Earlier this week, Asus launched two new smartphones – Zenfone Max Pro M2 and Zenfone Max M2 – in India. Both are lower mid-range devices, priced under Rs 20,000. Of these, the Max Pro M2 succeeds the Max Pro M1, which launched earlier this year. Similarly, the Max M2 is a successor to Max M1, which is barely a two-month old smartphone at this point. Nonetheless, if you are planning to buy a new smartphone and can’t decide between Zenfone Max M2 and Zenfone Max M1, here’s our comparison to help you.
Design & Display
For the most part, the design of Zenfone Max M2 and Zenfone Max M1 is the same. Both smartphones have metallic rear panels, with vertical camera modules (dual-lens on the M2 and single-lens on the M1) at the top-left corner. There’s rear-mounted fingerprint sensor on each of the two smartphones as well.
Zenfone Max M2 is significantly bigger (and 10 grams heavier) than the Zenfone Max M1. The increased size is primarily due to the former’s bigger display. Both smartphones have dual-SIM functionality, along with a dedicated microSD card slot. Connectivity features and ports are identical too, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM Radio, microUSB, and 3.5mm audio.
Coming to display, this is where Zenfone Max M2 and Zenfone Max M1 differ significantly. While the Zenfone M2 has a 6.26-inch notched display with a resolution of 720×1520 pixels, the Zenfone M1 features a much-smaller 5.45-inch panel with a resolution of 720×1440 pixels, and no notch. As a result, Zenfone Max M2 has much thinner bezels (especially on the top and bottom) than Zenfone Max M1.
Hardware & Software
Talking about the spec sheet, this is another area where the two smartphones have quite a bit of differences among each other. Asus Zenfone Max M2 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 SoC, which is based on the 14nm process. This means that (at least, on paper), the smartphone should be more energy-efficient than the 28nmm process-based Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset, which powers Asus Zenfone Max M1.
While both smartphones have 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage (the Max M2 has a 4GB RAM/64GB RAM variant as well), the more-powerful 6xx series SoC should, theoretically, make Zenfone Max M2 more capable at day-to-day tasks than the 4xx series chipset in Zenfone Max M1.
While both smartphones run Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box, only Zenfone Max M2 has near-stock Android. The Zenfone Max M1 features ZenUI overlay baked on top, which is quite likely to cause delays in software updates.
Asus Zenfone Max M2 features a dual-lens rear camera system, comprised of a 13-megapixel module and a 2-megapixel module. In comparison, Asus Zenfone Max M1 only has a single 13-megapixel module at the back. The additional depth-sensing unit means that the Max M2 will be able to capture much better depth-of-field photos than the Max M1. Coming to the front-facing camera setups, both smartphones have an 8-megapixel unit with LED flash, so selfies shouldn’t really be a problem.
Asus’ Zenfone Max series is known for its big batteries, and Max M2 and Max M1 are no exceptions. Both smartphones feature 4,000mAh powerpacks, and even though the Max M1 has a smaller display, the Max M2 has a more energy-efficient chipset. In a nutshell, battery endurance on both smartphones is going to be good, but will depend on individual usage scenarios.
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As for the price, Asus Zenfone Max M1 is priced at Rs 7,499. In comparison, the entry-level (3GB RAM/32GB storage) variant has a price of Rs 9,999, with the top-end (4GB RAM/64GB storage) version having a price of Rs 11,999. However, given the upgrades that the M2 brings to the table, that pricing seems quite justified.
Asus Zenfone Max M2 vs Asus Zenfone Max M1: Comparison Table
|Features||Asus Zenfone Max M2||Asus Zenfone Max M1|
|Display||6.26-inch HD+ display with notch
||5.45-inch HD+ display with no notch
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 632||Qualcomm Snapdragon 430|
|Rear Camera||13-megapixel + 2-megapixel
|Connectivity||4G LTE, Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth||4G LTE, Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth|
|Android OS||Android 8.1 Oreo
|Android 8.1 Oreo
|Price||Rs 9,999 (3GB/32GB)
Rs 11,999 (4GB/64GB)