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Asus ZenFone Max Pro (M2) Smartphone Hands-on Review

Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 👁 J. Simon Leitner, Daniel R Deakin, 01/30/2019

Mid-ranger with high aspirations The Asus ZenFone Max Pro (M2) was launched alongside the Max (M2) in India last month and succeeds the hugely popular ZenFone Max Pro (M1). The Max Pro (M2) gets many things right and is targeted at those who yearn for a top-notch Android experience without having to spend a fortune. Right from the design to the innards, Asus seems to have taken user feedback seriously. But is that sufficient for the Max Pro (M2) to ace out rivals from Realme, Honor, or Xiaomi in the sub-US$200 bracket? Let's find out in this hands-on review.

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The sub-₹15,000 (US$200) market has always proven to be a lucrative one. Advancements in SoC tech, availability of powerful cameras, and intense competition has resulted in many OEMs offering features in this price range that were once considered flagship territory. Asus tasted success in the mid-range segment last year with the introduction of the ZenFone Max Pro (M1). While the Max Pro (M1) was mostly praised for its good specs, a large battery, and a smooth stock Android experience, it was not without criticism. Asus seems to have heeded to feedback and recently announced the successor, the Max Pro (M2), alongside the budget ZenFone Max (M2). In this iteration, we see improved specs, a more appealing design, and an overall impressive package that is more than just a generational upgrade. 

However, the Max Pro (M2) is somewhat of a late entrant considering that phones from competing brands with similar specs have already tasted a good amount of success. The Oppo Realme 2 Pro and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro retail at almost similar prices and have enjoyed good patronage in the Indian market alongside the Kirin 710-powered Honor 10 Lite. The ZenFone Max Pro (M2) features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC, but Asus uses an underclocked variant to possibly help with battery life. Unlike the Max Pro (M1), the Max Pro (M2) offers the same imaging capabilities across all RAM and storage variants. How do Asus's changes affect the overall performance and usability of the Max Pro (M2)? We aim to find out just that in our extensive hands-on review.

Note — This is more of an extensive hands-on than the typical smartphone review you are used to seeing 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-15.2016.1812.179-20181227 that was made available on January 7.

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL (Zenfone Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
6.26 inch 19:9, 2280 x 1080 pixel 403 PPI, glossy: yes
Storage
64 GB eMMC Flash, 64 GB 
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n)
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.5 x 157.9 x 75.5 ( = 0.33 x 6.22 x 2.97 in)
Operating System
Android 8.1 Oreo
Additional features
12 Months Warranty
Weight
175 g ( = 6.17 oz / 0.39 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 Pro (M2) itself, a 10 W USB charger, a USB to microUSB cable, a TPU case, a SIM ejector tool, and the usual paperwork. There are no headphones included. 

The Max Pro (M2) stands out among other phones in its class with its design. Although the phone is made of plastic, Asus has given the back a glass-esque finish that not only looks luxurious but also reflects light in an impressive pattern. It looks great but all that sheen is lost quickly as the back is a fingerprint magnet. At 175 g, it feels light but is also slippery so you might find yourself resorting to the bundled case. That being said, the build quality is good and the phone will survive drops from about waist height easily. Staying on the back, we find the 12 MP + 5 MP dual camera setup along with an LED flash. The fingerprint sensor is located at the expected spot and can be easily discovered. Both fingerprint and face unlock work fairly instantly.

At the bottom, we find the headphone jack, microphone, microUSB port, and the speaker grill. The top is fully plain and only houses the noise-canceling microphone. Moving to the right, we find the volume rocker and power button. These buttons are easy to press and are responsive. Finally, towards the left, we find a triple-card slot that can hold two nano SIMs along with a microSD card. 

Unlike the Max (M2), the ZenFone Max Pro (M2) is fairly endowed when it comes to the display. The 6.26-inch 19:9 screen is almost bezel-less save for the bottom chin and sports an FHD+ resolution with a wide color gamut (94% NTSC). At a brightness of 450 nits, the display is legible both indoors and outdoors. The notch is somewhat smaller than the Max (M2) and this helps in accommodating a couple of extra notification icons. The smaller notch size is made possible by locating the earpiece above it instead of within it. The notch houses the proximity sensor, a soft LED flash, and a 13 MP selfie camera. A multi-color notification light is present in the inner left-edge of the earpiece. It is not as conspicuous as the one in the Max (M2) but is bright enough.

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

Size Comparison

Features and Specifications

Asus has equipped the ZenFone Max Pro (M2) with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 (SD660) AIE Mobile Platform featuring the Adreno 512 GPU. The 14 nm SD660 is actually a 2.2 GHz part but Asus has underclocked it to 1.95 GHz. The SD660 performs better than the Snapdragon 820 and is below the Snapdragon 835 in terms of raw CPU performance numbers. We will shortly see how Asus's underclocking will affect the scores. The ZenFone Max Pro (M2) comes in Blue and Titanium colors and you can choose between three RAM and storage variants — 3/32 GB, 4/64 GB (our review unit), and 6/64 GB. You can also expand the storage using a microSD card and on top of that, you also get a complimentary 100 GB of Google Drive space, which is valid for one year.

