“The new ASUS smartphones are almost identical, except for the additional sensor at the back of ZenFone Max Shot”
Taiwanese phonemaker ASUS has refreshed the lineup of its ZenFone series with the all-new ZenFone Max Shot and ZenFone Max Plus M2. The handsets have been introduced in Brazil and are the first to come running on the new system-in-package (SiP) processors that Qualcomm recently developed in partnership with Universal Scientific Industrial (USI). The new ASUS smartphones are almost identical to one another, except for the additional sensor at the back of ZenFone Max Shot. The ZenFone Max Plus M2, on the other hand, comes with a dual-rear camera module.
ASUS ZenFone Max Shot and Plus M2 price, availability
The ZenFone Max Shot has been priced at BRL 1,349 (~Rs 24,500) for the 3GB + 32GB storage variant, while slightly better 4GB + 64GB storage version costs BRL 1,699 (~Rs 30,800). The ZenFone Max Plus M2, meanwhile, comes with BRL 1,299 (~Rs 23,600) sticker price for the lone 3GB RAM + 32GB storage option. Both phones are available today on the ASUS Brazil website and come in silver, black, blue and red colors.
ASUS ZenFone Max Shot, ZenFone Max Plus M2 specifications
Both the ZenFone Max Shot and ZenFone Max Plus M2 pack a 6.26-inch Full-HD+ notch-toting display and a 14nm SiP chipset ticking at its core, which is equivalent to Qualcomm’s budget Snapdragon 450 SoC. Unlike the conventional System-on-Chip (SoC), the SiP brings all the components in a single circuit, which later goes onto the motherboard. The process makes the chipset compact and occupies lesser space within the handset, allowing for more innovative designs.
On the camera front, the ZenFone Max Shot features a combination of 12-megapixel primary sensor + 8-megapixel wide angle lens + 5-megapixel depth sensor on the rear, whereas the Max Plus M2 rocks a 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel rear camera setup. The front camera of both the devices offer an 8-megapixel shooter with an LED flash.
The devices are powered by a beefy 4,000mAh battery with micro USB support and stock-Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box with a Pie update promise in the coming months. For security, the ZenFone Max Shot and ZenFone Max Plus M2 both sport a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.