ĐÁNH GIÁ ZENFONE MAX PRO M2

PROS Gorilla Glass 6 on vị trí cao nhất of a bright, vibrant display Better gaming performance than most Long battery life CONS Scratch-prone exterior Poor low-light capabilities Micro-USB port with no fast charging

Verdict

The asus Zenfone Max Pro mét vuông has all the elements of a reliable, powerful mid-ranger. It's for those who want a steady performer that can both handle the daily tasks and heavy gaming và lasts long thanks lớn a massive 5,000mAh battery. It's also a good device lớn stream videos on. However, the Zenfone Max Pro mét vuông doesn't have the best camera on offer in that price range. It also has clean stock android UI which may not ring well with fans of custom launchers like MIUI or ColorOS. Read the reviews below lớn find out how the hãng asus Zenfone Max Pro mét vuông square up against its rivals.

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Asus ZenFone Max Pro m2 detailed reviews

The asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 was a runaway success. It doggedly tailed the Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro, launching just within few days of it, & became a sturdy alternative to lớn Xiaomi’s offering. The highlight was not only the fastest mid-range processor at that time, or a big 5,000mAh battery but the presence of stock app android that truly kept the mi juggernaut at bay. After a successful run from April to December, asus is now retiring the Max Pro M1 for the Zenfone Max Pro M2. The phone is a big upgrade over its predecessor in the spec-sheet as well as the design. With the mid-range segment now having more options than ever, can the asus Zenfone Max Pro m2 keep the momentum alive? Let’s find out.


Design

The hãng asus Zenfone Max Pro m2 looks both same and different from its predecessor. It is different because the Max Pro mét vuông uses a resin-based exterior that’s a bit glossy và has light-reflecting features. It is similar because all the elements like the rear camera and the fingerprint sensor are arranged the same as last time. Up front, there’s a notch in the display and the bezels are even thinner than before.

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Shiny, resin-based exterior that's also quite scratch-prone

The Zenfone Max Pro mét vuông looks much better than the vanilla metal bodied look of the earlier Zenfone Max Pro M1. The metal toàn thân is reinforced with a reflective, glossy resin shell that looks lượt thích glass at first glance. While the resin body toàn thân makes it a little more durable, it is quite scratch prone as the unit we received for nhận xét got scratched quite easily in the pocket. Damaging the phone more than that will be more difficult though since the display on the front is reinforced with Gorilla Glass 6. It’s also the only phone in the under Rs 15,000 price segment lớn offer Gorilla Glass 6.

Apart from the new glossy exterior, the notch and the Gorilla Glass 6, there’s nothing more to cảnh báo about the Zenfone Max Pro M2’s design. It’s overly distinctive, but at the same time, asus has ensured there’s some quality flavour to lớn the design.

Display

One of the few caveats of the asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 was an inferior display. That seems to lớn have fixed with a brighter, livelier 6.26-inch FHD+ panel on the hãng asus Zenfone Max Pro M2. It clocked 10 lux higher on our brightness demo than the Zenfone Max Pro M1 at 560 lux. While that’s not a big difference, the panel’s backlight has visibly improved. It’s more uniform for one, & the sunlight visibility is much better with the colours looking less washed out. It also has minimum brightness of 7 lux which makes the display really dim in the dark, not putting much strain on the eyes.

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Godawful notch enters the mid-range Zenfone lineup

The Max Pro mét vuông also brings the notch to the mid-range Zenfone lineup. It’s not a wide one thankfully, but all our quips about the notch as a thiết kế choice remains. The cut-out in the display houses the front camera, earpiece & a range of sensors. Those same components could also have been implemented on a thicker bezel on đứng đầu of the panel, but hãng asus had khổng lồ keep up with changing times và adopt a notch to offer a higher screen-to-body ratio.