The Max Pro (M2) offers all standard connectivity options including dual-SIM dual-standby (DSDS), 4G VoLTE, 802.11n wireless (only the 2.4 GHz band), WiFi- Direct, Bluetooth 5.0, and GPS. Sensors such as accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, proximity, ambient light, and fingerprint are available. The 12 MP rear camera can record 4K 30 fps video but only without EIS. The selfie shooter is a 13 MP f/2.0 sensor.

The Max Pro (M2) continues the tradition of its predecessor in offering a beefy 5,000 mAh battery, which should offer long runtimes when coupled with the power-efficient SoC.

Software

Sensing market preferences, Asus has preferred opting for a stock AOSP Android 8.1 Oreo OS instead of the heavily customized (and feature-rich) ZenUI that was seen in the ZenFone 5Z and even the ZenFone Lite (L1). There is no bloatware and the only pre-installed apps include the usual ones from Google and Facebook. Asus's only offerings include Sound Recorder, FM Radio, and Calculator. Our Max Pro (M2) review unit got the last OTA update (15.2016.1812.179) on January 7, which brought in the December 2018 security patches, updates to the camera, touchscreen, and optimizations for FM radio. An update to Android Pie is expected to happen soon, according to Asus.

While opting for a stock ROM is a welcome move, you will have to find substitutes for popular OEM ROM features such as call recording, app twinning, themes, etc. The Settings page is more or less similar to stock Android apart from a few additional options such as Ambient Display and ZenMotion gestures. 

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

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Telephony, Networking, and GPS

The ZenFone Max Pro (M2) covers basic telephony quite well. Network reception was up to the mark and there weren't too many issues or dropped calls. While the phone tries hard to latch onto the best possible signal, it switches over to 2G/3G in areas with poor reception. Both SIMs are VoLTE compatible. Overall call quality is good, but there is perceivable distortion in the other caller's voice especially at higher volume levels. This was also evident while using the speakerphone. A temporary workaround would be to use a headset instead of the earpiece or speakerphone. Even the FM Radio seemed to have lot of background noise and interference. Asus claims to have addressed the FM Radio noise issue in the latest update. While the audio quality seemed to be improved, there is certainly room for more fine tuning when it comes to overall audio performance while using the radios.

Wireless works great, but you get to use only up to wireless-N speeds over the 2.4 GHz band. It is definitely not an SoC limitation as other SD660 phones such as the Nokia 7 Plus have wireless-AC and both 2.4 and 5 GHz bands enabled. We hope Asus enables this in its firmware at some point. 

For location tracking, GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, and QZSS are supported. The phone did have trouble in locking on to a satellite when indoors but could easily latch on to the signal in outdoors with up to 3 m accuracy. Battery drain while using GPS felt a bit rapid, though.

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

The ZenFone Max Pro (M2) sports a 6.26-inch FHD+ notched 19:9 display. Viewing angles are good, and text and graphics appeared to have good detail and sharpness. At a brightness of 450 nits, the display makes for easy viewing under most lighting conditions. Outdoor legibility was really good and there was no apparent wash out of colors as is generally the case. Unlike the Max (M2), the Max Pro (M2) does not suffer from the auto brightness bug. However, we did notice some sensitivity issues with the touchscreen firmware. Some of the recent updates have addressed it to a large extent, but we did encounter missed touch responses occasionally. 

There are no additional color-tuning settings available. However, you do get the Night Mode for blue-light filtering. Just like the Max (M2), there is also a neat Ambient Display feature and ZenMotion gestures for turning the display on and off with just a couple of taps. Unlike many OEM ROMs, you cannot hide the notch unless the feature natively makes it to stock Android. That being said, the notch seldom posed any hindrance to full screen viewing or gaming. 

The Max Pro (M2) supports Widevine CDM L1 so streaming Netflix and Amazon Prime in 720p or above shouldn't be an issue.

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 ZenFone Max Pro (M2) offers good primary and selfie cameras. The camera app is easy to use and offers most features within reach. Asus offers 13 AI scene detection modes that should cover most scenarios. You can choose between Auto, HDR, Pro, Sports, and Night modes along with several Beauty modes and live effects. There is no Camera2 API support enabled, but it is possible to enable it via ADB commands without unlocking the bootloader and install the Google Cam Arnova Mod as outlined in this XDA thread. However, be aware that some features might not work and your mileage may vary.

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

Rear Camera

Asus has equipped the ZenFone Max Pro (M2) with a 12 MP f/1.8 main camera that uses the Sony IMX486 sensor with a 1.25 micron pixel size. There is also a supplementary 5 MP sensor for bokeh shots. For a mid-ranger, we felt the Max Pro (M2) clearly punches above its weight when it comes to overall picture quality. Sure, there are areas for improvement but the overall performance of the primary shooter seems to be good. The camera could pick up details in most lighting conditions ranging from foggy to bright light. The bokeh effects were well pronounced unlike the Max (M2) thanks to the 5 MP depth sensor. HDR mode did help in highlighting some of the darker parts of the scene, but we felt the overall image could have been even brighter. 

