Not to be confused with last year’s ZenFone Max Plus M1, ASUS yesterday has unveiled the ZenFone Max Pro M1 through simultaneous launch events in Indonesia and India. While their form factor and shared design characteristic might make both phones looked rather similar to each other, the new ZenFone Max Pro M1 is a different beast altogether.
Built with a 6-inch full HD+ IPS display, the new phone also features Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor with LPDDR4X memory of up to 6GB. Depending on the RAM configurations, the phone also includes up to 64GB internal storage.
Surprisingly, ASUS has opt for a standard Android 8.1 Oreo for the phone instead of the company’s own ZenUI although the ZenFone Max Pro M1 is not an Android One device. Other than that, the ZenFone Max Pro M1 also comes with dual rear camera setup which features either 13MP or 16MP sensor as the main snapper while being accompanied by another 5MP depth sensor.
As for its front camera, the phone is equipped with either 8MP or 16MP sensor together with an LED flash. Alongside a 5-magnets speaker and smart audio amplifier by NXP, the ZenFone Max Pro M1 comes standard with 5000mAh battery that also supports fast charging.
In Indonesia, the price of ZenFone Max Pro M1 starts at IDR 2.299 million (about RM 647) for the variant with 3GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage. On another hand, the 4GB/64GB and 6GB/64GB models are listed at IDR 2.799 million (about RM 787) and IDR 3.299 million (about RM 928) respectively.
As for India, similar variants are listed at INR 10999 (about RM 647), INR 12999 (about RM 765), and INR 14999 (about RM 883). However, all ZenFone Max Pro M1 for the Indian market will feature the same 13MP main rear camera sensor and 8MP front camera instead of the multiple options available in Indonesia.
Meanwhile, it is not yet known whether ZenFone Max Pro M1 will make its way to Malaysia but our industry sources have indicated that the chances of the phone to be released here is rather high.
Furthermore, ASUS Malaysia have early on confirmed that it will be having two ZenFone-related event in the next two months which means the launch opportunity for the phone is already there. Nevertheless, we’ll keep you updated once we hear more from ASUS.