Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 Review, Specifications, Comparison and Tip & Tricks

Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 smartphone was launched in April 2018. The phone comes with a 5.99-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 2160 pixels. Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 price in India starts from Rs. 10,999.
The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 is powered by octa-core processor and it comes with 3GB of RAM. The phone packs 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 2000GB via a microSD card. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 packs a 13-megapixel primary camera on the rear and 8-megapixel front shooter for selfies.

The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 runs Android 8.1 Oreo and is powered by a 5000mAh. It measures 159.00 x 76.00 x 8.46 (height x width x thickness) and weighs 180.00 grams.
The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 is a dual SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts Nano-SIM and Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, 3G and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include Compass/ Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and Gyroscope.

 

Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 Specifications

Release date April 2018
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 159.00 x 76.00 x 8.46
Weight (g) 180.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 5000
Colours Midnight Black, Grey

DISPLAY

Screen size (inches) 5.99
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1080×2160 pixels

HARDWARE

Processor octa-core
Processor make Snapdragon 636
RAM 3GB
Internal storage 32GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 2000

CAMERA

Rear camera 13-megapixel
Rear Flash Yes
Front camera 8-megapixel
Front Flash Yes

SOFTWARE

Operating System Android 8.1 Oreo

CONNECTIVITY

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.20
Headphones 3.5mm
Number of SIMs 2
SIM 1
SIM Type Nano-SIM
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
SIM 2
SIM Type Nano-SIM
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes

SENSORS

Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes

Realme vs Asus zenfone max pro m1 vs Redmi note 5 comparison

GENERAL
 Realme
 Asus

zenfone

max  pro m1

redmi

note 5
Release date May 2018 April 2018 February 2018
Dimensions (mm) 156.00 x 75.30 x 7.80 159.00 x 76.00 x 8.46 158.50 x 75.45 x 8.05
Weight (g) 158.00 180.00 180.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3410 5000 4000
Colours Diamond Black, Moonlight Silver, Solar Red Midnight Black, Grey Black, Gold, Lake Blue, Rose Gold
Removable battery No
DISPLAY
Screen size (inches) 6.00 5.99 5.99
Resolution 1080×2160 pixels 1080×2160 pixels 1080×2160 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 403
HARDWARE
Processor 2GHz octa-core octa-core 2GHz octa-core
Processor make MediaTek Helio P60 Snapdragon 636 Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
RAM 3GB 3GB 4GB
Internal storage 32GB 32GB 64GB
Expandable storage Yes Yes Yes
Expandable storage type microSD microSD microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 256 2000
CAMERA
Rear camera 13-megapixel 13+5 megapixel 12-megapixel
Rear Flash LED Yes LED
Front camera 8-megapixel 8-megapixel 5-megapixel
Front Flash Yes LED
SOFTWARE
Operating System Android 8.1 Android 8.1 Oreo Android 7.0
Skin ColorOS 5.0 MIUI 9
CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes Yes, v 4.20 Yes, v 4.20
USB OTG Yes Yes
Number of SIMs 2 2 2
NFC No
SIM 1
SIM Type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
4G/ LTE Yes Yes Yes
SIM 2
SIM Type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
4G/ LTE Yes Yes Yes
SENSORS
Proximity sensor Yes Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes Yes Yes
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No

Tips & Tricks

1. Portrait Mode

The Zenfone Max Pro M1 Portrait mode in the camera app is a bit confusing. Actually, the portrait mode option in the sidebar menu is not the background blur or bokeh mode.

You will find the portrait mode icon in the top strip next to the settings wheel as shown in the image above. Just tap it and the depth-sensing second camera will get in action. It must be noted that actual portrait shots on the phone turn out better than what you see on the viewfinder screen before pressing the shutter key.

2. Change Font size

Some of the accessibility options like changing Font Size are also present in display settings. So, if you prefer bigger fonts that are lighter on your eyes, you can go to Settings>>Display>>Advanced>> Font Size and increase or decrease them using a slider.

3. Show battery percentage in the Status bar

The Zenfone Max Pro M1 has a 5000mAh power unit, big enough to drive all battery anxieties. However, it’s still convenient to check exactly how much you have remaining in the tank.

To turn on battery percentage on Zenfone Max Pro M1, just go to Settings>> battery, and toggle on Battery percentage listed under power management. You can also check other battery-related stats in the same menu

4. Use Two 4G VoLTE SIM cards

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is the only phone available under Rs. 15,000 that supports two VoLTE SIM cards simultaneously. So, you have the option to use Jio SIM for calling and another SIM for data without turning the Jio SIM off.

To manage two VoLTE SIM cards, go to Settings>> Network & Internet. Now, you can navigate to “Mobile Network” option and select preferred network as 2G/3G/4G for both SIM 1 and SIM 2.

You can also go to “SIM card” option to set def which SIM will be automatically used for data, calling or texts.

5. Access Zenmotion Gestures (double tap to wake, sleep, etc.)

In spite of the switch to a near-pure Android experience, Asus has retained its Zenmotion gestures on the Zenfone Max Pro M1.

To access these gestures, go to Settings and scroll down to ‘System’ settings. You will find gestures within System settings.

6. Turn on Battery Saver Automatically

You can set Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 to automatically turn on battery saver mode automatically when you are running out of battery juice.

To do so, go to Settings>> Battery. Tap on Battery saver option (without toggling it On). Now tap on Turn on Automatically and choose when you’d like the power saver mode to kick in (at 5%, 15%, or never).

7. Change display color temperature

Unlike most stock Android devices, the Zenfone Max Pro M1 lets you adjust color temperature to an extent. A slider under display settings lets you shift towards warmers tones that are lighter on your eyes or towards colder tones if you’d rather have bluish whites. We, for one, like a little warmer tones than the default settings on the Zenfone Max Pro.

8. Remove Vibration in Keyboard and on Navigation buttons

If you don’t want your phone to return haptic feedback every time you press a navigation button or whenever you type using the keyboard, you can turn the vibration off. To do so, go to Settings > Sound > advanced and toggle off ‘Vibrate on Press’.

If you want to remove vibration feedback only from Keyboard, you can do so from Preferences under Gboard settings.

9. Change default apps

 To change default apps on Zenfone Max Pro M1, go to Settings>> Apps & Notification>> Advanced and select default apps.

From here, you can change already set default app preferences. From the same menu, you can also decide which app you’d want to open links that you encounter within other apps.

10. Turn on Home screen Rotation

If you often use your phone in landscape and find it easier to navigate home screen in landscape position, you can turn on the option to rotate Home screen as phone rotates.

Just long press anywhere on the home screen, go to home settings and turn on “Allow home screen rotation”. You can also change icon shape from here.

11. Turn off Cell Broadcast messages

If you are getting annoying cell broadcast messages on your Zenfone Max Pro M1, that’s because somehow Emergency Broadcasts have been turned on.

To turn these off, go to Settings>> Apps & Notifications >> Advanced and select “Emergency Broadcast”. Turn off alerts on the next screen and you are done.

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