Night shots were good, although, we did notice a fair amount of noise at 100% crop and the colors felt a little muted. We recommend shooting night scenes in the Pro mode as that gives better control and seemed more effective than Asus's algorithms. That being said, expect to see future updates that fine-tune the low-light shooting capabilities.

Video recording is supported up to 4K 30 fps with no limit to the length of the video. Quality of the video is good; however, there is no image stabilization that can be activated while shooting in 4K. You do get EIS for other shooting modes, though.

Foggy light
Foggy light
Macro depth effect - 1
Macro depth effect - 1
Night shot - 1
Night shot - 2

Front Camera

Front camera sample
Front camera sample

The front camera in the Max Pro (M2) is a 13 MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and a 1.12 micron pixel size. There is a soft LED flash that helps taking selfies in the dark. Picture quality is fine as long as there is sufficient light. The darker areas of the image often turned out noisy. There is enough overall detail in the image. However, there is a tendency to smoothen the image beyond what is needed and that often leads to loss of detail near the edges of the object. We feel there is still scope for eking out better performance from the selfie camera given its higher resolution sensor. Recent updates have also added EIS support for video recording and a portrait mode. The portrait mode does a fairly good job of blurring the background. 

Performance

The ZenFone Max Pro (M2) is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC. Asus has underclocked the faster Kryo 260 cluster to 1.95 GHz instead of the stock 2.2 GHz. Combining this with the large 5,000 mAh battery should help in longer runtimes. The slower Kryo cores run at the stock 1.8 GHz, however. As we will see below, this does have an effect on the benchmark scores. That being said, performance in day-to-day use is very good with little to no lag even when taxed with multiple apps running simultaneously in the background. We would recommend opting for at least a 4 GB variant to minimize any memory bottlenecks. 

CPU and GPU Benchmarks

We ran a suite of synthetic CPU and GPU benchmarks to see how the Snapdragon 660 in the Max Pro (M2) stood up to the competition. The numbers are somewhat disappointing. In AnTuTu, the SD660 scores well below the average score for the SoC, and consequently, below many other SD660 devices. A similar ~15% performance deficit was observed in BaseMark and Geekbench scores as well. GPU performance was also on the lower side with the Adreno 512 in the Max Pro (M2) scoring the least when compared to other devices with the same GPU. The difference in the actual values is not too high in GFXBench tests unlike 3DMark, which showed a ~10-15% drop in performance.

