Our Opinion

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

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (3GB RAM, 32GB)  Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 (3GB RAM, 32GB) 
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2
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Excellence Score
21.0
25.8
Value for Money Score
57.9
64.0
Price ₹ 10,999 onwards ₹ 12,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) May, 2018 Dec, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Low likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Low likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.99 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2160 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 400 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6
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 1.8 GHz 1.95 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 636Ranked #58 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 660Ranked #43 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 509 Adreno 512
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 + 5MP 12MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Bokeh, HDR, Panorama, Time Lapse 12MP: Sony IMX486 sensor; F/1.8 Aperture; 1.25um Pixel Size; PDAF, Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS), Portrait Mode, HDR, Night Mode
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 13MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, HDR, Panorama, Selfie Panorama, Time Lapse F/2.0 Aperture, LED flash, Portrait Mode
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 2 TB 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 8.46 mmMedium 8.5 mmMedium
Weight 180 gmMedium 175 gmMedium
Width 76.0 mmOk for one-handed use 75.5 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh 5000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A 45.00 hrs
Fast Charging Support Yes
Included Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters Music Playback Time: 199 hrs, Gaming Time: upto 12 hrs, WiFi Web Browsing: 28 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 Noise Filtration; NXP Smart Amp; Google Drive: 100GB free space (1 year)
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Well built, with a good looking, ergonomic design - the minimalist body makes the display the center of attraction
  • Modern, tall 18:9 display, with a great contrast ratio - comes across as more vibrant than the display on its top competitor, the Redmi Note 5 Pro
  • Runs clean and simple stock Android UI - there’s hardly any bloatware save for a third-party payment app and Asus promises version updates less than two months after Google pushes it out (till Android Q)
  • The performance is top bracket for this price range with the modern Snapdragon 636 chipset - the one that was introduced by Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 Pro in the mid-range segment and effectively blew the competition away
  • Decent dual camera setup on the rear, with decent bokeh effects too
  • Good front camera - the selfies actually come out well-detailed with the right amount exposure and minimal beauty effects - it can also take portrait selfies and unlike other selfie-centric phones like the Oppo F7, the background isn’t overexposed to make the portrait stand out
  • The mono speaker on the phone is quite loud as well, thanks to a built-in NXP amplifier and a 5-magnet speaker (though its positioning could have been better)
  • Very good 5000mAh battery, which can give you up to 2 days with moderate use
  • Asus also bundles a fast charger with the device that can charge the phone to its full capacity in around 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Dedicated microSD slot and dual SIM slots
  • Comes (for a limited time) with Flipkart's Complete Mobile Protection offer for just Rs. 49, that add the cherry on the cake
  • On the whole, the Max Pro M1 is a brilliant comeback from Asus, and matches the best in the market, the Redmi Note 5 Pro, feature for feature - in fact, it actually beats the Note 5 Pro in terms of having a hassle-free stock UI, dedicated SD card slot, and longer battery life - although it falls behind it in terms of camera - so, what you finally chose will depend on what you value more, but this is nevertheless a competition between 2 top notch phones
  • 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]
  • The dual rear cameras are decent overall for this price bracket, but not quite up to the high standard now set for the mid range with the Redmi Note 5 Pro - there is no wow factor in the images - the highlights get clipped often and details in the textures aren't as prominent
  • The camera app UI is not the most elegant
  • 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. If a smartphone's battery is your top priority, then you're going to be hard pressed to find a cheaper phone with better battery life
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Asus has managed to pull off a massive achievement...It is sending a clear message that it intends to do whatever it takes to be successful in India, and once again, buyers win
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. You can't deny the sheer value on offer here
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Asus has a winner in its hands...It performs neck-to-neck with the Redmi Note 5 Pro
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. The Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1) is definitely worth your attention if you’re looking for a new smartphone at under Rs 15,000 right now
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. A well-rounded smartphone where the sum of parts is greater than the whole
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Ticks all the boxes for an ideal mid-range phone
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. There just is no beating the Max Pro M1 in terms of overall value
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  16. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  17. indianexpress.com hands-on Read Review »
  18. news18.com hands-on Read Review »
  19. themobileindian.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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