The winning formula is quite simple, take what works and then improve on what it had foregone before; thence Asus’ Zenfone Max Pro M2 comes in delivering more than just your outstanding gaming performance – now it can compete with its optics too!
The overall frame of the Zenfone Max Pro M2 is slightly smaller than its predecessor and feels lighter for it. Despite going down in size, the actual screen space had increased adopting a notch design typical of smartphones over the last couple of years. It now sports a 6.3″ FHD+ IPS LED Panel with a 19:9 aspect protected by the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 6.
It’s still not one of my favorite implementations especially because of how it’s coding affects some of the games that I play, but the expansion is a welcome one especially when navigating through websites, images, and some of the newer apps that we constantly interact with.
This new profile also adopts a slight curve at the back making it easier to hold; a little slippery but nothing that the included case can’t fix.
Along with its updated look and expanded screen, there’s faster clock speed on the Snapdragon 660 processor and, unbelievably, even more RAM on its base model – it’s 6GB now, and that’s plenty, especially on this phone if the user is going to be gaming… discord on the side for better in-game comms? it’s no problem for the Zenfone Max Pro M2.
Battery performance is still top priority as this is a Zenfone Max device after all, with its 5000mAh rating I’ve grind-ed with this device on Ragnarok M, effects and particles heavy using a Crit-type Assasin, for almost 8 hours untethered, and still the battery says you can eke out like 5 more minutes out of it. Extremely reliable for lengthy gaming sessions like when clearing the Endless Tower or moving around maps boss hunting. Believe me, you wouldn’t want to be looking around for a cable and a power bank or an outlet while you’re in the thick of any of those, you’d definitely get flak from your teammates if and when that happens. The Zenfone Max Pro M2 prevents any of that.
What you just saw was the actual screenie from said gaming session. Crazy right?!?
And yet, the biggest change to the M2 comes in the form of its rear cameras. What previously was pretty standard fare that would let you take photos with blur has now been updated to house a new Sony IMX486 12MP sensor at f1.8 still coupled with a 5MP depth sensing companion. Not only is it brighter, but this new sensor setup makes using the Zenfone Max Pro M2’s camera that much more viable for mobile photography further extending the value of the device beyond its already stellar gaming performance.
AI functionality is slowly being pushed into the device – its most recent update as of writing, (ver.186) polishes the camera operation further to prep for its full implementation. I took a few shots with the Zenfone Max Pro M2 in typical use case fashion as I did my previous Zenfone 3 and the performance is all too familiar – that’s a good thing! Here’s a full shot (left) with 100% crop on its center (right):
And this one is a 4x digital zoom demonstration; it’s not very fine but you can definitely still use the output:
With the earlier Zenfone Max Pro M1 using the camera requires precision and stability for really nice outputs. On the Zenfone Max Pro M2 capture speed and focus lock has significantly increased and SOOC output quality is perfectly useful whether it be for social media or even potential prints.
Asus’ Zenfone Max Pro M2 6/64 retails for only Php 14,995 and comes in two colors: Midnight Blue and Cosmic Titanium. Catch the rarer Cosmic Titanium variant at the following list – http://bit.ly/MaxProM2WTBCosmicTitanium
There is a 4/64GB variant in Midnight Blue available exclusively online at Shopee / Lazada for only Php 12,995
From casual to hardcore mobile warriors, the Zenfone Max Pro M2 is, without a doubt, one of the finer tools to not just game with.