OMGluie Unboxing + Review: ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1)

Hello and welcome to a new OMGluie Unboxing, this time, with the bonus of an actual review! Our friends over at ASUS Philippines were so generous to let me get a full, hands-on experience with the latest in their ZenFone Max series – the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1), so let’s take a look!

Be forewarned, though, this post is gonna get real photo-heavy, LOL! XD

The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1) comes in a simple, no frills, box that is emblazoned with ZenFone branding. It is garnished with a few details here and there but overall, pretty minimalist.

But it is what’s inside that makes us curious the most, right?

When you open the box up, you get your staple bunch of mobile peripherals – a charger and earphones. The interesting part is that ASUS already includes a clear jelly case with the purchase and it fits your ZenFone Max Pro perfectly. 🙂

The model I received was in the color “Meteor Gray”. The body is fabricated from aluminum alloy, giving it a classy yet sturdy look and feel.

Depending on the lighting and the background, the color of the metal shifts into warm or cool tones. Kinda spiffy but a little difficult to capture on camera, haha! XD

The typical power button, volume control buttons, sim + microSD card slot, charger slot, and headphone jack can be found around the mobile phone. Easy to find, uncomplicated, and easy to use. 🙂

The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1) has a 5.99″ display, an FHD+ resolution (2160 x 1080p) with a good contrast ratio (up to 1500:1) that really gives that sharp kick, allowing for gamers like me to be able to nitpick every detail in-game.

The screen has very thin bezels, with glass panels, and 2.5D contoured edges.

I had to be a little more careful with the phone because it was so shiny, slippery, and splendid.

A fingerprint scanner is located in the back of the body. I had some difficulty with this feature since my fingers were short and the phone was a little larger than what I’m used to so it wasn’t as convenient for me.

However, I was surprised by how fast the scanner responded and it took less than a second for it to unlock the screen! o.O

The Dual Camera is also located at the back of the phone’s body. It has a 13MP rear camera with a 5MP dedicated bokeh sensor. I took a couple of sample photos with both my iPhone8 (Left Photo) and the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro (M1) (Right Photo).

There is quite a difference in the quality of photos but since I never planned to use the ZenFone Max Pro (M1) for its camera, it’s totally fine. The camera is more than decent and it has an 8MP front camera with beauty/portrait features. 🙂

But on to the meat of the matter, this particular ZenFone is supposed to boast of unbelievable specs for its price! With all the features stated above, it also comes with a Snapdragon 636 processor + 5000 mAh battery bank –  the most powerful combo of a ZenFone Max yet!

It also has a 3GB RAM + 32 GB ROM, a variant that is available only on Lazada for a whopping price of PHP 9,995.00!

So, to test these unbelievable specs out, I took the ZenFone Max Pro (M1) out for a spin. I charged it only once (ONCE!!) before I put it through an entire weekend of moderate mobile gaming, haha! Take note that I DID play these games over Wi-Fi so the battery percentages may change if used with mobile data. 🙂

I started out with a simple game that I was familiar with – Kingdom Hearts Unchained X.

I played for around 1.5 hours and got to level 5! My battery only went down by 12% – from 99% to 87% (??!!). So, if I spent roughly 6 hours on this game, my battery would only decrease by 48%, leaving me with still over half in the tank to do other things!

The next game I tried was PUBG MOBILE, LOL! ‘Course you can’t do a mobile gaming test without this highly-played game, HAHA!

This was actually my first time to ever play PUBG MOBILE and I got myself some chikkin dinner, oh yeah! It lasted a little under 30 minutes and the battery decreased by only 6%. Of course, I was playing solo but imagine the number of matches you can play if you had a fully charged phone!

The following match, I played with two of my friends, LOL. Excuse the nakedness, hahahaha!

We didn’t make it that far HAHA BUT the upside is that for a quick 20-minute match, the battery only went down by 3%!

Last, but not least, the final game I put the ZenFone Max Pro (M1) to the test with was Vainglory. 🙂

Er. I’m not really much of a MOBA fan but I figured it was high-time to try something new, you know, just for my gamer creds’ sake, HAHA!

I played a casual 3v3 PvP match for my first ever Vainglory game and we came out VICTORIOUS! For a 15-minute match, the phone’s battery only went down by 2%! I’m pretty sure it’ll go down a little bit more if you play ranked 5v5 PvP matches, haha!

Just a few things I noticed when putting the ZenFone Max Pro to the test over the weekend was that this phone is really, really SNAPPY. It transitions between screens and apps very quickly, so you know the processor is doing its job efficiently.

I also noticed that the unit did not get that warm (as most mobile phones tend to when gaming) when I played KH or PUBG MOBILE. It did get really hot when I started playing Vainglory though, JSYK. 🙂

Overall, I think the Zenfone Max Pro (M1) gives you nice bang for your buck. Good specs, awesome display, and a helluva lot of battery juice, for the price of Php 9,995 (if you get it at Lazada)! Now, who wouldn’t want that? 🙂

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4 Comments

  1. is zenfone max pro m1 available in a asus store shop?and can you provide me specific store wanted to buy new phone..

    • Hi Alvin,

      Pre-orders just opened over the weekend and will be in stores this July. You can check them in all ASUS stores and multi-brand stores in your local malls. 🙂

  2. Would you have news when Asus will be releasing the 4gb/64gb variant? My phone’s on its last leg, and this seems like a good budget choice.

    • Hi Ben!

      They just announced news that this phone will be up for pre-order already. And it will be available in stores in July. Not sure about the variant, but best to check their social media pages for more information. 🙂

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