AnTuTu v7 - Total Score
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB eMMC Flash
143551 Points ∼100% +23%
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
142189 Points ∼99% +22%
Nokia 7 Plus
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
141701 Points ∼99% +22%
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
140878 Points ∼98% +21%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
140875 Points ∼98% +21%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
140714 Points ∼98% +21%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512
  (116346 - 143551, n=8)
136590 Points ∼95% +17%
BlackBerry Key2
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
126462 Points ∼88% +9%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
116346 Points ∼81%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score
BlackBerry Key2
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
6124 Points ∼100% +5%
Nokia 7 Plus
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
6077 Points ∼99% +4%
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB eMMC Flash
6052 Points ∼99% +4%
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
6047 Points ∼99% +3%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
5995 Points ∼98% +3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512
  (5789 - 6124, n=8)
5987 Points ∼98% +2%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
5965 Points ∼97% +2%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
5844 Points ∼95%
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
5789 Points ∼95% -1%
Work performance score
BlackBerry Key2
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
7026 Points ∼100% +7%
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
6926 Points ∼99% +5%
Nokia 7 Plus
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
6825 Points ∼97% +4%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
6723 Points ∼96% +2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512
  (6274 - 7026, n=8)
6627 Points ∼94% +1%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
6573 Points ∼94%
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
6338 Points ∼90% -4%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
6332 Points ∼90% -4%
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB eMMC Flash
6274 Points ∼89% -5%
BaseMark OS II
Web
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1146 Points ∼100% +12%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1108 Points ∼97% +8%
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
1105 Points ∼96% +8%
Nokia 7 Plus
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1101 Points ∼96% +7%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512
  (1027 - 1146, n=8)
1093 Points ∼95% +6%
BlackBerry Key2
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1092 Points ∼95% +6%
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB eMMC Flash
1086 Points ∼95% +6%
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1078 Points ∼94% +5%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1027 Points ∼90%
Graphics
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2332 Points ∼100% +18%
Nokia 7 Plus
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2298 Points ∼99% +17%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2295 Points ∼98% +16%
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB eMMC Flash
2293 Points ∼98% +16%
BlackBerry Key2
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2288 Points ∼98% +16%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2279 Points ∼98% +16%
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2257 Points ∼97% +15%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512
  (1970 - 2332, n=8)
2252 Points ∼97% +14%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1970 Points ∼84%
Memory
Nokia 7 Plus
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2503 Points ∼100% +44%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2494 Points ∼100% +44%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2470 Points ∼99% +42%
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2393 Points ∼96% +38%
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2347 Points ∼94% +35%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512
  (1737 - 2503, n=8)
2309 Points ∼92% +33%
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB eMMC Flash
2269 Points ∼91% +31%
BlackBerry Key2
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2256 Points ∼90% +30%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1737 Points ∼69%
System
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
5282 Points ∼100% +41%
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB eMMC Flash
5237 Points ∼99% +40%
BlackBerry Key2
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
5229 Points ∼99% +40%
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
5063 Points ∼96% +35%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
5048 Points ∼96% +35%
Nokia 7 Plus
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
4976 Points ∼94% +33%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512
  (3745 - 5282, n=8)
4922 Points ∼93% +31%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
4797 Points ∼91% +28%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
3745 Points ∼71%
Overall
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2394 Points ∼100% +26%
Nokia 7 Plus
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2369 Points ∼99% +24%
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2364 Points ∼99% +24%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2343 Points ∼98% +23%
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB eMMC Flash
2332 Points ∼97% +22%
Oppo R11
Adreno 512, 660
2330 Points ∼97% +22%
BlackBerry Key2
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2330 Points ∼97% +22%
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2322 Points ∼97% +22%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512
  (1905 - 2394, n=9)
2299 Points ∼96% +21%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1905 Points ∼80%
Geekbench 4.3
Compute RenderScript Score
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
5811 Points ∼100% +17%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
5688 Points ∼98% +14%
BlackBerry Key2
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
5672 Points ∼98% +14%
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB eMMC Flash
5640 Points ∼97% +13%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512
  (4983 - 5811, n=7)
5546 Points ∼95% +11%
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
5542 Points ∼95% +11%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
5486 Points ∼94% +10%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
4983 Points ∼86%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB eMMC Flash
5893 Points ∼100% +20%
Nokia 7 Plus
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
5867 Points ∼100% +20%
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
5860 Points ∼99% +20%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
5856 Points ∼99% +20%
Oppo R11
Adreno 512, 660
5850 Points ∼99% +20%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
5843 Points ∼99% +19%
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
5826 Points ∼99% +19%
BlackBerry Key2
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
5806 Points ∼99% +19%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512
  (4895 - 5893, n=9)
5744 Points ∼97% +17%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
4895 Points ∼83%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Nokia 7 Plus
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1646 Points ∼100% +15%
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1642 Points ∼100% +15%
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB eMMC Flash
1621 Points ∼98% +13%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1620 Points ∼98% +13%
BlackBerry Key2
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1617 Points ∼98% +13%
Oppo R11
Adreno 512, 660
1610 Points ∼98% +13%
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
1601 Points ∼97% +12%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512
  (1431 - 1646, n=9)
1596 Points ∼97% +12%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1579 Points ∼96% +10%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1431 Points ∼87%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2797 Points ∼100% +32%
Nokia 7 Plus
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2789 Points ∼100% +31%
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2774 Points ∼99% +31%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2764 Points ∼99% +30%
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB eMMC Flash
2758 Points ∼99% +30%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512
  (2121 - 2797, n=8)
2631 Points ∼94% +24%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2615 Points ∼93% +23%
BlackBerry Key2
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2431 Points ∼87% +15%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2121 Points ∼76%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1268 Points ∼100% +11%
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
1268 Points ∼100% +11%
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1267 Points ∼100% +11%
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB eMMC Flash
1265 Points ∼100% +11%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1244 Points ∼98% +9%
Nokia 7 Plus
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1239 Points ∼98% +9%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512
  (1134 - 1268, n=8)
1228 Points ∼97% +8%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1139 Points ∼90%
BlackBerry Key2
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1134 Points ∼89% 0%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1442 Points ∼100% +14%
Nokia 7 Plus
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1441 Points ∼100% +13%
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB eMMC Flash
1438 Points ∼100% +13%
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
1433 Points ∼99% +13%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1432 Points ∼99% +13%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1417 Points ∼98% +12%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512
  (1270 - 1442, n=8)
1395 Points ∼97% +10%
BlackBerry Key2
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1287 Points ∼89% +1%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1270 Points ∼88%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2815 Points ∼100% +26%
Nokia 7 Plus
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2768 Points ∼98% +24%
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2758 Points ∼98% +23%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2756 Points ∼98% +23%
BlackBerry Key2
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2752 Points ∼98% +23%
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB eMMC Flash
2751 Points ∼98% +23%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512
  (2238 - 2815, n=8)
2685 Points ∼95% +20%
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2645 Points ∼94% +18%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2238 Points ∼80%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2033 Points ∼100% +13%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2024 Points ∼100% +12%
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB eMMC Flash
2015 Points ∼99% +12%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1981 Points ∼97% +10%
Nokia 7 Plus
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1980 Points ∼97% +10%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512
  (1734 - 2033, n=8)
1916 Points ∼94% +6%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1806 Points ∼89%
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
1757 Points ∼86% -3%
BlackBerry Key2
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1734 Points ∼85% -4%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2151 Points ∼100% +14%
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2148 Points ∼100% +14%
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB eMMC Flash
2142 Points ∼100% +14%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2121 Points ∼99% +12%
Nokia 7 Plus
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2114 Points ∼98% +12%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512
  (1887 - 2151, n=8)
2044 Points ∼95% +8%
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
1898 Points ∼88% +1%
BlackBerry Key2
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1889 Points ∼88% 0%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1887 Points ∼88%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB eMMC Flash
