ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 6GB Review
Asus has finally released the 6GB variant of its popular ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 and already helped its sales. The new variant not just comes with bigger RAM but also with better camera setup. Can new changes help it dethrone Redmi Note 5 Pro as best phone in 15000? Let’s find out in this review of ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 6GB.
In this review, I will focus on camera and performance as I have already talked about other things in the previous review of Zenfone Max Pro M1 and there are no changes in those things.
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The phone has no changes in the look and feel or design. So, it has the same unibody metal design that feels solid and well constructed. It has a volume rocker and power button on the right side, while the SIM card slow sits at the left. The SIM card slot offers two slots for nano-SIM and 1 for microSD card. It has micro USB, 3.5mm headphone jack, and speaker at the base side. The rear panel has vertical dual camera setup along with fingerprint sensor.
The 5.99-inch Full HD+ Display performs well in both indoor and outdoor. It offers good colors and nice viewing angles. The lack of screen protection is the only disappointment. So, you need to buy a good case and tempered glass for Zenfone Max Pro M1 to keep it safe.
It runs on Android 8.1 (Oreo) with Android security patch for May, 2018. The UI experience is the same. You get stock Android with few utility and social media apps.
The phone comes with larger RAM but still backed by Snapdragon 636 processor. With more amount of RAM, it becomes smoother and offers slight better multitasking. While the experience was mostly unnoticeable until you open lots of apps at the same and switch from one to another. I played Asphalt, NOVA 3 and PUBG like games and overall experience was excellent.
As compared to the benchmarks I recorded on a base variant of Zenfone Max Pro M1, I saw huge improvements. Geekbench scores were much higher this time.
The fingerprint sensor performs well and quickly unlocks the phone. Face unlock is still slow and needs improvements. I personally prefer the fingerprint sensor for quick unlocking.
The phone has dual camera setup on the back. The primary camera is of 16-megapixel with LED Flash, PDAF, 1.12μm pixel size and f/2.2 aperture while the secondary camera is of 5-megapixel. It also has 16 megapixels front camera. I already posted a camera review of this phone. For detailed review and camera sample, read that. Both rear and front camera has been improved, but the major improvement is in front camera.
The phone offers a loud volume with 5 magnet speaker and NXP amplifier. You also get maxbox if you want louder sound. The audio output on earphones is average even with some good quality earphones.
It offers Dual VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5 and GPS with GLONASS connectivity options. All these options work well. I tested the calling with Vodafone 4G and Jio 4G. It works fine.
Th 5000 mAh battery performs the same and I got around 2 days of usage with over 7 hours of screen-on time. That is excellent. The battery is large, so it takes about 2 hours and 50 minutes to charge the phone from 0 to 100% .
With this upgrade, Zenfone Max Pro M1 has become my one of the top recommendations under Rs. 15000. Dedicated microSD card slot and 5000 mAh battery gives it an advantage over rivals. It offers a brilliant display, impressive performance and good camera. What else you need? This new variant is definitely better than the 3GB or 4GB variant and competes hard against Redmi Note 5 Pro. Redmi Note 5 Pro is still slightly better in camera, but Zenfone Max Pro M1 has 5000 mAh battery and dedicated microSD card slot as advantages.
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ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 6GB
"ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 6GB packs everything you look for in a phone of this price. "
- Stock Android experience
- Great performance
- Good Display
- Good Camera
- Improved Camera
- No Gorilla Glass protection
- Camera is slow
- Design and Build 80%
- Display 80%
- Performance 75%
- Camera 75%
- Gaming 75%
- Battery 85%
- Value for money 80%