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Asus ZenFone Max (M2) Smartphone — Hands-on Review and First Impressions

Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 👁 J. Simon Leitner, 01/23/2019

Budget king? Asus announced the budget-oriented ZenFone Max (M2) smartphone in India last month targeting the sub-US$150 user who wants a capable smartphone that gets the basics right. The Max (M2) comes with decent specs and significant improvements over its predecessor, the ZenFone Max (M1). However, does the Max (M2) have what it takes to compete against similar offerings from the likes of Xiaomi, Honor, and Realme? Let's find out in our hands-on review.

Ever since the launch of the ZenFone 5Z, Asus has been bullish about the extremely price-sensitive Indian smartphone market and has launched a phone catering to almost every budget and use case. The ZenFone Max (M2) is Asus's latest entry in the sub-₹10,000 (US$150) bracket and is a significant upgrade over the Max (M1). The Max (M2) is now in the same price range as the Max Pro (M1), and it aims to offer decent performance without overdoing anything.

Currently, there is no dearth of sub-₹10,000 phones in the Indian market and recent launches have proved to be quite capable. Oppo's sub-brand Realme has been consistent in launching multiple devices and the Realme 1 and Realme 2 have seen good patronage. The Honor 8C has similar specs as the ZenFone Max (M2) but stands out with its design. The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro is still a bestseller that offers slightly better specs at the same price. The competition in this space is cut-throat so Asus has an uphill task in silencing the critics and gaining the acceptance of the masses. Will it be able to do so? Let's find out.

Note — This is more of an extensive hands-on than the typical smartphone review you are used to on Notebookcheck. We've incorporated most of the performance benchmarks that we think will give a fair performance estimate of the phone. All tests were done on the latest software version OPM1.WW_Phone-15.2016.1812.145-20181227 that was made available on January 7.

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Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL (Zenfone Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
3072 MB 
Display
6.26 inch 19:9, 1520 x 720 pixel 269 PPI, Capacitive, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
Connections
Audio Connections: 3.5mm, Card Reader: microSD, Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, fingerprint, microUSB
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.2, GSM, UMTS, LTE, Dual SIM, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.7 x 158.4 x 76.3 ( = 0.3 x 6.24 x 3 in)
Battery
4000 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Android 8.1 Oreo
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix Dual: 13MP (f/1.8, 1.12µm) + 2MP
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix f/2.0, 1.12µm
Additional features
Keyboard: Virtual, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
160 g ( = 5.64 oz / 0.35 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
200 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Design

In the box, we find the ZenFone Max (M2) itself, a regular 10 W USB charger, USB to microUSB cable, a TPU case, a SIM ejector tool, and the usual paperwork. 

The Max (M2) sports a metal back surrounded by a plastic frame, but it does not really exude a premium feel. The overall construction is nothing extraordinary and one feels the phone to be a bit fragile (even though it is not) but given the price, we are not complaining. In fact, some do actually prefer the bland, cold-to-touch, minimalist, and non-slippery design. Unlike its slightly more expensive relative, the ZenFone Max Pro (M2), the Max (M2) does not offer any Corning Gorilla Glass protection on the display. Despite having a 4,000 mAh battery, the phone has a weight of just 160 g and is very comfortable to hold as long as you aren't opposed to large-screen phones.

At the back we find a 13 MP + 2 MP dual camera setup and an LED flash. The fingerprint sensor is located where it should be and is recessed so that you can easily find it. On the top, we find a headphone jack and a noise-canceling microphone while the bottom has the main microphone, a microUSB port, and a single speaker. Towards the left, we find a triple-card slot that can accommodate two nano SIMs AND a microSD card at once and finally, we have the volume rocker and the power button on the left. The buttons are easy to press and respond well.

The ZenFone Max (M2) sports a 6.26-inch HD+ display that houses a notch that is slightly wider than the ZenFone Max Pro (M2). The notch houses the earpiece, an 8 MP selfie camera, a soft LED flash, and a proximity sensor. Towards the right corner of the earpiece is a multi-color LED notification light that is very bright and conspicuous. The bezels are minimal except for the prominent chin at the bottom. 

The overall design, therefore, is standard fare of most budget phones out there and there are no surprises here, which is good.

ZenFone Max (M2) - Front panel
ZenFone Max (M2) - Front panel
ZenFone Max (M2) - Rear panel with position of fingerprint sensor
ZenFone Max (M2) - Top with headphone jack and noise-canceling microphone
ZenFone Max (M2) - Bottom with microUSB port, speaker grill, and microphone.
ZenFone Max (M2) - Left with triple-slot SIM tray.
ZenFone Max (M2) - Right with power button and volume rocker

Size Comparison

160.7 mm / 6.33 inch 77.3 mm / 3.04 inch 8.1 mm / 0.3189 inch 170 g0.3748 lbs158.5 mm / 6.24 inch 75.45 mm / 2.97 inch 8.05 mm / 0.3169 inch 180 g0.3968 lbs158.4 mm / 6.24 inch 76.3 mm / 3 inch 7.7 mm / 0.3031 inch 160 g0.3527 lbs157.2 mm / 6.19 inch 76 mm / 2.99 inch 7.98 mm / 0.3142 inch 167 g0.3682 lbs156.2 mm / 6.15 inch 75.6 mm / 2.98 inch 8.2 mm / 0.3228 inch 168 g0.3704 lbs156.2 mm / 6.15 inch 75.6 mm / 2.98 inch 8.2 mm / 0.3228 inch 168 g0.3704 lbs156.2 mm / 6.15 inch 75.2 mm / 2.96 inch 7.5 mm / 0.2953 inch 164 g0.3616 lbs147.5 mm / 5.81 inch 71.5 mm / 2.81 inch 8.3 mm / 0.3268 inch 146 g0.3219 lbs

Features and Specifications

The ZenFone Max (M2) is powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 SoC. Apart from the Max (M2), only the Honor 8C and the Meizu Note 8 incorporate this SoC as of date. The Snapdragon 632 is a 14 nm chip and is clocked lower (1.8 GHz) than the Snapdragon 630 (2.2 GHz) and also features a slightly lower-performing Adreno 506 GPU. Asus offers the ZenFone Max (M2) in Midnight Black and Space Blue color variants, and you get to choose between 3 GB RAM / 32 GB storage (the one in this review) and 4 GB RAM / 64 GB storage variants. MicroSD expansion is possible up to 2 TB and Asus also offers a complimentary 100 GB of Google Drive storage space valid for one year.

Connectivity-wise, the Max (M2) covers the basics. You get dual-SIM dual-standby (DSDS) support for the SIM slots, both of which are compatible with 4G VoLTE networks. The phone supports 802.11n wireless but there's only 2.4 GHz band support. Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi Direct are supported along with GPS and FM Radio. There are a host of sensors available including accelerometer, compass, proximity, ambient light, fingerprint, and gyroscope. There is a dual 13 MP + 2 MP camera setup at the back that can record 4K 30 fps video, and there is an 8 MP front-facing camera. 

The phone supports both fingerprint and face unlock. In our testing, we found the fingerprint sensor to be fairly responsive and the face unlock works well in good ambient light. However, they can still use some speed tuning via software updates. 

There are no stereo speakers present, but you get a single 5-magnet NXP SmartAMP speaker that gets sufficiently loud for playback. However, the speaker position is such that your hand will always eclipse it when holding the device in landscape mode, resulting in muddled output.

