Asus unveils ZenFone Max Pro smartphone in India

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Do you think the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 is better phone than the Redmi Note 5 Pro?

Asus is going straight at Xiaomi with its new Flipkart-exclusive Zenfone Max Pro M1.

Asus has claimed that the ZenFone Max Pro M1 will be marginally faster than the bestselling Redmi Note 5 Pro.

ASUS has given the Zenfone Max Pro M1 a huge 6-inch 18:9 IPS LCD display that renders photos at full HD+ resolution. There are a few aspects of the smartphone that will an "Asus-first", especially for India. The phone features stunning 450cd/m2 brightness, 1500:1 contrast ratio and an 85% NTSC color gamut to give users a magnificent visual experience.

The phone has Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 onboard, which offers a fairly decent performance. That being said, while both the smartphones look nearly similar in respect to the design, the Zenfone Max Pro M1 has a triple slot tray which can house two SIM cards along with a micro SD card slot at the same time, something which its Xiaomi counterpart can't boast about. Sensors onboard the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 include Face Unlock sensor, fingerprint sensor, and the likes. On the rear, the two cameras are a 13.0-megapixel one with f/2.2 aperture and a 5.0-megapixel one for picking up depth of field information, while on the front is an 8.0-megapixel shooter.

As for the Redmi Note 5 Pro, the only "Pro" for users considering to buy it will be the front facing 20MP camera which might be a game changer if upping the selfie game was one's priority.

The OS and interface on the two phones are poles apart, with the ZenFone Max Pro M1 ditching its Zen UI for Stock Android ie. The only eye-sore could be the fact that three out of the four colour options available, comes with the white coloured front panel, which defeats the goal of a bezel-less display as one can clearly see the size bezels even if the phone if off and looks odd for the most part.

Asus has announced 3 versions of the Zenfone Max Pro M1. Yes, the top and base of the back are plastic for the antennas, but the phone has a very nice feel to it and looks smart enough - the Asus branding is surprisingly subtle and we nearly missed it in our black unit.

Question: What is the battery size on the device? . The Zenfone Max Pro will go on sale in India via Flipkart.

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Coming to the design and build, Asus has again done an excellent job.

Secondly, the aesthetic body design. The phone, however, does have a 5.99-inch bezel-less display that feels fairly large and ideal for video content consumption. It's a metal phone with a diamond cut edges and 2.5D curved glass display.

Moving on, here's the surprising part. Asus also promises to send out updates to Android P when it is released.

Asus says it's placed a almost stock version of Android Oreo 8.1 inside the handset, but there are a few pre-installed apps.

Being a battery focused device, the smartphone will come with a massive 5,000 mAh battery. As an icing on the cake, the slot supports expansion upto 2TB (even 0.5TB microSD card is not properly available on the market currently). It also comes with dual SIM and a dedicated micro SD card slot.

Next up, we have the battery life. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Mobile Platform, with Adreno 509 graphics and runs on pure Android 8.1. Heavier usage will definitely see some reduced battery times. I have been using this phone for past two days.

The ZenFone Max Pro M1 has been made to deliver impressive audio output as it includes 5-magnet speaker and NXP smart amplifier.

Lastly, we have the cameras. The camera app used by the handset is the Snapdragon Camera app. It will be a direct competitor to the Redmi Note 5 Pro 6GB variant. Take a look at some shots captured using the Zenfone Max Pro. It is very aggressively priced at Rs 10,999 for 3 GB RAM + 32 GB storage version and Rs 12,999 for 4 GB RAM + 64 GB variant. The result was a product that's somewhat similar to the Redmi Note 5 Pro, but with slight advantage over certain specs. The dual camera system is assisted by PDAF and LED flash, and is capable of shooting 4K videos as well, something that is missing on the Redmi Note 5 Pro (but present in the cheaper Redmi Note 5).

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