Gadget Review: 2 Weeks with Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1

Even before I got the review unit of the ZenFone Max Pro M1 form Asus Philippines, it has pretty much earned the reputation of being the “Battery King” in a lot of reviews I’ve read and heard from techie friends.

I’d just have to confirm it on my own and via my personal experience.

But before we go there, here is a rundown of the significant specs of the ZenFone Max Pro aside from the battery power it’s best known for recently.

Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1

Unboxing the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1

ZenFone Max Pro M1 Main Specs

  • 5.99-inch Full HD+ (2160 by 1080) – 18:9 Full View IPS display
  • 64-bit Octa-core Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (GPU:Qualcomm Adreno™ 509)
  • 5000mAh Battery capacity with fast charging (0-100% in 2 hours 42 minutes)
  • Dual Rear Camera: 13MP Main Rear Camera + 5MP Second Rear Camera (means with bokeh)
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • Pure Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 32GB Internal storage
  • MicroSD card up to 2TB
  • Triple slots: Dual SIM & one microSD card
ZenFone Max Pro

The ZenFone Max Pro with pure Android – Android 8.1 Oreo UI

ZenFone Max Pro Specs

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro Specs

ZenFone Max Pro M1 Review

I was not disappointed.

Having charged it from my first drain, I was able to charge it full 100% in less than 3hrs.

After which I used it as my main phone for 3 days surfing the net, Facebook-ing, checking my emails, watching Youtube, listening to Spotify with its own speakers, and using it as my morning alarm clock, among other things.

Wi-Fi is pretty much turned on for at least 12 hrs per day. So the 3 days is somewhat equal to 36 hours of WiFi doing a mix of all those aforementioned activities.

The Battery King

The Battery King?

ZenFone Max Pro Review

ZenFone Max Pro Review

And as a social media professional running my own social media marketing agency Digital Circles, I can say that I am a heavy user of smartphones managing Facebook Pages of my clients and monitoring online outputs on social media by fellow bloggers and influencers we tap for campaigns.

On the side, I do some blogging chores for myself as well.

So in summary, the conclusion is a ‘Yes!’ – Gadget Gambit is joining the crowd who testifies that the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is indeed a Battery King!

Beyond the Battery

Alright, we’re hands-down on the battery which lasts more than 3 days on full use. But more than that, we also liked its big 6″ widescreen format with 18:9 size ration which again complements the needs of the gamer-target market (for my weak eyes, too) plus enough space even for the control buttons.

Dual Rear Camera

The Dual Rear Camera: 12MP + 5MP

The duo combination of Snapdragon 636 Mobile Platform + powerful Adreno 509 GPU is also a timely development offering to address the necessary better responsive performance intended for gaming.

The 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM is a so-so for me. But hey, that is because I’m used to mid-range phones at the 10k17k price tags. When you see the ZenFone Max Pro M1 Philippine price tag below, which is less than 10K, these specs are already very good for that price in today’s Philippine market!

Moreover, if you are mobile photography enthusiast, the 13MP + 5MP dual rear camera with bokeh and 13MP front camera are features that can be found on mobile phones above the 10K price range.  Decent dual camera with soft-light LED flash on both sides for under 10k? Believe it.

The latest version of pure Android interface – Android 8.1 Oreo comes as a bonus.

Asus Philippines

3GB RAM and 32GB ROM

A Bit of Recent Flashback

Prior to this review, the Max Pro M1 had its first appearance in the Philippines at the FragFest 2018, last June 9, 2018, just 2 days after the Asus smartphone’s official launch announcement. Spectators got to try the Max Pro first hand with ‘limitless’ gaming.

Aside from the pre-orders that started June 8, it had another round of pre-order from June 22-24 with freebies and a chance to win an international trip. This was further hyped when Asus Philippines teamed-up with Lazada Philippines for an exclusive online selling last June 25 which got sold out in about 2 hours after it started at 12nn.

Asus Philippines had to re-stock.

ZenFone Max Pro Philippine Price

The ZenFone Max Pro Philippine Price is at Php 9,9995Very Good Deal!

Philippine Price and Availability

Right now, the ZenFone Max Pro is still exclusively available in Lazada Philippines with a Philippine price of Php 9,995– a very good deal considering the specs! Colors in black and silver.

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About Jonel Uy

Jonel Uy is the Chief Creative of GadgetGambit.com. Hailing from UP Diliman with a degree in Computer Science, he is also the Managing Director of Blogger Circles Inc. engaging and amplifying social media campaigns for brands. On Mondays, he teaches information technology classes at a local college.
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