One of the pluses of the ZenFone Max (M2) is that it offers a 4,000 mAh battery. Coupled with the power-efficient Snapdragon 632 and an almost stock Android experience, the ZenFone Max (M2), in most cases, will have plenty of charge left before you hit the bed.

Software

Asus has mostly stuck to stock Android for its budget offerings since the Max Pro (M1) and we feel that's a wise decision. The ZenFone Max (M2) offers a stock AOSP Android 8.1 Oreo experience with almost no bloatware. Asus has committed to offering the Android 9.0 Pie update sometime by February this year. The only preinstalled apps are Google's own suite of apps, which most users will find useful anyway, and three Asus apps that include Sound Recorder, FM Radio, and Calculator. Third-party apps are restricted to Facebook, Instagram, and FB Messenger. You cannot remove these apps but can disable them if needed. The Settings page is what you get in the stock OS apart from a few additional options such as Ambient Display and ZenMotion gestures. 

Earlier this month, Asus released an OTA update (15.2016.1812.145) that updates the Android security patches to December 2018 along with offering improved fingerprint registration, camera optimizations, and EIS support for the front camera. 

Since this is more or less a stock ROM, you will miss out on some useful additions found in custom OEM ROMs such as built-in call recording, app-twinning, app vaults, themes, memory managers, etc. That said, you can still get such functionality by using third-party apps and we feel it's a fair enough trade-off considering that you get a clean and responsive interface. 

Pro Tip: For those who like to assess the overall performance of their phone and whether all components are working as they should, Asus has a nifty SMMI test utility that can be invoked by opening the Calculator app and entering ".12345+=". The SMMI test utility can help you test all the individual components of your phone in case you feel something isn't right before sending the device for service.

About Phone
About Phone
Homescreen
Homescreen
Preinstalled Asus apps
Preinstalled Asus apps
Default app drawer
Notification Shade
ZenMotion settings
SMMI test app

Telephony, Networking, and GPS

The ZenFone Max (M2) carries out basic telephony duties with no issues. Network reception was up to the mark even in areas with supposedly low signal strength. Both SIMs are 4G VoLTE capable so you will be able to use VoLTE if your provider supports it. Call quality is good but due to the presence of only a single noise-canceling microphone, some amount of background noise is perceivable. Calls over speakerphone sound okay as long as you keep the volume at reasonable levels; distortion was evident at max volume. Wi-Fi works great, although you get only up to wireless-N speeds on the 2.4 GHz channel. Still, the phone had no issues in reaching the 50 Mb/s maximum speed offered by the ISP.

The phone supports GPS, AGPS, and GLONASS. It did have trouble in getting a GPS lock indoors but was fairly quick to latch on to the signal outdoors with up to 3 m accuracy. Battery drain while using GPS was as expected and not too drastic. 

Dialer and Contacts app
Dialer and Contacts app
Network settings
Network settings
GPS indoors
GPS indoors
GPS outdoors
GPS outdoors

Display

Widevine CDM L1 support
Widevine CDM L1 support
Night mode settings
Night mode settings

The ZenFone Max (M2) sports a 6.26-inch 1520x720 notched 19:9 display. The Max (M2)'s display is probably one of the weakest points about the whole device. It's not outright bad but many other devices in the Max (M2)'s price range have FHD+ displays so it gives an impression that Asus has cut more corners than required to keep the device under a certain price target. You might not notice it in regular use, but put it side-by-side with an FHD+ phone, such as even the Max Pro (M2), and the differences become immediately apparent.

The colors also seem a bit washed-out and we noticed that the display does not do a good job in reproducing some of the darker colors or shadows with great detail. That being said, it is bright at 430 nits so there are no viewing issues indoors. The display is okay for viewing under bright light and the overall legibility and colors under direct sunlight were just about passable. There seems to be a peculiar bug in the auto brightness setting, though. When the auto brightness is turned on, the display turns unusually bright even at night. This is something that can be addressed by a patch and we hope Asus incorporates this fix soon.

Asus hasn't included any color tuning utilities apart from the blue-light filtering Night Mode. You also do not get the ability to hide the notch or scale apps that don't fit the 19:9 aspect ratio unless stock Android offers such features natively in a future update. However, you do get a neat Ambient Display option that shows detailed notifications while the display is not active. There's also a Smart Screen feature that extends the screen on time while you're looking at the phone or holding it upright.

Users will be glad to know that the ZenFone Max (M2) has Widevine CDM L1 support, which means you can stream Netflix and Amazon Prime in 720p and above. 

Ambient Display with notification LED
Ambient Display with notification LED
Display outdoors at auto brightness
Display outdoors at auto brightness
Display outdoors at max brightness
Display outdoors at max brightness
Display indoors at auto brightness
Display indoors at auto brightness

Cameras

The camera app in the ZenFone Max (M2) is well-designed and offers most controls within easy reach. You get presets such as Auto, HDR, Pro, Sports, and Night. You also get flash control, beauty effects, live effects, Depth mode, and other common settings for taking photos. There aren't too many AI controls present, but the camera can detect up to 13 pre-defined scenes.

Shooting modes
Shooting modes
Settings for shooting stills
Settings for shooting stills
Settings for shooting video
Settings for shooting video
Pro mode
Beauty settings
Live filters

Rear Camera

The ZenFone Max (M2) offers a 13 MP f/1.8 primary sensor with a 1.12 micron pixel size along with a 2 MP depth sensor as the primary shooter. We felt that the overall performance of the primary camera is justified for the price. Shots in sufficient ambient light turn out very usable. We found two main areas where the Max (M2) could definitely improve — HDR and depth sensing. As you can see from the photos below, non-HDR pictures seem to be brighter and more detailed compared to HDR ones. This was observed particularly in indoor lighting than outdoors. The depth sensing works fine but the background is not always sufficiently blurred, and it will take a few repeats to get the desired shot. Also, many settings such as changing picture size, applying beauty effects, etc. get disabled in Depth mode, which can prove to be a limitation. 

For the price, the ZenFone Max (M2) performs well in low light. You won't get good results in absolute darkness but city shots in low light come out well. Noise levels are on the higher side in darker areas of the image. Even better results can be achieved by playing around with ISO, shutter speed, and EV values in Pro Mode.

The rear camera can shoot 4K video, but that means you will have to compromise on EIS. There is no OIS support but other shooting modes offer the choice of enabling EIS. A welcome feature is that there is no limit to the length of video recording irrespective of the resolution selected.

HDR off
HDR off
Macro depth effect - 1
Macro depth effect - 2
More brighter and clearer image with HDR off
Dimmed image with HDR on
Darker areas not sufficiently exposed with HDR on
Night shot - 1
Night shot - 2

Front Camera

Front camera sample
Front camera sample

The front camera in the ZenFone Max (M2) is an 8 MP f/2.0 sensor with a 1.12 micron pixel size. Taking good shots with the front camera is definitely not the Max (M2)'s forte. The pictures seem to lose a lot of detail and sharpness, and the shots turn out lackluster even in sufficient light. The camera also seems to overdo the beauty effects a lot and the results seemed somewhat artificial. We suspect this could be a post-processing issue as the photo preview just before the image is saved seems to be just fine. We hope Asus addresses this in a future update. The latest FOTA update added the ability to take portrait shots and EIS for video. However, the portrait mode didn't seem to be very effective in isolating the subject from the background.

