Asus launched the Zenfone Max Pro M1 handset that comes with impressive specifications and with a really impressive price tag. Finally some competition to Xiaomi. The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 competes with the Redmi Note 5 and to some extent with the Redmi Note 5 Pro.

Inside the hood the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is powered by Snapdragon 636 octa core processor.  What makes the Max Pro special is the 5000 mAh battery packed in a slim form factor restricting the weight to just about 180 grams.

This handset is powerful, gives an excellent battery life and comes with triple slots, i.e. you can use 2 SIM and a micro SD card all together. The Zenfone Max Pro with a massive battery can also be used to charge other devices.

Zenfone Max Pro M1 box pack

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 features, specifications

Inside the box (Unboxing the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1) : Handset, user guide, warranty card, data cable (USB to micro USB), travel charger 5V/2A and Max Box passive amplifier
SAR Value : 0.547 (Head) and 1.340 (Body)
Body :
Metal body, curvy deign, easy to hold and use, even with massive 5000 mAh battery. Very good build quality, specially the curvy design line on the back that moves around the dual camera setup. The camera module is also pretty in-line with the back (not bumping out)
SIM Type : Nano SIM + Nano SIM +  Micro SD (2TB max), total 3 slots, separate slot for micro SD
Screen  :  5.99 inches, 2.5D curved glass, 2160 x 1080 pixels (FHD+), viewing angles, touch response and color reproduction are really good
Connectivity :  4G, VoLTE (work on both SIM – also this handset supports dual VoLTE which means you can use 2 reliance JIO SIM’s together on this handset), WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth 4.2 with aptX
Sensors : Accelerometer, Proximity, light, magnetic, Gyro, hall and step counter
Security and Extra : Finger Print sensor, Face Unlock (this face unlock will be added soon via OTA update)
LED Notification : Yes
OTG : Yes supported, can also charge other devices using special cable
RAM : 3GB (about 1.4GB free on first boot)
ROM : 32GB (about 22GB free on first boot)
OS : Android Oreo 8.1.0 Stock Android

Zenfone Max Pro M1 review

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 Performance

CPU :  Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, 14nm 64-bit octa-core CPU (8 x Kryo 260 cores), 14nm FinFET (Low Power Plus) power-saving technology
GPU :  Adreno 509 GPU
Heating : Medium
Max Battery Temperature : 38 degrees

Overall performance was very good, smooth and lag free.

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 Benchmark

Antutu : 114224 / 20737
NenaMark3 :  59.4 fps (3-5)
Multi Touch : 10 points
Disk Speed :  243 MB/s read  and 139 MB/s write

Zenfone Max Pro M1 quality

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 Gaming Review

Both Modern Combat 5 and Asphalt 8 games played really well, no issues, no lags. This hardware SD 636 is perfect for gaming use and the 5000 mAh battery will make sure to keep you entertained for a longer period of time.

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 Camera  Review

Rear Camera : 13MP + 5MP (dual cameras), f/2.2, Omnivision 16880 sensor with Phase Detection AF, LED flash
Front Camera : 8MP, Portrait mode, f/2.0
Video Recording : 4K resolution

There are dual cameras on the back and you can shoot in bokeh mode. On the front there is single camera and there too you have bokeh option. Camera performance is above average, this camera does well in good lighting conditions but not that great in low light.

Zenfone Max Pro M1 dual cameras

Also the edge detection is not that sharp and often the subject edge mixes with the background. However in general if you look at the whole picture the output is pretty good. Furthermore Asus is constantly updating the camera performance, I did get an update a day before that was meant to improve the camera performance but did not notice much of a difference / noticeable difference.

There is scope of camera improvement but I doubt to what level it can go as its Omnivision sensor. The handset can shoot 4K videos, there is no video stabilization.

Camera Rating : 4.1 out of 5

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 camera samples

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Other features

Sound is loud and clear (using NXP smart amplifier), sound quality is great even with headphones, did not find any issues with networks. Also if you use the Max Box you will get 1.7x more sound, perfect for small parties.  Finger print sensor on the back is decently fast and this handset also supports face unlock. The face unlock feature will be added soon via OTA update.