2759 Points ∼100% +47%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2757 Points ∼100% +46%
Nokia 7 Plus
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2749 Points ∼100% +46%
BlackBerry Key2
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2737 Points ∼99% +45%
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2700 Points ∼98% +43%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2628 Points ∼95% +40%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512
  (1883 - 2759, n=8)
2536 Points ∼92% +35%
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2073 Points ∼75% +10%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1883 Points ∼68%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics
BlackBerry Key2
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1201 Points ∼100% +13%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1196 Points ∼100% +13%
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1195 Points ∼100% +13%
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB eMMC Flash
1193 Points ∼99% +12%
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
1185 Points ∼99% +12%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512
  (1061 - 1201, n=8)
1170 Points ∼97% +10%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1164 Points ∼97% +10%
Nokia 7 Plus
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1161 Points ∼97% +9%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1061 Points ∼88%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1)
BlackBerry Key2
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1372 Points ∼100% +17%
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB eMMC Flash
1365 Points ∼99% +16%
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1364 Points ∼99% +16%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1361 Points ∼99% +16%
Oppo R11
Adreno 512, 660
1354 Points ∼99% +15%
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
1354 Points ∼99% +15%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1335 Points ∼97% +14%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512
  (1175 - 1372, n=9)
1335 Points ∼97% +14%
Nokia 7 Plus
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1332 Points ∼97% +13%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1175 Points ∼86%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2780 Points ∼100% +17%
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2741 Points ∼99% +15%
BlackBerry Key2
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2736 Points ∼98% +15%
Nokia 7 Plus
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2734 Points ∼98% +15%
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB eMMC Flash
2719 Points ∼98% +14%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2680 Points ∼96% +12%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512
  (2383 - 2780, n=8)
2676 Points ∼96% +12%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2638 Points ∼95% +11%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2383 Points ∼86%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1938 Points ∼100% +13%
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1936 Points ∼100% +13%
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB eMMC Flash
1929 Points ∼100% +13%
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
1918 Points ∼99% +12%
Nokia 7 Plus
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1895 Points ∼98% +11%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1891 Points ∼98% +11%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512
  (1711 - 1938, n=8)
1884 Points ∼97% +10%
BlackBerry Key2
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1856 Points ∼96% +8%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1711 Points ∼88%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2071 Points ∼100% +13%
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB eMMC Flash
2062 Points ∼100% +13%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2059 Points ∼99% +13%
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2054 Points ∼99% +13%
Nokia 7 Plus
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2035 Points ∼98% +12%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2023 Points ∼98% +11%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512
  (1825 - 2071, n=8)
2016 Points ∼97% +10%
BlackBerry Key2
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1999 Points ∼97% +10%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1825 Points ∼88%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
21016 Points ∼100% +39%
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB eMMC Flash
20437 Points ∼97% +35%
BlackBerry Key2
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
20224 Points ∼96% +34%
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
20173 Points ∼96% +34%
Nokia 7 Plus
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
20085 Points ∼96% +33%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512
  (15088 - 21016, n=8)
19325 Points ∼92% +28%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
19050 Points ∼91% +26%
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
18523 Points ∼88% +23%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
15088 Points ∼72%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
29422 Points ∼100% +15%
Nokia 7 Plus
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
29333 Points ∼100% +15%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
29306 Points ∼100% +15%
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB eMMC Flash
29116 Points ∼99% +14%
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
29065 Points ∼99% +14%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
28984 Points ∼99% +13%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512
  (25561 - 29422, n=8)
28389 Points ∼96% +11%
BlackBerry Key2
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
26322 Points ∼89% +3%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
25561 Points ∼87%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
26731 Points ∼100% +21%
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
26702 Points ∼100% +21%
Nokia 7 Plus
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
26610 Points ∼100% +20%
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB eMMC Flash
26605 Points ∼100% +20%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
26175 Points ∼98% +18%
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
25783 Points ∼96% +16%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512
  (22145 - 26731, n=8)
25678 Points ∼96% +16%
BlackBerry Key2
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
24669 Points ∼92% +11%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
22145 Points ∼83%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
51 fps ∼100% +13%
Nokia 7 Plus
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
50 fps ∼98% +11%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
50 fps ∼98% +11%
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB eMMC Flash
50 fps ∼98% +11%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512
  (43 - 51, n=8)
47.6 fps ∼93% +6%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
46 fps ∼90% +2%
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
46 fps ∼90% +2%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
45 fps ∼88%
BlackBerry Key2
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
43 fps ∼84% -4%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16
BlackBerry Key2
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
52 fps ∼100% +24%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
51 fps ∼98% +21%
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
50 fps ∼96% +19%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512
  (42 - 52, n=8)
48.1 fps ∼93% +15%
Nokia 7 Plus
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
48 fps ∼92% +14%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
48 fps ∼92% +14%
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
47 fps ∼90% +12%
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB eMMC Flash
47 fps ∼90% +12%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
42 fps ∼81%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL
Nokia 7 Plus
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
23 fps ∼100% +15%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
23 fps ∼100% +15%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
23 fps ∼100% +15%
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
23 fps ∼100% +15%
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
23 fps ∼100% +15%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512
  (20 - 23, n=8)
22.3 fps ∼97% +12%
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB eMMC Flash
22 fps ∼96% +10%
BlackBerry Key2
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
21 fps ∼91% +5%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
20 fps ∼87%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL
BlackBerry Key2
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
23 fps ∼100% +21%
Nokia 7 Plus
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
22 fps ∼96% +16%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
22 fps ∼96% +16%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512
  (19 - 23, n=8)
21.3 fps ∼93% +12%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
21 fps ∼91% +11%
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
21 fps ∼91% +11%
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
21 fps ∼91% +11%
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB eMMC Flash
21 fps ∼91% +11%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
19 fps ∼83%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
15 fps ∼100% +15%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
15 fps ∼100% +15%
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
15 fps ∼100% +15%
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
15 fps ∼100% +15%
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB eMMC Flash
15 fps ∼100% +15%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512
  (13 - 15, n=8)
14.4 fps ∼96% +11%
Nokia 7 Plus
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
14 fps ∼93% +8%
BlackBerry Key2
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
13 fps ∼87% 0%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
13 fps ∼87%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Nokia 7 Plus
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
15 fps ∼100% +25%
Oppo R11
Adreno 512, 660
15 fps ∼100% +25%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
14 fps ∼93% +17%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
14 fps ∼93% +17%
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
14 fps ∼93% +17%
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB eMMC Flash
14 fps ∼93% +17%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512
  (12 - 15, n=9)
13.7 fps ∼91% +14%
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
13 fps ∼87% +8%
BlackBerry Key2
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
12 fps ∼80% 0%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
12 fps ∼80%
GFXBench
off screen Car Chase Offscreen
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
9.1 fps ∼100% +12%
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
9.1 fps ∼100% +12%
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
9.1 fps ∼100% +12%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
9 fps ∼99% +11%
BlackBerry Key2
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
9 fps ∼99% +11%
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB eMMC Flash
9 fps ∼99% +11%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512
  (8.1 - 9.1, n=8)
8.84 fps ∼97% +9%
Nokia 7 Plus
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
8.3 fps ∼91% +2%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
8.1 fps ∼89%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen
BlackBerry Key2
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
9.8 fps ∼100% +31%
Nokia 7 Plus
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
9.1 fps ∼93% +21%
Oppo R11
Adreno 512, 660
8.6 fps ∼88% +15%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
8.6 fps ∼88% +15%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
8.6 fps ∼88% +15%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512
  (7.5 - 9.8, n=9)
8.58 fps ∼88% +14%
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB eMMC Flash
8.4 fps ∼86% +12%
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
8.3 fps ∼85% +11%
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
8.3 fps ∼85% +11%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
7.5 fps ∼77%

