The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 was announced back in April and is being sold currently on Flipkart. The smartphone managed to create a lot of buzz and hype around it mainly because of its very aggressive pricing and due to its solid competitiveness with the Redmi Note 5 pro.
Asus has gone really very aggressive with the pricing. The initial variant of the phone with 3GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage starts at just Rs. 10999/-, the mid 4/64 variant comes in at Rs. 12999/- and the higher 6/64 variant is priced at Rs. 14999/-. Whoa!! Now that is some really awesome competition to Xiaomi’s smartphones which have just seemed to thrive in the budget segment between Rs. 5000 to 20000 for the past couple of years.
So, the all-in-all basic general specifications that any normal person looking to buy would look for are as follows:
- A 5.99 inch IPS LCD display with 2.5D curved glass. (2:1 aspect ratio of course)
- Resolution is 2160×1080 pixels(FHD+) with 450 nits max brightness.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset (and that is fast!!) with Adreno 509 GPU
- Android 8.1 oreo out-of-the-box + the phone comes with stock android which is really awesome (almost stock android)
- A massive 5000 mAh battery
- Dedicated SD card slot with dual nano-SIM
- Camera: Rear dual camera 13MP primary sensor with a 5MP depth sensor. Front camera 8MP
The phone has all basic sensors required and all basic connectivity features.
So going by the specifications, is the phone worth it?
Well, of course, yes. At 13000 rupees (we’ll talk about the mid variant here) there is really a lot that the phone is offering. But there are still some minor flaws some reviewers have exploited like the fingerprint sensors is slow or the phone does not support 5Ghz wifi or the cameras. But the fingerprint sensor can definitely get better with updates. Talking about updates Asus is really getting hard in the software department with promising to provide regular timely security patches and updates and android updates up to Android Q which other competitors have not managed quite well (huh….Xiaomi). The 5Ghz wifi issue should not matter anyway because it just limits the speed of the internet to an extent which is like close to 50 MBPS. That would be still very fine, right?
Coming to cameras, the main competitor which the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 pro certainly has the upper hand. The Note 5 pro has stabilization and better shooters. But the cameras on Asus Max pro are not bad either. They are still great and will be able to shoot great shots for you. Plus Asus has 4k video recording which the Note 5 pro does not.
Should you buy it?
Considering the price segment you should only be looking for this one or the Note 5 pro. Or some other Honor phones like the 7x or the 9lite. But the Asus Max Pro M1 and Note 5 pro definitely stand out. So between these two, it depends on you certainly. If you are an out-and-out stock android person just go for the Asus Max Pro M1 or else if you like skinned OS like the MIUI go for the Note 5 pro. And also there is a 2000 rupees difference in the pricing. (It was announced on 2 May that Note 5 pro price is hiked to Rs. 15000/- so now the Note 5 pro 4/64 variant is competing with the 6/64 variant of the Asus Max Pro M1). Also, there is 1000 mAh difference in the batteries of the phones with the Max Pro having 5000 mAh and Note 5 Pro having 4000 mAh but both of them are still pretty much long lasting and can easily last for a day or more. And damn!! …the worst thing about the Note 5 pro is the stock. The flash sales are still on from back in February and Xiaomi still doesn’t have enough stocks. Hope Asus doesn’t go the same way. If it does then be ready.. you are in for a long test of patience.
All in all the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is a great device with some great specifications which you should definitely check out if you are looking to buy a phone in the 10k to 15k rupees segment. Should you buy it over the Redmi Note 5 pro goes on with your personal choices.
Here’s the link to buy Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1
Till then. Peace