Performance

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 SoC in the ZenFone Max (M2) is a relatively new entrant to the market and the only other phone to sport it at the time of writing is the Honor 8C. Qualcomm puts the Snapdragon 632 above the Snapdragon 630 in the numerical naming scheme but this is actually a successor to the Snapdragon 625/626 that has been the staple of most midrange phones in 2018. The Snapdragon 632 is clocked lower than the Snapdragon 625/626/630 to probably help with battery life, but it definitely shows improvements in many benchmarks. However, it needs to be paired with enough RAM to minimize lags. Our test device had just 3 GB of RAM and while it should be enough for day-to-day use, we ran into stutters while switching apps or even while doing simple things such as navigation in Twitter, browsing the Google Play Store, or opening multiple tabs in Chrome. Therefore, if you're going to choose this phone, it would be a wise choice to go for the 4 GB RAM variant. CPU usage rarely crossed the 50% mark in normal use.

CPU and GPU Benchmarks

We ran a suite of CPU and GPU tests to see how well the Snapdragon 632 and the ZenFone Max (M2) fared when it comes to performing in synthetic benchmarks. Since there aren't many phones sporting this SoC, we compared the scores to phones powered by the Snapdragon 625, 630, and the 636 to assess if the new platform offers any benefits.

The Snapdragon 632 seems to fall right in between the Snapdragon 630 in the Nokia 6 (2018) and the Snapdragon 636 in the Redmi Note 6 Pro when it comes to AnTuTu scores. However, the Snapdragon 625 phones seem to have good leads over the Max (M2) when it comes to Geekbench and several 3DMark scores despite all of them sporting the same Adreno 506 GPU. The Snapdragon 632 in the ZenFone Max (M2) seemed to have the lead in the Onscreen GFXBench tests while significantly trailing behind in Offscreen ones.

