Updated on 2019-02-06 by Geetansh Arora
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Asus has been doing fine in the smartphone industry with its trump card of providing the best battery backup among the mid-range phone with a powerful processor and decent pricing. This Max Pro M2 is a successor of Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 and comes with some major improvements in the similar launch price. To make the space for Max Pro M2, the Max Pro M1 has seen a price cut now and you can check it here. M1 has seen a lot of software updates for improvements in camera, security etc.
Asus Max Pro M2 comes with a solid build quality and a 6.26-inch big screen with Full HD Plus resolution. The notch type display has good viewing angles and color reproduction. It comes with the latest Gorilla Glass 6 and the screen remained intact with minor scratches when we dropped it a couple of times. The notch is small and the phone looks decent.
The Pro M2 is powered by a very powerful Snapdragon 660 which comes with Adreno 512 GPU. It can easily handle all your multitasking and high-end gaming. On the Antutu charts, the Zenfone Max Pro M2 scores around 1,43,000 and easily beats the Redmi Note 6 Pro, Realme 2 Pro and the Samsung M20 which are seen as its competitors in the under 15000 budget segment.
The Snapdragon 660 is clocked at 90% of the maximum efficiency in M2 Pro but still beats the competitors by a margin. To support a powerful processor, it comes with a 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of internal storage which can be extended by up to 2 TB using a dedicated SD card slot. So if you are looking to use a lot of apps in parallel or use heavy applications, then you will not be disappointed with this phone.
The camera has also seen a huge improvement. The selfie camera on the Max Pro M1 was a disappointment, though Asus improved a lot of prospects through software upgrades. Let us now check the review of camera on Max Pro M2. The rear camera has a dual setup with 12 MP Sony IMX486 and 5 MP depth sensor and a LED flash to assist photos in the low light. The camera images are sharp with decent color reproduction. The rear camera supports EIS and 4K (Ultra HD) video recording. For portrait shots, the edge detection, blurring effect and sharpness are accurate and the camera does a good job overall and is a big improvement over the Pro M1. The front camera has a 13MP sensor with LED flash and here also the images are good. In low light, there is some noise which could be observed. Overall, for the pricing of under 15k, the camera setup is good.
On the software side, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 was launched with Android Oreo but they have started pushing the Android 9.0 (Pie) now. The operating system is stock android and there is very little bloatware so the usage experience would be good and clutter free. For the connectivity, this phone supports Dual VoLTE so you can call using VoLTE on both the sim if your network supports it.
With a powerful processor and good RAM management, the gaming experience is also flawless. Games like Asphalt, PUBG work fine without any lag and you will enjoy playing them. We observed very minor heating were playing PUBG continuously.
Coming to the most attracting aspect of this phone, the battery backup. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 comes with a 5000 mAh battery which gives a screen on time (SOT) of around 8 hours and complete backup of 1.5 days with low to medium usage. With heavy usage, you can still expect 1 day of battery life. The phone though does not have a Type C port for charging and no fast charging support is available. Also, there is no IP rating so keep the phone protected from dust and water.
For the security purpose, the phone supports fingerprint sensor and face unlocking. Both the unlocking mechanisms are accurate and very much improved functionality over the Pro M1. There is a multicolor LED notification inside the notch to give a different color output based on the type of notification.
Overall, with Powerful processor and performance, improved camera, stock android, and huge battery backup, this phone sits perfectly for one of the best phones under 15000. It receives stiff competition from Redmi Note 6 Pro and Realme 2 Pro and now the Samsung M20 but has its own features to separate it from the crowd.
If you would like to read the reviews given by customers who bought Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2, check out the links below
The best price of Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 is around Rs. 11999. The prices keep changing so please check the latest price and available deals & offers at links below
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 is a great smartphone that comes with a Full HD display, a powerful Snapdragon 660 processor and huge battery backup with 5000 mAh capacity. There is a dedicated SD card support and the camera has seen a lot of improvements. Overall with attractive design and pricing, it is a good option to choose for best phone under 15k budget.