Asus recently launched the Zenfone Max Pro M1 in India, and the affordable smartphone competes with the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, and Honor 9 Lite. There are quite a few things going in favor of the smartphone, such as the dual-rear cameras, stock Android OS, 18:9 display, and a 5,000mAh battery.
Asus recently released the first major update for the Zenfone Max Pro M1, which brings April security patch and support for Face Unlock, among other optimizations. Now, the company has released the kernel source code and official bootloader unlock tool, which will allow users to flash custom ROMs with ease. This is a big news for developers and tinkerers who like flashing custom ROMs on their smartphones.
As the kernel source code has officially been released by Asus, it complies with legal requirements of the GPLv2 license, XDA Developers reports. And with the official bootloader unlock, users can flash generic system images (GSIs) of AOSP (Android Open Source Project) Android Oreo as well as AOKP (Android Open Kang Project) ROMs such as LineageOS and RessurectionRemix among others.
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As of now, only the source code and official bootloader unlocker tool is available. However, in order to flash a custom ROM, you’ll need TWRP recovery, which has not been released as of now. It may take some time until the developer releases the same. It is also important to note that unlocking the bootloader will void your smartphone’s warranty, so proceed with caution.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 specifications and features
The Zenfone Max Pro M1 was launched last month in partnership with Flipkart. The device went on sale on May 3, and quickly got sold, but Asus has promised that it will again go on pre-order on May 10.
The smartphone features a 5.99-inch Full HD+ LCD display, and it is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC. It comes with two storage options – 3GB RAM variant with 32GB storage priced at Rs 10,999, and 4GB RAM variant with 64GB storage priced at Rs 12,999.
The Zenfone Max Pro M1 features a dual-rear camera setup with a combination of 13-megapixel and 5-megapixel image sensors. The smartphone offers an 8-megapixel selfie camera. Making sure everything ticks is a massive 5,000mAh battery.