AnTuTu v7 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (17073 - 462516, n=290)
141701 Points ∼100% +37%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
138661 Points ∼98% +34%
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
118959 Points ∼84% +15%
Nokia 7.1
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
116496 Points ∼82% +13%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
115654 Points ∼82% +12%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
115565 Points ∼82% +12%
Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Adreno 506, 632, 32 GB eMMC Flash
103114 Points ∼73%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
90435 Points ∼64% -12%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
89349 Points ∼63% -13%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
89006 Points ∼63% -14%
Average Qualcomm Adreno 506
  (56497 - 108408, n=23)
79454 Points ∼56% -23%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
79099 Points ∼56% -23%
Xiaomi Mi A1
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
77161 Points ∼54% -25%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
6068 Points ∼100% +5%
Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Adreno 506, 632, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5785 Points ∼95%
Nokia 7.1
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5663 Points ∼93% -2%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5642 Points ∼93% -2%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5611 Points ∼92% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2630 - 11440, n=371)
5249 Points ∼87% -9%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5051 Points ∼83% -13%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5035 Points ∼83% -13%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
4953 Points ∼82% -14%
Average Qualcomm Adreno 506
  (4171 - 6076, n=34)
4910 Points ∼81% -15%
Xiaomi Mi A1
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
4895 Points ∼81% -15%
HTC U11 Life
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
4835 Points ∼80% -16%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
4828 Points ∼80% -17%
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
4734 Points ∼78% -18%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
4719 Points ∼78% -18%
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
Points ∼0% -100%
Work performance score
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
6999 Points ∼100% +7%
Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Adreno 506, 632, 32 GB eMMC Flash
6566 Points ∼94%
Nokia 7.1
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
6343 Points ∼91% -3%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
6218 Points ∼89% -5%
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
6040 Points ∼86% -8%
Average Qualcomm Adreno 506
  (4596 - 7846, n=36)
5835 Points ∼83% -11%
HTC U11 Life
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5818 Points ∼83% -11%
Xiaomi Mi A1
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
5721 Points ∼82% -13%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
5716 Points ∼82% -13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1077 - 14439, n=542)
5678 Points ∼81% -14%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5659 Points ∼81% -14%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5656 Points ∼81% -14%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5484 Points ∼78% -16%
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
5361 Points ∼77% -18%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5083 Points ∼73% -23%
BaseMark OS II
Web
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1088 Points ∼100% +6%
Nokia 7.1
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1046 Points ∼96% +1%
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1037 Points ∼95% +1%
Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Adreno 506, 632, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1031 Points ∼95%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1018 Points ∼94% -1%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
936 Points ∼86% -9%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
912 Points ∼84% -12%
Xiaomi Mi A1
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
895 Points ∼82% -13%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
895 Points ∼82% -13%
HTC U11 Life
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
858 Points ∼79% -17%
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
792 Points ∼73% -23%
Average of class Smartphone
  (7 - 1745, n=626)
754 Points ∼69% -27%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
753 Points ∼69% -27%
Average Qualcomm Adreno 506
  (10 - 1078, n=37)
750 Points ∼69% -27%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
679 Points ∼62% -34%
Graphics
Average of class Smartphone
  (18 - 16996, n=626)
2035 Points ∼100% +90%
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1608 Points ∼79% +50%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1605 Points ∼79% +50%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1598 Points ∼79% +49%
Nokia 7.1
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1590 Points ∼78% +49%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1520 Points ∼75% +42%
HTC U11 Life
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1515 Points ∼74% +42%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1492 Points ∼73% +39%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1480 Points ∼73% +38%
Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Adreno 506, 632, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1070 Points ∼53%
Xiaomi Mi A1
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1012 Points ∼50% -5%
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1004 Points ∼49% -6%
Average Qualcomm Adreno 506
  (943 - 1081, n=37)
1002 Points ∼49% -6%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
999 Points ∼49% -7%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
986 Points ∼48% -8%
Memory
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2492 Points ∼100% +41%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2314 Points ∼93% +31%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1935 Points ∼78% +9%
Nokia 7.1
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1917 Points ∼77% +8%
Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Adreno 506, 632, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1768 Points ∼71%
Average of class Smartphone
  (21 - 7500, n=626)
1503 Points ∼60% -15%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1334 Points ∼54% -25%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1325 Points ∼53% -25%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1161 Points ∼47% -34%
Average Qualcomm Adreno 506
  (584 - 2049, n=37)
1106 Points ∼44% -37%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
996 Points ∼40% -44%
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
931 Points ∼37% -47%
Xiaomi Mi A1
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
881 Points ∼35% -50%
HTC U11 Life
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
838 Points ∼34% -53%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
584 Points ∼23% -67%
System
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
5348 Points ∼100% +24%
Nokia 7.1
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
4457 Points ∼83% +4%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
4432 Points ∼83% +3%
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
4320 Points ∼81% 0%
Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Adreno 506, 632, 32 GB eMMC Flash
4306 Points ∼81%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3287 Points ∼61% -24%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3284 Points ∼61% -24%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3237 Points ∼61% -25%
HTC U11 Life
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3215 Points ∼60% -25%
Xiaomi Mi A1
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
3187 Points ∼60% -26%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
3154 Points ∼59% -27%
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
3150 Points ∼59% -27%
Average Qualcomm Adreno 506
  (1960 - 4399, n=37)
3055 Points ∼57% -29%
Average of class Smartphone
  (369 - 14189, n=626)
2951 Points ∼55% -31%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2914 Points ∼54% -32%
Overall
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2156 Points ∼100% +27%
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2058 Points ∼95% +21%
Nokia 7.1
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1941 Points ∼90% +14%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1933 Points ∼90% +14%
Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Adreno 506, 632, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1702 Points ∼79%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1570 Points ∼73% -8%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1560 Points ∼72% -8%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1504 Points ∼70% -12%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1 - 6097, n=626)
1478 Points ∼69% -13%
HTC U11 Life
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1368 Points ∼63% -20%
Xiaomi Mi A1
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1263 Points ∼59% -26%
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1236 Points ∼57% -27%
Average Qualcomm Adreno 506
  (389 - 1800, n=37)
1208 Points ∼56% -29%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1170 Points ∼54% -31%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1033 Points ∼48% -39%
Geekbench 4.4
Compute RenderScript Score
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
5041 Points ∼100% +34%
Average of class Smartphone
  (663 - 21070, n=320)
4684 Points ∼93% +25%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
4578 Points ∼91% +22%
Nokia 7.1
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
4560 Points ∼90% +21%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
4547 Points ∼90% +21%
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
4508 Points ∼89% +20%
HTC U11 Life
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3956 Points ∼78% +5%
Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Adreno 506, 632, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3759 Points ∼75%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3738 Points ∼74% -1%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3690 Points ∼73% -2%
Xiaomi Mi A1
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
3678 Points ∼73% -2%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
3644 Points ∼72% -3%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3621 Points ∼72% -4%
Average Qualcomm Adreno 506
  (2628 - 4058, n=24)
3338 Points ∼66% -11%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2628 Points ∼52% -30%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
5426 Points ∼100% +15%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
4945 Points ∼91% +5%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
4943 Points ∼91% +5%
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
4939 Points ∼91% +5%
Nokia 7.1
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
4902 Points ∼90% +4%
Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Adreno 506, 632, 32 GB eMMC Flash
4725 Points ∼87%
Average of class Smartphone
  (883 - 11598, n=379)
4700 Points ∼87% -1%
Xiaomi Mi A1
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
4396 Points ∼81% -7%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
4369 Points ∼81% -8%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
4308 Points ∼79% -9%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
4234 Points ∼78% -10%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
4210 Points ∼78% -11%
HTC U11 Life
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
4193 Points ∼77% -11%
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
4190 Points ∼77% -11%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
4152 Points ∼77% -12%
Average Qualcomm Adreno 506
  (3148 - 4765, n=32)
4146 Points ∼76% -12%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1506 Points ∼100% +21%
Average of class Smartphone
  (390 - 4824, n=379)
1419 Points ∼94% +14%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1339 Points ∼89% +7%
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1335 Points ∼89% +7%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1335 Points ∼89% +7%
Nokia 7.1
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1333 Points ∼89% +7%
Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Adreno 506, 632, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1247 Points ∼83%
Average Qualcomm Adreno 506
  (741 - 1256, n=32)
895 Points ∼59% -28%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
883 Points ∼59% -29%
Xiaomi Mi A1
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
881 Points ∼58% -29%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
880 Points ∼58% -29%
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
877 Points ∼58% -30%
HTC U11 Life
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
877 Points ∼58% -30%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
865 Points ∼57% -31%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
858 Points ∼57% -31%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
841 Points ∼56% -33%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2644 Points ∼100% +24%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2407 Points ∼91% +13%
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2333 Points ∼88% +9%
Nokia 7.1
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2310 Points ∼87% +8%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2258 Points ∼85% +6%
Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Adreno 506, 632, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2132 Points ∼81%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1999 Points ∼76% -6%
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1992 Points ∼75% -7%
Xiaomi Mi A1