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1  Battery Review

Battery capacity : 5000 mAh (Non-removable)
Charging Time : 2 hours 30 minutes (0% to 100%) using the charger provided
Battery Life : 6 to 10 hours non-stop (moderate to heavy)
Daily usage battery life : One to One and a Half days or more depending on your usage

Battery Test Results

Battery Temp at idle : 33 degrees
Running Benchmark app :
 13 minutes / 2% / 36 degrees
Asphalt 8  game play : 21 minutes / 4% / 38 degrees
4K video playback with full brightness (WiFi /4G on) :  42 minutes / 14% / 38 degrees

Verdict

The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is an impressive handset that actually competes with the Redmi Note 5, in fact it is much better in almost every area and the price is just Rs. 1000 extra, makes sense to go with the Max Pro M1.

Having Said that the Max Pro M1 also competes with the Redmi Note 5 Pro, however it fails in the camera department. The company will be launching a better version of Max Pro with high RAM/ROM and better cameras, that probably will compete with Note 5 Pro.

Rating : 4.3  out of 5

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 price in India starts from Rs. 10,999 with 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM, the 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM variant is priced at Rs. 12,999. This handset will go on sale on 3rd May 2018, on Flipkart, along with offers.

Go with the 3GB RAM version as there is a dedicated micro SD card slot you can always expand storage.

Published by Gogi Rana

Founder and Chief Editor - gogi.in

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  1. what is it’s screen to body ratio. is it more than redmi note 5? please comment. i want to buy a phone with more screen to body ratio without notch.

  2. “The company will be launching a better version of Max Pro with high RAM/ROM and better cameras, that probably will compete with Note 5 Pro.”
    ☝☝☝☝☝☝☝☝☝☝☝☝☝

    when gogi bro ?

  3. Looks like another flash sale thing. Not worth if it is flash sale. Tech YouTube channels are filled with queries of RN5 pro alternatives. People are slowly coming out of Redmi chakkar.

  4. Gogi Sir,
    Any idea when will 6gb ram version with enhanced camera @ 14999 is going to launch??
    Asus has done really great job.And from my experience with Zenfone 2 laser i can say Asus buld quality is Great..

  5. Gigi gi, which one is more suitable for 4g LTE volte usage? Which one Support carrier aggregation 3 ca?

    1. No Native video calling. Better to go with Redmi note 5 pro which has this feature along with better cameras.

  6. Atleast appreciate Asus latest strategy for such disruptive pricing, despite their brand value & history of pricing phones and increased import tax in India others brand tends to increase phone price. While asus comeup with approx 2000/rs less than competitor’s.
    Also flipkart 49 mobile protection gurantee scheme is like somewhat jio disruption in telecom industry still great for Indian consumers.
    #Cheers asus flipkart

    1. Well said, now xiaomi have to rethink their strategy in midrange category.
      Except camera everything is better than rn5pro. Camera is also not bad.
      Before saying anything check price of moto nokia samsung vivo oppo phones config.
      I think all reviewer should welcome asus pricing, and give positive response so that upcoming phones should more pocketfriendly and more company will rethink pricing

      1. I think real problem with Xiaomi is that they have increased base prices in last 2 years.. therefore other companies (honor, Asus) can now compete with Xiaomi.

        Earlier there used to be only one model Redmi note 3 for 12k-13k. Now there are so many models among which best one gets sold at price point of 17k

  7. Hiii Gogi
    Please review the high-end model in order to know which brand that both camera sensors belong. Moreover you have first techie reviewed this phone than anyone else.

  8. except camera dept.( though decent enough) , asus max pro is clear winner in almost all depts. than
    redmi note 5 pro . good looks, huge battery, dedicated sd card slot, superb sound quality, pure android, great pricing, more over great brand value than xiaomi.. Great start by Asus this year… fed up with the note 5 pro flash sale.. now i will definetely buy dis one only..

  9. what is it’s screen to body ratio. is it more than redmi note 5? please comment. i want to buy a phone with more screen to body ratio without notch.

