Asus, today announced two new smartphones in the Indian market- Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 and the Asus ZenFone Max M2. The Max Pro M2 is the direct successor to the popular ZenFone Max Pro M1 which was launched in India earlier this year. Asus has made a lot of improvements to the ZenFone Max Pro M2 as the phone now features a different design, notched display, powerful Snapdragon 660 chipset, capable dual rear cameras, stock Android and a 5000mAh battery. Notably, it’s the cheapest smartphone with the Corning Gorilla Glass 6 and it comes in a base 3GB+32GB variant, which sets the company apart from other brands like Realme and Xiaomi. The Max Pro M2, like its predecessor, is also exclusive to Flipkart in the country.
Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2: Specifications and Features
Starting with the display, the Max Pro M2 features a 6.26-inch Full HD+ screen on the front which carries a resolution of 2280×1080 pixels, 19:9 aspect ratio and 450 nits brightness. There’s a notch on top of the display which houses the selfie camera and soft LED flash, The notch is way smaller than the one we get on the Redmi Note 6 Pro, but it’s not the dewdrop style one though. The display is also protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 6 technology.
Under the hood, the smartphone has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Mobile Platform which works in tandem with 3GB/4GB/6GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB of internal storage. Asus stated that the RAM used on the Max Pro M2 is LPDDR4X. Graphics on the handset will be taken care of by Adreno 512 GPU. Like its predecessor, the Max Pro M2 also has a dedicated microSD card slot which allows users to expand storage up to 400GB.
As for the sensors, the Max Pro M2 offers Accelerometer, E-Compass, Proximity, Ambient light sensor and Gyro sensor. On the rear side, there’s a fingerprint scanner which is said to unlock the smartphone in 0.3 seconds. Connectivity options include Dual 4G, VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS and a Micro USB port. It supports FM Radio and has a five-magnet speaker, NXP SmartAmp, and two microphones.
Moving onto the cameras, the Max Pro M2 has a 12MP Sony IMX486 primary shooter on the back which has a f/1.8 aperture, 1.25um and 6P lens. There’s a secondary 5MP depth sensor which collects background information. The rear camera has support for Electronic Image Stabilisation and 4K video recording. Frontal, Asus has added a 13MP shooter with f/2.0 aperture, 1.12um and LED flash.
Lastly, the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 has a huge 5000mAh battery and boots stock Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. Asus confirmed that the Android P upgrade for the smartphone is already under testing phase, so expect it by the end of January 2019.
Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2: Pricing and Availability
As noted, the Max Pro M2 will be exclusive to Flipkart in the sub-continent. It comes in two colour options- Blue and Titanium, with the latter set to go on sale at a later date. The phone comes in three variants- 3GB+32GB, 4GB+64GB and 6GB+64GB. Unlike the Max Pro M2, all the three variants of the Max Pro M2 features similar camera hardware.
Asus has priced the device aggressively as well to take on the Realme 2 Pro and Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro. The 3GB+32GB variant of the Max Pro M2 is priced at Rs 12,999, the 4GB+64GB variant at Rs 14,999 and the 6GB+64GB variant retails for Rs 16,999.
Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2: Competitors in India
Going by the hardware of the Max Pro M2, it will take on the Realme 2 Pro and Xiaomi Mi A2. Both the smartphones feature the same Snapdragon 660 chipset and come in various configurations. The Realme 2 Pro starts at Rs 13,990, whereas the Mi A2 is currently retailing for Rs 15,999. Also, going by the pricing, the Max Pro M2 also takes on the Redmi Note 6 Pro which is priced in India at Rs 13,999 for the 4GB+64GB variant. Cameras are the standout aspect of Redmi Note 6 Pro and Mi A2, and it will be interesting to see how the Max Pro M2 stacks against them.