Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix f/2.0, 1.12µm
Average of 11 scores (from 24 reviews)
Reviews for the Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL
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.
ASUS' execution with the Zenfone Max M2 is the most value-driven move we've seen on a smartphone so far. It lives to its name by giving you more than a day's worth of power without the necessary sacrifice on performance. Whether it be gaming or just extensive media consumption, the Zenfone Max M2 delivers the perfect deal thanks to its updated Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 processor, stock Android experience, refreshed design and its 4,000mAh battery.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/16/2019
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 90% performance: 90% workmanship: 90%
Source: GSM Arena
The ZenFone Max M2 is a respectable mid-range smartphone. It's well-built, has a large and bright display, clean and easy to use software, decent performance, and excellent battery life.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/13/2019
The ASUS ZenFone Max (M2) has an inferior chipset – the Snapdragon 632 – which under-performs in games, making it unsuitable to be called a “next-generation gaming” phone. The 720p display is not only low in resolution, but the colors are washed out too. It does have an extra gigabyte of RAM and has better camera lenses compared to the Max Pro (M1), but the quality is still poor.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/12/2019
Rating: Total score: 59% price: 60% display: 40% mobility: 60% workmanship: 70%
Source: Hitech Century
The Asus Zenfone Max M2 is worth a look if you are on a tight budget and are looking for an Android One phone with a large display and battery.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/07/2019
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 60% performance: 60% display: 70% mobility: 80% workmanship: 70%
Source: Gadget Show
Asus Zenfone Max M2 is definitely a good upgrade to its pred ..
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/30/2019
Rating: Total score: 60%
The ZenFone Max M2 definitely leaves me with a good impression overall, especially in the performance aspect. It has a good screen size but with only HD+ resolution, great brightness range, decent sound quality, decent camera quality at good lighting conditions, and longer lasting battery life as compared with the Max M1.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/28/2019
We’re not going to lie. There are definitely a ton of solid options if you’re looking for a phone for less than Php 10,000. Some definitely have more muscle under the hood than the M2 but the main selling point for the Battery Kings of Asus are their lasting power and they’ve never disappointed on that end. It’s got enough juice to last for hours of gameplay if you treat your phone as a handheld console and even longer if you use your device primarily for social media purposes. There are compromises to the Asus Zenfone Max M2 but if battery life is your priority it’s definitely worth your consideration.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/28/2019
Source: Tech PP
The problem, however, is that at a starting price of Rs 9,999, it finds itself in a zone where it needs to be a deal maker much more than a deal breaker. And it is here that things go wrong. For while the Max M2 does not get too much wrong, it does not deliver top of the line performance or features in any department either. There are phones that look better and perform better than it at a price point that is similar or just slightly above it, and the biggest examples of it are perhaps the Zenfone Max Pro M1 and the Redmi Note 6 Pro. The Zenfone Max M2 does not do too much wrong, but its fault is that it is not exceptional in its zone either. And perhaps it was designed that way – to be someone that props up its Pro cousin without overshadowing it. Or at least that’s how it strikes us.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/23/2019
Rating: Total score: 78% price: 75% performance: 80% workmanship: 75%
Source: Fone Arena
On the whole, Asus Zenfone Max M2 at a starting price of Rs. 9,999 is a potential smartphone apart from a few nitpicks. This device offers a large decent screen, upgraded processor, and a huge battery. While the camera may not be great, it is decent for the price, but the company could have offered Full HD+ screen instead of HD+ screen. It is available at an offer price of Rs. 9,499 from Flipkart for a limited period.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/22/2019
Juicing up the phone is a 4000mAh battery. While that’s less than the previous model that Asus released, we’re guessing coupling it with the power-efficient SD632 plus that 720p display should give it a ton of lasting power as well. We’ll run more test to confirm but it should be capable of lasting at least a day and a half or maybe even two days.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/21/2019
Source: Gadget Diary
Overall, the Asus ZenFone Max M2 is a great smartphone for the price and the company has been promoting the Max series of ZenFones among the phones that you would want if you want better battery life. This is where the phone truly succeeds, the phone provides a great amalgamation of user experience, performance and battery life to the buyer. But if you need the best camera smartphone then you do have other options in the market.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/16/2019
Source: The Mobile Indian
The Asus Zenfone Max M2 result is a mixed bag. The phone offers some good computing power and the battery is impressive. The user interface is smooth, though there is a need to adding some extra features. The display is average, though the cameras are a big let down. Overall, the smartphone seems to be a decent option, if you are ready to compromise on the camera front.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/14/2019
Source: India Today
However, the biggest threat the Max M2 is its own big brother -- the Zenfone Max Pro M1. At almost a similar price, the Max Pro M1 offers the more potent Snapdragon 636 chipset, a full HD+ display and a bigger 5000mAh battery. Asus is aware of that and hence positions the Max M2 for those who want the notched display over a powerful chip. I can't figure out why users should choose a big display over a more well-rounded smartphone. Till the ZenFone Max Pro M1 stays in the market, the Max M2 can be a tough sell.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/18/2018
Rating: Total score: 75%
Source: The Indian Express
It’s hard to find fault within the ZenFone Max M2. It may not look too different from the previous model, but it is so much better in many ways – a better display, dual rear cameras, an improved processor and much more. If you’re looking to find a phone in the sub-Rs 10,000 price bracket, Asus ZenFone Max M2 can be considered as your next smartphone.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/18/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: NDTV Gadgets
All in all, most of these factors even out, and your choice should be based on what parameters you prioritise. The best thing that can be said is that it pushes prices down, and there's no sign of the price war abating.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/18/2018
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 80% performance: 70% display: 70% mobility: 90% workmanship: 70%
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Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/07/2019
Rating: Total score: 50%
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Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/19/2019
Rating: Total score: 77% performance: 75% display: 55% mobility: 90% workmanship: 80%
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Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/11/2019
Rating: Total score: 90%
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Positive: Long battery life; high performance; nice cameras; good price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/15/2019
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Positive: Large battery capacity; powerful hardware; nice display; elegant design.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/11/2019
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Positive: Good price; modern design; decent hardware; long battery life.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/06/2019
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Positive: Good hardware; high autonomy; nice dual cameras; attractive price; impressive HDR mode.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/27/2018
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Positive: Powerful processor; big screen; long battery life; good price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/15/2018
Source: Jagat Review ID→EN
Positive: Excellent cameras; large battery capacity; decent hardware; good price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/05/2019
Qualcomm Adreno 506: Integrated graphics card in the Snapdragon 625 SoC and based on the new 500-series architecture with support for Vulkan, OpenGL ES 3.1 + AE (3.2) and UBWC.
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
632: Mid-range octa-core SoC with eight Kryo 260 cpu cores at up to 1.8 GHz, an Adreno 509 GPU, a LPDDR4-2666 memory controller and a X12 LTE (Cat 13/12, 300 / 150 MBit) modem. Manufactured in the modern 14nm process.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
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Asus: ASUSTeK Computer Incorporated, a Taiwanese multinational company, produces motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, PDAs, computer monitors, notebook computers, servers, networking products, mobile phones, computer cases, computer components, and computer cooling systems. The company's 2007 revenues reached US$6.9 billion. ASUS also produces components for other manufacturers. The Eee PC initiated the netbook boom in 2008.
In the notebook sector, Asus had a global market share of about 11% from 2014-2016, making it the fourth largest laptop manufacturer. In the smartphone sector, Asus is not among the Top 5 and has only a small market share (as of 2016).
72.64%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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