The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 has been with us for a while now. It’s the second smartphone in India to offer the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Mobile Platform, after the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro. But it’s the first smartphone to offer stock Android combined with the power efficient SoC, as the Note 5 Pro boots Xiaomi’s MIUI 9 based on Android 7.1 Nougat. For the unaware, the Zenfone Max Pro M1 boots Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box and offers Project Treble support as well. With the device being the first one to run stock Android and Snapdragon 636 chipset, we thought why not to put the device to test and share the benchmark scores.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Mobile Platform Specifications
Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 636 Mobile Platform at the end of last year as a successor to Snapdragon 630 Mobile Platform. The Snapdragon 636 is said to deliver 40% better performance than its predecessor as it packs Qualcomm’s custom Kryo 260 cores of eight in number. The chipset comes with Adreno 509 GPU. Besides the better GPU, the Snapdragon 636 is on-par with Snapdragon 660 Mobile Platform in terms of specifications.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 Benchmark Scores
As we have pointed out in our full review of the Zenfone Max Pro M1, the device is an excellent value for money product as it beats the competition heads down at Rs 10,999. The Snapdragon 636 SoC, coupled with stock Android 8.1 Oreo makes the device feel snappy, even under heavy usage scenarios.
Note: We used the 3GB RAM and 32GB storage variant of the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 during these tests.
In the AnTuTu benchmark test, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 achieved an overall score of 111325, slightly short of my Redmi Note 5 Pro’ score of 113456. In the CPU test, the phone obtained 52788 score, followed by the GPU score of 20791, UX score of 31831 and Memory score of 5915. The Nokia 7 Plus with Snapdragon 660 SoC achieved a score of 137662 during our test.
With a score of 111325, the Zenfone Max Pro M1 is miles ahead of the competition in its price range, and the closest competitor is the Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 Pro, which is available at a slightly higher price of Rs 14,999.
GFXBench especially tests the graphics performance of a smartphone. We ran the T-Rex (ES2.0) test in this tool, which delivered a score of 34fps. For those who’re wondering, the Note 5 Pro also achieved the same score of 34fps.
Geekbench is one of the popular resources for taking note of a smartphone’s performance. In the single-core test, the Zenfone Max Pro M1 achieved a score of 1334, which is on-par with Note 5 Pro’ score of 1325. The multi-core score is slightly on the lower side at 4700 when compared to Note 5 Pro’s 4912 score, which could be largely due to the presence of just 3GB of RAM. The base variant of the Note 5 Pro also comes with 4GB of RAM in India.
3DMark is one more benchmarking tool which stresses the graphics performance of a smartphone. The 3DMark tool has four tests- Ice Storm, Ice Storm Extreme, Sling Shot and Sling Shot Extreme. In the Sling Shot Extreme test, the device scored 921 (Sling Shot Extreme-OpenGL ES 3.1), 750 (Sling Shot Extreme-Vulkan) and an overall physics score of 2140 (Sling Shot Extreme-Vulkan).
In the Ice Storm test, the device managed to score 19099 while in the Sling Shot test, it achieved 1427 score. These scores are pretty much on-par with those of Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 Pro.
Basemark OS II
Lastly, we have the Basemark OS II test, which gives the performance overview of a smartphone in the form of System, Memory, Graphics and Web. The overall score achieved is 1866 with the system performance standing at 4249.
These are the benchmark scores of the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1. Again, it’s an excellent smartphone for the asking price, and the scores are nearly identical to the Redmi Note 5 Pro.