To understand how the SD660 in the Max Pro (M2) throttles under load, we ran GFXBench Long Term Manhattan ES 3.1 and Long Term T-Rex ES 2.0 for about 30 iterations. The performance, unfortunately, does not appear to be very consistent. In Manhattan ES 3.1, we see a dip in performance after 15 iterations and the SoC is seen to recuperate only after around the 22nd iteration. We also see only one core (CPU 8) being extensively used and the maximum clock (1,950 MHz) could be attained barely a few times, with 1,750 MHz looking to be a sweet spot under load.

Long Term ES T-Rex 2.0 also showed a very inconsistent performance with a drastic drop in the 20th iteration. Interestingly, the CPU clocks weren't going above the 1,400 MHz mark for the big Kryo cores and above the 1,108 MHz mark for the LITTLE ones apart from occasional spikes. The CPU temperatures hovered around the 47 °C mark during both tests. 

These results show that the Max Pro (M2) has noticeable issues in handling stress, so expect to see performance dips under continuous load such as intense gaming over long durations. However, for most usage scenarios in this target demographic, it is not always the case that the CPU would be taxed 100% so you might not even notice throttling affecting your workflow at all.  

We also feel that Asus can tweak its firmware so as to allow the custom SD660 to play nice under stress. While the lower clock speed certainly helps with battery life, leaving it at stock would not have made much of a difference anyways. 

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 15 iterations in GFXBench Long Term Manhattan ES 3.1
Drop in performance after 15 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 20 iterations in GFXBench Long Term T-Rex ES 2.0
Drop in performance after 20 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

Web Benchmarks

Web browsing in Chrome
Web browsing in Chrome

The Max Pro (M2) fared well in the Mozilla Kraken and WebXPRT 2015 tests but lagged behind its contemporaries in the JetStream and Google Octane benchmarks. We tried running WebXPRT 3 but the test always stopped midway despite clearing the browser cache and starting from scratch. Nevertheless, browsing the web was a breeze and we encountered no issues in both Chrome and Microsoft Edge. Graphics-heavy sites and FHD videos played back flawlessly without any stutters. We could also play Interland in Chrome without any issues in responsiveness or fluidity. 

JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class
  (10.8 - 334, n=1377)
136 Points ∼100% +200%
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 68)
54.672 Points ∼40% +21%
Nokia 7 Plus
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 60)
53.89 Points ∼40% +19%
BlackBerry Key2
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 67)
53.309 Points ∼39% +18%
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 71)
52.897 Points ∼39% +17%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 67)
52.139 Points ∼38% +15%
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash (Chrome 70)
51.786 Points ∼38% +14%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 67)
49.396 Points ∼36% +9%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 71)
45.31 Points ∼33%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average of class
  (1238 - 49795, n=1659)
16063 Points ∼100% +90%
Nokia 7 Plus
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 60)
10945 Points ∼68% +29%
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 71)
10378 Points ∼65% +23%
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 68)
10300 Points ∼64% +22%
BlackBerry Key2
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 67)
10174 Points ∼63% +20%
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash (Chrome 70)
10145 Points ∼63% +20%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 67)
9995 Points ∼62% +18%
Oppo R11
Adreno 512, 660
9642 Points ∼60% +14%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 67)
9582 Points ∼60% +13%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 71)
8463 Points ∼53%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class
  (598 - 59466, n=1713)
6118 ms * ∼100% -38%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 67)
4768.9 ms * ∼78% -8%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 71)
4421.4 ms * ∼72%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 67)
4093.5 ms * ∼67% +7%
Nokia 7 Plus
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 60)
3937.3 ms * ∼64% +11%
BlackBerry Key2
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 67)
3926.9 ms * ∼64% +11%
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 71)
3879.5 ms * ∼63% +12%
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash (Chrome 70)
3841.8 (min: 1) ms * ∼63% +13%
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 68)
3796.2 ms * ∼62% +14%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 71)
182 Points ∼100%
Average of class
  (77 - 807, n=495)
177 Points ∼97% -3%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 67)
173 Points ∼95% -5%
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 68)
173 Points ∼95% -5%
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 71)
171 Points ∼94% -6%
Nokia 7 Plus
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 60)
168 Points ∼92% -8%
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash (Chrome 70)
167 Points ∼92% -8%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 67)
159 Points ∼87% -13%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Benchmarks

The Max Pro (M2) uses eMMC flash for storage, and it performs better than the implementation in the Max (M2). Our unit is equipped with 64 GB of storage of which ~51 GB is available to the user. Sequential write performance was excellent and almost on par with the scores posted by the UFS 2.1 storage in the Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018). Random write scores were better than most of the competition. Read speeds, however, weren't as good as the UFS 2.1 flash chip but are comparable to other eMMC-based devices. 

Therefore, you will not have problems in reading and writing large chunks of data to the internal storage. You can also slot-in a microSD card of up to 2 TB for additional space. 

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB eMMC Flash
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
BlackBerry Key2
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
Nokia 7 Plus
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
AndroBench 3-5
-21%
6%
4%
-26%
-25%
-29%
-25%
Random Write 4KB
88.19
18.75
-79%
19.79
-78%
77.87
-12%
17.18
-81%
6.89
-92%
15.43
-83%
19.62
-78%
Random Read 4KB
74.92
81.25
8%
116.76
56%
94.18
26%
56.78
-24%
72.98
-3%
51.25
-32%
54.65
-27%
Sequential Write 256KB
198.95
172.43
-13%
194.65
-2%
207.87
4%
208.39
5%
203.7
2%
204.83
3%
211.6
6%
Sequential Read 256KB
285.54
282.62
-1%
426.63
49%
277.65
-3%
273.14
-4%
271.98
-5%
280.78
-2%
283.12
-1%

Gaming

The Adreno 512 in the ZenFone Max Pro (M2) scored low in synthetic graphics benchmarks, but that does not stop it from performing well in gaming. However, keep in mind that all titles will not play at 60 fps. Most of the demanding titles such as PUBG Mobile, Arena of Valor, and Asphalt 9: Legends were playable at high settings at a constant 30 fps without any noticeable frame drops. Dialing down the graphics quality should be able to get one closer to the 60 fps mark. Sdorica: Sunset could be played at 60 fps but suffered frame drops in heavy scenes.

We could not install Shadow Fight 3 for some reason on the phone. Vulkan titles play well and games like Vainglory could easily touch the 60 fps mark. 

PUBG Mobile 30 fps (HD)
PUBG Mobile 30 fps (HD)
Asphalt 9: Legends 30 fps (High)
Asphalt 9: Legends 30 fps (High)
Area of Valor 30 fps (High)
Sdorica: Sunset 60 fps (High)
Vainglory (Vulkan) 60 fps
PUBG Mobile
Balanced
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
30 (min: 1, max: 32) fps ∼100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512
  (24 - 30, n=2)
27 fps ∼90% -10%
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
24 (min: 21, max: 25) fps ∼80% -20%
HD
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
30 (min: 6, max: 31) fps ∼100% 0%
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
30 (min: 25, max: 31) fps ∼100% 0%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
30 (min: 1, max: 32) fps ∼100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512
  (30 - 30, n=3)
30 fps ∼100% 0%
Asphalt 9: Legends - High Quality
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
30 (min: 1, max: 60) fps ∼100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512
  (28 - 30, n=3)
28.7 fps ∼96% -4%
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
28 (min: 24, max: 30) fps ∼93% -7%
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB eMMC Flash
28 fps ∼93% -7%
Arena of Valor - high HD
BlackBerry Key2
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
60 (min: 47, max: 60) fps ∼100% +100%
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Adreno 512, 660, 128 GB eMMC Flash
60 fps ∼100% +100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512
  (30 - 60, n=3)
50 fps ∼83% +67%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
30 (min: 1, max: 57) fps ∼50%
PUBG Mobile
 SettingsValue
 Balanced30 fps
 HD30 fps
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Asphalt 9: Legends
 SettingsValue
 High Quality30 fps
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Arena of Valor
 SettingsValue
 high HD30 fps
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Emissions

