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Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 Review

Long before there were dual camera trends and 18: 9 aspect ratio ratios, jumbo battery trends have created its market segment.

The reason is simple, everyone wants their smartphone can be used all day without having to bother recharge the battery or carry powerbank.

Now by leveraging the trend of mobile gaming, ASUS has a compelling reason to bring a smartphone that boasts the ability of the battery and the performance of its pacific kitchen so that it can spoil its users by playing any game for a long time.

From the beginning, ASUS has emphasized that theASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 smartphone is feasible for mobile gaming enthusiasts in Indonesia as well as in the world.

Another thing that makes the smartphone a subject of discussion is because the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 comes with such specifications as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, but with slightly superior specifications and a much more wallet-friendly price. The more curious, toughness like what endures ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1?

The ZenFone Max Pro M1 comes with a fairly standard packaging, except for one thing. The standard bit includes the phone, a microUSB cable, and a 10W charger.

The unique thing is a little cardboard contraption called Max-Box, which amplifies the loudspeaker sound when you place the phone in it. It just uses basic reverberation technique to bounce the sound around and point it in your direction to make it sound louder.


ZenFone Max Pro M1 has a simple design and looks elegant. The front of the phone is entirely covered by a 2.5D curved glass. The glass is scratch resistant and has a very fine coating of oleophobia.

Near the top of the phone is the earpiece, camera, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor and LED indicator. The earpiece is recessed with a cloth grille and tends to collect dust and lint.

The rest of the front is taken up by the 5.99-inch display. The bezels aren't quite the thinnest we have seen but are unobtrusive. The front remains black regardless of which color version of the phone you pick.

On the right are the power buttons and the volume control button. The power button is easy to reach and operate, but the volume buttons are a bit of a stretch.

On the left side of the phone is a tray that holds two SIM cards and a microSD card. That's right; you can have all three on this phone without any of the hybrid SIM nonsense.

On the bottom of the phone is the loudspeaker, a microUSB, a microphone and the headphone jack. The microUSB connector is a bit of a blast from the past in 2018, and we wish manufacturers were faster to adopt USB-C to make a life for their users a bit easier.

The back of the phone has a metal panel in the middle for a bit of an upmarket feel. Near the top is the dual camera system in the now fashionable vertical arrangement. What's nice is that the camera system is almost completely flush with the body. The fingerprint sensor sits somewhere closer to the middle and is easy to reach.

The overall design of the phone may be simple but it can not be denied that this is a sturdy phone. The use of metal material combined with plastic on the top, bottom to the edge makes this smartphone comfortable to hold.

The ZenFone Max Pro has a 5.99-inch, 18:9, IPS LCD with a resolution of 2160x1080. The display and image quality are generally very good. Sharp panel, with good contrast, sufficient brightness and wide viewing angle.

Battery Life

With a massive 5000mAh battery and a relativel frugal chipset, the battery life on the ZenFone Max Pro was bound to be impressive. Indeed, in our usage, the phone lasted about two days on a single charge. Even on days with a lot of heavy usage consisting of GPS navigation, 4G data and full display brightness, the phone easily managed to make through the entire day with charge to spare.

Audio quality

ZenFone Max Pro M1 comes with one loudspeaker at the bottom with a 5-magnet design.


The ZenFone Max Pro comes with Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. Unlike previous ZenFone devices, this phone comes with a near stock build of Android, which is quite rare in this price range.

Zenfone Max Pro M1 arguably minimal bloatware is quite disturbing for some circles. ASUS itself claims, using the latest Android-based Pure Android 8.1 Oreo Zenfone Max Pro M1 has a faster performance.

The software looks and feels pretty much like stock Android on Google Pixel or Android One devices for the most parts. ASUS does pre-load some third party applications but all of them can be entirely uninstalled from the device to get a minimalist setup.

