Our Opinion

The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 (6GB RAM, 64GB) is a significantly better phone than the Asus Zenfone Max M2 (4GB RAM, 64GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 (6GB RAM, 64GB)!

Asus Zenfone Max M2 (4GB RAM, 64GB)  Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 (6GB RAM, 64GB) 
Asus Zenfone Max M2 Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2
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Excellence Score
30.5
52.7
Value for Money Score
76.9
89.6
Price ₹ 10,499 onwards ₹ 13,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Dec, 2018 Dec, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.3 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1520 pixels (~ 267 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 400 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 1.95 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 632Ranked #33 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 660Ranked #20 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 506 Adreno 512
RAM 4 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB
Primary Camera 13MP + 2MP 12MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 13MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1.12um Pixel Size, PDAF, Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS), Portrait Mode, Night Mode 12MP: Sony IMX486 sensor; F/1.8 Aperture; 1.25um Pixel Size; PDAF, Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS), Portrait Mode, HDR, Night Mode
Secondary Camera 8MP 13MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size, LED flash, Portrait Mode, Night Mode F/2.0 Aperture, LED flash, Portrait Mode
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 2 TB 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 7.7 mm 8.5 mm
Weight 160 gm 175 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 5000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) 792 hrs N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 35.00 hrs 45.00 hrs
Fast Charging
Other Battery Parameters Internet Usage Time (WiFi): upto 22 hrs Standby Time (4G): 1104, Wi-Fi Web Browsing: 26 hrs, Video Playback Time: 22 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration; NXP Smart Amp; Google Drive: 100GB free space (1 year) NFC; Noise Filtration; NXP Smart Amp; Google Drive: 100GB free space (1 year)
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • Gorgeous, premium design - courtesy a highly polished polycarbonate body that's designed to reflect light in several striking angles - it looks quite classy - unarguably, this is a phone that will draw attention
  • Decent build quality
  • Asus has curved the sides of the ZenFone Max Pro M2, which makes it comfortable to hold - what is surprising is that the phone does not feel heavy or bulky in spite of its big battery
  • The fingerprint scanner positioned at the back centre, is easy to reach.
  • Face recognition is also supported, and works well
  • Bright and crisp, full-HD display, with good viewing angles, good color reproduction, and with options to adjust the colour temperature of the display to your liking
  • There's Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on the front, which is a first for this price segment
  • Asus continues to stick to a stock Android UI on it's budget phones (instead of ZenUI) and that of course helps keep things nice and simple - along with that there's Asus's promise to keep pushing out updates for this device quickly
  • There are a few useful customizations like ZenMotion gestures that let you double-tap the screen to wake the device or to put it to sleep, and a Smart Screen On feature that prevents the phone from going into standby while you are looking at it
  • Best-in-class performance with the snappy Snapdragon 660 - giving it one of the best performance to price ratios - it will steamroll through both daily tasks and games without breaking a sweat
  • Decent set of feature-rich dual cameras on the rear - they do especially well with color reproduction and macros - bokeh pictures are decent too
  • Low light performance is reasonable too
  • Decent video recording quality - video stabilisation is available at 1080p, and the phone does a good job of reducing shakes
  • Decent selfie camera too - and the face detection helps the ZenFone Max Pro M2 lock focus accurately when taking a group selfie (there is no portrait mode on the front camera yet, but it will arrive via a software update)
  • Overall, the cameras are pretty decent for this price segment - though not the absolute best
  • The bottom-firing speaker is quite loud
  • One of the key USPs of the ZenFone Max Pro M2 is of course the gigantic 5000mAH battery - this is the absolute best-in-class and no other rival brand can match it right now - you will be able to manage 2 days of battery life fairly easily
  • Decent charging speed (though fast charging is not officially supported) - with the supplied charger, you will be able to charge it from zero to 50 percent in an hour
  • Asus has come out with an absolute winner here - there are no 2 ways about it - and the Max Pro M2 will almost definitely be among the most popular phones in this price segment
  • When it comes to the competition, there’s the Redmi Note 6 Pro with slightly better cameras, but it has a slower processor, an inferior design, and a smaller battery - there’s also the Realme 2 Pro and Realme U1, and they both have the trendy teardrop notch designs and similarly great performance, but ColorOS is not the best experience - finally, there are some other good options like the Nokia 6.1 plus, the Motorola One Power, and the Honor 8X - but they all fail to match the ZenFone Max Pro M2’s all around capabilities - all in all, the Max Pro M2 is a fantastic option, no matter what way you look at it
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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 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
  • One of the issues that's there will all glossy phones is that the phone is prone to show scratches and smudges - chances are you will be keeping the Max Pro M2 in a case - and one case comes included in the retail package as well
Expert Reviews
  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 »
  1. The best all around budget phone out there
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. You can't really go wrong with it
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A good upgrade to the Max Pro M1
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Has all the right ingredients
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. If you are in the market looking for an all-round smartphone under Rs 15,000 range, I’d recommend the Zenfone Max Pro M2
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Asus has done a master masterstroke with the new Zenfone Max Pro M2, and it is the undeniably the best value-for-money phone in the market right now
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. Where the Zenfone Max Pro M2 takes the advantage is with the long stamina battery
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. You can't really go wrong with the Zenfone Max Pro M2, even though you have other good choices as well around this price point
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  11. firstpost.com hands-on Read Review »
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