Temperatures

The Max Pro (M2) stays relatively cool even under stress. The underclocking of the SD660 could have played its part here. We found the normal CPU temperature to hover around the 40 °C mark while the normal battery temperature was around 35 °C. Under synthetic stress, we noticed that the CPU temperature was close to 47 °C. Playing games such as PUBG Mobile at HD High settings also saw similar temperature readings. We are happy that it did not go above that and the phone remains quite comfortable to hold even during long hours of gaming. 

Speakers

There is a single speaker near the microUSB port at the bottom that can output mono audio. We found the audio from the 5-magnet speaker to be loud thanks to the NXP Smart Amplifier, and the distortion is not very perceivable unless you crank up the volume all the way to the max. There are no built-in audio customizations or enhancements such as Dolby or DTS:Headphone X on the device so you will have to rely on individual apps for EQ settings. Audio from the headphone jack is clear and while the profile seemed to favor the highs in our SoundMagic E10C earphones, a bit of EQ tuning gives appreciable lows and mids. Do note that there are no headphones supplied in the box.

Battery Life

Battery settings
Battery settings

The ZenFone Max Pro (M2) offers a humongous 5,000 mAh battery. It is good to see Asus cramming in a large battery without adversely increasing the weight of the device (175 g). For comparison, the Honor 8X features a 3,750 mAh battery for the same 175 g weight while the Redmi 6 Pro offers a 4,000 mAh cell in a body weight of 182 g. Asus says that the Max Pro (M2) features 12 battery safety technologies including temperature, input over voltage, output over voltage, OTG, and JEITA protections among others. Given the large capacity, you can also use the Max Pro (M2) as a power bank and reverse charge other mobile devices.

Practically speaking, we did find the battery draining at a faster pace than expected. The drain is especially high while using GPS or playing games. For normal use though, the Max Pro (M2) will easily outlast your typical workday and you'll still be left with enough charge before hitting the bed. There is no Qualcomm QuickCharge support, but the bundled 10 W charger can charge the battery from 0 to 100% in about 2.5 to 3 hours, which we feel is good enough for a battery of this size.

At a brightness of approximately 200 cd/m2 and all connections on, we observed a battery drain of about 28% in 3.5 hours in the PCMark Work 2.0 battery test, which approximately equates to about 13 hours before the battery gives up.

Pros

+ Good design aesthetic
+ Relatively cool operation
+ Vibrant display with Corning Gorilla Glass 6
+ Fairly accurate GPS
+ Good rear camera performance
+ Widevine CDM L1 support
+ Responsive fingerprint sensor and face unlock
+ Stock Android experience
+ Good battery life

Cons

- Underclocked Snapdragon 660 SoC
- Throttling under load
- Touch registration not always accurate
- Rear camera low-light photos need fine-tuning
- Front camera needs improvement
- Higher battery drain under certain scenarios
- No fast charging

Verdict

Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M2). Review unit courtesy of Asus India.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M2). Review unit courtesy of Asus India.

The author has been evaluating the ZenFone Max Pro (M2) as a daily driver for about a month and the phone has lived up to most expectations. The faux-glass design of the phone is not something we often find in this price range and will surely turn heads — as long as you keep it clean. The display is vivid and the Gorilla Glass 6 protection helps in preventing scratches. With respect to the overall design, you get what you pay for with a little extra pizzazz to make it stand out from the crowd.

Overall performance in both synthetic and real-world benchmarks was satisfactory. The underclocked SoC might seem disappointing when it comes to scores, but it should not adversely impact daily driver workflows such as calls, texts, social networking, photos/videos, or even gaming at medium settings. That being said, the SoC does experience perceivable throttling at sustained loads. We feel that some of these issues can be alleviated via firmware optimizations.

The Asus ZenFone Max Pro (M2) offers performance that matches yesteryear flagship performance and a design that is contemporary at a price that is competitive. Factoring in the stock Android experience, a very good display, above-average cameras, and a timely update schedule, the ZenFone Max Pro (M2) counts among the best mid-range smartphones under ₹15,000 (US$200) that can easily replace your flagship-killer without you even realizing it.

Asus seems to have listened to the feedback it received for the ZenFone Max Pro (M1) and implemented improvements based on user suggestions in the Max Pro (M2). It's not perfect but we're glad for what's on offer. As we head further into 2019, expect to see Asus and competing brands battle it out and offer even more formerly flagship-grade features in the sub-US$200 price range.

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2019-01-30 (Update: 2019-01-30)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
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.