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Snapdragon 636 + huge 5000 mAh battery, the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 is the mid-range smartphone to get!

by Vyncent ChanApril 24, 2018
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The battery beast you have been waiting for

The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (can someone please advise ASUS on how to make simpler names?) which was previously rumored is now official —  and it is priced from just INR 11 000 (~RM644.30). ASUS’ latest mid-range smartphone was introduced in India as part of their partnership with Flipkart, but we can confirm that it will be made available in Malaysia.

Which is great news, as we could definitely do with a more competitive mid-range market. The Snapdragon 636-touting ZenFone Max Pro M1 is confirmed to be arriving in Malaysia middle of next month by our sources in ASUS Malaysia, although pricing is yet to be confirmed.

What makes this device special aside from the massive battery and powerful yet efficient chipset is the pure Android 8.1 Oreo it runs instead of ZenUI which is the default for ASUS’ smartphones. While marketed as a mid-range device, it comes with up to 6GB of RAM. The highest end variant also comes with a 16MP + 5MP rear camera and a 16MP front camera, instead of the 13MP + 5MP rear camera mated to an 8MP front camera setup found on the lower end configurations. Understandably, the dual camera setup is for depth detection to enable better portrait effects.

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 Specifications and Pricing

CPU/Chipset:Snapdragon 636 (8 x Kryo 260 @ up to 1.8 GHz), 14nm FinFET
GPU:Adreno 509
RAM:3GB/4GB6GB
Display:5.99″ 18:9 FHD+ (1080p) IPS display
Storage:32GB/64GB (expandable via microSD)64GB
Camera:Main Camera(s)
13MP f/2.2, PDAF + 5MP
Single LED flash, 4K video
Front Camera
8MP f/2.2, Beautify
Main Camera(s)
16MP, PDAF + 5MP
Single LED flash, 4K video
Front Camera
16MP, Beautify, LED flash
OS:Pure Android 8.1 Oreo
Connectivity:Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4 GHz)
Bluetooth 4.1
SIM:Dual nanoSIM
Battery:Li-ion 5000 mAh (non-removable)
Weight:180 g
Price:INR 11 000 (~RM644.30) / INR 13 000 (~RM761.45)INR 15 000 (~RM878.59)

The variant that will make it to Malaysia is still unconfirmed, but we will be sure to update when we have more information!

Pokdepinion: I can’t wait for ASUS Malaysia to bring the ZenFone Max Pro M1 to Malaysia by the middle of next month! A Snapdragon 636 device for less than RM700 sounds like an amazing deal!

About The Author
Vyncent Chan
Technology enthusiast, casual gamer, pharmacy graduate. Strongly opposes proprietary standards and always on the look out for incredible bang-for-buck.

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