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1990 Points ∼75% -7%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1976 Points ∼75% -7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (573 - 4635, n=379)
1957 Points ∼74% -8%
Average Qualcomm Adreno 506
  (1529 - 2260, n=34)
1928 Points ∼73% -10%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1756 Points ∼66% -18%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1728 Points ∼65% -19%
HTC U11 Life
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1718 Points ∼65% -19%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1686 Points ∼64% -21%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Average of class Smartphone
  (75 - 8374, n=379)
1761 Points ∼100% +269%
Nokia 7.1
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
869 Points ∼49% +82%
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
867 Points ∼49% +82%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
855 Points ∼49% +79%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
823 Points ∼47% +73%
HTC U11 Life
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
809 Points ∼46% +70%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
801 Points ∼45% +68%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
801 Points ∼45% +68%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
793 Points ∼45% +66%
Xiaomi Mi A1
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
761 Points ∼43% +60%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
645 Points ∼37% +35%
Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Adreno 506, 632, 32 GB eMMC Flash
477 Points ∼27%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
442 Points ∼25% -7%
Average Qualcomm Adreno 506
  (411 - 761, n=34)
436 Points ∼25% -9%
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
421 Points ∼24% -12%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
420 Points ∼24% -12%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Average of class Smartphone
  (93 - 6875, n=380)
1634 Points ∼100% +184%
Nokia 7.1
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1009 Points ∼62% +75%
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1008 Points ∼62% +75%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
998 Points ∼61% +73%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
972 Points ∼59% +69%
HTC U11 Life
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
917 Points ∼56% +59%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
909 Points ∼56% +58%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
907 Points ∼56% +57%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
903 Points ∼55% +57%
Xiaomi Mi A1
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
882 Points ∼54% +53%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
765 (min: 643, max: 2256) Points ∼47% +33%
Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Adreno 506, 632, 32 GB eMMC Flash
576 Points ∼35%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
535 Points ∼33% -7%
Average Qualcomm Adreno 506
  (491 - 882, n=34)
525 Points ∼32% -9%
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
509 Points ∼31% -12%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
509 Points ∼31% -12%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2683 Points ∼100% +26%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2390 Points ∼89% +12%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2383 Points ∼89% +12%
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2372 Points ∼88% +11%
Nokia 7.1
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2347 Points ∼87% +10%
Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Adreno 506, 632, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2130 Points ∼79%
Xiaomi Mi A1
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2038 Points ∼76% -4%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2023 Points ∼75% -5%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1987 Points ∼74% -7%
Average Qualcomm Adreno 506
  (1580 - 2452, n=33)
1930 Points ∼72% -9%
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1920 Points ∼72% -10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (375 - 4703, n=408)
1866 Points ∼70% -12%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1744 Points ∼65% -18%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1740 Points ∼65% -18%
HTC U11 Life
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1702 Points ∼63% -20%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1692 Points ∼63% -21%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics
Average of class Smartphone
  (70 - 20154, n=408)
2340 Points ∼100% +188%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1406 Points ∼60% +73%
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1402 Points ∼60% +73%
Nokia 7.1
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1396 Points ∼60% +72%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1385 Points ∼59% +71%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1358 Points ∼58% +67%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1324 Points ∼57% +63%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1320 Points ∼56% +63%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1303 Points ∼56% +60%
HTC U11 Life
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1204 Points ∼51% +48%
Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Adreno 506, 632, 32 GB eMMC Flash
812 Points ∼35%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
784 Points ∼34% -3%
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
734 Points ∼31% -10%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
734 Points ∼31% -10%
Average Qualcomm Adreno 506
  (440 - 813, n=33)
731 Points ∼31% -10%
Xiaomi Mi A1
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
440 Points ∼19% -46%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited
Average of class Smartphone
  (88 - 10427, n=408)
1966 Points ∼100% +109%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1554 Points ∼79% +65%
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1542 Points ∼78% +64%
Nokia 7.1
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1534 Points ∼78% +63%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1528 Points ∼78% +62%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1525 Points ∼78% +62%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1395 Points ∼71% +48%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1391 Points ∼71% +48%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1381 Points ∼70% +47%
HTC U11 Life
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1299 Points ∼66% +38%
Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Adreno 506, 632, 32 GB eMMC Flash
941 Points ∼48%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
885 Points ∼45% -6%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
854 Points ∼43% -9%
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
851 Points ∼43% -10%
Average Qualcomm Adreno 506
  (533 - 943, n=33)
846 Points ∼43% -10%
Xiaomi Mi A1
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
533 Points ∼27% -43%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2634 Points ∼100% +22%
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2355 Points ∼89% +9%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2354 Points ∼89% +9%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2346 Points ∼89% +8%
Nokia 7.1
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2251 Points ∼85% +4%
Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Adreno 506, 632, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2166 Points ∼82%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2104 Points ∼80% -3%
Xiaomi Mi A1
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2070 Points ∼79% -4%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2021 Points ∼77% -7%
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1976 Points ∼75% -9%
Average Qualcomm Adreno 506
  (1521 - 2260, n=36)
1954 Points ∼74% -10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (486 - 4492, n=459)
1864 Points ∼71% -14%
HTC U11 Life
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1779 Points ∼68% -18%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1738 Points ∼66% -20%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1712 Points ∼65% -21%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1706 Points ∼65% -21%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics
Average of class Smartphone
  (53 - 7150, n=459)
1452 Points ∼100% +238%
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
815 Points ∼56% +90%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
815 Points ∼56% +90%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
814 Points ∼56% +89%
Nokia 7.1
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
811 Points ∼56% +89%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
797 Points ∼55% +85%
HTC U11 Life
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
729 Points ∼50% +70%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
727 Points ∼50% +69%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
718 Points ∼49% +67%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
707 Points ∼49% +64%
Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Adreno 506, 632, 32 GB eMMC Flash
430 Points ∼30%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
392 Points ∼27% -9%
Xiaomi Mi A1
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
388 Points ∼27% -10%
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
382 Points ∼26% -11%
Average Qualcomm Adreno 506
  (363 - 430, n=36)
382 Points ∼26% -11%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
379 Points ∼26% -12%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1)
Average of class Smartphone
  (68 - 6319, n=460)
1398 Points ∼100% +167%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
962 Points ∼69% +84%
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
954 Points ∼68% +82%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
953 Points ∼68% +82%
Nokia 7.1
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
945 Points ∼68% +81%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
934 Points ∼67% +79%
HTC U11 Life
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
839 Points ∼60% +60%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
833 Points ∼60% +59%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
824 Points ∼59% +58%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
814 Points ∼58% +56%
Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Adreno 506, 632, 32 GB eMMC Flash
523 Points ∼37%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
479 Points ∼34% -8%
Xiaomi Mi A1
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
473 Points ∼34% -10%
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
465 Points ∼33% -11%
Average Qualcomm Adreno 506
  (441 - 523, n=36)
465 Points ∼33% -11%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
463 Points ∼33% -11%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2626 Points ∼100% +23%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2379 Points ∼91% +11%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2350 Points ∼89% +10%
Nokia 7.1
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2316 Points ∼88% +9%
Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Adreno 506, 632, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2134 Points ∼81%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2098 Points ∼80% -2%
Xiaomi Mi A1
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2079 Points ∼79% -3%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2016 Points ∼77% -6%
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1964 Points ∼75% -8%
Average Qualcomm Adreno 506
  (1504 - 2309, n=36)
1958 Points ∼75% -8%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1757 Points ∼67% -18%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1733 Points ∼66% -19%
Average of class Smartphone
  (293 - 4454, n=500)
1727 Points ∼66% -19%
HTC U11 Life
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1711 Points ∼65% -20%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1698 Points ∼65% -20%
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1349 Points ∼51% -37%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics
Average of class Smartphone
  (43 - 11302, n=499)
1891 Points ∼100% +139%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1338 Points ∼71% +69%
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1335 Points ∼71% +69%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1329 Points ∼70% +68%
Nokia 7.1
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1323 Points ∼70% +67%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1313 Points ∼69% +66%
HTC U11 Life
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1257 Points ∼66% +59%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1256 Points ∼66% +59%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1249 Points ∼66% +58%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1248 Points ∼66% +58%
Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Adreno 506, 632, 32 GB eMMC Flash
791 Points ∼42%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
743 Points ∼39% -6%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
723 Points ∼38% -9%
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
720 Points ∼38% -9%
Average Qualcomm Adreno 506
  (390 - 807, n=36)
718 Points ∼38% -9%
Xiaomi Mi A1
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
390 Points ∼21% -51%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0
Average of class Smartphone
  (55 - 8136, n=502)
1636 Points ∼100% +78%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1493 Points ∼91% +62%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1480 Points ∼90% +61%
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1477 Points ∼90% +61%
Nokia 7.1
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1462 Points ∼89% +59%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1458 Points ∼89% +58%
HTC U11 Life
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1336 Points ∼82% +45%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1334 Points ∼82% +45%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1333 Points ∼81% +45%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1332 Points ∼81% +45%
Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Adreno 506, 632, 32 GB eMMC Flash
920 Points ∼56%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
867 Points ∼53% -6%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
843 Points ∼52% -8%
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
838 Points ∼51% -9%
Average Qualcomm Adreno 506
  (476 - 936, n=36)
835 Points ∼51% -9%
Xiaomi Mi A1
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
476 Points ∼29% -48%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
19365 Points ∼100% +27%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
17471 Points ∼90% +15%
Nokia 7.1
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
17274 Points ∼89% +13%
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
17073 Points ∼88% +12%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
17065 Points ∼88% +12%
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
15887 Points ∼82% +4%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
15870 Points ∼82% +4%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
15860 Points ∼82% +4%
Xiaomi Mi A1
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
15816 Points ∼82% +4%
Average Qualcomm Adreno 506
  (13596 - 17204, n=35)
15450 Points ∼80% +1%
Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Adreno 506, 632, 32 GB eMMC Flash
15250 Points ∼79%
Average of class Smartphone
  (735 - 45072, n=661)
14062 Points ∼73% -8%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
13217 Points ∼68% -13%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
13196 Points ∼68% -13%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
13054 Points ∼67% -14%
HTC U11 Life
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
12919 Points ∼67% -15%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (536 - 209204, n=659)
21674 Points ∼100% +51%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
20909 Points ∼96% +45%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
20865 Points ∼96% +45%
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
20836 Points ∼96% +45%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
20722 Points ∼96% +44%
Nokia 7.1
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
20610 Points ∼95% +43%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
18572 Points ∼86% +29%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
18528 Points ∼85% +29%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
18472 Points ∼85% +28%
HTC U11 Life
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
18469 Points ∼85% +28%
Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Adreno 506, 632, 32 GB eMMC Flash
14395 Points ∼66%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
13369 Points ∼62% -7%
Xiaomi Mi A1
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
13314 Points ∼61% -8%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
13225 Points ∼61% -8%
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
13193 Points ∼61% -8%
Average Qualcomm Adreno 506
  (7668 - 14603, n=35)
13066 Points ∼60% -9%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
20404 Points ∼100% +40%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
20033 Points ∼98% +37%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
19980 Points ∼98% +37%
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
19863 Points ∼97% +36%
Nokia 7.1
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
19762 Points ∼97% +36%
Average of class Smartphone
  (662 - 97276, n=659)
17596 Points ∼86% +21%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
17030 Points ∼83% +17%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
16972 Points ∼83% +16%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
16949 Points ∼83% +16%
HTC U11 Life
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
16859 Points ∼83% +16%
Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Adreno 506, 632, 32 GB eMMC Flash
14577 Points ∼71%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
13847 Points ∼68% -5%
Xiaomi Mi A1
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
13799 Points ∼68% -5%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
13732 Points ∼67% -6%
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
13710 Points ∼67% -6%
Average Qualcomm Adreno 506
  (8541 - 15000, n=35)
13517 Points ∼66% -7%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.5 - 322, n=682)
37.5 fps ∼100% +56%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
36 fps ∼96% +50%
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
36 fps ∼96% +50%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
36 fps ∼96% +50%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
35 fps ∼93% +46%
Nokia 7.1
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
35 fps ∼93% +46%
HTC U11 Life
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
30 fps ∼80% +25%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
30 fps ∼80% +25%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
30 fps ∼80% +25%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
29 fps ∼77% +21%
Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Adreno 506, 632, 32 GB eMMC Flash
24 fps ∼64%
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
23 fps ∼61% -4%
Xiaomi Mi A1
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
23 fps ∼61% -4%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
23 fps ∼61% -4%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
23 fps ∼61% -4%
Average Qualcomm Adreno 506
  (21 - 25, n=36)
22.7 fps ∼61% -5%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16
Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Adreno 506, 632, 32 GB eMMC Flash
36 fps ∼100%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
35 fps ∼97% -3%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
34 fps ∼94% -6%
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
34 fps ∼94% -6%
Nokia 7.1
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
34 fps ∼94% -6%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
33 fps ∼92% -8%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
31 fps ∼86% -14%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
31 fps ∼86% -14%
HTC U11 Life
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
29 fps ∼81% -19%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
28 fps ∼78% -22%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1 - 120, n=691)
27.8 fps ∼77% -23%
Average Qualcomm Adreno 506
  (17 - 37, n=36)
25.4 fps ∼71% -29%
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
22 fps ∼61% -39%
Xiaomi Mi A1
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
22 fps ∼61% -39%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
21 fps ∼58% -42%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
19 fps ∼53% -47%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.8 - 175, n=588)
21.6 fps ∼100% +96%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
16 fps ∼74% +45%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
16 fps ∼74% +45%
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
16 fps ∼74% +45%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
16 fps ∼74% +45%
Nokia 7.1
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
16 fps ∼74% +45%
HTC U11 Life
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
14 fps ∼65% +27%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
14 fps ∼65% +27%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
14 fps ∼65% +27%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
14 fps ∼65% +27%
Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Adreno 506, 632, 32 GB eMMC Flash
11 fps ∼51%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
9.9 fps ∼46% -10%
Xiaomi Mi A1
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
9.8 fps ∼45% -11%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
9.8 fps ∼45% -11%
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
9.7 fps ∼45% -12%
Average Qualcomm Adreno 506
  (3.1 - 11, n=36)
9.57 fps ∼44% -13%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 115, n=597)
19.2 fps ∼100% +1%
Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Adreno 506, 632, 32 GB eMMC Flash
19 fps ∼99%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
15 fps ∼78% -21%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
15 fps ∼78% -21%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
15 fps ∼78% -21%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
15 fps ∼78% -21%
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
15 (min: 16) fps ∼78% -21%
Nokia 7.1
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
15 fps ∼78% -21%
HTC U11 Life
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
14 fps ∼73% -26%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
14 fps ∼73% -26%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
13 fps ∼68% -32%
Average Qualcomm Adreno 506
  (7.4 - 20, n=36)
12.2 fps ∼64% -36%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
10 fps ∼52% -47%
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
9.9 fps ∼52% -48%
Xiaomi Mi A1
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
9.5 fps ∼49% -50%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
9.4 fps ∼49% -51%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.87 - 117, n=454)
17.7 fps ∼100% +153%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
10 fps ∼56% +43%
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
10 fps ∼56% +43%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
10 fps ∼56% +43%
Nokia 7.1
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
10 fps ∼56% +43%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
9.8 fps ∼55% +40%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
9.8 fps ∼55% +40%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
9.8 fps ∼55% +40%
HTC U11 Life
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
9.7 fps ∼55% +39%
Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Adreno 506, 632, 32 GB eMMC Flash
7 fps ∼40%
Average Qualcomm Adreno 506
  (3.5 - 14, n=36)
6.51 fps ∼37% -7%
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
6.5 fps ∼37% -7%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
6.5 fps ∼37% -7%
Xiaomi Mi A1
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
6.4 fps ∼36% -9%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
6.4 fps ∼36% -9%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5.2 fps ∼29% -26%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 110, n=456)
16.6 fps ∼100% +19%
Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Adreno 506, 632, 32 GB eMMC Flash
14 fps ∼84%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
11 fps ∼66% -21%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
10 fps ∼60% -29%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
10 fps ∼60% -29%
HTC U11 Life
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
9.8 fps ∼59% -30%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
9.8 fps ∼59% -30%
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
9.8 fps ∼59% -30%
Nokia 7.1
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
9.6 fps ∼58% -31%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
9.3 fps ∼56% -34%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
9.1 fps ∼55% -35%
Average Qualcomm Adreno 506
  (3.1 - 15, n=36)
8.14 fps ∼49% -42%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
6.9 fps ∼42% -51%
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
6.4 fps ∼39% -54%
Xiaomi Mi A1
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
6.3 fps ∼38% -55%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
6.1 fps ∼37% -56%
GFXBench
off screen Car Chase Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.6 - 73, n=379)
12.1 fps ∼100% +210%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
6.3 fps ∼52% +62%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
6.3 fps ∼52% +62%
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
6.3 fps ∼52% +62%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
6.3 fps ∼52% +62%
Nokia 7.1
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
6.3 fps ∼52% +62%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5.6 fps ∼46% +44%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5.6 fps ∼46% +44%
HTC U11 Life
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5.5 fps ∼45% +41%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5.5 fps ∼45% +41%
Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Adreno 506, 632, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3.9 fps ∼32%
Xiaomi Mi A1
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
3.6 fps ∼30% -8%
Average Qualcomm Adreno 506
  (3.3 - 3.9, n=35)
3.55 fps ∼29% -9%
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
3.5 fps ∼29% -10%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3.5 fps ∼29% -10%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
3.5 fps ∼29% -10%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.1 - 60, n=383)
10.8 fps ∼100% +40%
Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Adreno 506, 632, 32 GB eMMC Flash
7.7 fps ∼71%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
6 fps ∼56% -22%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
6 fps ∼56% -22%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
6 fps ∼56% -22%
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
6 fps ∼56% -22%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5.9 fps ∼55% -23%
Nokia 7.1
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5.9 fps ∼55% -23%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5.7 fps ∼53% -26%
HTC U11 Life
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5.4 fps ∼50% -30%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5.3 fps ∼49% -31%
Average Qualcomm Adreno 506
  (3.1 - 7.9, n=35)
4.66 fps ∼43% -39%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3.8 fps ∼35% -51%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
3.6 fps ∼33% -53%
Xiaomi Mi A1
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
3.5 fps ∼32% -55%
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
3.1 fps ∼29% -60%

