Asus Zenfone Max M1 

price₹ 7,499 onwards

launchOct, 2018

26.4

excellence score

81.6

value for money score

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2-Minute Review

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Design

  • 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

Display

  • 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

Software

  • 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)

Performance

  • 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

Camera

  • Decent selfie camera - especially has a good software portrait mode for bokeh shots
  • 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

Battery

  • 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

More

  • 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

Expert Reviews

We continuously monitor new reviews from 200+ top technology experts

  1. If battery life is a high priority for you, the ZenFone Max M1 is a good pick
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. 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 »
  3. A pretty solid budget phone for the price it commands
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. Using a chipset of 2015 has its own share of hits and misses
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Pretty good, but falling a step short
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »

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Asus Zenfone Max M1 Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size5.45 inches
Screen Resolution720x1440 pixels (~ 295 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
Display Features
  • 2.5D Curved Glass
  • FullView Display
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
Fingerprint sensorYes
Face UnlockYes
Processor/RAM
Processor1.5 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 430Ranked #72 in Mobile Procesor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 505
RAM3 GB
Memory
Internal Memory32 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 256 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity4000 mAh
Dimensions
Weight150 gm
Thickness8.7 mm
Camera
Primary Camera13MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features
  • F/2.0 Aperture
  • Phase Detection AutoFocus (PDAF)
  • Beauty mode
  • Panorama
  • Time Lapse
  • 9 various filters
  • Portrait Mode
Secondary Camera8MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • LED flash
  • F/2.0 Aperture
  • 85° field of view
  • Beauty mode
  • Portrait Mode
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB
USB On-The-GoYes
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS
CompassYes
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App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM
FM RadioYes
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