Asus has recently launched two budget Android smartphones in India-ZenFone Max M1 and Zenfone Lite L1. These smartphones are directly competing with the likes of Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A. Currently, ZenFone Max M1 is available at special price of Rs.7,499. For this price is it a good value for money smartphone? Let us explore in our Asus Zenfone Max M1 review.
Asus ZenFone Max M1 Review-Pros and Cons
Specifications of Asus ZenFone Max M1
- Octa Core Snapdragon 430 SoC.
- 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage.
- 5.45-inch HD+ Display screen with 18:9 aspect ratio.
- Dual nano sim card slot+dedicated microSD card slot.
- 13MP primary camera with a f/2.0 aperture and PDAF.
- 8MP front facing camera with a f/2.2 aperture.
- 4000 mAh battery.
- Fingerprint scanner.
- Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, and GLONASS.
Asus Zenfone Max M1 Pros
Let us start some of the things which we liked in this device.
Compact form factor
This device has a 5.45-inch display screen with 18:9 aspect ratio and thin bezels. Hence, this is very compact in hand and easy to use in one hand.
Decent Display Panel
The 5.45-inch HD+ display panel on Zenfone Max M1 is good. It does provides good viewing angles and has enough brightness to be legible in outdoors.
4000 mAh battery is one of the key merits of this device. In our usage, it easily lasted more than 1 and half days. This included a lot of video streaming, playing some games and some calls. 4G is enabled all the time.
Asus Zenfone Max M1 Cons
Asus Zenfone Max M1 performance is decent for the price range. However, Snapdragon 430 is little older chipset compared to Mediatek Helio A22 which is used on Redmi 6A or Redmi 6.
Average camera performance
In good daylight conditions, Zenfone Max M1 takes good photos. However, in low light condition, it struggles.
Slow Android security update
At the time of writing this, the device still runs on July security patch update.