ASUS Zenfone Max M1 hands-on: the new Battery King?
ASUS’ new budget offering, the Zenfone Max M1, is now available. Poised as the next “Battery King” with its hefty 4,000mAh battery, the sub-P9,000 phone sure brings promise to the table. But does it live to the hype?
We’ve been given some face time with the phone itself, used it for a couple of days, and rounded up our hands-on first impressions of the phones.
Familiar design, beefed functions
Let’s get this out of the way: the ASUS Zenfone Max M1 looks a lot like an iPhone. While that’s true, ASUS ticks all the right boxes, chief among them the 18:9 screen and the placement of the fingerprint sensor at the back.
The phone’s internals is more impressive. For starters, it comes with Android 8.0 out of the box. It comes in a 3GB RAM/36GB Expandable Storage combo that assures a mostly smooth Android experience. As a complementary add-on, ASUS also throws in a free 100GB Google Drive Storage.
The Zenfone Max M1 also ships with an Adreno 509 GPU, which should be enough for a lot of games, including PUBG, which is surprisingly playable at Low Resolution.
Check out the specs below.
|Operating System||Android 8.0 Oreo|
|Display||5.5-inch Full HD+ (2160 x 1080) IPS
18:9 aspect ratio
2.5D arc glass panel
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
64-bit octa-core CPU (8 x Kryo 260 cores)
Adreno 509 GPU
14nm FinFET technology
|RAM||RAM 3GB LPDDR3|
Supports microSD card up to 2TB
Support Apps to SD card
Google Drive: 100GB free space (1 year)
|Front Camera||13MP Camera, F2.2 aperture 85˚ wide-viewing angle
|Rear Camera||Dual Cameras (8MP Camera, F2.0 aperture / 13MP Camera)
120˚ wide-viewing angle
0.03-second laser auto-focus
Instant cameras switching
|Battery||4000mAh Lithium (non-removable)|
|Dimensions||147.3 x 70.9 x 8.7 mm|
|Colors||Metallic finish: Galaxy Black/Sunlight Gold/Ruby Red|
Suspect hardware choices
For a “battery king”, the decision to go with a micro USB is odd. There’s so much they can do with a USB type-C, chiefly support for fast-charging. I guess the point is to not charge your phone all that much. Outside of that, I’ve no qualms.
The cameras aren’t the best, but they’re fun to use
The cameras in front and at the back of the Zenfone Max M1 both don’t produce the best photos, but the experience of taking them is amusing. There’s a wide shot feature for the rear 13MP/8MP cameras, which gives the users the ability to switch between a standard and a wide lens. There are also beautification options, which, for the most part, does it job and not practically blur the subject’s face like others do.
Is it really the new “battery king”?
We think ASUS is still a few ways away from earning that title. But with what they’ve put on the table with the Zenfone Max M1, I’d say ASUS has gone far. Especially with that price point—the Zenfone Max M1 retails for Php 8,995—4,000mAh is ample enough to almost everyone you’ll encounter. It won’t last you 41 days standby time as advertised, but it will easily last you two or even three days of mild to lightly intensive use.