A couple of months ago, Asus launched its Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 mid-range smartphone in the Indian market. The phone was announced in three variants — 3GB RAM, 4GB RAM, and 6GB RAM. However, only two variants are currently available for purchase — 3GB RAM and 4GB RAM.
The 6GB RAM variant of the Zenfone Max Pro M1 has not been launched yet. But during the Zenfone 5Z India launch event, the company revealed that the 6GB RAM model will go on sale in India later this month, carrying a price tag of Rs. 14,999, which roughly converts to $218. This one too will be exclusively available for purchase through Flipkart.
The pricing of the 6GB RAM variant is lower than the pricing of 6GB RAM model of Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, against which the Asus’ smartphone is competing. The 3GB RAM model of Zenfone Max Pro M1 is available for Rs. 10,999 while the 4GB RAM model costs Rs. 12,999.
The smartphone features a 5.99-inch Full View Full HD+ display with screen resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels, and support for 85 percent NTSC color gamut, 450-nits brightness. It has a contrast ratio of 1500:1 and screen aspect ratio of 18:9.
Under the hood, the device is powered by Qualcomm‘s Snapdragon 636 processor out of the box. The 6GB RAM variant comes with 64GB of internal storage and also supports microSD card for expanding the phone’s storage capacity.
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 a 13-megapixel primary sensor with f/2.2 aperture and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor for depth sensing. The features offered by the dual rear cameras include faster autofocus, PDAF, and 4K video shooting. On the front side, it has an 8-megapixel snapper with a Softlight LED, which has been optimized to capture selfie shots with bokeh effect.
While Asus smartphones usually feature ZenUI, but the ZenFone Max Pro M1 is the first phone that offers stock Android experience. It runs a pure version of Android 8.1 Oreo operating system out of the box but it is not a part of Google‘s Android One program. Connectivity options on the device include Dual 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, GPS, 3.5mm headphone jack, and micro USB 2.0 port. There’s also a rear-mounted fingerprint reader for added security and the phone also supports Face Unlock feature.
It is powered by a high-density 5,000mAh battery that 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 battery also supports 10W fast charging and it takes 2.42 hours to charge it to the brim.