MWC 2018 | Asus intros the ZenFone Max M1 budget-friendly handset with dual camera and 4,000 mAh battery
The Asus ZenFone Max M1 is not going to make anyone go "WOW!" thanks to its specs or design, it might become a great performer in the sub-US$200 sector of the market. While its pricing details are not official yet, we are sure Asus will not put a price tag on this handset that would throw it in a battle against phones like the Xiaomi Mi A1 or the Honor 7X, a battle that the ZenFone Max M1 could never win.
Powered by a modest Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, the ZenFone Max M1 comes with only 2 GB of memory and 16 GB internal storage space. However, Asus decided to be more generous with the camera department, where we find a 13 MP + 8 MP duo on the back, complemented on the other side by a single 8 MP selfie snapper. Sadly, the 5.5-inch IPS display only provides a resolution of 1,440 x 720 pixels, but at least it uses the 2:1 aspect ratio that seems to be a must-have nowadays. As a plus, the five-point capacitive touchscreen also features Glove Touch support. On the back of the ZenFone Max M1, there is a fingerprint reader that has been conveniently placed in the center of the upper half, although the vertically-oriented dual camera has been pushed in the corner, Apple iPhone X-style.
The users who need two SIM cards and extra storage space will be happy to know that the ZenFone Max M1 features two nano SIM slots and a dedicated microSD slot with support for cards up to 256 GB in size. Thanks to the low-resolution display and the slow yet efficient processor, the 4,000 mAh battery can deliver up to 16 hours of video playback, 23 hours of web browsing on WiFi, 36 hours of 3G calls, or 41 days of 4G standby.
Just like the other Asus handsets unveiled at MWC this week, the ZenFone Max M1 comes with ZenUI 5.0 on top of Android Oreo. The color choices are Deepsea Black, Ruby Red, and Sunlight Gold. The pricing details and launch dates depend on the area, so we will let you know as soon as we find out more. In the meantime, be sure not to confuse the ZenFone Max M1 for the MediaTek-powered ZenFone Max Plus that arrived last November and can be acquired in the US for around US$230.