Asus launched the Asus ZenFone Max M2 in India a while ago and the phone brings a bunch of new things as the successor to last year’s ZenFone Max M1. The phone is basically a budget smartphone with a humongous 4000mAh battery. This year, Asus has updated the design of the phone and now it comes with a new back and a display that carries a notch.
But what else has changed and how well does the phone fair in real life? Let us find out in this review of the Asus ZenFone Max M2.
Design & Build
The front of the phone has a completely changed look with a screen that carries a notch on the top and a thin chin that is below the display. The display itself is a 6.26-inch panel that covers a screen to body ratio of about 81%. The display is also tall and has a 19:9 aspect ratio. The notch on the display houses the earpiece, the front-facing camera, and a LED flash to help you take selfies in the dark.
Turning the phone around will reveal the dual camera set up at the back along with an LED flash. You also have a fingerprint sensor on the back and rest is clean. The right side of the phone has power, lock and unlock button along with a volume rocker. The left side of the phone has a SIM tray that houses two SIM cards and a microSD card.
The phone is built really well and thanks to the new design, it does feel very nice in your hands.
The phone uses a 6.26-inch HD+ display and the display panel being used here is IPS which has a maximum brightness of 430 nits. The display has a resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels in the 19:9 aspect ratio. This converts to a pixel density of about 269 ppi.
The display is crisp and can produce nice looking colors and this is exactly where the IPS panel shines. The phone also has good levels of maximum brightness and with 430 nits of brightness, it is already brighter than a lot of phones in this category.
Camera & Imaging
The phone has a dual camera set up on the back and this set up carries a 13 MP primary camera along with a 2 MP secondary sensor to capture depth information. The camera can take decent photos in the day time. You cannot expect flagship-level performance from the camera but yes, it gets the job done and can capture decent images for apps such as Instagram etc. The low-light performance of this camera is average. The photos taken in low light have noise and the phone requires proper stabilization if you’re using night mode.
Coming to the selfie camera, you get an 8 MP camera in the front which is housed inside the notch. This camera is coupled with an LED flash so you can use it in low-light conditions. The photos taken from this camera came out to be OK in the day time but low light performance is below average without the flash. For this price, the camera set up on this phone is decent but it would have been better if Asus provided better cameras on this phone.
Hardware & Performance
The Asus ZenFone Max M2 comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 Octa-core processor and you have two RAM options – 3GB and 4GB. The 3GB RAM version gets you internal storage of 32GB while the 4GB RAM version comes with 64GB of internal storage. This combination of processor and RAM is great if you want a phone that can do everything. The phone can easily power daily use apps like WhatsApp, Instagram etc. and it can also game. Games like PUBG run well on this phone with very few frame drops and occasional lag.
This is a great phone if you want a good phone that isn’t limited in terms of power for the price.
Software, Battery & Verdict
The phone runs on Stock Android 8.1 Oreo which is a great choice for such a phone that has limited processing power to handle ZenUI. Asus has kept things stock with very little modifications in the overall OS. You get Asus’s camera app that is loaded with options and allows you to manage the customization well. On the battery side, you have a 4000mAh battery that only has to power an HD+ display which means it consumes lesser amount of battery as compared to a full HD display. Add to that the stock Android OS and the phone becomes a battery powerhouse. On a single full charge, the phone can retain enough battery throughout the day for you to use it under any kind of load.
Overall, the Asus ZenFone Max M2 is a great smartphone for the price and the company has been promoting the Max series of ZenFones among the phones that you would want if you want better battery life. This is where the phone truly succeeds, the phone provides a great amalgamation of user experience, performance and battery life to the buyer. But if you need the best camera smartphone then you do have other options in the market.