Zenfone Max Pro M1 Review – Although the mobile phone is a mid-end category, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 carries reliable specifications and several impressive features.
This smartphone has a large battery with a capacity of 5000mAh to be one of the main features of the Max Pro M1. The large capacity battery can be used to play PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds (PUBG) for 7 hours.
Asus Max Pro M1 comes in three storage variants including 3GB RAM with 32GB ROM, 4GB RAM with 64GB ROM and 6GB RAM with 64GB ROM, and it also have several choices of colours, including Deepsea Black and Meteor Silver
ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 Design
In terms of design, the Zenfone Max Pro M1 (ZB602KL) does not differ much from the previous generation such as the Zenfone 3 Max or Zenfone 4 Max. This device still carries the unibody concept with polycarbonate material with metallic finishing. But starting from the Zenfone Max M1 Plus series, ASUS has introduced the FullView display screen with a ratio of 18: 9.
ASUS also brought few improvements for the Zenfone Max Pro M1 series. This smartphone has a dual camera with a vertical position located at the rear corner and the bottom of the camera, there is a flashlight, but unfortunately, it still uses a single tone LED.
The front panel again uses 2.5D glass, with a bezel that looks thin on the side while the top and bottom are still rather thick. The navigation button is now placed on the screen, and the fingerprint sensor is placed on the back.
If we look at the appearance of this smartphone, of course, this device will look sleeker when compared to previous generations. Precisely this device has a size of 159 x 76mm with a thickness of 8.5 mm. It makes the Zenfone Max Pro M1 feel right when it’s held, but unfortunately this device also still weights 180 grams. Especially with the large battery capacity that it carries is 5000mAh.
The power and volume buttons are on the right. On the left, there is a SIM card slot with a triple slot tray model. Two slots for the SIM card, and a separate MicroSD slot, this allows users to use two SIM cards together and also a MicroSD for additional storage. The Zenfone Max Pro M1 still uses micro USB for charging and data transfer. On the bottom side, there are also 3.5mm jackholes and speakers.
ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 Performance
For the specifications of the Zenfone Max Pro M1 (ZB602KL), this smartphone carries a 5.99-inch screen with FullHD + resolution with a pixel density of 404 PPI and a brightness level of 450nits.
ASUS promises the Zenfone Max M1 Pro is no longer just a smartphone with a large battery capacity but also has high performance for user gaming activities. Snapdragon 636 comes with an Octa-Core Kryo 260 (4x 1.8 GHz + 4x 1.6 GHz) CPU. Kryo 260 1.8GHz is a custom core from Cortex A73 while the Kryo 260 1.6GHZ is a custom core from Cortex A53. The SoC is also equipped with Adreno 509 GPU, Hexagon 680 DSP, and Spectra 160 ISP.
The RAM capacity available on the Zenfone Max Pro M1 that we are testing is 3GB (LPDDR4X) while 32GB of internal storage is available. Other options available are higher memory capacity, 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage and 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. From the camera side, the Zenfone Max Pro M1 uses a 13 MP rear camera (f / 2.2, 1.12µm) + 5 MP (f / 2.4, 1.12µm). While the front camera is equipped with an 8MP camera sensor. But specifically for the 6GB / 64GB variant, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro has a 16 MP main camera and a 16 MP selfie camera.
For sensor specifications, we get the final version of the product; the Zenfone Max Pro M1 comes with a Gyroscope sensor. Other sensors such as Acceleration, Ambience Light, Proximity to Compass are also available in it. The Zenfone Max Pro M1 is also equipped with a fingerprint sensor for user authentication needs.
Zenfone Max Pro M1 of course also relies on large battery capacity as one of its advantages. This device is again equipped with a 5000mAh capacity battery, which is ready to be used for playing games all day long.
The Zenfone Max Pro M1, fortunately, has used the SIMcard triple slot, which consists of two SIMcard standby slots and one microSD slot for additional storage. So users don’t have to sacrifice one slot if they want to activate two cards and MicroSD.
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In terms of connectivity, unfortunately, the Zenfone Max Pro M1 does not support Wi-Fi 5 GHz. But for cellular networks of course already supports 4G LTE network. There is no NFC feature considering the price is also very affordable. But what we like enough, ASUS still provides FM radio features with applications that have been installed on the device.
ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 Performance Testing
This benchmark application is one of the most used to measure the power of an Android device. We can do the User Experience (UX), CPU, RAM, GPU and I / O benchmarks. The higher the result, the better. The score obtained is 115437
GeekBench 3 is a cross-platform benchmark that measures the processor performance of a smartphone, tablet and PC device. This application uses a real-world simulation scenario so that it can analyze the performance of a processor when using a single core or multi-core. The higher the value, the better. The benchmark score is Single core 1340 and Multicore 4927
This benchmark application measures the performance and age of the battery on an Android smartphone or tablet, through testing based on daily activities commonly used by the user, not an abstract algorithm. The resulting score is claimed to be able to reflect the actual performance of the device; this smartphone gets a score of 6427.
ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 Battery Testing
We do testing to measure battery life, Zenfone Max Pro M1 can last for 22 hours 36 minutes. Of course, this is a test of browsing testing with the highest results at this time.
While in testing video loops using 720p HD video, this smartphone can last for 22 hours 44 minutes.
The Zenfone Max Pro M1 focuses on offering satisfaction in playing games to users. A robust middle-class alloy SoC with huge battery capacity. Coupled with a screen that now uses the FullView design with dimensions of 6 inches and FullHD + resolution. So if you are looking for the most suitable smartphone for multimedia and gaming, this smartphone is arguably the most appropriate for now.
About the camera, the Zenfone Max Pro M1 does not highlight it as its main feature. Of course, ASUS already has another series that is specifically for photography on their latest smartphone, Zenfone 5.