below :

L = Lights
Notification LED lights is presence with either red, amber, white or green located in the earpiece grill but they are not customisable as per the stock Android Oreo 8.1.0. An OTA is expected to give flexibility to control the LED notification lights.

The phone is also embedded with single LED flash (rear only) for low light pix & vix as well as emergency flashlight when entering the movie theater hall.

Front facing camera is aided with “Softlight LED Flash” which most mid-rangers do not offer. But, this front LED light is not able to help 2D-Face recognition unlock in pitch dark room. Hopefully, future OTA can enable this feature.

M = Multimedia
This is actually another strong offering of the M2P. Media contents consumption is phenomenal for 6.26" FHD+ accompanied by the built-in 5-magnet speaker with dual NXP 9874 smart amplifier for louder, deeper and less distorted sound effect.

The 3.5mm audio jack is able to play audio files up to 192 kHz / 24-bit. No supports for Dolby 5.1. FM radio is supported with the hooked of bundled stereo headset and the reception is good even when heavy downpour.

For wireless option, the M2P supports Bluetooth 5.0 with A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) for crisp audio signal.

Overall, the 2D multimedia usage is above average and acceptable in this price range.

N = Navigation
GPS navigation is working as expected. The GPS module supports GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo and QZSS protocols.

As shown above, the satellites are locked even the device is located inside a building. More than 5 satellites are locked within 10 seconds from cold start with around 5 meters accuracy distance.

Waze, Google Maps and HERE Maps are working normally, even indoors and in aeroplane mode. Driving above 100 km/hr does not lost any GPS signal. Only luke warm heat after 1 hour of continuous navigation. Energy consumption is stellar at around 160mAh per hour navigation.

Offline navigation is as good as in M1P:

O = Optimisation
M2P is Asus second device to have stock Android platform (1st was M1P). Asus is doing a fine job in optimising M2P in terms of performance and energy consumption. The Oreo Doze feature kicks in almost instantly after the screen is turned off (provided Wi-Fi is off). Hence, there is no need to root this device in order to install 3rd party apps to "greenify" certain apps/services. No wakelock issue. No bloat-wares disturbing the Doze Mode. Incoming push notifications work as intended without the need to tweak the battery performance. No overheating during heavy gaming, long hours navigation and pix/vix recording sessions. The supplied 6GB RAM is keeping at most 8 heavy apps/games running in the background.  

During this short review period, Asus has not pushed any OTA so far. Overall, the optimisation is nothing to be worried about and it is performing as close as the legacy Google Nexus devices.

P = Photography
Many is awaiting for this part of the review and the Taiwanese company is betting high on this function until giving Zenfone series special logo and motto "We luV Photo". We'll, many have realised that M1P last time was NOT born in this planet for hardcore photography fans. Now, Asus has made a 360-degree “abracadabra magic” by replacing the mediocre OmniVision sensor with Sony IMX486 camera sensor for the M2P.

The M2P is equipped with the 12MP Sony® IMX486 image sensor - 1/2.9" large sensor size, 1.25µm large pixel size is enhanced with F/1.8 aperture & 27mm equivalent focal length in 35mm film camera covered by 6p lens which generates 78.2° field of view.

As for low light images, the sensor has 1.9x light sensitivity low light photos (compared with M1P)

Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) is not available (which is usually presence in "super"-flagship category) but Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) is dedicated to 1080P vix only.

For fast immediate snap, the M2P is armed with 0.03 seconds phase-detection autofocus which is blazing fast even in extreme low light environment.

No lag while snapping pix; even the HDR mode produces high quality images despite hand-held method.

The Asus-branded “Asus Camera Lite” camera app has 13 types of AI Scene Detection, namely people, food, dog, cat, sunset, sky, green field, ocean, flower, plant, snow, stage, and finally, text.

Auto mode camera snapshot is “good”. HDR has dramatic effect. Macro shots are acceptable to the nearest 2 inches distance. Low light images are average while the Pro mode to tinker with exposure, focus point, shutter speed and ISO are available for amateur photographers.

Bokeh/portrait/depth/variable aperture mode is captured by the secondary rear 5MP SK Hynix HI556 with F2.4 at 1.12um and 84° field of view. Output is above average with good edge detection and separation with the ability to adjust the blur effect in real-time mode.

