Asus ZenFone Max Pro
Hello, Guys! Today I’m going to take a look at the Asus ZenFone Max Pro Review. A new contender for the title of the best budget smartphone has arrived, I’m talking about the Asus ZenFone Max Pro. From the looks of its design for Max Pro packs in everything, you could want in a fantastic budget smartphone. So, is the ZenFone Max Pro the new budget king? Let’s find out-
Design & Build: –
When I first got hands-on with the ZenFone Max Pro I had a couple of thoughts.
The first thought was that this looks a lot like the Redmi Note 5 or Note 5 Pro especially from the front.
The second thought was that the ZenFone Max Pro does feel a bit hefty, it’s not bulky I mean it weighs 180 grams which is a gram less than the Redmi Note 5 Pro. But the phone does feel thick and robust and that might be due to the massive 5000 mAh battery packs.
The phone pretty comfortable to hold so I’m not complaining but I want to complain about is the back of this phone, I find the metal back of the ZenFone Max Pro which is boring, and it’s a fingerprint magnet.
The back panel has the fingerprint scanner, and it’s located correctly, but there are times when it does not detect my finger, and it doesn’t even notify me through vibration or a screen wake-up, I’m hoping this fixes with an update.
Apart from that, I like the buttons on the ZenFone Max Pro, they are tactile and feel beautiful and clicky.
There’s the notification LED, the headphone jack, the triple slots for two SIM cards and a micro SD card and the micro USB port at the bottom. Overall, the ZenFone Max Pro is not a stunner and honestly if you ask me which one to choose between the Redmi Note 5 and the ZenFone Max Pro when it comes to looks I’ll go with the Redmi Note 5.
The design is genetic, but the screen on this thing is beautiful. The ZenFone Max Pro comes with a 5.99-Inch Full HD Plus IPS LCD, and the display has excellent colour reproduction, good contrast, and it’s decent even in direct sunlight. Well, the screen is excellent there’s no Gorilla Glass or any Protection here which is disappointing. Its an 18 by 9 aspect ratio display which makes for an immersive multimedia experience and the experience is complemented by some decent speakers.
The speakers are bottom firing, and they get pretty loud but the bass isn’t outstanding and the treble gets a tad uncomfortably high at higher volumes. The ZenFone Max Pro does ship with a passive MaxxBass amplifier which does boost the audio experience.
Moving on to the Camera of the ZenFone Max Pro, the Max Pro comes with a 13-megapixel dual camera setup with a single LED flash.
In the daytime, the photos captured by the ZenFone Max Pro are decent to okay, I mean the images are sharp and beautiful but the lack details and that colours are a bit too oversaturated and warm.
When it comes to low-light photos, the ZenFone Max Pro is average. The photo’s details are good but not sharp enough.
The Redmi Note 5 Pro has more natural colours and more details. I prefer the Redmi Note 5 Pro photos even in low-light shots.
Move on to the Portrait mode shots-
In good lighting, the ZenFone Max pro takes decent to great portrait shots, and it’s pretty decent even in low light. The Portrait mode here compares very well against the Note 5 Pro, so the ZenFone Max Pro does have a pretty decent portrait mode.
The ZenFone Max Pro also comes with the 4K recording which is nice to see in the budget smartphone, but the performance here is below average. The videos aren’t stable, and the camera has problems focusing. It does have EIS, and the 1080p video is better than the 4K video, but when compared to the Note 5 Pro you will see that is not good enough.
There’s an 8-megapixel front-camera which also comes with a Portrait mode, and it’s pretty good. In good light, the phone takes some great portrait shots. In low-light things aren’t as good especially when compared to the Note 5 Pro’s front camera portrait mode.
Overall, the cameras on the Asus ZenFone Max Pro are decent especially for the price they’re being offered at, but when you compared it to the Redmi Note 5 Pro, they are slightly underwhelming.
The Asus ZenFone Max Pro comes with the Octa-Core Snapdragon 636, and it has 6 gigabytes of RAM. We have the 3 gigabytes variant of the phone, and in benchmark tests, the phone is on par with the Redmi Note 5 Pro which features the same processor. The phone performs well in real-world usage too. It handles multiple apps, intensive games like PUBG like a Pro. There’s some stutter when you have a ton of apps open in the background, but that’s something scarce. Overall, the performance here is positive, and that’s also because of the Max Pro comes with almost Stock Android.
The ZenFone Max Pro comes with Android 8.1 Oreo and as I mentioned it’s almost Stock and that’s because there are some apps pre-installed. There are three Asus apps here A sound recorder app, Calculator app, and an FM Radio app + there are some other apps like a tap to go app which is also integrated right into the system. Facebook, Instagram and even Messenger are pre-installed, but I don’t think I can call these bloatware apps. Along with these apps, the Android build here comes with various cool gestures like Double Tap to wake or lock the device, later gestures to open specific apps or shortcuts etc. These gestures are indeed convenient, and I especially like the Double Tap to wake and log gestures.
The Zenfone Max Pro comes with a massive 5000 milliamp-hours battery, and the battery performance here is impressive. The ZenFone Max Pro barely get around 50% by the end of the day I mean the phone easy lasted me around two days on a single charge. Also, the ZenFone Max Pro supports fast charging, and there’s a 10-watt fast charger in the box. The phone goes to 10 to 100% in around 2 hours, and that is impressive.
So, is it the budget king?
Well, it is not, but it gets close.
The Zenfone Max Pro has a beautiful display, it’s got excellent performance, This Stock Oreo with promised updates to the Android Q, and it has a massive 5000 mAh battery that’s a lot of positives. I know the camera is somewhat ordinary, but I think they are decent enough at this price range.
Cons- the blind design and the lack of any glass protection
So, should you but the Max Pro which starts to rupees 10,999?
Well, if you confused between the ZenFone Max pro and the Redmi Note 5, the Max Pro is better there’s just no doubt here.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|Asus ZenFone Max Pro||Coming Soon||Rs 10,999|
|The USA Buyers|
|Asus ZenFone Max Pro||Coming Soon||$ 170.00|
|Asus ZenFone Max Pro||Coming Soon||Tk 13,500|
|Asus ZenFone Max Pro||Coming Soon||PKR 18,500|
|Technology||GSM / LTE / HSPA|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Nano)|
|BODY||Dimensions||159 x 76 x 8.5mm|
|DISPLAY||Type||IPS LCD, 1080 x 2160p, 18:9 Ratio (402 PPI)|
|CAMERA||Rear||Dual (13-MP, f/2.2 + 5-MP), PDAF, LED FLash only 6GB RAM Model|
|Front||8-MP, f/2.2, LED Flash
16-MP, LED Flash only with 6GB RAM model
|Features||Geo-tagging, Touch focus, Face detection, HDR, Panorama|
|PROCESSOR||OS||Android 8.1 Oreo|
|MEMORY||Internal||32GB, 4GB RAM or 64GB, 4/6 GB RAM|
|External||up to 400GB (microSD)|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Compass, Proximity|
|CONNECTIVITY||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFI DIrect, Hotspot|
|USB||micro USB 2.0|
|Others||Bluetooth v4.2, GPS, Radio|
|SOUND||Speaker||Loudspeaker & 3.5mm Headphone Jack|
|Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|BATTERY||Li-Po 5000 mAh|