Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 Review

Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 Review

The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 launched last year in April of 2018. After launch, it was the very demandable smartphone from Asus. The most powerful reason for its popularity is its powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor at a low-cost segment. This phone supports so many features in pocket friendly cost which buyers loved, the phone gets 5.99inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 2160 pixels (at a PPI of 404 pixels per inch), a 5000mAh battery, a 13-megapixel (f/2.2, 1.12-micron) primary camera, a 5megapixel (f/2.4, 1.12micron) secondary camera, for selfies it has an 8megapixel front shooter, runs on Android 8.1 Oreo, and many more features were included in. The most important thing is these features were available only at starting price of Rs. 9,999 (Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1).Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 Review

In India, the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 price starts from Rs. 12999, and goes up to Rs.16999. The company uses the more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor in  Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2, which we did not see in Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Qualcomm Snapdragon 636). The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 comes with some upgraded features like it gets the Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection on display and also supports better dual-camera set-up. Now finally you may want to know that, after the grand successor of Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1(Rs. 9,999), the company’s new Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 (starts from Rs.12999) take the upper position or not? To get the answer read this up to last.


The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 DISPLAY, DESIGN, AND BATTERY

The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 sports a 6.26inch Corning Gorilla Glass 6 display with a notch at the top and a 19:9 aspect ratio. It has thin bezels at the sides and the top. The bottom is comparatively thicker. The earpiece is moved to outside the notch and towards the frame, by this, the size of the notch is reduced. The notification LED has been moved out of the notch and placed at right next to the earpiece grille. There is enough space for a couple of sensors, a selfie flash, and selfie camera.

In ZenFone Max Pro M2, the power and volume buttons are set on the right while the SIM tray put on the left, at the bottom of the phone, the Micro-USB port, primary microphone, 3.5mm headphone jack, and a loudspeaker are settled, at the top, you will see a secondary microphone. The power button to be well positioned but the volume buttons needed a bit of a widen to reach. The fingerprint scanner is easy to reach located at the center and the dual camera setup with a singleLED flash placed at the back.

Though the phone powered by a 5000mAh big battery, it does not feel heavy in the hand and has curved sides, thus it comfortable to hold. The ZenFone Max Pro M2 has Titanium and Blue color option in a plastic frame. The laminated back looks so glossy and classy. That plastic frame is a very normal option we can easily saw it in many smartphones in this price segment.

The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 get the same big 5000mAh battery as Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1. The phone went on for 17 hours and 58 minutes, in HD video loop test. After continuous use of the phone, for example, an hour and a half of navigation using Google Maps, 25 minutes of PUBG Mobile, active on WhatsApp account and taking some photos, the phone shows 55% charge remaining in the battery at the end of the day. The company ships a 10W charger in the box. This does not support the quick charging feature. The battery gets charged in an hour from zero to 52 percent. Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 Review


The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 SOFTWARE, PROCESSOR AND PERFORMANCE

The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 runs on  Android 8.1 Oreo (Stock Android) operating system, in spite of stock Android you are able to use Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram preinstalled along with Google’s suite of apps.

The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 is powered by the powerful  Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC processor which clocked at 1.95GHz. This same chipset is included on some latest flagship called, Xiaomi Mi A2 (Rs. 13,668), Vivo V9 Pro (Rs. 14,989), and RealMe 2 Pro (Rs. 13,990), and these have cost some little more than Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 (starts from Rs. 12999). The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 offers you multiple RAM and storage variants options, you can choose between 3GB of RAM with 32GB of storage, 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage, and 6GB of RAM with 64GB of storage options and by a dedicated microSD card slot the storage options are also expandable up to 2TB.

The phone gets the option to adjust the color temperature of the display, the display has good viewing angles and can reproduce 94 percent of the NTSC color gamut. The fullHD display offers 450 nits of brightness. For this, the display is usable under the sunlight. There is a lot of space on either side because of the small notch. That lets you glance at pending notifications as well as the battery percentage and other indicators but if you will not want the notch you do not hide it. By using fingerprint scanner at the back you can unlock the phone that takes some time to work. The Face recognition feature is included in the phone.

This has no settings to run apps in fullscreen mode, Google Maps ran the full screen, but others ran with the areas to the sides of the notch blacked out. The graphics set at Balanced and frame rate set to Medium to run PUBG Mobile. The phone gets some little bit temperate after around 25 minutes of gameplay. In ZenFone Max Pro M2 you must enjoy gaming and videos. The stock Android and fast processor help the smartphone to work smartly. At the time of multitasking or scrolling through the UI, you will not see any lag.


The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 CAMERA

The phone sports the updated Dual camera set-up, on the rear it has a 12megapixel primary camera, the primary sensor is a Sony IMX486 with a 1.25micron pixel size and an f/1.8 aperture, and support a 5-megapixel depth sensor through this depth sensor you will capable to take shots with a Bokeh effect. For selfies, the phone sports a 13megapixel front camera with 1.12micron pixel size and an f/2.0 aperture.

The camera app has quick toggles for shooting modes, the flash, the depth effect, and beautification, and this app is very simple so easy for use. In the camera app, auto HDR is not available but you can toggle it manually. Before taking a shot you must get the option to apply filters, and the Pro mode lets you adjust focus, ISO, exposure, white balance, and shutter speed.

A couple of images in the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 did not set the right outlook, the HDR modes need improvements, and in the shadows, shots seemed to lack, but in a brighter area’s scene, it produced better images. Pictures had good edge detection but looked artificial when they set at the highest level of blur. Portrait mode is easy to enable and gives you the option to set the level of blur you like.

Now come to Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2’s low light camera performance, the low light camera performance is average, the phone did not switch to night mode automatically, the output is satisfactory, but a drop in details is noticeable when you zoom image. In low light when you will take landscape shots you will see that there was a slight lag in each shot.

The selfie camera is good that produced good selfies, there you can select the level of beautification required. At the time of group selfie, the face detection of ZenFone Max Pro M2 helps to lock focus accurately. The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 records video at 4K for the primary camera and 1080p for the selfie shooter, it does a good job of reducing shakes. The video stabilization is available at 1080p.


The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 OTHER SPECIFICATIONS

This is a dual-SIM smartphone and has two NanoSIM slots that support 4G as well as VoLTE on both SIM slots. The Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, five navigation systems, and FM Radio are included as the connectivity options in Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2. The bottomfiring speaker is loud enough.


CONCLUSION:

The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 offers the big 5000mAh battery and powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC, and it performed well which is very good, but when it comes to the camera you may look for the better option. The ZenFone Max Pro M2 (Rs. 12,999) model is not a bad choice according to the above features, but the ZenFone Max Pro M2 (Rs. 14,999) model is priced slightly higher than it’s similar smartphones Realme U1, and RealMe 2 Pro. If the good camera advantage is important for you, you may go for Realme 2 Pro, it has also ColorOS UI. The stock Android option is definitely a smart choice. After Android Pie updates, there is no doubt that the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 will be surely the best option for you.


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