Our Opinion

The Asus Zenfone Max M2 (3GB RAM, 32GB) is a slightly better phone than the Asus Zenfone Max M1, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Asus Zenfone Max M2 (3GB RAM, 32GB)!

Asus Zenfone Max M1  Asus Zenfone Max M2 (3GB RAM, 32GB) 
Asus Zenfone Max M1 Asus Zenfone Max M2
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Excellence Score
17.5
21.0
Value for Money Score
53.6
61.5
Price ₹ 8,999 onwards ₹ 9,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2018 Dec, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.45 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1440 pixels (~ 295 pixels per inch) 720x1520 pixels (~ 267 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.5 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 430Ranked #106 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 632Ranked #58 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 505 Adreno 506
RAM 3 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port microUSB microUSB
Primary Camera 13MP 13MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, Phase Detection AutoFocus (PDAF), Beauty mode, Panorama, Time Lapse, 9 various filters, Portrait Mode 13MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1.12um Pixel Size, PDAF, Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS), Portrait Mode, Night Mode
Secondary Camera 8MP 8MP
Secondary Camera Features LED flash, F/2.0 Aperture, 85° field of view, Beauty mode, Portrait Mode F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size, LED flash, Portrait Mode, Night Mode
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, up to 2 TB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.7 mmMedium 7.7 mmMedium
Weight 150 gmLight 160 gmMedium
Width 70.9 mmComfortable for one-handed use 76.3 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A 792 hrs
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A 35.00 hrs
Fast Charging Support
Included Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A Internet Usage Time (WiFi): upto 22 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Google Drive: 100GB free space (1 year) Noise Filtration; NXP Smart Amp; Google Drive: 100GB free space (1 year)
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Good build quality
  • Good, premium design - looks good and feels good - you get a metallic finish at the back and rounded edges around the corners make it comfortable to hold in your hands
  • Light-weight, which is a pretty commendable achievement considering the large battery
  • The fingerprint scanner is well positioned and is easy to reach
  • Fast face unlock
  • Good display - the phone features a 5.45-inch HD+ display with a screen resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels, 18:9 aspect ratio - the display delivers good colour output and the viewing angles are decent as well - outdoor visibility of the phone is pretty decent too
  • Runs a fairly clean, bloat-free version of Android, which is always good to see - it mostly runs smooth in daily use - there are some useful add-on features like Mobile Manager (helps in scanning the device, controlling app data usage, cleaning unwanted apps and cache files, and managing security & permissions of apps), Power Master (helps in Battery management), twin app support, and Game Genie (optimises gameplay)
  • Decent selfie camera - especially has a good software portrait mode for bokeh shots
  • Very good battery life with a 4000mAH battery pack - will comfortably last the day even with heavy use - and with moderate use, will give you a day and a half
  • Features a well-built, well-designed metal black+plastic frame aesthetic, paired with a massive display with a not-so-massive notch
  • At 6.26 inches diagonally with relatively narrow borders all around, the screen does have a strong visual impact
  • Unlike a lot of glossy phones in this segment now, the phone is also not a fingerprint magnet
  • Very light, especially given the large battery it packs
  • Decent, large, bright display
  • Asus remains committed to stock Android for its low-end phones, and that's a good thing - it's nice and simple to use, and there is little to no bloat
  • Performance is a key USP here, with Asus managing to offer a relatively powerful processor, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, at a new low price - the phone is consistently smooth throughout, and even games like PUBG Mobile runs smoothly
  • Decent dual rear cameras - daytime shots especially are well detailed
  • Decent front camera too, and users will generally be happy with the quality of selfies they can take for social media - Asus is also planning future updates to bring EIS and the Depth Effect mode to the front camera
  • Impressive speaker - it is not only loud but also produces quite rich, deep sound
  • Very good battery life with a generous 4000mAh battery - you can get up to 2 days of use with moderate use
  • There is no official fast charging support, but the included 10W charger has a decent charging speed
  • Overall, the Max M2 is another winner from the Asus camp this year - and will be a strong choice in this segment - it wins on 4 important counts - a large 'notch' display, stock Android experience, great processor for the price, and a good battery life - providing for a reliable all-round experience
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • This is one area where the Max M1 falls behind the top competition - it's powered by an old Snapdragon 430, which while its able to handle basic day-to-day use well, is not quite meant for heavy apps and games - the likes of Lenovo K9, Xiaomi Redmi 6, and the Realme C1 offer better chipsets and better performance
  • Average rear camera - can sometimes struggle to lock focus on the subject, especially, when you want to click some macro or close up shots - colors are also sometimes dull - low light performance is average as well
  • Overall, while the Max M1 is a decent option with good design, display, software and battery - it does lag a bit in the performance and camera departments - you might find better value phones in this price range from the likes of Xiaomi and Realme
  • If you aren't a fan of big phones in general, you probably won't warm up to the ZenFone Max M2 though - it's only just about usable with one hand, and it's also not the easiest phone to fit into a trouser pocket
  • One of the software issues currently though is the un-optimised notch - the network bars and call profile icons usually aren’t visible fully, and a portion of those are hidden under the notch itself - hopefully this is something an OTA update will fix soon
  • Shots taken from the rear cameras using the Depth Effect mode are average though
  • Average low-light camera performance for both front and rear cameras
  • The camera app is also sometimes slowish - that apart, the UI is also not the best - for example, it takes three taps to begin recording a video
  • Overall, the camera performance is decent but a notch below what the Redmi 6 Pro (the primary competitor here) manages to deliver
  • One of the biggest threats to the Max M2 might be its one generation old, but still excellent, bigger brother -- the Zenfone Max Pro M1 - at almost a similar price, the Max Pro M1 offers the more potent Snapdragon 636 chipset, a full HD+ display and a bigger 5000mAh battery - though it doesn't have a notch display - so which one you choose among these might be down to more individual preferences
  • And if you want a better camera in this price range, then you will probably want to look at the Redmi Note 6 Pro, or Nokia 5.1 Plus
Expert Reviews
  1. Pretty good, but falling a step short
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If battery life is a high priority for you, the ZenFone Max M1 is a good pick
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Asus has done a good job with the Max M1....But the problem here is that the competition is better
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. As entry-level phones from Asus, the ZenFone Max and ZenFone Lite both are impressive offerings
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A pretty solid budget phone for the price it commands
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Manages to impress us with their overall package...but it is facing tough competition from the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi 6A and the Realme C1
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Using a chipset of 2015 has its own share of hits and misses
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. A winner for Asus
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A competent entry-level device
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Decent for the price
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The Zenfone Max M2 brings strong competition in the affordable segment...however, if you are looking for a smartphone with a dependable camera, you may be a bit disappointed
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. A compelling buy
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. A decent option, if you are ready to compromise on the camera front
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. A dependable option
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
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