Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 convinced me from the first minute. Aesthetics, very large battery and the always appreciated Android Stock make it one of the most interesting smartphones of its range, suitable for all those who want the best without really giving up anything.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2: technical sheet
Dimensions: 157,9 x 75,5 x 8,5 mm
Weight: 175 g
Display: 6,26″ IPS LCD – 1080 x 2280 pixel
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
GPU: Adreno 512
RAM: 6 GB
Memory: 64 GB - expandable via microSD
Network: 4G LTE – Dual SIM
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, microUSB, GPS, NFC
Battery: 5000 mAh
Rear camera: 12 + 5 MP
Front Camera: 13 MP
Videos: 4K @ 30 fps
Operating system: Android 8.1 Oreo
Forget the ZenFone Max of the past, the bulky and inelegant ones. This Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 indeed comes with a refined but above all surprisingly compact design. The device is ergonomic and easy to manage with one hand, while the olephobic treatment is rather poor. The back cover, in plastic, retains a lot of fingerprints and will force you to clean the device more than expected.
Also on the back we find the fingerprint reader, useful and very fast, even if in daily use I undoubtedly found it more convenient to unlock with the face.
The display, a IPS from 6,3 inches which unfortunately is not very bright, includes the inevitable notch which, fortunately, takes up very little space, allowing you to view all the notifications you need.
Autonomy is its forte
Under the body we have all the hardware necessary for daily use. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, flanked by 6 GB of RAM and the Adreno 512 GPU, allows you to perform any taskor, while the 64 GB memory is all in all sufficient for moderate use. Do you love filling your smartphone with photos and apps? Don't worry, you have the microSD slot available so you can expand the space at your disposal.
Good connectivity, complete with NFC for mobile payments, even if two elements made us turn up our noses: the microUSB connector - which, let's face it, has tired us by now - and monoband WiFi, really hard to understand in the dual band era.
The real highlight though is the 5.000 mAh battery. With moderate use you could easily cover two full days, while the more geeks among you will have no problem making it to the end of the day. In short, you can forget about power banks and chargers at home without worrying about running out of energy.
Finally, two words also on the software: Asus has decided not to install any additional app, offering users a clean and lightning-fast operating system. I loved it.
A good camera
Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 is certainly not a camera-phone, but the dual rear camera, with 12 megapixel main sensor and 5 megapixel secondary sensor, it does a really good job. On board then you will also find artificial intelligence that recognizes 13 scenes different and then apply the necessary improvements. Of course nothing shocking but the result really convinced me.
Finally, the front camera from 13 megapixel which allows you to take great selfies, perfect for use on social networks.
Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2: buy it or not?
Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 for me is a real must-by. With 299 € in fact, bring home a complete device, without really giving up anything. Sure, it's not perfect, but the few flaws it does have are absolutely negligible.
Asus ZenFone Max Pro (M2)
- Design not original but renewed
- Super large battery
- Excellent performance
- Good camera
- Slot for dual SIM and non-hybrid microSD
- Android stock
- Dim display
- MicroUSB again
- WiFi monobanda