A Review of the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2

I finally got my hands on the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 and tested it out for days and here are my thoughts.
Alright, what are we dealing with here exactly? From the name of Max alone, we know that this smartphone will have a massive battery of 5,000 mAh, but not all phones with the same capacity has the same weight, you'd be surprised that the ZenFone Max Pro M2 weighs only 170 grams. You'd never really know that it mattered until you put that thing in your pocket.

The ZenFone Max Pro M2 was launched late last year and caught the attention of smartphone enthusiasts, gamers, netflix-chillers, and social media users. Together with the huge fan base of the brand, they made sure that it was part of their Christmas list. Quite a big improvement from its predecessor, the ZenFone Max Pro M2 seems to have fixed its flaws and offered updates. Now before we proceed, let me just say that is a good candidate for the best budget smartphone in the market now. 
The design of the Max Pro M2 shows a premium glass-like finish on the back and looks way better than the design of the ZenFone Max Pro M1. The backing is plastic, I'm not sure I agree with this move but if it's aluminum, metal or other material, it might cost a bit higher. One problem I experienced is the back of the phone is prone to scratches. Good thing each box of Max Pro M2 comes with a clear jelly case. 

The screen size of the ZenFone Max Pro M2 has the latest all screen high-res. The size of 6.3-inches, at 82% screen-to-body ratio has that nice look even with that visible notch. Which makes me wonder, I'm not really sure when we started hating the notch in the first place. The screen has 1080 x 2280 pixel with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection.

The rear part of the phone is where you can find the the dual camera setup and fingerprint scanner which is fast and accurate.
The rear camera comes with a 12MP plus 5MP dual camera setup. Here are some photos below I took in a dimmed location, which to my delight, produced decent photos.
As for the front camera, you'd be surprise that the ZenFone Max Pro M2 takes some decent selfies with its 13MP (f/2.0) with flash. Check them out below.
The front camera takes some decent selfies when there's good lighting. As you can see above, the image produces better details and colors when properly lighted. Low light is not so good and comes out a bit soft.
The performance of the phone handles games like PUBG mobile, Free Fire, Rules of Survival, Mobile Legends pretty well in the 6GB phone variant. Gameplay is smooth and less lag compare to other phones in its price range. Multitasking is also a breeze in switching between apps because of its processor.
So, to summarize my thoughts?
We can't deny that the Max Pro M2 is a slick looking phone. The cameras may not be over the top but it good enough for its price. The Snapdragon 660 sure did was a plus giving a really fast and smooth user experience. The vulnerability of the phone's back on scratches is not a deal breaker but they could have improved its resistance. Of course, the highlight would be its battery. Based on their tests, up to 35 days of 4G standby, 45 hours talk time, 23 hours wifi browsing, 16 hours video play and around 10 hours gaming. It lasted me longer than a day with the average use of media, calls and internet browsing.

There are other phones in the same price range, but when you match it with the ZenFone Max Pro M2, they all fall short to the phone's all around capabilities.
The ZenFone Max Pro M2 6GB RAM/64 GB ROM is priced at PHP 14,995. Its other variant, the ZenFone Max Pro M2 4GB RAM/64GB ROM, which will also be sold on Shopee and Lazada, will be sold at PHP 12,995.

The ZenFone Max Pro is also available in Cosmic Titanium (Silver) but only limited to the 6GB variant. Check out the participating stores who will be carrying this one here.

Inside the box, you get the unit, USB-A to microUSB cable, charging adapter, SIM ejector tool, papers & documentation and a clear silicon case.

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