  10. Gigi gi, which one is more suitable for 4g LTE volte usage? Which one Support carrier aggregation 3 ca?

    1. No Native video calling. Better to go with Redmi note 5 pro which has this feature along with better cameras.

  11. Atleast appreciate Asus latest strategy for such disruptive pricing, despite their brand value & history of pricing phones and increased import tax in India others brand tends to increase phone price. While asus comeup with approx 2000/rs less than competitor’s.
    Also flipkart 49 mobile protection gurantee scheme is like somewhat jio disruption in telecom industry still great for Indian consumers.
    #Cheers asus flipkart

    1. Well said, now xiaomi have to rethink their strategy in midrange category.
      Except camera everything is better than rn5pro. Camera is also not bad.
      Before saying anything check price of moto nokia samsung vivo oppo phones config.
      I think all reviewer should welcome asus pricing, and give positive response so that upcoming phones should more pocketfriendly and more company will rethink pricing

      1. I think real problem with Xiaomi is that they have increased base prices in last 2 years.. therefore other companies (honor, Asus) can now compete with Xiaomi.

        Earlier there used to be only one model Redmi note 3 for 12k-13k. Now there are so many models among which best one gets sold at price point of 17k

  12. Hiii Gogi
    Please review the high-end model in order to know which brand that both camera sensors belong. Moreover you have first techie reviewed this phone than anyone else.

  13. Gogi sir
    Please do Camera comparison with rn5 pro? Also any news about mia2 & Asus other phone that will compete with rn5pro?

  14. Be careful guys, it’s a pathetic omnivision sensor. They used omnivision sensor in zenfone 4 which absolutely sucked.

  15. Gogi sir
    Please do Camera comparison with rn5 pro? Also any news about mia2 & Asus other phone that will compete with rn5pro?

  16. Really great competitor to Redmi Note 5 and redmi note 5 Pro.? only camera quality is Not upto the mark otherwise everything great.?? Thanks for the Review Sir. ?

  17. Please compare 6gb and 16 MP variant of Asus Zenfone max Pro with redmi note 5 Pro 6gb

  18. Be careful guys, it’s a pathetic omnivision sensor. They used omnivision sensor in zenfone 4 which absolutely sucked.

  19. Gogi ji you have not mentioned anything about the OS. How is it. it is pure stock android? or near to it, because earlier Asus software is very very buggy.

  20. The 15k variant is a good option only if it has Electronic Image Stabilization
    Gogi any update on EIS in the top variant with improved cameras ?

  21. Hii Gogi, did you check the camera in manual mode, if yes are there any noticeable differences in auto and the manual mode?

      1. Gigi ji please can you check other camera apps and please tell the maximum shutter speed. Please

  22. Direct threat is not for RN5, but for Honor 9 lite at same price point. Have to see how Honor will respond.

    1. I am using 4 gb model of honor 9 lite and performance of the mobile is not upto the mark. Rear camera quality is also average

  23. Does the 4GB+64GB variant does not have dedicated memory card slot ? And will that variant come with better camera hardware anf software ?

  24. Thank you Gogi sir for this review . Battery back up seems great ! Camera is pathetic rest sounds good.

  25. Really great competitor to Redmi Note 5 and redmi note 5 Pro.👌 only camera quality is Not upto the mark otherwise everything great.👌👏 Thanks for the Review Sir. 🙏

  26. Please compare 6gb and 16 MP variant of Asus Zenfone max Pro with redmi note 5 Pro 6gb

  27. Gogi ji you have not mentioned anything about the OS. How is it. it is pure stock android? or near to it, because earlier Asus software is very very buggy.

  28. The 15k variant is a good option only if it has Electronic Image Stabilization
    Gogi any update on EIS in the top variant with improved cameras ?

  29. Hii Gogi, did you check the camera in manual mode, if yes are there any noticeable differences in auto and the manual mode?

      1. Gigi ji please can you check other camera apps and please tell the maximum shutter speed. Please

  30. Direct threat is not for RN5, but for Honor 9 lite at same price point. Have to see how Honor will respond.

    1. I am using 4 gb model of honor 9 lite and performance of the mobile is not upto the mark. Rear camera quality is also average

  31. Does the 4GB+64GB variant does not have dedicated memory card slot ? And will that variant come with better camera hardware anf software ?

  32. Thank you Gogi sir for this review . Battery back up seems great ! Camera is pathetic rest sounds good.