Finally after lots of expectation the player is back! I think you are guessing about the cricket.No no am talking about Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2. The earlier predecessor Max Pro M1 was successful in selling the hot cakes in the budget segments.But in some areas the phone doesn’t meant our expectations. But now the successor Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 came with the glorious specifications.The pricing is little bit high compared to the M1.
The Pricing for Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 is 13k and 15k for 3GB and 4GB RAM variants respectively.I am using this device for last two weeks. Now am going to submit my real review for it.I divided the review between the Pro’s and Con’s so that you can check the overall Performance, Display, Camera, Speaker and Battery life.
Basically Asus Zenfone series is highlighted with the great battery,Powerful chipset, Stock Android UI,Modern design and aggressive pricing in the market.But the end the customer must be satisfied with the package. Let’s see if it offers true value for money competing with RealMe 2 Pro.
Here are some of the Specifications of Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 for your reference.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 Specifications
Screen : 6.26″ FHD+ (2280×1080) Notch Display, 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 6, 94% NTSC 19:9 Aspect Ratio, 450 nits Brightness
Design : Premium 3D-curved glossy design, 175gms weight
Hardware : Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 with AIE, 1.95GHz, GPU: Adreno 512
RAM / ROM : LPDDR4X 3/32, 4/64, 6/64
Rear Camera : 12MP (IMX486, f/1.8, 1.25µm, 6p lens) + 5MP Dedicated Depth Sensor, EIS, 4K video Recording, LED Flash
Front Camera: 13MP, f/2.0, 1.12µm, LED Flash
Sensors : Accelerator, E-Compass, Proximity, Ambient light sensor, fingerprint sensor, Gyro
Security : Fingerprint Sensor, Face unlock
Integrated 802.11b/g/n; WiFi-Direct, Bluetooth V 5.0
Triple slots, 2 Nano SIM DSDS (Dual VoLTE) & Dedicated MicroSD (Support up to 2TB)
Colours : Blue, Titanium
10 watt Adaptor
Sim Ejector Pin
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 comes with the new 6.26 inches wide Screen. It is a 1080p+ panel which has 2280×1080 pixels resolution and 19:9 screen aspect ratio.The notch is comparatively smaller and utilized very well. Front flash and notification LED light is hidden in the notch.The screen is the Full IPS LCD panels and very good in the price range.The colour tones including the white colour are vibrant and contrast is high. You can set the brightness either to cool or warmer.The view angles of the screen is very nice.
Almost in mid range smartphones you cannot find Gorilla Glass. One company is popular for cheating the customers by saying that the device is having Gorilla Glass. Identically there will be not Gorilla Glass 1 built-in display. The great example is Realme 2 Pro.
Now Asus India considered the buyers desire and usability now Asus provided Gorilla Glass 6 for Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2. I appreciate this implement because even it costs little high but the device is packed with Gorilla Glass 6 which can only seen in high end devices. Not like other companies they provide new version of Gorilla Glass which may prevent display broke. Gorilla Glass 6 is durable and Screen is intact.
There is no screen guard pre applied in the phone so i suggest you to buy tempered glass or a screen guard. Even the device packed with Gorilla Glass 6 there may be chances of getting minor scratches on screen. The guy who uses the device very roughly and drops or put the phone in the pocket or bag must use the guard (Preferably Tempered Glass).
As i told earlier in the notch you can notice notification LED light which will be useful for quick alerts. When notifications arises the LED shows green color and it turns orange while charging.This is the good feature from Asus. By this time Auto brightness is also managed well but the screen is not super bright in outdoor.
But the screen is good enough because of Full HD IPS Screen.
Asus know the customers aspirations so they provided 1.95GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE mobile platform. The Qualcomm’s Kyro-260 based Snapdragon 660 SoC is more powerful but the chipset is under clocked to 1.96 GHz . Normally SD 660 clocked with 2.2 GHz but this is not happened in Max Pro M2. The chipset is best for regular usage that is embedded to Stock Android. SD 660 will gives good performance and it is powerful than earlier Snapdragon 636 SoC.
Another appreciated thing is there is no lot of bloatwares in Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2. No lags can be noticed in daily usage, Browsing, Social Apps like Twitter, Facebook, & YouTube. The phone will not get warmed normally.
PUBG Mania is spread all over the world. So users play PUBG even in Smartphones unlike PC. The game can be played in Zenfone Pro M2. In 4GB RAM variant RAM management is done well. Truecaller is always in memory but do not booted up.
We played two games PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9. Both the games are performed well because of Adreno 512 GPU. No heating was noticed in Asphalt 9.
In PUBG Mobile initial lag is seen but later lag is covered up. You can play PUBG in Medium graphics. The default settings is also same in Zenfone Max Pro M2. Gaming performance is good. But after 10 minutes the back will slightly warmed up because of online gaming of PUBG. The device will does the job. But while playing Asphalt 9 and regular usage will not leads to produce heat. The gaming performance is good.
Dual 4G VoLTE
Yes, Dual 4G VoLTE is available in Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2. You can use two 4G SIM’s. I used it with Jio VoLTE and Airtel (VoLTE available in some areas) the cellular call quality is good. The network reception is also well and i didn’t noticed any issues.
