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February 6, 2019

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2: Review & Sample Shots

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2: Review Philippines & Sample Shots

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2: Review & Sample Shots

Asus recently introduced ASUS ZENFONE MAX PRO M2 and I got an awesome time playing with it! 


I was feeling a bit broken-hearted when my phone died on me during the New Year's eve, and I needed a replacement smartphone which can stay with me in my everyday (mis)adventures. It was a timely release for Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 and I already felt attached to it. 

Just like in any smartphone relationship, I got 3 things that I look for in a gadget: good camera, powerful battery and good performance. It seems that Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 understands those "love languages". 

The ZenFone Max Pro M2 harnesses an epic performance of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 that is able to deliver smooth, responsive power. It runs with 6GB RAM and 64GB ROM and is 11% faster than the previous generation. 

Its massively powerful 5000mAh battery is perfect for non-stop gaming and non-stop entertainment. It is now the world’s lightest 5,000 mAh smartphone – which you can enjoy for up to two-days of non-stop use in a single charge.

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2: Review Philippines & Sample Shots

The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 is the first in its class to use the latest and most premium Corning Gorilla Glass 6, designed to survive 15 consecutive one-meter drops onto rough surfaces.  

Specs:

57.9mm
(6.22 inches)75.5mm
(2.97 inches) 8.5mm
(0.33 inches)
Weight: 175 grams (6.17 ounces)
6.3-inch FHD+ (2280 by 1080) IPS display
Corning® Gorilla® Glass 6 for best screen protection
90% screen-to-body ratio
94% NTSC color gamut
450nits brightness
1500:1 contrast ratio
Capacitive touch panel with 10 points multi-touch (supports glove touch)
Memory: LPDDR4X 4GB / 6GB
Main Camera: 12MP Sony® IMX486 image sensor
Second Camera: 5MP/Depth sensing/84° field of view
Front-View Camera: 13MP/F2.0 aperture/Face recognition unlock
SIM Card: Triple slots: Dual SIM & one microSD card

Unboxing Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 + Design

The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 comes with ZenFone Max Pro with Stock Android™ Oreo™, ASUS earphone with microphone,  Micro-USB cable, Ejector pin (SIM tray needle), USB power adapter, Documentation (user guide, warranty card) and clear soft bumper casing.

. It is a few millimeters thick compared to my other phone, but it is easy to hold on the hands with its 3D-curve rear design. It is the first to use the eye-catching, new Wave finish—exquisitely created using a glossy 16-layer coating that looks stunning from every angle, showing a changing interplay of light and shade

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2: Review Philippines & Sample Shots


Battery Test

I took the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 on a roadtrip with friends and I am quite impressed with its performance. After a whole day of drive (with Waze leading our way), music on with Spotify and occasional switches with different social media channels, my battery lasted the whole day up until the following morning. 

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2: Review Philippines & Sample Shots

Battery Features:
5000mAh capacity with fast charging

Up to 35 days 4G standby
Up to 45 hours 3G talk time
Up to 23 hours Wi-Fi web browsing
Up to 19 to 16 hours video play back
Up to 10 hours gaming



Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 Sample Photos

I always tend to depend on my camera to take photos of my memories. But during times when I needed to take quick shots, I use my phone to capture photos for me. I am pleasantly surprised with how the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 take good quality photos in different lighting conditions and situations. 

The intelligent dual-camera system in the ZenFone Max Pro M2 is the most advanced that can ever be seen in the Max Series line-up. It features 13 scenes for its AI Scene Detection – a same feature found in the flagship ZenFone 5 series – which allows users to concentrate on the subject and perfect results every time. 

It uses Sony IMX486 main sensor, allowing it to take any subject in its stride, and capture more-realistic photos at any time of the day or night. The Phase-Detection Autofocus (PDAF) and Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) get rid of camera shake for blur-free handheld shots, with accurate focusing on any subject in an instant. 

Below are some (cliche) photos I took during our staycation. 


Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2: Review Philippines & Sample Shots
Shot inside a moving car 

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2: Review Philippines & Sample Shots
Cliche Beach Photo

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2: Review Philippines & Sample Shots
Food Photo in Low Light 

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2: Review Philippines & Sample Shots
Indoor Photo in Incandescent Light

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2: Review Philippines & Sample Shots
Selfie: the Front-View Camera uses 13MP, F2.0, 77.2 degree view angle (26.4mm focal length by 35mm eq)


Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2: Review Philippines & Sample Shots
 Food Photo

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2: Review Philippines & Sample Shots
Another Food Shot

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2: Review Philippines & Sample Shots
Outdoor Shot in Golden Hour

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2: Review Philippines & Sample Shots
Cliche Shot: Sunset (one of my favorite photos!)

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2: Review Philippines & Sample Shots
Night Shot (around 6:30 PM) 
I was surprised that when I zoomed in, the camera was still able to capture the leaves with less noise.

Performance & Entertainment

A smartphone is a remote control of my life and I use it to communicate, share updates on social media, take photos, transact and close deals, and of course, consume stuff online. 

During down times, especially when stuck in traffic or before hitting the bed, I watch Netflix (check out my current favorite Netflix series and documentaries). 

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2: Review Philippines & Sample Shots
I usually  watch Friends after a disturbing series/documentary

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 provides a great viewing experience with the latest All-Screen high-res 6.3-inch FHD+ (2280 x 1080) display and 19:9 All-Screen Display. The screen provides vibrant colors and sharp display. 

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2: Review Philippines & Sample Shots
Joey is my favorite character 

It also uses a five-magnet speaker with a metal voice coil, driven by a powerful NXP low-distortion smart amplifier that delivers powerful, detailed and crystal-clear sound - allowing you to share your music or movie with friends. Personally though, I prefer using earphones. 

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2: Review Philippines & Sample Shots
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Switching between apps is smooth and easy too. I think, the only time I encountered system lag is when it is prompting me to do a system update.


Verdict

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 provides a really impressive features for its price of Php 14,995.00. A decent phone that gives a powerful performance and battery life but didn't feel bulky. I think the only cons I experienced is it takes a while to charge a phone (but I am not surprised, because one full-charge can last you up to two days).



The ZenFone Max Pro M2 comes in two variants: 
4GB/64GB on Shopee/Lazada @ PHP 12,995 
 6GB/64GB on ASUS/ZenFone Shops & accredited multi brand partners @ PHP 14,995

2 Colors: Midnight Black (4GB and 6GB), Cosmic Titanium (6GB only; http://bit.ly/MaxProM2WTBCosmicTitanium)

 Check out https://www.facebook.com/ASUSph/ and @asusph for more details.