Is it Worth Buying Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1? Check Our Quick Review

The Smartphone market is one busy place that fails to surprise none. With new phones getting launched almost every other day, prospective buyers are always in a dilemma to choose the best smartphone to buy. With the focus now shifting towards pocket friendly sub 15k market, Taiwanese phone maker, Asus recently launched a “One Phone Has It All” smartphone- the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1. The said phone, available in 2 variants- 3GB RAM and 32 GB ROM and 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM, is currently available exclusively on Flipkart for Rs. 10,999 and Rs. 12,999 respectively. We tested the Zenfone Max Pro M1 for a fortnight and here is my review on whether it is worth buying the phone or not:

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 Specs at a Glance:

Feature Description
Model ID ZB601KL
Display 5.99 inch Full HD+

Resolution: 2160 x 1080 Pixels

Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 636

Octa core

1.8 GHz

Operating System Android Oreo 8.1
RAM 3GB and 4GB
Internal Storage 32GB and 64GB
Camera Rear: 13MP + 5MP Dual Lens Setup

Front: 8MP

Battery 5000 mAh
Network Connectivity 4G VoLTE, GSM, 4G LTE, WCDMA
Sensors Accelerometer Sensor, E-Compass, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Rear Fingerprint Sensor, Gyroscope


Design and Build Quality (8/10):

Although not much of a revolutionary, the Zenfone Max Pro M1 is a good looking smartphone that has got all the basic design detailing to perfection. The Zenfone Max Pro M1, is available in 2 colors- Midnight Black and Grey. The phone with its round edged glass in the front and an anti-slippery back does feel great in hands. Asus has done a great job designing the metal frame of the said smartphone keeping its edges without any sharpness.

On the back side in the top left corner resides the vertical dual lens setup that hardly protrudes. The back side designing is completed with a fingerprint sensor and the company’s logo in the middle.

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The phone possesses a 5,000 mAh battery which has certainly played its part in the Zenfone Max Pro M1’s thickness of around 8.6 mm. The phone weighs around 178g and some people might feel it a bit on a heavier side.

On the front resides a 5.99 inch 18:9 screen with rounded corners and narrow borders on either side. The power and volume buttons on the right are within easy reach. The phone still houses  a Micro-USB port on the bottom rather than the much better and modern Type-C port There’s also a 3.5mm audio socket and a single speaker. The tray on the left can accommodate two Nano-SIMs as well as a microSD card together, which, personally I feel is a great feature available in any smartphone.

Overall, Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1, considering its price point, does boast some good design specifications and above average build quality.

Display (8/10):

The Zenfone Max Pro M1 boasts the now “mandatory” 18:9 display screen. The screen measures 5.99 inches with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 Pixels. I must say, Asus has definitely provided a good screen specification that perfectly fits the bill. Color reproduction, brightness, overall size does make working on Max Pro M1 wonderful. At full brightness, the screen was lit good enough to work under bright sunshine.

Hardware and Software Performance (8/10):

Considering the recent launches by smartphone makers in the sub 15k market, Asus has certainly tried to reach the next level by putting together all the necessary hardware specifications in the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1. The phone, available in 2 variants- 3GB RAM and 4GB RAM, is powered by a 1.8GHz Snapdragon 636 processor. It is the same octa-core processor available in Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro.  on the software side, Asus has gone to the basics by providing the stock Android ROM built on the latest version of Android, 8.1 Oreo.

On the performance side, the Zenfone MAx Pro M1 never really disappointed. We ran many heavy apps simultaneously and tried to stretch the phone to its limits. However, bearing some lags here and there, the phone really didn’t disappoint. Much credit to the provided stock android on that part. Resource hungry games such as Asphalt and Temple Run 2 did perform well on the device. Transitions from one screen to another , browsing long web pages was satisfactory.

Speaking of the phone’s fingerprint sensor, although it was smooth and unlocked the device most of the times, I did experience a lot unsuccessful attempts even thought the finger and the sensor ere clean and dry.

Loudspeaker performance of Zenfone Max Pro M1was average while there were next to zero problems in calling via VoLTE.

Camera (7/10)

The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 sports a dual lens set up as part of its rear camera complemented by a LED flash. The 13MP + 5 MP camera was able to take pretty decent photographs under bright light conditions. COlor capture and reproduction was quite satisfactory and much better as compared to Redmi Note 5. Photos taken under portrait mode did produce good results. The rear camera can record 4K video and the video quality was above average. At this price point, the rear camera capability was average and it could have been better in low light conditions. The front camera sports an 8MP lens along with a flash, however, it didn’t produce any exceptional results and I personally feel photos taken via Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 are better and more crisp.

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Battery (8.5/10):

The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 definitely scores in this section. It houses a huge 5,000 mAh battery and the backup time it provides is really impressive. With moderate to high usage, I was able to navigate through one and half days on a full charge. The phone boasts a 10W charger, however, it took close to 2.5 hours to charge the phone from 10% to 100%.


Verdict (8/10):
Asus has really put together a lot of efforts combining the best of hardware and software specifications in Zenfone Max Pro M1 and still managing to keep the price under 13K. The phone, priced at 10,999 and 12,999 for 3GB and 4GB variants respectively, provides decent user experience and above average performance. Add the huge battery, latest Android OS and awesome storage capacity, the Zenfone Max Pro M1 is a real deal.