Review of ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2: Changed Radically

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ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2. This smartphone is a succession of the ZenFone Max Pro M1 which was launched in early 2018.

The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 presents a more modern design, a faster processor, and a better camera while maintaining user-interface Android and a large battery that makes the original so popular. This smartphone also has a face unlock and fingerprint feature.

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 features:

  • Screen: 6.26 inches, 2280×1080, IPS LCD 19: 9, notch, Corning Gorilla Glass 6
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, CPU 4×2.2GHz Kryo 260 Gold + 4×1.8GHz Kryo Silver, Adreno 512 GPU
  • RAM / Memory: 3GB / 32GB, 4 / 64GB, 6 / 64GB, LPDDR4X RAM
  • MicroSD slot: Up to 2TB
  • Rear Camera: 12 MP Sony IMX486, f / 1.8, 4K30 video with EIS, the single LED flash plus 5MP depth sensor
  • Front camera: 13MP, f / 2.0, LED flash, 1080p30 video
  • Battery: 5000mAh
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM, dual VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11n 2.4GHz, Bluetooth 5.0, micro USB, GPS / GLONASS / BDS / BeiDou / QZSS
  • Others: Fingerprint sensor, face locking, FM radio

Unfortunately, despite having a very large battery capacity, 5000mAh, but this smartphone is not supported by fast charging technology.

1. Design

The ZenFone Max Pro M2 looks very different from its predecessor series. Both from the design and specifications.

The M2 Pro Max features a screen design with bangs. This, of course, provides a broader view, touch from end to end. Even though it still has a pretty thick bezel on the chin, it doesn’t reduce the satisfaction of enjoying video and game entertainment because of its large screen, 6.2 inches with a 19: 9 ratio.

The next radical change is in the rear body. On the ZenFone Max Pro M1, this part is made of aluminum. In this second series, ASUS replaced it with polycarbonate with a glossy appearance.

At first glance, this part looks like glass. But when held, then we know that it is just an “illusion” created by texture and luster.

Replacement of these materials can also be seen as a decrease in the quality of the previous series. Even so, the weight becomes lighter, which is 175 grams. Five grams lighter than the ZenFone Max Pro M1 which weighs 180 grams.

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 has a large battery in it, which is 5000mAh. But, its weight is lighter than the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro (4000mAh) which weighs 182 grams. By design, this mobile is well built and lightweight.

2. Screen

The screen display of the ZenFone Max Pro M2 is physically larger than the M1 because of the pinched screen (notch). Interestingly, these bangs don’t eat too much space.

The screen of the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 measures 6.26 inches, 2280×1080, with IPS LCD technology. This screen has an aspect ratio of 19: 9 with 94 percent NTSC color, 1500: 1 contrast ratio, and a peak brightness of 450 nits.

For outdoors, ASUS seems to set it too “cold”. It can be seen from the screen that appears very bluish. And the saturation seems to be set too high by the manufacturer. Even though it can be set in the Settings feature, but for people who use the OLED screen, they will be surprised at the brightness of this screen.

3. User-Interface

ZenFone Max Pro M2 uses the Oreo Android 8.1 operating system that is integrated with the ZenUI user-interface. One of the most fun things from ASUS is that it doesn’t carry much of the default application even though it’s not part of Android One.

4. Performance

If the user-interface display is not very good, it is different from the performance. ZenFone Max Pro M2, which runs Snapdragon 660. ASUS provides three choices, namely RAM / memory 3GB / 32GB, 4 / 64GB, and 6 / 64GB. Overall, the performance of this smartphone is very good and many applications, both social media, and features are easy to run.

Here are the results of the AnTuTu score benchmark for ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2:

AnTuTu benchmark ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2

Above all, the ZenFone Max Pro M2 is very cool in terms of battery life can last more than eight hours.

Unfortunately, the good performance is not accompanied by sound quality that is commensurate. ASUS only attaches one speaker at the bottom with not too good quality. The loudspeaker performance is ideally only up to 60 percent, the rest is the only distortion. Unlike the case, if you connect with Bluetooth speakers. You can set it up to 80 percent.

5. Camera

The ZenFone Max Pro M2 has a dual camera on the back which consists of a 12MP f / 1.8 main camera that can capture 4K video and a 5MP depth sensor camera. The depth sensor is very helpful for taking pictures in portrait mode.

In terms of image quality, the ZenFone Max Pro M2 is quite good. The color and white balance are quite accurate, the level of detail is good and the images have little noise, even in indoor situations, the HDR Mode works relatively well and manages to control the highlight details.

6. Battery

ASUS embed the ZenFone Max Pro M2 with a battery of 5000mAh. Batteries, nowadays, are important features that are sought by users. Not just for playing games, but also so as not to charge too often, which makes the battery weaker.

Filling a large battery does take time. This phone only supports charging up to 10 Watts. That means it takes about three hours for the battery to be fully charged when it runs out completely. Strangely, ASUS still uses a micro USB port that is outdated when other brands already use USB-C.


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