ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 ZB602KL Global Version 6.0 Inch FHD+ 4G Smartphone 128GB – Black
ASUS ZenFone Max Pro is powered by Snapdragon 636 processor
and Adreno 509 GPU.
ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 also comes with a metal back, with Plastic at the top
which goes along both the
sides and all the way to the bottom of the back.
This helps with better antenna reception.
This metal back is rounded towards the edges,
so you won’t feel too uncomfortable if you use it for long time.
But this design choice, also makes it very
With the Zenfone Max Pro, Asus is trying to
make a comeback in the budget smartphone market, which is currently dominated by Xiaomi.
We have seen a similar kind of design on many
of the smartphones in this price range.
And for some reason to me, the Zenfone Max
pro doesn’t feel as good or as premium as the Note 5 Pro does.
Speaking of the display, we get a huge 5.99
inch display at the front.
The screen, its a 6 inch
IPS LCD panel, with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels.
It is nice and beautiful for consuming media,
and the display calibration is pretty accurate as well.
It gets bright enough to be visible outside,
and i think it is the brightest if you compare it with the Honor 7x
and the Redmi Note 5 pro, so thats good.
Above the display, we get an ear piece, which
gets loud enough for audio calls, LED notification light,
an 8 megapixel camera with a front facing flash, Proximity
and ambient light sensor.
There are no capacitive navigation buttons
or fingerprint sensor on the lower bezel.
Fingerprint sensor is placed at the back.
While the sensor is accurate, it is not the
fastest by any means. Sometimes it might even take a full second
to unlock the phone.
I know 1 second doesn’t feel too slow, but
considering how fast these sensors are, on some of its competing devices,
it feels slow in comparison.
You also get face unlock on this phone, and
while its not as fast as it is on OnePlus smartphone, or as accurate or secure
as on the iPhone 10, it is still nice to have it in a phone,
which costs just above $279.
One of the most important features of
any smartphone, and this is the one that gets least about of attention
is the actual call quality.
Cellular reception and the call quality on
this Asus Zenfone Max Pro is excellent. The Earpiece speaker is pretty loud and clear.
I took a few calls in very crowded area, but
I had no issues hearing what the other person was saying.
Unlike many other phones in its price range,
this one supports dual 4G or dual VOLTE.
2 SIM Cards
So if you have 2 SIM cards with support for
4G or VOLTE, you wont have any problem, using both of them at the same.
It takes 2 Nano SIM cards, and the SIM tray
has a dedicated slot for a Micro SD card. So now, you wont have to worry
about replacing one of the sim cards with a Micro SD card,
if the internal memory gets full.
Asus has also made sure, to include all the
necessary sensors like accelerometer, compass, gyroscope and so on.
Which means you wont have any issues navigating
through maps, or other applications like that.
You get a 5 magnet single bottom firing speaker
inside this phone. The sound output is clearer and louder than
some of the other phones in this price range, but it is not
groundbreakingly different or anything like that.
It comes with a max box, which is supposed
to amplify and enhance the sound from this speaker.
It works to some extent, but its just one
of those accessories that you will end up trying once,
and then throw it away, or even forget that it exists.
Audio via the headphone jack is good and deep.
I also tried it with my ATH M50X studio headphones,
and the phone could power them without any issues.
Overall day to day performance of this phone
is really fantastic. It just fly’s through anything that I thought
at it. I am amazed to see, how good these budget
devices have got in terms of their general day to day performance.
Asus ZenPhone Max Pro is powered by Snapdragon 636 processor
and Adreno 509 GPU.
These are same set of chips, which power costlier Redmi Note 5 Pro.
This new processor is very powerful and efficient
at the same time.
Part of the credit for this smooth performance,
goes to the Android Oreo 8.1, that Asus is running on this device.
They still call it customised Zen UI since
there are a few pre installed apps, but they could have very well called
it a pure android device. Now with a skin or customised UI, you definitely
get a few new features and more customisation options.
But I much rather appreciate the simplicity,
speed and faster software updates that this almost Pure Android
operating system brings along.
The dual camera setup at the back, houses
a 13 megapixel primary camera, with F/2.2 aperture
and a 5 megapixel secondary camera
with F/2.4 aperture, for depth sensing.
At the front you get an 8 megapixel sensor
with F/2.2 aperture and a led flash.
Asus is using Qualcom’s Snapdragon camera
app. You get a lot of modes to choose from, and
there are beauty and portrait mode on both the rear and front facing cameras.
I feel that the camera app is a bit cluttered,
and some of the basic toggles to turn flash on or off
are buried in the secondary menu.
You can shoot 4k videos at 30fps and there
is also an option to shoot 4K DCI videos. You don’t get options like tap to focus
while shooting video, so you have to rely on phones ability to focus accurately on a
particular object. You also don’t get any kind of stabilisation,
so unless ur hands are stable like a rock, you are going to get shaky video.
