Today, through an unveiled event in Delhi, ASUS has launched the ZenFone Max Pro M1 smartphone in India. The new ASUS mid-range phone that includes the trendy 18:9 aspect ratio screen is packed with the same chipset and 6 GB of RAM that powers the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro. Moreover, it also includes an impressive dual camera setup and an LED flash enabled selfie snapper. The new ASUS phone is a major competitor for Redmi Note 5 Pro which is packed with similar specs. Here is all the information about the newly announced ZenFone Max Pro M1:
ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 Specifications and Features
The ZenFone Max Pro M1 features a 5.99-inch Full View display that delivers a great cinematic experience as it offers features like Full HD+ resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels, support for 85 percent NTSC color gamut, 450-nits brightness and a contrast ratio of 1500:1. The display is placed under a layer of 2.5D arc glass.
Like the Redmi Note 5 Pro, the new ASUS phone is driven by the Snapdragon 636 SoC. Its highest configuration model has 6 GB of RAM and a native storage of 64 GB. Apart from dual-SIM slot, it features a dedicated slot for adding a microSD card. With an AnTuTu score 116618, the ZenFone Max Pro M1 is 54 percent faster than the Redmi Note 5 Pro, claimed the company at the unveiling of the phone.
The high-density 5,000mAh battery of the ZenFone Max Pro M1 offers up to 199 hours of music playback, up to 25.3 hours of Full HD video playback, up to 28 hours of Wi-Fi browsing and up to 42 hours of 3G talk time. The behemoth battery of the ZenFone Max Pro M1 also supports 10W fast charging and it takes 2.42 hours to charge it to the brim.
During the launch event of the Max Pro M1, the company also claimed that with the same charging rate, the Redmi Note 5 Pro 5’s 4,000mAh battery takes 3.2 hours to charge completely. ASUS claims that the ZenFone Max Pro M1 that is the world’s thinnest smartphone with 5,000mAh battery. Its body that is made out of metal measures 159 x 76 x 8.61mm and it weighs 180 grams.
In terms of photography, the ZenFone Max Pro M1 features a vertically arranged dual camera setup equipped with Softlight LED on its rear panel. It comprises of 13-megapixel primary sensor with f/2.2 aperture and a secondary 5-megapixel sensor for depth sensing. The features offered by the dual rear cameras include faster autofocus, PDAF and 4K video shooting. For snapping selfies, it is fitted with a Softlight LED enabled 8-megapixel front camera that has been optimized to capture selfie shots with bokeh effect.
ASUS phones usually feature ZenUI, but the ZenFone Max Pro M1 is the first phone that offers stock Android experience. It runs on pure version of Android 8.1 Oreo OS. One should be aware of the fact that it is not an Android One device like Xiaomi Mi A1 and Nokia 6 (2018) which means it includes some apps and features by ASUS.
The ZenFone Max Pro M1 has been made to deliver impressive audio output as it includes 5-magnet speaker and NXP smart amplifier. The Taiwanese company will be also offering passive amplifier accessory called Max Box for the Max Pro M1, but its pricing and availability was not confirmed at the launch event of the phone. The MaxBox can amplify the sound output of the phone by 2 times. Its other features include rear-mounted fingerprint reader, 3.5mm audio jack, microUSB 2.0, Bluetooth 5.0, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi and GPS.
ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 Pricing and Availability
The ZenFone Max Pro M1 carries an exciting price tag of Rs. 10,999 (~$165) for the base model. The 64 GB storage + 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage + 6 GB RAM editions are respectively priced at Rs. 12,999 (~$195) and 14,999 (~$225). The handset can be availed in color choices like Deepsea Black and Gray. The handset will be exclusively available through Flipkart from May 3.
The Indian retailer giant also introduced Complete Mobile Protection plan with an introductory pricing of Rs. 49 against its regular price of Rs. 999. It covers issues like broken screen, liquid damage, hardware and software issue for 1 year with easy pick up and drop service along with other features such as one helpline service for all queries and 10-days guaranteed resolution. Flipkart will be also offering other launch-day offers like no cost EMI on all credit cards and Bajaj Finserve and Rs. 1,000 additional discount over regular exchange value on select phones.
Vodafone will be providing its consumers who purchase the ZenFone Max Pro M1 amazing offers up to Rs. 3,200 (~$48). For prepaid users with 199 plan and above and postpaid users on RED 399 plan and above, Vodafone will be offering 10 GB of additional data per month for a year. For customers with RED 499 plan and above, the mobile operator will be giving free Vodafone RED Shield device security insurance for 2 years along with 10 GB additional monthly data for 1 year.
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