A few years ago, the mid-range smartphone segment was bleak with expensive mediocre devices from big named companies. Either you get a good and costly phone or you save some cash with bad phones (Yes, there was the Google Nexus phones, but availability was foggy in PH). Choices were limited. Asus was one of the forefronts of setting up a middle ground with the ZenFones.
Now, there's a myriad of mid-range phones that are damn good. Asus is stepping up their A-game with the ZenFone Max Pro (M1), which had we managed to get our hands on for a while.
The Asus ZenFone Max Pro features a 6-inch screen (On paper it's 5.99-inch, but let's not fool ourselves) with 1080x2160 resolution. The details on screen are sharp and impressive. The colors are well saturated with 404 pixel density, which isn't bad since a certain phone maker has 408 ppi for their expensive flagship device.
It's a large phone but doesn't feel like one. The phone ergonomics feels right and comfortable, not too heavy and with smooth corners.
Asus' battle cry "limitless gaming" with the ZenFone Max Pro is a little bit of an exaggeration. The phone has an impressive 5000mAh and that means a much longer time before desperately searching for a wall outlet. Asus claims that on standby, the Max Pro can last up to 35 days. That's something we're excited to test. Though, who would ever leave their phone even for two hours?
With a large battery means there will be long charging times. Thankfully, Asus is tossing in Flash charging and claims from zero to 3000mAh within an hour.
You'll get 16MP and 5MP dual rear cameras. The shots we took in the showroom were impressive and processing speed was faster than Thanos snapping his fingers with the Infinity Gauntlet. Though there's a lot to explore with the ZenFone Max Pro's camera and that's something we're excited to do in the future.
A while back, the battleground was phone cameras. Nowadays the keyword is "gaming." Asus is focusing on getting ahead with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 is powerful enough to run popular games just right. PUBG Mobile, Arena of Valor, and Mobile Legends, yup, all check. They'll all run smoothly in the ZenFone Max Pro.
Thus far, the ZenFone Max Pro is looking to be a strong smartphone contender, giving other names a run for their money.