Apart from those there are also some other minor additions made by ASUS, such as the aforementioned color temperature option under Display settings and a custom software update installer. There are some ZenMotion gestures that let you double tap or swipe on the screen to turn it on or off and draw letters on the lockscreen to launch apps. Then there are also apps from ASUS, such as Camera, Calculator, FM Radio, and Sound Recorder that are custom. ASUS has also added a face unlock mode.

Benchmark and Performance

The ZenFone Max Pro is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 with a choice of 3GB or 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 32GB or 64GB of eMPC storage. That is largely on par with its rival, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro. As such, we were expecting the performance to be on par, and unsurprisingly, it was.

While we will get to the benchmarks in a moment, and they are fairly impressive numbers, it's worth mentioning that the ZenFone Max Pro feels fast in everyday use as well. The problem is that the default animation speeds are just a tad bit too long but once we dug into the developer settings and reduced them from 1x to 0.5x, the phone felt extremely quick. One could go ahead and disable the animations entirely but then it feels a bit jarring so we'd recommend 0.5x.

Once that was done, the ZenFone Max Pro was a pleasure to use. Applications open and switch rapidly, scrolling was smooth and it was hard to tell at times this wasn't an expensive, flagship device. The combination of a powerful chipset and a lightweight UI is quite potent and makes using the phone a breeze.


The ZenFone Max Pro has a dual camera system on the back consisting of a 13MP primary sensor and a 5MP secondary sensor that only exists to create background blur images.

The camera software on the ZenFone Max Pro is a custom ASUS app. It's a rather basic app and not as fancy as on their other ZenFone devices but you still get most of the important controls. You get a range of preset modes to choose from, such as HDR, portrait, landscape, sports, flowers, backlight, candlelight, sunset, night, beach and snow. There is no Pro mode as such but you can adjust the ISO, exposure, and white balance from the settings. There are also some basic color filters such as mono, sepia, negative, solarize, posterize, aqua, emboss, sketch, and neon. You also get three levels of beauty filters with some manual adjustments.

Now coming to the image quality, we were impressed with the quality of the images taken in daylight. The colors, in particular, look great but the photos also had good contrast and accurate white balance.

The video recording mode has a curious addition of a DCI 4K mode. This is true 4K, with a resolution of 4096x2160, and is what professional video cameras shoot in. It's not often we see this resolution on a phone and even less often on a budget phone.


ASUS is smart enough to provide a smartphone that is superior in terms of capacity and battery life and the screen which is then claimed intended for mobile gaming. rate is not wrong, because the points offered by this smartphone is very fitting with the needs of mobile gaming.

ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 has also been equipped with dual cameras that make this smartphone is not left behind in terms of trends in the aspect of the camera though more championing the ability of the battery.

Well, that's a little review about the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1. In the end, we can only conclude the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro should be your top consideration if you're in the market for a budget Android smartphone today. We hope to review it more in-depth in the future.


Today i have got new update and install it 
And Still facing video call issue 
Another person receive very dark video during video call
After this update battery drain fast
Please provide gallery app of asus

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ZenTalk_Titan posted on 2018/6/4 18:52
Hello, your thread is chosen as one of the essence article on "ZenTalk Monthly Essence" of May.
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hello asus. I have been through many mobile. But, I found some bugs which it has to overcome
1. fingerprint is slow.
2. no inbuilt gallery
3. no inbuilt app lock
4. no phone manager

please provide this in next ota update
Hello asus, selfie camera performance is very poor even after latest update
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Hello asus i bought asus zenfone max pro m1 in august 2018
But it has a multi touch issue which was touching the display automatically without my touch
And opening the links automatically while browsing 
Opening apps itself which we open menu
Even we updated the bug which was given by asus zenfone but it doesn't solve the problem 
Repeating the same issue when we use phone for more than an 
Please solve the matter as early as possible. 
IND Level 2 | All posts
I am using 1st slot as data. But from 2nd sim money is getting deducted as data change.
Please help.
IND Level 1 | All posts
I m not received new update for my phone
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Asus you are cheater fraud company I am never aspect like worst product which you made 
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