Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1, the best selling smartphone in the sub-Rs 20,000 price segment, is receiving a new FOTA update. The update, being pushed out to Zenfone Max Pro M1 users in a phased manner, enables electronic image stabilization on the rear camera.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 now supports EIS
Asus recently confirmed that it has sold over one million units of the Zenfone Max Pro M1 in India since its launch early this year. At the time of that announcement, the Taiwanese smartphone maker had promised to release EIS feature for its mid-range smartphone. Now, the update enables EIS function on the 16-megapixel rear camera found on the 6GB RAM variant.
The EIS function was previously spotted hidden inside the Snapdragon camera app that the smartphone ships with globally. It was possible to enable the feature by opening the camera application and heading to camera settings, tapping on the hamburger icon on the left side. Inside settings, the option for redeye reductions allowed for unlocking EIS by tapping on it multiple times. While that was a temporary way to enable the feature, the FOTA update enables EIS on Zenfone Max Pro M1 permanently.
Apart from enabling EIS function on the 6GB RAM variant, the FOTA update for Zenfone Max Pro M1 also brings system stability and upgrades the security patch to September 2018. The Zenfone Max Pro M1 is the only device to run near stock Android version and the company has promised to release Android 9 Pie update by the end of this year.
Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 Specifications and Price
The ZenFone Max Pro M1 sports a 5.99-inch LCD display with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels and taller 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset, the same chipset also found on Redmi Note 5 Pro and comes in three storage variants – a 32GB storage variant with 3GB RAM and 64GB storage variant with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM.
All the three models feature dual rear camera setup but the configuration varies according to variants. The 3GB and 4GB RAM variants feature a combination of 13-megapixel and 5-megapixel dual cameras at the back and an 8-megapixel selfie shooter at the front. The 6GB RAM variant gets an updated dual camera module with 16-megapixel and 5-megapixel image sensors and a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. The Zenfone Max Pro M1 is equipped with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor but it also has support face unlock.
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In our tests, we found that there is not much difference between the 4GB RAM and 6GB RAM variants in terms of performance. The Zenfone Max Pro M1 packs a larger 5,000mAh battery and it is available in grey and black colors. While the smartphone was launched at a starting price of Rs 10,999, it is getting discounted for the festive season. The 3GB RAM variant will be available for Rs 9,999 while the 4GB RAM variant is getting discounted by Rs 2,000 to Rs 10,999. The variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage will now be available for Rs 12,999.