We also looked into the throttling aspects of the Snapdragon 632 SoC. We ran GFXBench Long Term Manhattan ES 3.1 and Long Term T-Rex ES 2.0 for about 30 iterations. A good thing we noticed is that the phone barely crossed 35 °C during the entire run. A dip in performance was noticed only once during the 14th iteration in the Manhattan test after which it quickly regained the average value of 882.5 frames. We also see that the clocks do not sustain the 1.8 GHz max speed but seem to stabilize around the 1.65 GHz mark, which is good.

Similar trends were also observed in the T-Rex test wherein a performance drop was seen in the 18th run but recovery was quick. Since T-Rex ES 2.0 is a more forgiving benchmark compared to Manhattan ES 3.1, the CPU clocks stabilized at a comfortable 1.37 GHz.

Overall, we see that throttling is not a major concern with the Snapdragon 632 SoC. Asus also seems to have done a good job in ensuring temperatures are kept in check under load.

CPU temperature readings in GFXBench Long Term Manhattan ES 3.1
CPU temperature readings in GFXBench Long Term Manhattan ES 3.1
Drop in performance after 14 iterations in GFXBench Long Term Manhattan ES 3.1
Drop in performance after 14 iterations in GFXBench Long Term Manhattan ES 3.1
CPU clock speeds in GFXBench Long Term Manhattan ES 3.1
CPU clock speeds in GFXBench Long Term Manhattan ES 3.1
CPU temperature readings in GFXBench Long Term T-Rex ES 2.0
CPU temperature readings in GFXBench Long Term T-Rex ES 2.0
Drop in performance after 18 iterations in GFXBench Long Term T-Rex ES 2.0
Drop in performance after 18 iterations in GFXBench Long Term T-Rex ES 2.0
CPU clock speeds in GFXBench Long Term T-Rex ES 2.0
CPU clock speeds in GFXBench Long Term T-Rex ES 2.0

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Web browsing in Chrome.
Web browsing in Chrome.

The ZenFone Max (M2) does not disappoint in the web-browsing department. The Snapdragon 632 scores significantly better than the Snapdragon 625 in JetStream, Octane, and WebXPRT 2015 tests, and it is within easy reach of the Snapdragon 636. However, performance in the Kraken benchmark seems to have taken a beating with SD 625 phones leading other compared devices by a very high margin.

Nevertheless, loading graphics-heavy pages or playing FHD video in Chrome posed no issues. We also played Interland in Chrome and didn't notice any issues in the fluidity or responsiveness of the game.

JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 67)
51.534 Points ∼100% +18%
Nokia 7.1
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 70)
45.08 Points ∼87% +3%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 70)
44.786 Points ∼87% +3%
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 69)
44.568 Points ∼86% +2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 632
  (42.6 - 45.5, n=4)
44.2 Points ∼86% +1%
Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Adreno 506, 632, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 71)
43.6 Points ∼85%
Average of class Smartphone
  (10 - 302, n=525)
41.4 Points ∼80% -5%
HTC U11 Life
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 63)
28.993 Points ∼56% -34%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Browser: Chrome 65)
28.167 Points ∼55% -35%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 65)
28.107 Points ∼55% -36%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 67)
27.615 Points ∼54% -37%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chroem Version 62)
26.407 Points ∼51% -39%
Xiaomi Mi A1
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
26.077 Points ∼51% -40%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 68)
25.787 Points ∼50% -41%
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome Version 60)
24.84 Points ∼48% -43%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 67)
9746 Points ∼100% +18%
Nokia 7.1
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 70)
8627 Points ∼89% +5%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 70)
8386 Points ∼86% +2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 632
  (8185 - 8420, n=5)
8289 Points ∼85% +1%
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 69)
8273 Points ∼85% +1%
Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Adreno 506, 632, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 71)
8229 Points ∼84%
Average of class Smartphone
  (894 - 49388, n=684)
6701 Points ∼69% -19%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 65)
5052 Points ∼52% -39%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 67)
5017 Points ∼51% -39%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Browser: Chrome 65)
4993 Points ∼51% -39%
HTC U11 Life
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 63)
4893 Points ∼50% -41%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 68)
4808 Points ∼49% -42%
Xiaomi Mi A1
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
4756 Points ∼49% -42%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chroem Version 62)
4456 Points ∼46% -46%
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome Version 60)
4250 Points ∼44% -48%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (571 - 59466, n=709)
10602 ms * ∼100% -117%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 67)
10086 ms * ∼95% -106%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Browser: Chrome 65)
9922.7 ms * ∼94% -103%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 68)
9879.9 ms * ∼93% -102%
Xiaomi Mi A1
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
9867.5 ms * ∼93% -102%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 65)
9823.3 ms * ∼93% -101%
HTC U11 Life
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 63)
9493 ms * ∼90% -94%
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome Version 60)
9382.9 ms * ∼89% -92%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chroem Version 62)
9360.9 ms * ∼88% -91%
Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Adreno 506, 632, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 71)
4894.6 ms * ∼46%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 632
  (4806 - 4900, n=4)
4864 ms * ∼46% +1%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 70)
4766.9 ms * ∼45% +3%
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 69)
4578.1 ms * ∼43% +6%
Nokia 7.1
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 70)
4562.2 ms * ∼43% +7%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 67)
4105.3 ms * ∼39% +16%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 632
  (163 - 171, n=2)
167 Points ∼100% +2%
Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Adreno 506, 632, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 71)
163 Points ∼98%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 70)
153 Points ∼92% -6%
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 69)
148 Points ∼89% -9%
Nokia 7.1
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 70)
147 Points ∼88% -10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (27 - 362, n=328)
122 Points ∼73% -25%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
117 Points ∼70% -28%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 65)
110 Points ∼66% -33%
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 68)
109 Points ∼65% -33%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 67)
106 Points ∼63% -35%
HTC U11 Life
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 63)
100 Points ∼60% -39%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Benchmarks

The internal storage in the ZenFone Max (M2) is eMMC-based and our unit came with 32 GB of storage of which about 24 GB is available to the end user. The Max (M2) had respectable sequential and random read speeds but suffers badly when it comes to write speeds. The only other phones with worse random write speeds include the Nokia 6 (2018), Nokia 7.1, Sony Xperia XA2 Plus, and the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra. Those phones fared much better in sequential writes, though. So overall, the storage subsystem performance is nothing to write (pun intended) home about. That being said, you will not find much impact in day-to-day use unless you're writing large amounts to data to internal storage. The read speeds are good overall so loading heavy games or playback of large video files should not be much of an issue.

Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KLXiaomi Redmi 6 ProXiaomi Mi A1Xiaomi Mi Max 2Motorola Moto G5s PlusSony Xperia XA2 PlusNokia 6 2018Sony Xperia XA2 UltraHTC U11 LifeNokia 7.1Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 ProXiaomi Mi Max 3Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KLAverage 32 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
107%
15%
-11%
21%
8%
-11%
5%
41%
-13%
75%
125%
124%
-14%
-3%
Random Write 4KB
17.11
72.6
324%
7.19
-58%
12.81
-25%
44.89
162%
10.5
-39%
15.3
-11%
10.1
-41%
50.2
193%
11.93
-30%
67.27
293%
87.08
409%
83.54
388%
18.3 (0.75 - 77.3, n=181)
7%
21.5 (0.14 - 250, n=734)
26%
Random Read 4KB
50.39
66.87
33%
78.05
55%
37.1
-26%
37.94
-25%
77.43
54%
38.78
-23%
76
51%
39.3
-22%
44.9
-11%
55.55
10%
72.87
45%
71.16
41%
38.9 (3.59 - 117, n=181)
-23%
46.5 (1.59 - 196, n=734)
-8%
Sequential Write 256KB
121.12
212.87
76%
202.45
67%
139.57
15%
75.7
-37%
146.16
21%
118.32
-2%
138.8
15%
120
-1%
125.98
4%
119.9
-1%
185.4
53%
201.75
67%
94.6 (14.8 - 189, n=181)
-22%
95.4 (2.99 - 590, n=734)
-21%
Sequential Read 256KB
291.19
278.66
-4%
277.43
-5%
265.68
-9%
237.44
-18%
281.06
-3%
272.59
-6%
273.7
-6%
268
-8%
250.9
-14%
278.9
-4%
274.63
-6%
286.61
-2%
236 (25.8 - 452, n=181)
-19%
269 (12.1 - 1504, n=734)
-8%

Gaming

The Adreno 506 GPU in the Snapdragon 632 is not a bad performer by any means and we actually enjoyed playing games on the ZenFone Max (M2). Demanding titles such as PUBG Mobile, Shadow Fight 3, Arena of Valor, and Asphalt 9: Legends played well and the phone didn't get warm even during extended sessions. The energy-efficient SoC and the lower resolution display also help in easing the load on the GPU and we didn't observe any stutters or dropped frames. However, the low-power internals also means that not all games will run at the highest settings and hence some sacrifices in visual quality are inevitable.