Most of the average users should be happy
with the daylight performance of this camera.
Portrait images are surprisingly good from this phone.
Considering the price point, I did not expect
it to be so accurate at detecting the edges, and making
the overall images look so good.
In low or artificial light, there is a lot
of noise and the images are not as sharp or detailed.
It does a decent job at best in these situations,
and you will have to be very still and patient, to get usable shots in lower light.
The 8 megapixel front facing camera does the
job, both in normal and portrait mode, but it is not sharpest or
the best selfie camera on a budget device.
Some images might turn out good when the light
is right, but don’t expect it to outperform the Redmi Note 5 pro.
This phone manages to packs in a massive 5000mAh
battery, in a 8.5mm thin body.
You can easily get close to 7- 7 and half
hours of screen on time. This can go well above 8 hours if you are
connected wifi instead of using cellular data most of the time.
So this phone can easily take you through
a day and half or sometimes even 2 days on a single charge.
It still uses a Micro USB cable for charging
and not the new reversible USB type C one.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro It does support fast charging, but only when
its being charged with the 10 watt charger, which is included in the box.
Now I know that 10 watt is not fast charging
by todays standards, but I have tried using it with various other fast chargers,
and it draws even less power from those.
It seems to be charging the fastest only with
the included 10 watt Asus charger. It takes about 2 and half hours to go from
5-100%, but considering that it has a mammoth 5000mAh battery,
this seems like a good time.
So to sum up, you get a 6 inch FullHD Plus
display with a modern looking 18:9 aspect ratio, metal back,
Snapdragon 636 Processor, Dual VOLTE support, dedicated Micro SD card slot,
5000mAh battery, good if not the best set of cameras.
Almost stock like Pure Android Experience, Face unlock along with somewhat
slowish fingerprint sensor, and all the other necessary sensors.
With all of this going on, it is hard to find
any compromises with the Zenfone Max Pro.
No gorilla glass protection to the display,
slightly slow fingerprint reader, and cameras are the only things
that might not be up to the mark.
But considering you are getting all of the
above mentioned things at a low price I would have to say I am impressed
with this phone. Asus hasn’t been making a mark in the smartphone
industry for the past year or two, but with the launch
of this new Zenfone Max Pro at such a competitive price,
I think they are definitely going to create some buzz.
- Band 2G GSM 850/900/1800/1900
- 3G:UTMC(WCMDA):Band B1/B2/B5/B6/B8/B19
- 4G: FDD-LTE: Band B1/B2/B3/B5/B7/B8/B18/B19/B26/B28
- TDD-LTE: B38/B39/B40/B41
- Speed:HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps
- VoLTE Yes, with 2CA ( Band 3+3/39+39/40+40/41+41)
- Sim Card Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by), 3 Card Slots
- OS Android 8.1 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie)
- CPU Snapdragon 636 (14 nm), Octa Core 1.8GHz Kryo 260
- GPU Adreno 509
- RAM 4GB
- ROM 128GB
- Display Size 6.0 Inch, 92.1 cm2 (~76.2% screen-to-body ratio)
- Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels, FHD+, 18:9 ratio (~404 ppi density)
Video File Format 3GA, AAC, AMR, APE, FLAC, IMY, M4A, MIDI, MKA, MP3, OGG, QCP, WAV, WMA, WMV
Audio File Format 3GP, ASF, AVI, DAT, FLV, M2TS, MKV, MOV, MP4, MPG, MTS, RMVB, TS, VOB, WEBM, WMV
Earphone Port 3.5mm
Data Transfer & Connectivity
Data transfer USB/bluetooth
Mobile internet WAP/WiFi
Dual Rear Camera: 13MP+5MP
13MP, f/2.2, 25mm (wide), 1.12µm, PDAF
5MP, f/2.4, 1.12µm, depth sensor
LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video: [email protected], [email protected]/60fps
Front camera: 8MP
8MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1.0µm
Video: [email protected]
Language Multi Language Support
3.5mm Jack Yes
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
WIFI Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
bluetooth Yes, 5.0, A2DP, LE
Sensor Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass, gyroscope, ambient light sensor
Battery Non-removable Li-Po 5000mAh Battery
Charging Battery charging 10W
Charger US type
Charge Interface microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go
Other Features 3G, 4G, GPS, FM, bluetooth, Ebook, Email,
Messaging, wallpapers, calendar, calculator, clock, camera,
tethering & portable hotspot, etc
Weight and Size Product size: 159 x 76 x 8.5 mm
Product weight: 180g
ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1) ZB602KL US Version 6.0 Inch FHD+ 5000mAh 4GB RAM 128GB ROM Snapdragon 636 Octa Core 4G Smartphone 1 x Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1) ZB602KL
1 x USB Cable
1 x US Charger
1 x SIM Needle
1 x User Manual
Card Extend microSD, up to 1 TB (dedicated slot)