Selfie pix and vix is driven by 13MP OmniVision sensor OV8856 F/2.0 with 1.0µm capturing at 84° field of view; 26mm equivalent focal length in 35mm film camera, which is just average. The front softlight LED flash does help a bit in pitch dark pix. Selfie portrait will be included in the next OTA. As M2P is running the stock Android, ZeniMoji (aka Live Emoji) are not available. The same cam is also being used for 2D-Face recognition unlock.

For video capture, both Slow-Mo and time-lapse vix are not available. EIS is armed for 1080P video at 30fps. 4K Ultra HD at 30fps is supported too (without EIS). One noticeable feature is being able to take still pix while recording video. Just like the previous M1P, one main issue in vix recording is focus hunting/pulsing. This issue is very obvious during low light vix that has fast movement objects.

Overall, several OTA updates are expected here to enhance the pix and vix engines in the M2P.

In this showdown, we shall compare between the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, the M1P, the M2P and the Pocophone F1. The main reason to do this comparison is to judge how good (or bad) the M2P pix performing side-by-side with "Super" flagship and "budget" flagship devices. All pix are taken hand-held with point-and-shoot method (not tap-and-shoot). All devices are using Auto-HDR mode with AI features turned on as well.  

Enjoy the journey...

Mate 10 Pro Max Pro (M1)Max Pro (M2) Pocophone F1
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Mate 10 ProMax Pro (M1) Max Pro (M2) Pocophone F1
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1080P @ 60fps vix:

4K UHD @ 30fps

Q = Quirks
In terms of hardware, the M2P's acrylic back panel shows its weaknesses to be easily scratch and produces creaking sound when depressed.

Maybe the monthly Android Security Patch can be improved. There is no hope for Android "Q"uaker Oats in the future as M2P is not released with Android Pie out of the box.

The charging port is the traditional/legacy microUSB 2.0 instead of getting-popular Type-C.

Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0 license is not activated for Snap660.

For video capture, both Slow-Mo and time-lapse vix are not available. Focus hunting/pulsing issue still present in 1080P and 4K UHD vix recording.

No infra-red blaster like in Xiaomis could be a deal breaker for minority.

MHL connection to external monitor/TV is not supported as this primitive tech is replaced by Wi-Fi Display/cast.

When charging while the M2P is in the “Off” state, there is no battery percentages showing the refill status. An OTA is expected to improve this quirk.

Face recognition unlock is achievable but not in pitch dark room.

VoLTE and VoWiFi is not implemented for any of Malaysia's telcos. Why? In this segment, Apple & Huawei-Honor is the ultimate champion in Malaysia.  

Talk about the screen, the glare on the 6.26” Corning® Gorilla® Glass 6 is annoying for some. Gaming in direct sunlight will be exasperating. Perhaps next year, we can enjoy Corning® Gorilla® Glass 7 with matte finished. For the time being, a proper screen protector is sufficient to reduce the glare.

No OGS (One-Glass-Solution) for the 6.26” screen making the edges near the bezels to have slight “shadow” effect when white background is displayed.

The chin of the bottom screen is massive compared to the competitors. 90% screen-to-body ratio is questionable.

In multi-window mode, the border between two windows cannot be adjusted. Pocophone & Sammy devices can do so. But majority vendors can't seem to implement this successfully… go figure.

The Wi-Fi & radio signals on the top-left corner in the status bar keeps on jumping “left-right-left-right” whenever a Wi-Fi transmission is active.

Finally, and could be deal breaker for some is the lack of 5GHz AC Wi-Fi channel for blazing fast files transferring; uploading or downloading data from the interweb as well as flexibility to connect to public Wi-Fi hotspots.

These quirks are annoyances that Asus Product Dev Team should consider as a challenge for the next ZenFone Max Pro (M3).

R = Rooting
Flash-a-holic geeks will be happy in this department. One-Click root is definitely a Big-Fat-No-No because the Bootloader is Locked.

To-date, M2P has more than 5 mods in XDA community. This shows that M2P is well received by general modders.

S = Sensors
All major sensors including Accelerator, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, magnetometer/e-compass and gyroscope are presence making sure auto-brightness, GPS navi, EIS vix, Virtual Reality & 360 vix are working as designed.