PUBG Mobile maintained a steady 30 fps at smooth setting and going a notch higher would show a dip in frame rates. Shadow Fight 3 can be played at a smooth 60 fps at max settings and so can Sdorica. Asphalt 9: Legends only offered low settings but was playable at 30 fps. Vulkan titles perform well and games like Vainglory attain the 60 fps mark easily.

PUBG Mobile 30 fps (Smooth)
PUBG Mobile 30 fps (Smooth)
Shadow Fight 3 60 fps (High)
Shadow Fight 3 60 fps (High)
Arena of Valor 30 fps (High)
Sdorica 60 fps (High)
Vainglory (Vulkan) 60 fps
PUBG Mobile - Smooth
Average of class Smartphone
  (12 - 60, n=24)
31.5 fps ∼100% +5%
Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Adreno 506, 632, 32 GB eMMC Flash (0.10.0)
30 (min: 1, max: 32) fps ∼95%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 632
 
30 fps ∼95% 0%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
26 (min: 13, max: 27) fps ∼83% -13%
Arena of Valor - high HD
Average of class Smartphone
  (26 - 61, n=98)
46.5 fps ∼100% +55%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 632
  (30 - 31, n=3)
30.7 fps ∼66% +2%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
30 (min: 20, max: 32) fps ∼65% 0%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
30 fps ∼65% 0%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
30 fps ∼65% 0%
Nokia 7.1
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
30 fps ∼65% 0%
Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Adreno 506, 632, 32 GB eMMC Flash (1.26.1.2)
30 (min: 1, max: 32) fps ∼65%
Shadow Fight 3 - high
Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Adreno 506, 632, 32 GB eMMC Flash (1.16.1)
60 (min: 1, max: 60) fps ∼100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 632
  (60 - 60, n=2)
60 fps ∼100% 0%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
59 fps ∼98% -2%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
58 fps ∼97% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (30 - 60, n=48)
56 fps ∼93% -7%
PUBG Mobile
 SettingsValue
 Smooth30 fps
  Your browser does not support the canvas element!
Arena of Valor
 SettingsValue
 high HD30 fps
  Your browser does not support the canvas element!
Asphalt 9: Legends
 SettingsValue
 Standard / low30 fps
  Your browser does not support the canvas element!
Shadow Fight 3
 SettingsValue
 high60 fps
  Your browser does not support the canvas element!

Emissions

Temperatures

The ZenFone Max (M2) manages to keep its cool even under stress. This can be attributed partly to the power-efficient SoC and partly to the metal construction that helps with better thermal conductivity. The maximum temperature we could reach was around 40 °C at the back and normal operating temperatures were around the 35 °C mark. Therefore, handling the phone even under load should pose no risk and the optimal temperatures also help in minimizing throttling as was evident in our GFXBench loop results.

Speakers

The ZenFone Max (M2) sports a single speaker near the microUSB port, and thus it can output only mono audio without a headset. However, the 5-magnet speaker is powered by an NXP Smart Amplifier that can output some seriously loud sound. Since the software is more or less stock Android, there are no built-in software codec enhancements such as Dolby or DTS:X audio available. Audio from the headphone jack is clear and loud. There are no earphones supplied in the box so we used the SoundMagic E10C earphones to test the overall sound reproduction. The soundstage didn't sound very balanced with the lows not very evident and over emphasis on the mids. Then again, there is no system-wide EQ available so you must rely on EQ in individual apps to find the right balance for your listening tastes.

Battery Life

Battery settings
Battery settings

Midrange devices generally offer some of the highest battery capacities available and the ZenFone Max (M2) is no exception. It features a 4,000 mAh battery that can stand the vagaries of daily use and still have a considerable amount of power left at the end of the day. Despite featuring a pretty large battery, the Max (M2) is very slim and is in fact lower in weight than its competition, the Honor 8C and the Redmi 6 Pro. There is no QuickCharge support but the included 10 W charger can charge from 0 to 100% in about 3.5 to 4 hours. It is slow by current standards, but then again you are getting a large battery that will not give up on you in the middle of the day.

At a brightness of approximately 200 cd/m2 and all connections on, we observed a battery drain of about 27% in 3 hours 42 minutes in the PCMark Work 2.0 battery test, which approximately equates to about 14 hours before the battery drains out. This is a very respectable performance, and in normal use the phone will easily outlast your typical workday.

Pros

+ Good build quality
+ Cool operation
+ Power-efficient SoC
+ Fairly accurate GPS
+ Good camera performance in low-light (for the price)
+ Widevine CDM L1 support
+ Responsive fingerprint sensor and face unlock
+ Loud speaker output
+ Stock Android experience
+ Excellent battery life
+ Value for money

Cons

- Metal body feels bland
- HD+ display with not-so-vibrant colors
- No protective glass for the display
- Auto-brightness adjustment needs bug fixing
- Rear camera HDR and depth sensing needs fine-tuning.
- Poor front camera
- Slow write speeds
- No fast charging

Verdict

Asus ZenFone Max (M2). Review unit courtesy of Asus India.
Asus ZenFone Max (M2). Review unit courtesy of Asus India.

We've been evaluating the Asus ZenFone Max (M2) for close to a month and the phone seemed to stand up to the barrage of tests we've thrown at it. The build quality is excellent sans the premium finishes and the phone has a slim and trendy appearance. The notch seems a bit wider than we like and the display is bereft of any protective glass covering. While these can be overlooked given the price of the device, one area where Asus went overboard with its compromises was the display. It's perfectly usable for day-to-day activities but the low resolution and somewhat washed-out colors make it seem a sore point in an otherwise impressive handset.

Performance is good and the new Snapdragon 632 could soon succeed the Snapdragon 625 as the new staple chipset of mid-range phones. Despite stress tests and continuous gaming, the phone hardly felt warm and battery drain was as expected. This phone will easily last a typical workday and you will still be left with plenty of charge before retiring to bed. It manages gaming well at medium graphics, but given the low-power chipset users should expect stutters and lags while multitasking. Camera performance is not too shabby but Asus needs to work on getting HDR and depth sensing right. The front-facing camera is strictly passable so selfie aficionados need to look elsewhere. 

For those looking at a capable midranger that gets the basics right without burning a hole in the pocket, the Asus ZenFone Max (M2) is an easy recommend. There are some inevitable compromises but the responsive stock Android experience, timely updates, and the overall package more than makes up for them.

The budget mid-range segment is an intensely contested space in price-sensitive Asian markets like India and Asus seems to have worked out a winnable strategy to thwart the onslaught of Chinese OEMs in this space. Xiaomi still leads the budget market but Asus is here to stay and we expect the trend to continue well into 2019.

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2019-01-23 (Update: 2019-01-23)
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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.