It was just a few months back when the Taiwanese giant Asus partnered with Flipkart to bring the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 in India at a very aggressive price, defeating the competition from other brands like Xiaomi and Honor. Now, for further expanding its portfolio, the company has launched yet another mid-range device i.e. the Asus Zenfone Max M1 along with the new Zenfone Lite L1.
Before you get confused with the nomenclature, let us make this clear to you that the new Asus Zenfone Max M1 (ZB556KL) is a toned down (non-pro) version of the Asus Zenfone Max “Pro” M1 which that came way back in July, this year.
The device is priced merely at Rs. 8,999 for the sole 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory variant but will be sold at an introductory price of Rs. 7,499 during the festival period. It will be sold exclusively via Flipkart in Black and Gold color options. Also, the handset is bundled with some exciting offers including Rs. 2,200 cashback and 50GB additional data for Jio users, and complete mobile protection including theft protection for just Rs. 99 (original price Rs. 399).
The main highlight of the Zenfone Max M1 is its large battery and great Value for Money with which it competes with the previously launched Realme 2 and Xiaomi Redmi 6 smartphones.
Let us have a look at some of the Asus Zenfone Max M1 Features and Specifications.
Asus Zenfone Max M1 Features:
The Asus Zenfone Max M1 comes with a design reminiscent to that of the Max Pro M1, but there’s a catch, the device bears a polycarbonate plastic back instead of metal giving you a not so premium feel and was expected at this price point.
At the front, we have a 5.45-inch IPS LCD display with an HD+ resolution of 720×1440 pixels in an 18:9 aspect ratio. The brightness maxes out at meager 400nits and the display further bears an 800:1 contrast ratio along with 65 percent NTSC color gamut coverage which makes this a slightly average display for media consumption. The screen to body ratio here is about 82%.
Under the hood, the Max M1 is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset coupled with Adreno 505 GPU, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage which makes this phone a decent performer for everyday use but as obvious it is to say, you won’t be able to play most of the high-end games like PUBG, you are definitely going to see noticeable lag and stutter while heavy gaming and multitasking. Moreover, the storage can be expanded further up to 256GB using the given dedicated MicroSD card slot.
In the optics department, the device gets a single 13-megapixel shooter with f/2.0 aperture, 1.12um pixel size, and PDAF at the rear along with an LED flash. While we have an 8-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture, 1.12um pixel size, and LED flash at the front for Selfies and Video calls coupled with features like beauty filters, portrait mode, and HDR mode. It is good to see the inclusion of LED flash on both the sides for aiding the average low light performance of the cameras.
On the software front, the Zenfone Max M1 runs ZenUI 5.0 based on Android 8.0 Oreo which might be a bummer for the ones expecting Stock Android, however, the ZenUI has been refined and packs in some useful and intuitive features on top. Furthermore, powering the phone is a sufficiently large 4,000mAh Battery which will easily give you around a day of medium usage. Despite having a large battery, it weighs just 150grams which is a nice thing indeed.
Connectivity options like Wi-Fi 80211 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0, A-GPS, GPS, GLONASS are present onboard. You can check the detailed Asus Zenfone Max M1 specifications below.
Asus Zenfone Max M1 Full Specifications:
Screen Size: 5.45 inch
Resolution: 720 x 1440 pixels
Screen Density: 295ppi
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
CPU: Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU: Adreno 505
Battery: 4000 mAh
Rear Camera: 13MP
Rear Camera Features: 13MP, f/2.0, 1.12um, PDAF
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Front Camera: 8MP
Front Camera Features: f/2.2, 25mm (wide), 1.12µm
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
USB: 2.0, Micro-USB, USB On-The-Go
Android Version: 8.0 Oreo
Ambient Light Sensor
Asus Zenfone Max M1 Honest Opinions:
Well, I am not going into the spec details, you can check it above, from a Good Battery to an above average camera in that range, and Stock Android, it has got everything. But the processor, even though an octa-core, coupled with Adreno 505, I would love to pay a few bucks more and get the Max Pro M1 version. Especially when its just 2-3k more, and gives better battery, camera, and Snapdragon 636 processor. Also, launching Max M1 after many months of selling Max Pro M1 doesn't make sense, considering Max Pro M1 is already a hit in the market and now getting good amount of price cuts during sale periods. 🙂
- Dedicated Double Sim + Micro SD Slots
- Stock Android
- Rear camera has PDAF
- Fingerprint Sensor
- Processor not able to handle heavy gaming