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.

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  1. Sir kya zenfone max pro really value for money hoga? Sir muje ek aisa phone chahiye jisme me videos shoot karu, edit karu or lagatar net use karu. Mere pass ek zenfone max (old) tha jo kareeb 2 sal ke bad achanak ek din apne aap off huwa. Or fir on hi nh huwa. Repair karne ko diya to bhi unhone theek nh huwa. Me har roz 5 ghate net surface karta tha usme. Or photo videos edit karta tha. Market me maine bahut sare phones dekhe magar 15000 rs me 6gb, 5000 mah wala or koi phone nh hai shayad. Kya naya zenfone max pro mere liye sahi rahega? Kya ye phone kharab to nh hoga na? Plz reply me sir.

  2. Sir kya zenfone max pro really value for money hoga? Sir muje ek aisa phone chahiye jisme me videos shoot karu, edit karu or lagatar net use karu. Mere pass ek zenfone max (old) tha jo kareeb 2 sal ke bad achanak ek din apne aap off huwa. Or fir on hi nh huwa. Repair karne ko diya to bhi unhone theek nh huwa. Me har roz 5 ghate net surface karta tha usme. Or photo videos edit karta tha. Market me maine bahut sare phones dekhe magar 15000 rs me 6gb, 5000 mah wala or koi phone nh hai shayad. Kya naya zenfone max pro mere liye sahi rahega? Kya ye phone kharab to nh hoga na? Plz reply me sir.

  3. Has anyone updated this phone with latest update?, Has any improvement in front camera and fingerprint scanner.

  4. Has anyone updated this phone with latest update?, Has any improvement in front camera and fingerprint scanner.

  5. Hello sir kya apne jo front cam se photo liye he wo asus zen maxpro ka he…kyun ki front cam is not even good sir.and in lowlight wrost.

  6. Hello sir kya apne jo front cam se photo liye he wo asus zen maxpro ka he…kyun ki front cam is not even good sir.and in lowlight wrost.

  7. Sir ji please reply which phone has better camera realme1 vs Asus zenfone vs redmi note 5 ??

  8. Sir ji please reply which phone has better camera realme1 vs Asus zenfone vs redmi note 5 ??

    1. DDR4 RAM
      Zenfone Max Pro has with 3 or 4 GB RAM, but the RAM is DDR4. DDR4 RAM is normally seen in flagships and with Redmi Note 5 Pro, we are starting to see them in the mid-range as well. There is also a 6 GB variant coming soon.

    1. DDR4 RAM
      Zenfone Max Pro has with 3 or 4 GB RAM, but the RAM is DDR4. DDR4 RAM is normally seen in flagships and with Redmi Note 5 Pro, we are starting to see them in the mid-range as well. There is also a 6 GB variant coming soon.

  9. Can some one tell me if this model going to have inbuilt Auto call recorder? Like Xiaomi?

  10. Can some one tell me if this model going to have inbuilt Auto call recorder? Like Xiaomi?

  11. I received mobile on Monday. Really, I surprised about weight distribution of the mobile done by ASUS. Large 5000 MAH battery, how they made resultant as light weight. Currently (last 5 months), I am using LG Q6 mobile, but both the mobile weight feel is same. Design, Performance, display, battery performance and battery charging time (nearly 2 hr 30 mts from 0 to 100%)… I need to get major performance update.

    Paisa vasool mobile (Value for Money)

  12. I received mobile on Monday. Really, I surprised about weight distribution of the mobile done by ASUS. Large 5000 MAH battery, how they made resultant as light weight. Currently (last 5 months), I am using LG Q6 mobile, but both the mobile weight feel is same. Design, Performance, display, battery performance and battery charging time (nearly 2 hr 30 mts from 0 to 100%)… I need to get major performance update.

    Paisa vasool mobile (Value for Money)

  13. HI Gogi, thanks for ur review. I am interested in buying top 6Gb RAM version of this phone. My query is that Asus website mentions two versions of this phone. Which of these two is being launched in india? And does this phone supports carrier aggregation? Plz reply. Thanks in advance.

    1. They just mentioned this at the time of launch, the 6GB Asus Zenfone max pro with better camera will be launched but no dates have been disclosed. carrier aggregation there is no such option in settings.

  14. HI Gogi, thanks for ur review. I am interested in buying top 6Gb RAM version of this phone. My query is that Asus website mentions two versions of this phone. Which of these two is being launched in india? And does this phone supports carrier aggregation? Plz reply. Thanks in advance.

