Our Opinion

The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a slightly better phone than the Asus Zenfone Zoom S ZE553KL, and is also much better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (4GB RAM, 64GB)!

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (4GB RAM, 64GB)  Asus Zenfone Zoom S ZE553KL 
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom ZE553KL
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Excellence Score
39.3
38.6
Value for Money Score
89.2
54.8
Price ₹ 10,999 onwards ₹ 26,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) May, 2018 Aug, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.99 inches 5.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2160 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display AMOLED, 2.5D Curved Glass, 500 Nits Brightness, Fingerprint and Smudge-resistant Oleophobic Coating
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 636Ranked #31 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 625Ranked #36 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 509 Adreno 506
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB-C
Primary Camera 13MP + 5MP 12MP + 12MP
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 Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Laser Autofocus, F/1.7 Aperture, Sony IMX362 Sensor, 1.4um Pixel Size, 3-axis Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS), 4-axis Optical Image stabilization (OIS), 1/2.55" Sensor Size, Geo-tagging, Simultaneous 4K Video Recording and 9MP Image Recording, Touch Focus, Face/Smile Detection, Auto HDR, Panorama, 12MP: F/2.0 Aperture; 5P Largan Lens, Manual Mode, HDR Pro, Beautification, Super Resolution, Children Mode, Low Light, Night Mode, Depth of Field Effect, Selfie Mode, Time Rewind, Smart Remove, All Smiles, Slow motion, Time Lapse
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 13.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, HDR, Panorama, Selfie Panorama, Time Lapse F/2.0 Aperture, Sony IMX214 Sensor, Screen Flash, Beautification, Selfie Panorama, Night Mode, HDR Pro, Effect, Low Light, GIF Animation, Slow motion, Time Lapse
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 (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.46 mm 7.99 mm
Weight 180 gm 170 gm
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 N/A
Fast Charging Yes Yes, BoostMaster
Other Battery Parameters Music Playback Time: 199 hrs, Gaming Time: upto 12 hrs, WiFi Web Browsing: 28 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration; NXP Smart Amp DTS Sound Enhancement; Hi-Res Audio; Fast Battery Charging (BoostMaster); Reverse Charging; Noise Filtration; Google Drive (100 GB cloud storage)
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
  • Upscale, simple, elegant brushed-metal design (similar to the iPhone) that feels much more premium than its price range would suggest
  • The outside edges of the phone are smooth and rounded, giving a nice hand feel
  • The fingerprint sensor at the back is intuitive to reach, and it’s really fast at recognising your print
  • Excellent AMOLED screen, with slim bezels and Gorilla Glass 5 protection - brings true blacks and more richly saturated colors and contrast to the forefront - viewing angles and view ability outdoors is very good too
  • Good, reliable performance - smooth in daily use, and can handled everything you throw at it, including graphic-intensive games
  • Pretty good set of rear dual cameras - the Zenfone 3 Zoom lives up to its camera-centric name - puts out quality images and also offers dollops of customization for people who like to have their hand in every last detail - and of course it has optical zoom (2.3x) that very few other phones can claim (the iPhone 7 Plus offers 2x optical zoom, just for reference)
  • Good front camera too
  • Outstanding battery life - boasts a huge 5, 000mAh battery that puts two-day battery life well within reach
  • Good charging speed too - goes from 0 to 50% in an hour
  • Hi-Res audio support and DTS:X virtual surround sound make for a good audio experience
  • On the whole, given the competition, the Asus Zenfone Zoom S might not be the best overall phone in its category, but it will not disappoint if camera is your priority
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
  • ZenUI has improved from before is now more streamlined, but it is still not the most elegant Android UI
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
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