No RGB sensor is presence for colour control when taking pix & vix.

Asus claims the fingerprint sensor has 0.3 seconds unlock mechanism which is valid in reality.

2D-Face recognition unlock is achievable but not in pitch dark room.

Earpiece/receiver is crystal clear with dual-internal microphones with ASUS Noise Reduction Technology working as intended. The opposite party can hear our voice clearly with "subtle" background noise while we can hear the opposite party's voice without issue.

Auto-brightness is working as usual. The screen will be at maximum brightness of 450 nits when facing direct sunlight. But the lowest brightness needs improvement. In pitch dark room, the lowest brightness is still too bright compared to other smartphones.

Overall, the vital sensors are well equipped and reliable.

T = Tactile
The tactile feedback from the vibration motor is firm while typing, gaming or simply tapping the screen. In terms of vibration motor, we can feel the tactile vibration while the device is in the pocket. Unfortunately, we cannot customise the vibration intensity as well as the pattern.

Overall, we can't miss any incoming notifications while watching cinema or in a noisy environment. The phone will generate adequate tactile feedback when the phone is in our pocket.

U = USBs
Type-C is not supplied for cost-cutting measures. However, the legacy micro-USB 2.0 does support reverse charging (provided using proper cable) OTG is supported for 2.5” external hard disk (with proper adapter) but not for MHL connection.

V = Virtual Reality
Google ARCore engine is not supported by Snap660.

Gyroscope is presence to view 360-degree YouTube vix. Overall, due to high quality IPS panel, it is a good option for beginners to explore VR contents before committing to full fledged immersive AR/VR/MR experience. Combining with loud external 5-magnet dual speaker, experiencing VR for the first time is well above expectations.

W = Warranty
1) General device components = 1 year local manufacturer warranty.
2) Battery = unknown.
3) Power adapter and cable = unknown.
4) Other accessories = unknown.

There is no option to extend the warranty like what Sammy is offering today. So, if one is expecting to keep the device after 1 year warranty lapsed, the cost of repair is yet to be discovered. If the screen replacement is above RM300, it is not worth to pay for as we may get second hand M2P at 50% of current SRP after 1 year or so.

X = X-factors

  • Longevity. 7 hours of Screen-on-Time is Guaranteed even non-stop continuous gaming.
  • Stock Android UI (to certain users).
  • Best-in-class screen quality with 90% screen-to-body ratio, 94% NTSC color gamut, 450 nits brightness and 1500:1 contrast ratio.
  • 5-magnet speaker with NXP smart amplifier for louder, deeper and less distorted sound effect.
  • Upgraded camera sensor to Sony IMX486 producing above average camera performance.
  • 13 types of AI Scene Detection for still pix.
  • One of the most affordable smartphone with Qualcomm Snap660 SoC to-date.
  • Corning® Gorilla® Glass 6 protection with excellent oleophobic coating.
  • Rear fingerprint sensor (0.3 seconds unlock, supports 5 fingerprints) with enhanced “Damp” finger recognition.
  • No throttling or overheating during heavy and prolong usage.

Y = Yesterdays
Similar devices competing in the same category/segment and price bracket should be (in no particular order) :

  • RealMe 2 Pro.
  • Honor 8X.
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro.
  • Xiaomi Mi A2.
  • Huawei Nova 3i.
  • Huawei Y9 (2019).
  • Honor Play.
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018).
  • Unexpectedly, the iPhone SE.
  • And many other yesterdays' devices that you are holding to right now.

Z = Zero-figure
Based price at Malaysia Ringgit RM859-point-zero-zero (about USD206) is a worthy long-term investment with proven reliable Snap660 (4GB RAM/64GB eMMC 5.1) and massive 5K mAh energy supply. Other than non-stop 7 hours mobile gaming experience, the glossy sophisticated physical appearance, camera and multimedia are also M2P's best features compared to other competitors in the same price bracket. The upgraded screen durability to the Corning® Gorilla® Glass 6 is one of the killer features that other competitors afraid of. As for existing 64GB M1P owners, does adding RM10 to the SRP worth spending? I'd say, “GO FOR IT !!!

Thanks for your time to read my lengthy review and stay tuned for more details and updates...


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