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A bright, vibrant panel otherwise

The phone also supports adaptive brightness and adaptive display which discretely lights up the display when the phone is locked và a new notification appears. Furthermore, there’s the night mode that puts a tangerine tint to protect the eyes at night. A new feature is the Smart Screen when keeps the display on when you’re looking at the screen or holding the phone upright. It probably uses the front camera to lớn see if you have your eyes on the panel while the accelerometer is put to use to check if you’re holding it upright. There is a slight impact in battery life when the feature is turned on, though.

The Max Pro m2 implements a visibly better display that makes using the phone a much more enjoyable experience. The fact that it’s also reinforced with Gorilla Glass 6 sweetens the khuyến mãi even more.

Performance

The hãng asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 competed spec-by-spec with the xiaomi Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro. At that time, the cảnh báo 5 Pro was the device lớn beat in the under Rs 15,000 price range. Over the course of the year, that accolade went to lớn the Realme 2 Pro which managed khổng lồ bring the Snapdragon 660 SoC down to lớn the under-15k price. With the hãng asus Zenfone Max Pro M2, that’s the phone asus has khổng lồ beat, & as expected, both phones have a similar spec-sheet. Even the Max Pro m2 is powered by the top-of-the-line mid-range Snapdragon 660 processor & has RAM variants up khổng lồ 6GB. However, the storage is capped at 64GB but asus does offer a dedicated slot for a micro-SD card which expands the storage up tp 512GB.

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The reviews unit we received had the performance benchmarks locked out. So we had khổng lồ sideload the apps, và even then 3DMark & PCMark failed to run. We did manage khổng lồ get scores for Geekbench và AnTuTu, và they are much higher than what the asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 scored. The thing to cảnh báo here is whether the Max Pro m2 performs better than other Snapdragon 660-powered phones.

To answer that, the Max Pro mét vuông scored 129379 on AnTuTu 7.0, which is higher than all other Snapdragon 660-powered phones. On Geekbench single and multi-core tests, the Max Pro mét vuông scored 1456 and 5362, both marginally higher than the Realme 2 Pro and the mày A2. However, the Zenfone Max Pro mét vuông failed khổng lồ beat the Honor 8X in performance benchmarks and Honor’s offering is still the best performing phone in that price range.

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Clean, stock Android

The hãng asus Zenfone Max Pro mét vuông feels smoother more thanks to the presence of AOSP. Hãng asus uses an unmodified version of app android Oreo 8.1 in the Max Pro M2. That’s a tad disappointing as the AOSP version of game android 9 Pie is already available and the company could have shipped the phone with the latest android out of the box. To lưu ý here is the fact that even though app android 9 Pie has been out for over two months now và a bevy of android 9-powered devices already in the market (both old & new), the Zenfone Max Pro M1 is yet khổng lồ receive the latest update. Asus has notified the update will be rolled out in February 2019. One of the biggest reason lớn get a stock Android-powered phone is the promise of regular updates at the cost of custom features most third-party UI come with. While asus has kept pushing monthly security patches and bug fixes every month for the Max Pro M1, the absent version update raises a lot of questions.

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Not the latest version though

Nevertheless, the hãng asus Zenfone Max Pro mét vuông feels smooth khổng lồ use. There are no visible lags, at least for the fortnight that we used it for. We installed the usual suite of work-related apps lượt thích Dropbox Paper, Feedly, Netflix, etc. As well as the popular social media apps, filling up the storage khổng lồ around 50 percent. Even then, there was hardly any slowdown.

Games like PubG di động ran quite smooth, although at medium graphics. There was no frame drops and the trò chơi adapted to lớn the notch by letterboxing the screen. The phone has an NXP SmartAmp that makes PubG Mobile gameplay better by accentuating sounds like footsteps & gunfire so that they can be easily identified. The volume of the single external speaker is also quite loud on the phone.

The hãng asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 seems to lớn be one of the few phones in that price range khổng lồ have Widevine L1 certification. You can stream nội dung on Netflix và Amazon Prime đoạn phim and watch them in native display resolution.

