“The ASUS ZenFone Max (M1) is tone down variant of ZenFone Max Plus (M1)”
Last night, the Taiwanese handset maker, ASUS took to the stage at MWC 2018 to launch the ZenFone 5Z, ZenFone 5 (first impressions) and ZenFone 5 Lite (first impressions) smartphones. While these devices stole the limelight at the event, there was another device dubbed the ZenFone Max M1, that was announced alongside. Notably, the new handset comes as a toned-down variant of the ZenFone Max Plus (M1) that was launched last year.
Speaking of the spec sheet, the ZenFone Max M1 boasts of a beefy 4,000mAh battery with ASUS PowerMaster technology. ASUS claims that the battery offers 41 hours on standby, 36 hours of 3G talk time, up to 23 hours of web browsing on Wi-Fi, or up to 16 hours of video playback. The smartphone also comes with reverse charging support for other devices. On the display front, the handset comes with a 5.7-inch Full View HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and 2.5D curved glass on top.
As for the performance, the brand is offering the handset in two variants – one with a Snapdragon 430 and another with a Snapdragon 425 SoC. There will be two variants in storage as well – 2GB RAM + 16GB storage and 3GB RAM + 32GB storage. The device also comes with a microSD card slot that takes up to 256GB cards. In the imaging department, you get a 13MP primary camera with f/2.0 aperture accompanied by a secondary 8MP 120-degree wide-angle camera. As for the selfies, you get an 8MP shooter with f/2.2 aperture. For software, the device gets the latest ZenUI 5.0 based on Android Oreo. The phone also comes with face unlock and a fingerprint scanner for security.
ASUS is offering the handset in three hues – Deepsea Black, Sunlight Gold and Ruby Red. The availability and pricing details of the device are not known at the moment but are expected to be revealed closer to the launch date.