Expanding its ZenFone Max product range, Asus has launched ZenFone Max Pro M2 (ZB630KL) and ZenFone Max M2 (ZB632KL) in India. Both these smartphones have striking similarities, yet distinct hardware combination. Both bear larger 19:9 displays with notch cut, dual rear cameras with AI support, Snapdragon chipsets and bigger battery units.
On the software front, both these smartphones run on Android 8.1 Oreo with stock UI. However, the company has promised an update to Android 9.0 Pie from these phones by January 2019. Both smartphones also feature a dedicated microSD card slot along with dual SIM slots. You also get LED soft light flash up front for those bright selfies.
Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 Specifications and Features
Let’s quickly run down the specifications and features of Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2. The phone got a premium design featuring 3D glass-like rear panel with wave design. In the front, the phone flaunts a 6.26-inch FHD+ IPS display (2280 by 1080) and its protected with 2.5 curved Corning Gorilla Glass 6. However, you get the famous notch on the display, which is also one of the smallest full-function notch cut. This small part accommodates the LED proximity sensor, soft LED flash, notification LED, Ambient light sensor, front camera and earpiece.
Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Mobile Platform with AI Engine paired with Adreno 512 GPU unit. This been coupled with a 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage, 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage or 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage combination. As we said earlier, there is a dedicated memory card slot which allows you to expand the storage up to 2TB via microSD card.
Camera and Connectivity
Coming to the camera part, the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 sports a dual rear camera setup. It’s a combination of 12-megapixel primary sensor boasting Sony IMX486 sensor, f/1.8 aperture, EIS, 6P lens and 1.25-micron pixels. Along with a 5-megapixel second camera dedicated for depth sensing. The rear camera also features 4K video recording support, and an LED flash module. There are AI additions to the camera, like the AI scene detection, which could automatically and intelligently know what you’re shooting and choose from 13 scenes. On the front, the phone sports a 13-megapixel camera featuring f/2.0 aperture, 1.12-micron pixels, and a Softlight LED flash. It also features EIS for stable video recording.
Connectivity options on Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 include full support for dual 4G LTE, dual VoLTE, 3G and 2G network options. Other connectivity options include WLAN 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz, Bluetooth 5.0 and a 3.5mm headphone jack. For security, there is a fingerprint sensor placed on the rear side. For audiophiles, the phone offers immersive and dynamic audio experience. It comes equipped with 5-magnet speaker and NXP SmartAmp. There is a dual internal microphone in the phone with ASUS Noise Reduction Technology which allows you to record super fine audio.
Finally fuelling the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 is a 5,000mAh battery with 10W fast-charging. This battery can easily last more than two days of phone usage and has 46 days of 4G standby time.
Pricing and Availability
Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 would come in three variants based on the RAM and storage combination. The base variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage is priced at Rs 12,999, whereas the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant get a price tag of Rs 14,999. The top-end model with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage comes with a price tag of Rs 16,999. It would come with Blue and Titanium colour variants, and available exclusively via Flipkart from 18 December 2018.
Asus ZenFone Max M2 Specifications and Features
The Asus ZenFone Max M2 is a power-packed mid-range android smartphone. It got a sleek, yet stylish premium metal body weighing just 160g. The phone flaunts a 6.26-inch HD+ (1520 by 720) IPS display with a notch and covered with 2.5 curved ARC glass. It has an 88 per cent screen-to-body ratio and a peak brightness of 430 nits.
Under the hood, the Asus ZenFone Max M2 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 Octa-core processor paired with Adreno 506. This gets coupled with a 3GB or 4GB of LPDDR3x RAM module. For storage, you get to choose from 32GB or 64GB of inbuilt storage. However, you could expand the storage up to 2TB via microSD card with its own dedicated slot on the phone.
Coming to photography, the Asus ZenFone Max M2 also features a dual rear camera setup. It’s a combination of 13-megapixel primary sensor featuring f/1.8 aperture and 1.12-micron pixels, along with a 2-megapixel depth sensing secondary camera. On the front, for selfie addicts, the phone boasts an 8-megapixel camera featuring f/2.0 aperture, 1.12-micron pixels, and a softlight LED flash. This cameras also features EIS for stable video recording.
Connectivity options on Asus ZenFone Max M2 include full support for dual 4G LTE, dual VoLTE, 3G and 2G network options. Other connectivity options include WLAN 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 and a 3.5mm headphone jack. For security, there is a fingerprint sensor placed on the rear side. For audiophiles, the phone comes equipped with 5-magnet speaker and NXP SmartAmp. Finally fuelling the smartphone is a 4,000mAh battery with 10W fast-charing support.
Pricing and Availability
Asus ZenFone Max M2 price in India starts at Rs 9,999, which is for the 3GB RAM and 32GB storage variant. The top variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage get a price tag Rs 11,999. Both variants will be available for purchase exclusively via Flipkart from 20th December 2018. For colour choices, you could choose from Blue and Black colour variants.
6.26-inch FHD+ IPS display (2280 by 1080)
Processor + GPU
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor + Adreno 512 GPU
RAM + Storage
3GB RAM/ 32GB storage, 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage or 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage
Android 8.1 Oreo
12MP Sony IMX486 image sensor + 5MP Depth sensing, LED flash
13MP, Softlight LED Flash
Dual SIM and Dedicated microSD card
Dual 4G VoLTE, 3G , 2G, WLAN 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz, Bluetooth 5.0
5000mAh, 5V 2A 10W fast-charging
5-magnet speaker, NXP SmartAmp, Dual internal microphones