Asus, the Taiwanese multinational company, is putting extra efforts in the mobile industry lately. The company is coming up with the new devices according to the market demand meanwhile considering the price. Yes, that means we are talking about the budget-friendly smartphones.The latest addition is Asus ZenFone Max Plus M1 that comes with premium looks having an affordable price tag. The smartphone will be coming to the Indian market soon, but we have the full report of the phone’s specifications. ZenFone Max Plus is wrapped in a smooth metal body accompanied by a 2.5D curved glass at the front. The smartphone also comprises a powerful setup under the hood considering the price range. Let's dive into all the details and information available about the phone so that you can make a better decision.
At the first look, the ZenFone Max Plus M1 reminded me of the Google Pixel 2. The phone carries a premium look with the metal shining that only a few smartphones in this budget could offer. The phone is made up of aluminum with a soft touch at the back, the volume rocker and power button are also made up of metal. The front of the phone comes with almost full glass design thanks to the 80% screen to body ratio. The 5.7 inch display covers the major portion of the front only leaving a space for small bezel at the top and a thin chin at the bottom. The top bezel hosts the front camera and few sensors where at the bottom on chin you will see nothing. At the back of the phone, you will find a horizontally placed dual camera alongside a LED flash and the fingerprint sensor mounted in the middle.The well-finished antennas at the top and bottom of the back panel add a more refined look to the phone. There are two separate speaker grills at the bottom of the phone divided by a micro USB charging port in between them.
Talking about the display the Asus smartphone sports a 5.7 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen. The LCD comes with 1080 x 2160 pixels resolution that is quite impressive for an affordable range smartphone. Asus has given the phone 18:9 aspect ratio that made it possible to achieve almost 80 % of the screen to body ratio. The HD resolution and the more significant aspect ratio results in an excellent quality display that offers vibrant colors.
Asus seems to be more reliable on Mediatek chipset where the other smartphone makers prefer the Qualcomm's Snapdragon. Asus Zenfone Max Plus M1 runs on a MediaTek MT6750T chipset that is coupled with an Octa-core (4x1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.0 GHz Cortex-A53) processor. The CPU of the phone holds enough power to process efficiently most of the tasks you throw at it. The Asus phone is available in three variants including a 2GB RAM, 3GB RAM with 16GB or 32GB memory and 4GB RAM with 64GB memory.
The internal storage of the phone is expandable up to 256GB via microSD card that uses a dedicated slot. Besides, the phone also comprises a powerful camera setup that is capable of capturing the high-quality images. The dual rear camera is composed of 16 MP lens having the f/2 aperture with an 8 MP secondary lens. The secondary lens enables the bokeh effect for more focused images. The rear camera offers the features including Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, and panorama. The front camera uses an 8MP lens for taking beautiful selfies and supporting the video call.
The Asus smartphone uses a giant 4130 mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery as the power source, which supports fast charging.
Asus has launched the phone for $229 in the UK and US market, and it is yet to be released in India. The Asus Zenfone Max Plus M1 is expected to hit the Indian market with a price tag of Rs.12990. According to rumors and recent leaks, Asus is planning to launch the phone in India somewhere in October 2018.
Asus Zenfone Max Plus M1 is undoubtedly a great ‘budget-friendly’ smartphone that carries the flagship looks. The phone's performance and the hardware components are justified considering the price. Besides, the camera does its job perfectly in snapping the good images. However, Asus could have done more with the chipset and the RAM to give more power under the hood. The phone directly competes with the Moto G5S Plus and Moto G6 that comes with more features and power compared to the Max Plus M1. On the other hand, Asus has provided a truly good looking phone under a tight budget, so the users with limited requirements could go for this Zenfone Max Plus M1.
Akash Singh Chauhan is a senior writer at MobileAppDaily and he mainly covers all the latest happenings and tweaks in mobile app technology. Being an Engineering graduate he is always compelled to the technology and tries to discover new trends in the tech world. Along with any tech news he also never misses a single episode of ‘Dragon Ball’.Follow