Asus ZenFone Max M1 Review

Asus brand’s smartphone division seems very excited about the Indian market these days. The company is trying to introduce strong contests in successive segments. It started with the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1, a powerful handset available in the budget range. The target was the popular Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and this Asus phone made a different place for itself in the market. This was followed by the Asus ZenFone 5Z. The target of this phone is OnePlus 6. If seen, this flagship of Asus also surpasses OnePlus 6 in many ways. Asus now wants to adopt the same strategy with the Zenfone Max M1, and the target is Xiaomi’s Redmi 6 series. Is the Asus Zenfone Max M1 at Rs 8,999 the best device in this segment? Let’s know …

Asus ZenFone Max M1 Design

The Asus ZenFone Max M1 has a familiar look. This will remind you of ZenFone Max Pro M1. Plastic is mainly used in making the phone. It is available in black and gold colors. Considering the trend, the Max M1 has a larger 5.45-inch screen and is equipped with 2.5D curved glass. The borders are quite wide which looks right given the price.
Selfie cameras, earpieces and proximity sensors have got place above the display. According to us, the build quality of Asus ZenFone Max M1 is average. On the right side are the power and volume buttons. The SIM tray is found on the left side.

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Asus uses ‘Max’ branding for its large battery smartphones. The same has been seen with Asus Zenfone Max M1. The surprising thing is that despite having a large battery, the company has managed to keep the weight of this handset 150 grams. After looking at the new phone from the rear, the difference with the ZenFone Max Pro M1 is cleared. There is a rear camera here. The fingerprint sensor has a good position, especially considering the size of the phone. The 3.5mm headphone jack is at the top. The micro-USB port is at the bottom. Speaker grills are provided on both sides of it. But the speaker is available only in the right one.

Asus ZenFone Max M1 specification and software

Asus has used the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor in this handset. This decision is a bit strange, as it is an old chipset that has been a part of older smartphones like the Moto G5 and Moto G5S. The clock speed of this octa-core processor is 1.4 GHz. In this price range, we have seen processors like MediaTek Helio P22 and P23 which are part of Xiaomi Redmi 6 and Infinix Note 5 respectively.

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Asus Zenfone Max M1 has 32 GB storage with 3 GB RAM. MicroSD card up to 256 GB can be used if needed. The 5.45 inch display is with HD + resolution which seems reasonable considering the price. The phone has support for Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, GPS and GLONASS. ZenFone Max M1 is a dual SIM device. It has slots for both Nano SIMs. Both SIM slots have support for 4G and VoLTE, but only one SIM can connect to a 4G network at any time. 4000 mAh battery is provided.

The device comes with ZenUI based on Android Oreo. You will get features like Mobile Manager, Weather, Sound Recorder, File manager and Themes. Apart from this, Instagram, Facebook, Facebook Messenger and some Google apps are already installed on the phone in the handset.

Asus ZenFone Max M1 performance, camera and battery life

After the initial setup, we realize a slight lag, but after a few hours this deficiency is resolved. We found that the Max M1 can be unlocked faster with face recognition and fingerprint scanners. However, the old processor has been used in it. It also reflects in the benchmark score. Zenfone Max M1’s benchmark scores fall short of the rest of the phones in this price range.

We played the PUBG game on the phone. It ran at the lowest settings. After playing this game for about half an hour, the phone definitely got hot, but the situation did not reach inconvenient.

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In our HD video loop test, the ZenFone Max M1 died in 11 hours 32 minutes. If seen, it is slightly less than Redmi 6A and Redmi 6. After repeatedly checking WhatsApp accounts, using Google Maps for over an hour, and playing PUBG for about 40 minutes, at the end of the day, there was a little over 50 percent battery left in the phone. There are many power saver modes in this phone, with the help of which you can increase the battery battery of the phone.

Max M1 has a 13-megapixel primary camera with F / 2.0 aperture. It is equipped with phase detection autofocus. An 8-megapixel sensor with F / 2.2 aperture has been given on the front panel. The camera app is the same as other Asus phones.

Tap to see full-sized Asus ZenFone Max M1 camera sample

Photos taken in daylight from the Max M1 were good. But there was a decline in performance in low light. In daylight, the camera locks the focus to our liking. Distant objects lacked detail and sharpness. Max M1 shot some great macros. Separation between subject and background was good. HDR mode has to be manually enabled. This mode helps in taking better photos in bright conditions. HDR shots came out better, but the Max M1 forced us to wait after taking the shot. You will be able to take portrait shots from the front and rear cameras. But edge detection is weaker than average.

In low light, Max M1 cannot capture the detail. In this, noise reduction is very aggressive due to which the filter-like effect comes. You will be able to record up to 1080 pixels of video from both cameras of Max M1. There is no stabilization available, so you have to keep your hands very steady while recording the video.

Our decision
Asus has launched two strong phones like Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 and Asus ZenFone 5Z in different price segments. But Asus Zenfone Max M1 does not offer as strong a claim. The outdated Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 is much slower than the processor used in the rest of the phones in this price range.

Battery life goes in favor of the Asus Zenfone Max M1. Due to the large battery of 4000 mAh, the phone does not need to charge for about one and a half days. If battery life is most important for you, then Max M1 is a good choice. Especially in the festive season, where this handset can be purchased with a discount.

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