Camera

Another thing that improved in the hãng asus Zenfone Max Pro mét vuông is the camera on the back & the front. The phone relies on a 12+5MP imaging stack now. While that may feel lượt thích a downgrade from the 13+5MP thiết đặt on the predecessor, hãng asus is using a larger Sony IMX 486 sensor with 1.25um pixel pitch. The lens also has a wider f/1.8 aperture, EIS, PDAF and 4K video. The 5MP secondary sensor, lượt thích last time, is used for depth-sensing. On the front is a 13MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture along with a soft LED flash.

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Probably the ugliest camera UI we've come across this year

All these upgrades did have an impact in making the photos come out better, especially in daylight and while taking portraits. In the day, the Zenfone Max Pro mét vuông takes photos that look pleasant. The green & the xanh come out really nice và vibrant while bright colours like yellow and red are saturated. There’s no AI working to recognise scenes though, & that’s a good thing actually. The photos look more natural than one taken by say the Honor 8X in most situations. Even the dynamic range seems khổng lồ be better than most other phones in that price range.

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(Shutter Speed: 1/1115, f/1.8, ISO 100)

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Indoors, the phone takes some time to process the photos và you need khổng lồ hold the phone steady khổng lồ not make the result shaky. Otherwise, the exposure is pretty much on spot & the photos come out quite sharp with a lot of details.

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(Shutter Speed: 1/14, f/1.8, ISO 1000)

In low light however, the camera suffers. While it’s genuinely better than its predecessor in taking low-light photos, it’s not quite up there with the likes of the Redmi chú ý 6 Pro or the mi A2. The photos have a lot of grain & there’s hardly any sharpness. There’s also significant shutter lag và frankly, this isn’t the best phone for low-light photography.

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(Shutter Speed: 1/14. F/1.8, ISO 6400)

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Portraits however, is the USP of the camera. The phone managed khổng lồ take natural-looking portrait shots with the background blurred. You can control the amount of depth you want in your photos, and keeping the slider somewhere in the middle produces the best results. Photos of people, especially in the day look natural and realistic. The same cannot be said about most Honor, Realme or điện thoại oppo devices where a lot of AI-enabled algorithms are used to lớn enhance the beauty.

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(Shutter Speed: 1/515, f/1.8, ISO 100)

The front camera seems khổng lồ be much better too. The selfies are not the best in the segment but are good enough for pleasing your social truyền thông media addiction.

My only quip was with the camera UI that has remained unchanged from the Zenfone Max Pro M1. Asus is simply using the stock Qualcomm camera app that the chip designer uses in its reference designs. It’s ugly, cluttered và not so intuitive. In its second attempt, hãng asus could have worked on importing its own ZenUI camera app which looks much better.

Battery

The asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 relies on a massive 5,000mAh battery for power. While we couldn’t run PCMark to chạy thử out the battery, it’s safe lớn say the battery lasts more than a day, even under heavy usage. Gaming does deplete the battery quicker. We registered the battery falling from 60 percent to 51 percent in a 30-minute session of PubG Mobile. However, if you watch even an hour of Netflix, shoot multiple photos & record videos, và browse social media, you won’t have to plug the phone for charge for more than a day. My biggest quip with the phone is that it doesn't support fast charging and relies on a standard 5W charger that takes ages to đứng top up the phone khổng lồ full capacity. The big battery on the phone is one of the biggest reasons to buy this phone, and the best part is that the battery doesn’t really make the phone all that heavy.

Bottomline

The asus Zenfone Max Pro mét vuông is an even better attempt by hãng asus at making a mid-range phone. It has all the right ingredients, even though they aren’t always the best. The Max Pro mét vuông is reliable enough to lớn be considered as one of the best mid-ranger available in India. With the second attempt, asus finally broke off from the shadows of Xiaomi, at least in terms of the spec-sheet. It still has to beat the Realme 2 Pro in terms of popularity though, và there’s a good reason for this phone khổng lồ dominate the charts for the next few months now. What we would want to lớn be improved is the camera on the phone, especially the UI and more streamlined version upgrades. But even without them, this is a solid contender to lớn be the best phone in the under-15k segment.