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Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 launched in India with Snapdragon 636

24 April 2018

The Note 5 Pro feels very sturdy in the hand but wobbly on the table, because of the protruding camera module on the device. The Zenfone Max Pro M1 smartphone takes on the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, which comes with the same Snapdragon 636 system-on-chip.

The Max Pro M1 boasts a massive 6-inch FHD+ LCD display. Let it be known that Asus was once one of the top players in the budget smartphone segment but the introduction of competitors such as Honor and Xiaomi forced the company to take a step back but with the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1, it is once again back to disrupt the segment with one of the most bang for buck smartphone, ever seen. That' seriously good pricing from Asus India and in the pricing front, the device competes with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and not the Note 5 Pro.

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The phone sports a 5.99-inch FullHD and it will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor. There are two RAM variants of the phone- 3GB with 32GB storage and 4GB with 64GB storage for Rs 10,999 and Rs 12,999 respectively. There is an additional slot for a microSD card which wouldn't need you to sacrifice on a SIM slot, like in many hybrid SIM slots on smartphones lately. The display is well lit with a brightness of 450 nits and a contrast ratio of 1500:1, scoring 85 percent on the NTSC colour gamut. Priced at Rs. 10,999, the new smartphone is Asus's first smartphone for the year 2018 which is a battery centric device that comes packed with a 5000 mAh battery life with fast charging capabilities.

In terms of photography, the ZenFone Max Pro M1 features a vertically arranged dual camera setup equipped with Softlight LED on its rear panel. It has a neat display, and dual cameras with potential. The front camera is an 8 MP unit. The rear camera also gets PDAF, LED flash for improved focusing and low-light performance and EIS. The camera app used by the handset is the Snapdragon Camera app. With the ZenFone Max Pro M1, however, it seems like Asus is going back to those times. You can use the Zenfone Max Pro M1 to record 1080p and 720p videos as well. There is no Android One branding, but this is the very first Asus device to have an nearly stock Android experience (Although you will find "ZENUI" mentioned in the Settings). As the phone comes with stock Android, it lacks customisation options.

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The prices of the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro in India are as follows. This variant will be released "soon" and will be priced at Rs. 14,999.

The ZenFone Max Pro M1 further comes with up to 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of internal storage which is further expandable by up to 256GB via a dedicated micro-SD card slot. The smartphone will go on sale starting May 3 exclusively on the e-commerce portal. Besides, Vodafone will offer data plans worth up to Rs 3,200. Additionally, it is bringing wonderful prepaid and postpaid offers. The company has partnered with Flipkart to offer Complete Mobile Protection - which covers broken screens, liquid damage, hardware and software faults, etc. - at Rs. 49 for a year.

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Winner: Redmi Note 5 Pro, if selfies are important.

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 launched in India with Snapdragon 636