    1. They just mentioned this at the time of launch, the 6GB Asus Zenfone max pro with better camera will be launched but no dates have been disclosed. carrier aggregation there is no such option in settings.

  15. Can some one tell me if this model going to have inbuilt Auto call recorder? Like Xiaomi?

  16. Can some one tell me if this model going to have inbuilt Auto call recorder? Like Xiaomi?

  17. I Hope smart people like BGR, Arnova create a GCam version for this phone as well…. till then we have to be stuck with the stock cam on Asus

  18. I Hope smart people like BGR, Arnova create a GCam version for this phone as well…. till then we have to be stuck with the stock cam on Asus

  19. rear cam is ok but the front camera is really bad, they should immediately change the front cam sensor before reaching indian consumers.

  20. rear cam is ok but the front camera is really bad, they should immediately change the front cam sensor before reaching indian consumers.

  21. I think it will go in flash sale becoz on Flipkart page it’s written “1st sale on 3rd may” if it would have been open sale then it would have been “Sale star from 3rd may” .
    I want to correct u Asus doesn’t have much brand value than xaiomi in Mobile industry. I know they make very strong laptops but they not in Mobile industry till now.
    Also Xiaomi have better after service .
    In terms of software, it’s people choice what they like custom or stock.
    Sound & performance is equivalent
    Looks is also depend on person to person
    Extra advantages Asus – larger battery & dedicated slot & pricing……
    Extra advantages Xiaomi- IR blaster, NFC support, eis ……
    Now RN 5pro prebooking will start from 27 April on Mi.com

    1. Xiaomi definitely has better and more service centres. I just replaced the front panel of my RN4 for 3360/- My phone was rooted, and also was checked by a private mechanic before I took it to MI service centre. The last ASUS phone I used was Zenfone 2 Laser…the service centre is a shared service centre with many other brands and overall the experience was better with Xiaomi.

      1. I too had upgraded from zenfone 2 lazer 3 GB version to Redmi Note 4 And…. l too replaced note 4 screen for 3360.

  22. 4k video playback me battery km chlti h, fhd video playback me battery kitni chlti h??? apke redmi note 5 pro k review me video playback me battery jyada chli thi q ki usme fhd video play kiya tha?????

  23. Gogi Sir, i beg you please tell me .

    is there any options in storage ?
    Which changes “Default Write Disk” to– SD Card or internal storage .

    Like every Lenovo phones.

    1. I guess you are talking about installing apps on SD card, well you cannot do that on any phone, SD card is unstable and if removed / damaged it can cause system failure hence for optimal performance the OS / key files are on the primary storage. However your data files, images, videos etc that take huge space can be stored on the external storage.

  24. I think it will go in flash sale becoz on Flipkart page it’s written “1st sale on 3rd may” if it would have been open sale then it would have been “Sale star from 3rd may” .
    I want to correct u Asus doesn’t have much brand value than xaiomi in Mobile industry. I know they make very strong laptops but they not in Mobile industry till now.
    Also Xiaomi have better after service .
    In terms of software, it’s people choice what they like custom or stock.
    Sound & performance is equivalent
    Looks is also depend on person to person
    Extra advantages Asus – larger battery & dedicated slot & pricing……
    Extra advantages Xiaomi- IR blaster, NFC support, eis ……
    Now RN 5pro prebooking will start from 27 April on Mi.com

    1. Xiaomi definitely has better and more service centres. I just replaced the front panel of my RN4 for 3360/- My phone was rooted, and also was checked by a private mechanic before I took it to MI service centre. The last ASUS phone I used was Zenfone 2 Laser…the service centre is a shared service centre with many other brands and overall the experience was better with Xiaomi.

      1. I too had upgraded from zenfone 2 lazer 3 GB version to Redmi Note 4 And…. l too replaced note 4 screen for 3360.

  25. 4k video playback me battery km chlti h, fhd video playback me battery kitni chlti h??? apke redmi note 5 pro k review me video playback me battery jyada chli thi q ki usme fhd video play kiya tha?????

  26. Gogi Sir, i beg you please tell me .

    is there any options in storage ?
    Which changes “Default Write Disk” to– SD Card or internal storage .

    Like every Lenovo phones.

    1. I guess you are talking about installing apps on SD card, well you cannot do that on any phone, SD card is unstable and if removed / damaged it can cause system failure hence for optimal performance the OS / key files are on the primary storage. However your data files, images, videos etc that take huge space can be stored on the external storage.

  27. “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 ?

  28. 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.

  29. 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..

  30. 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..