Just when you thought the budget segment could not have any tougher competition, Asus comes out with the new Zenfone Max Pro M1 which throws down the gauntlet at all the competitors. This device with its specs has been made to take on the market and beat it. The features make the most out of what the buyers of this segment want and expect from their smartphones. I played around with the device for a little while at the launch and here is my first impressions of the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1
The first impression on holding the phone in your hand gives you a very solid feel with the rounded edges on all sides of the phone. The tall 5.99-inch display with hardly any bezels on the side and a negligible forehead and chin provides a complete screen effect, not unlike many of the flagships out there right now. The 2.5D glass curves into the sides which provides a very seamless design aspect to the whole phone.
The fingerprint sensor is placed bang center on the rear that is easily accessible while using the phone in one hand. The dual-camera module is placed vertically on the top left corner of the rear panel of the device which is similar to that of Apple iPhone X. The front camera of the device has as flash embedded right next to it.
The power button of the device is located on the right hand side of the phone right below the volume rocker. The rear panel of the device houses the antennas on the top an bottom in curved line that is only visible through the difference of two textures. Despite having a huge 5,000 mAh battery the smartphone does not feel heavy at all in the hand.
To be honest the exclusion of Asus’s ZenUI in favor of the pure Android experience is a huge positive for the phone. The interface looks very clean with stock icons and app drawer.
A word about the performance of the phone must begin with the smooth experience of the pure Android 8.1 Oreo. The screens transition in a very smooth manner without any lag and this is all courtesy to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor which is an excellent process for a device in this price range. The 4GB RAM is going to be of great help for the users that have a habit of keeping a bunch of apps on their phone. For now the transition between two apps seemed rather smooth though the phone hardly has any bloatware or unnecessary apps on it. The only hitch I encountered was a little lag when turning on the camera app.
Talking about the cameras, I have to admit that I was impressed by the rear cameras of the device that house a dual 13MP camera setup. The bokeh mode produced some impressive shots even in the not so great lighting of the demo area. The front camera did a decent job as well and though I could not get rid of the smudges from all the hands that have been using it, some good click came out of it.
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The audio capabilities of the device seemed impressive even in the noisy area of the event and the Max Box produced some good results even though it is just a contraption that uses hollow areas to create an amplifying effect.
Though the battery and other aspects of the phone need to explored in detail and which we will be doing in our full review of the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1. My initial impression of the smartphone which is priced at Rs 12,999 for the 4GB RAM and the 64GB internal memory variant is a positive one. The device comes with an impressive array of specs for the price and is a logical buy.
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