Zenfone Max Series are famous for the great battery package.The battery is the highlight feature of Asus Max Pro Series. Here the battery life is really good. The Snapdragon 660 SoC is under clocked but it gives good battery pack up. The full time charge will last upto one and day by giving 8 or 8 and half hours screen on time.
With the single sim the battery may last upto 2 days with normal usage. If network is fluctuating by low signal then battery would be suffered by 5 and half hours screen on time. If the network reception is good then the phone will give good battery pack up.
For typical user the battery stays for a day with slightly heavy usage. For moderate users with single sim the battery may lasts upto 1 and half days. Stand by time with secondary sim is also very good for two days. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 battery life is good.
Camera was the weakest point in Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1. Even in 6GB variant also the Camera is below Average in artificial lighting conditions. That’s why many of the users skipped Pro M1.
But i would say really both Front & Rear Camera got biggest improvement.
Asus worked in Camera department.
Here is some of the sample shots taken from Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2.
Actually Camera is good in Outdoor. In Indoor lighting conditions also the camera performs well due to f/1.8 aperture.
The device now comes with 12MP Sony IMX486 sensor paired with a 5MP depth sensor. Out of the two rear cameras, the primary one has f/1.8 aperture, 1.25µm pixel size and 6P lens.
Rear camera can be improved little bit in artificial lighting conditions.When capturing image you can notice minor shutter delay due to that No Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) is seen. The image will be blurry if you shakes so you have to hold it firm for half a second then hit capture.
The front camera using a 13MP Sony IMX486 sensor on the front with f/2.0 aperture and 1.12-micron pixel size.Front Camera is hugely improved 13MP Camera doing good job. But Front Bokeh mode is missing but Asus told that they will be providing it in future software update.
The camera is good unlike Zenfone Max Pro M1 . The camera is good but not deal beaker but does the job. You can shoot the video upto 4K but slow motion Video shooting feature is also missing. If you buy this phone note that you have to wait for promised updates to get Front bokeh and Slow motion video recording.
Next software updates may bring front camera bokeh mode enable and fix shutter delay so that we could see improved camera in Zenfone Max Pro M2. But as of now this bugs are seen.
You have to note that phone uses Snapdragon latest Camera version app.
In earlier Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 the fingerprint sensor was not upto to the mark. Most of the users and we are not happy about the fingerprint in Pro M1.
But Asus took it as feedback and here the fingerprint scanner is improved.The fingerprint sensor is good but it is not the fastest but does the job and accurate. The fingerprint scanner response is half a second delayed.
Additionally you can also use Face Unlock and Pin/Password/Pattern screen unlock for better security.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 is having a single speaker that is located in the bottom right vent. The speaker is good enough but not the loudest. The speaker is enough for the taking the calls and ringtones. But this time you will not get Asus Sound Box with Pro M2.
3.5mm Audio Output
The output via headphone jack is good. Ha luckily this feature is present. You can use your headphones for the good sound output.
Asus is providing the ZENUI which is almost similar to Stock Android.Stock Android is user friendly and easily accessible with special features and shortcuts.
1.The handset is pretty light for 5000 mAh battery.The device weight about 175 grams.But i would say the weight is balanced very well to do that the back is looks like 3D Glass with reflective eye catching look.But it is completely made up of Polycarbonate. So actually it is plastic while using the device you have be careful with dust and if you are careless uses it roughly with the coins or hard things it scratches the edges and angles.
2.Use the supplied case provided in the box and clean it periodically. Otherwise back will be scratched by keys in the bags, pocket if not with the case.
3.In most of the smartphones you can find 2.4 GHz Wi-fi band support. But Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 doesn’t not support 5 GHz Wi-fi band.
4.The battery is good but the device doesn’t support fast charging.
5.Historically still it comes with old Micro USB type Cable with 10 Watt wall adapter. The supplied charger will take 3 hours 15 minutes for complete charge cycle. Upto 77% the battery charges quickly but last 23 % takes over an hour for complete charge.
6.Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 doesn’t support quick charging.
7.The processor is under clocked to 1.96 GHz.
8.Camera UI and Camera’s can be improved with more features.
You can go for 4GB RAM variant as well as 3GB RAM variant but 6GB RAM variant is slightly over priced considering storage factor. Good thing is the RAM it packed it LPDDR4X and eMMc 5.1 Storage and you can expand external storage upto 2TB.
Out of 64GB internal storage you will get almost 53.31GB free,which is the good thing compared to RealMe 2 Pro because it will only provide around 46 to 47GB free due to ColourOS 5.2.
The handset is good considering the Specifications it offers like 5000mAh long lasting battery, Gorilla Glass 6 strong protection, Snapdragon 660 SoC Fast Chipset, Adreno 512 GPU, Glass Design, Stunning Display.
It over takes Realme 2 Pro, Realme U1, Redmi Note 6 Pro in some areas.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 is completely change over from Pro M1. The successor is best in all areas considering the price point 13k to 15k. We are heartly recommending it. Go for it.
So this is my review for Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 . If you have any questions or queries don’t hesitate to ask me. Just ask your doubts and get it cleared. Drop your comments below.
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