ASUS Zenfone Max Pro (M1) – finally I was pleased!

Finally in this year was a smartphone, which I want to tell. Before it was not so indisputable in every sense devices: solid clones of the iPhone, with-a software, with a high price tag, just who haven’t justified expectations.

Honestly, I’m so sick of this monotony that I simply began to abandon smartphones for review, because in the mainstream segment today are all very sad and, hand on heart, I would not advise anyone to use it. And in the top there is a 2-3 player and all the rest – sad shit, sorry. And when I test brought in another nondescript box that I had never heard of it, the first thing I wanted to politely refuse because I can’t have another boring transfer characteristics. But the emotions gave me the mobile which I was expecting it in the least. This ASUS Zenfone Max Pro (M1), which I can recommend to anyone looking for something up to $ 300. Today you lay everything on the shelves.

Design and ergonomics

Yes, at first you don’t get a whole bunch of emotions, because the look of the smartphone is quite usual. And that’s fine, because it is very usual in this segment, few stand out. The hull has a hybrid construction: plastic chassis and metal heel. Thus the torsion smartphone stubborn, does not creak and is assembled well.

The display is 6″, while the body is not felt huge because of the small part and aspect ratios of 2:1. For placement only on the body’s standard: 3.5 mm input, one speaker that sounds pretty loud, Micro-USB that for this class, unfortunately, still the norm, the fingerprint scanner on the back. The good news is that the tray has two separate slots for SIM cards and for the memory card. For those who travels a lot around the world – generally a great option: it is possible your SIM card do not remove and insert the local and repository not to sacrifice. Of course, waterproof no, and impact resistance. It would be the mAh.


The display is IPS with resolution full HD+ (2160 x 1080 pixels), pixel density of 404 per inch. Color is natural, viewing angles is no problem. Even your pixel 2 XL take, and there is the display worse. Nothing special nothing to complain about, especially note the glass: even under strong pressure on the screen is not floating divorces matrix, is a rarity.


The camera in Zenfone Max M1 Pro is not that bad, they just have some forced photo will do. For example, for photo papers and term selfie. The main camera on the 13 megapixel with aperture of f2.2, the pixel size of 1.12 µm. There is also a secondary camera of 5 MP for portrait mode, and if it is close, and stops the background to blur. That is it as it gathers information about space, but even with her blur turns out to be very terrible, and the main object is cut bad. The case in the algorithms, it can fix and not fix. Video it is possible to write up to 4K, right and front facing camera there are 8 megapixels.

Examples of shooting on the main camera

Examples of portrait mode

Examples of shooting on the front camera

Video sample in 4k

Performance and autonomy

Iron in mobile fresh, good average. Processor — OCTA-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 with Adreno graphics 509. RAM 4 GB, custom — 64GB, expandable up to 2 TB.

It’s enough on the middle or top settings to play any games that, in principle, optimized for Android. Just there are those for whom the leader is not the flagship. For example, in PUBG Mobile, you can play without lag on high fps and medium graphics settings, in the tanks the same. I am glad that in games the smartphone is practically not heated.

Autonomy – one of the main trumps of the smartphone. Weight as competitors – 180 grams — battery capacity is 5000 mAh. Not Chinese, which is really 3K, but real. It is felt for the use of: a charge is not fading away, and for most users, the smartphone will need to charge once in two days. And some three. You can watch videos to 17 hours, but even in games you will get over 6 hours screen! This is for those who have always had to carry powerbank, now don’t!

Specifications ASUS Zenfone Max Pro (M1)

  • Display: 5.99-inch IPS (2160 x 1080 pixels), 404 ppi.
  • Dimensions: 159 x 76 x 8.5 mm, 180 g
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 636.
  • Video Accelerator: Adreno 509.
  • RAM: 4 GB.
  • ROM: 64 GB.
  • Main camera: 13 MP (4K), f2,2; f2, 5 MP,2 (blur background).
  • Front camera: 8 MP.
  • Battery: 5000 mAh, fast charging.
  • Interfaces: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4,2, A2DP.
  • Other: Micro USB, fingerprint scanner.


But the main thing that I would have never expected from ASUS its the best in the world ZenUI – naked Android. It’s just a gift some! Everything is beautiful, fast, there is hope for renewal. I have the use came two! Here is standard goglove app, keyboard, and ossovskogo only recorder, calculator, FM radio and camera. Yes, googlewww the camera, for some reason, it is impossible to not put on the pixels…

The interesting thing is that there are already Beta Android 9, and should fall to go the release. This smartphone is a huge advantage over most other smartphones with pre-installed launchers. Which, by the way, for mainstream devices more often and work slowly.

Let’s talk about the cons. Objective I can name only one – the lack of support for Wi-Fi 5 GHz. And it’s like in life does not stop, and I found out about it, just reading the official specifications, but you should know — there is only 2.4 GHz.

Comparison with competitor’s

Just want to compare this smartphone with the main competitor – the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5. I in any case don’t insist to take ASUS. Take Xiaomi, if you like for all I care. Why I would take ASUS? The main reason is there is NFC, which for me is paramount due to contactless payments. I don’t consider today a smartphone without NFC, as Android Pay and Apple Pay is the most used by me feature. I’m not saying that it should be for all and all Saami-lisovody without NFC I constantly prove that they don’t need NFC, but those who have it, and for the first time someone tries to pay with the smartphone, then be delighted and use it all the time. Therefore, I believe that self-persuasion is a great power, but if you NFC not needed – just a hammer, no need to plant srachi. There are other differences. ASUS more capacious battery, naked Android, which is a big plus, he has a hybrid card slot of memory that is can be used with two SIM cards. And Yes, saomi a better camera, but it is here and there satisfied with this statement, so for photos I would have neither one nor the other would not advise. I hope I explained your choice? And yet, in the world, these smartphones are the same, and Note 5 Pro even more. We have the official ASUS is more expensive by about $ 40.

I see myself a perfect user of this smartphone traveler with a compact mirrorless camera. If the camera is what this phone is almost perfect! On the big screen and comfortable to play, and make videos to watch. On MicroSD you can distribute any number of movies, the battery will last for at least 5, but if necessary will charge powerbank to include, and headphones in a single connector.

From myself I will say that this is now my new favorite, and all who need a smartphone of 300 dollars, I will advise it. And Yes, myself I did not buy it for several reasons, I think you all know them. But I was consistent, I like this smartphone will give to his son on September 1, this is a great option.

Video review ASUS Zenfone Max Pro

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