Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 gets first update with April security patch and performance improvements

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 shows it is serious about software with the first major update.

  • Published: May 3, 2018 3:06 PM IST

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 was launched last month as the first device coming out of a new partnership between Flipkart and the Taiwanese technology brand. The smartphone was finally made available for pre-order on Flipkart today and it seems those who buy the device will be greeted with a new software update as soon as they set it up for the first time.

The new update being rolled out for Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 brings facial recognition feature which allows users to unlock the smartphone simply by looking at it. The feature is currently available only on handful number of devices and was touted as one of the key features of Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 Pro. The update also brings performance improvements and enhancements to battery, camera, fingerprint sensor and gyroscope. Since the Zenfone Max Pro M1 runs near stock version of Android, the update brings security patch for the month of April. Google will be releasing security patch for this month on May 5.

The update is a major one weighing in at 1.3GB in size and the changelog reveals all the fixes and enhancements coming to the smartphone. Asus claims that the update improves the speed of the fingerprint sensor and optimizes the front as well as rear camera modules. With the release of this update, Asus is also changing “ZenUI” to ZenFone in the system update screen. This makes sense especially considering that the phone is giving up on its own UI to offer stock Android experience.

Update: The OTA update size for end-users is expected to be 125MB in size, as sale units are on a later software version than the early unit we received for review. Getting the newer units onto the latest software won’t require as large a software update as a result.

The ZenFone Max Pro M1 packs a beefy battery and the update brings further optimization during standby. Asus is already leaping ahead of its rival Xiaomi by showing it means serious business when it comes to releasing timely software updates. The update is being rolled out in the form of an over-the-air (OTA) update but ZenFone Max Pro M1 users can also manually check for the update by heading to Settings >> System >> System Updates. This will likely be part of further optimizations being released as part of the monthly security update.

To recall, the ZenFone Max Pro M1 was launched last month and will be exclusively available via Flipkart. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 mobile platform, the same chipset also powering the Redmi Note 5 Pro. It features a 5.99-inch Full HD+ LCD display with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels and support for taller 2:1 aspect ratio. It comes in two storage models – a 3GB RAM variant with 32GB storage and a 4GB RAM variant with 64GB storage.

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Asus plans to launch a variant with 6GB of RAM and 64GB storage at a later stage. In the case, the internal storage sounds less then a dedicated microSD card slot with support for up to 2TB is also present.

The Zenfone Max Pro M1 features a dual camera setup with a combination of 13-megapixel and 5-megapixel sensors. There is also an 8-megapixel selfie shooter with dedicated LED flash that enables the face unlock feature. The smartphone supports WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and 4G LTE. It has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and is backed by a massive 5,000mAh battery. The Zenfone Max Pro M1 is priced at Rs 10,999 for the 3GB RAM variant while the 4GB RAM variant will set you back by Rs 12,999.

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  • Published Date: May 3, 2018 3:06 PM IST