The thing that I always tell people about ASUS smartphones is that they are great gadgets to own, thanks largely to their dependability in terms of functionality and reliability. As an ASUS user for over 6 years already (having owned a Zenfone 5 in 2015 and a ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro in 2017) I can speak volumes about the level of confidence I have over the use of their devices for both professional and personal purposes. The intervals of change between units are sparse because I’m generally happy with my ownership of ASUS phones. Strong features plus good hardware that come with a very affordable price tag – what’s not to love, really? So imagine my amazement when I finally got the monster of a smartphone that is the ZenFone Max Pro, a clear indication that with ASUS, it just keeps getting better.
This unit, which already has the latest version of Android (Android 8.1 Oreo), is extraordinarily packed with the best features available in smartphone technology that put other players to shame.
Zenfone Max Pro (M1) is promoted by ASUS as the next-generation smartphone equipped with the super advanced Qualcomm(R) Snapdragon(TM) 636 platform that provides amazing computational performance, thereby giving you an overall fast-speed and highly responsive device. No lags, and that’s just talking about one feature.
The phone is also packed with a 6″ Full HD+ (2160×1080) 18:9 Full View display, an advanced dual-camera system that is capable of shooting 4K UHD videos, a sound setup driven by a powerful NXP smart amplifier, a microSD slot that allows you to expand to up to 2TB — that is TWO TERABYTES, y’all–of storage. My gosh, where have you been all my life, Zenfone Max Pro?
The Zenfone Max Pro line comes in two variants: the ZenFone Max Pro M1 3GB/32GB with 13MP + 5MP dual rear camera and exclusively available at Lazada Philippines for the affordable price of Php 9,995.00 and Zenfone Max Pro M1 4GB/64GB with 16MP + 5MP dual rear camera, available nationwide for the reasonable price of Php13,995.00. Both support storage expansion of up to 2TB, and both come with an ASUS earphone with microphone, a USB power adapter and 1 bumper case. For the price, both are seriously good steal for tech junkies.
Now, I could wax poetic about all the amazing features of this phone because really, I could do just that, but I want to put emphasis on the one thing that will probably set this handset apart from its competitors — by miles.
I’m talking about the thing that is powering this unit to not sleep on you — a powerful 5000 mAh battery that’s custom-crafted to pack the best performance a phone can give into the littlest of space. Because you want to use a smartphone that you charge 100% in the morning and not conk out on you by lunch time. In short, nag-give up na si jowa sa’yo, pero si ASUS Zenfone Max Pro mo, still standing with you. *mic drop*
To test the foundation of this hugot line I just pulled from thin air, I put my Zenfone Max Pro unit to real work to see first-hand just how long this thing was going to last me. I kind of expected that before the stroke of midnight, the phone would give out. But my, how wrong was I.
*But first, laying down the conditions of this informal test*
Here are the things I did to try to drain my ASUS Zenfone Max Pro in 24 hours:
Day 1, Morning:
Day 1, Afternoon:
Day 1, Evening:
Day 2: The Final Stretch
My Zenfone Max Pro (M1) called it quits by almost 9 in the evening, and that’s after approximately 37 hours of going through a lot of activities on the device. I may have even enriched myself in the process, thanks to the many things I learned while trying to drain it of its energy.
Now, imagine what this smartphone can do for you on a daily basis. Whether you use it just lightly, or more actively, it’s a phone you can actually count on whenever you need it, and you know you can’t say the same for other smartphone brands. I should know—I’ve just proven it here!
Zenfone Max Pro – 1, Human – 0