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ASUS' new ZenFone Max Pro M1 has a Full HD+ 18:9 display, dual rear cameras, and a massive 5,000mAh battery (Updated!)

By James Lu - on 20 Jul 2018, 8:17pm

ASUS' new ZenFone Max Pro M1 looks to challenge the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

Note: First published on 29th April 2018, the phone is now available locally and we've updated the local pricing details.

ASUS announced the ZenFone Max Pro M1 smartphone at a launch event in India today. The Max Pro M1 (no affiliation with local telco M1 by the way) is being touted as a competitor to Xiaomi's Redmi Note 5 Pro, and shares quite similar specs.

Like the Redmi Note 5 Pro, the Max Pro M1 has a 5.99-inch Full HD+ 18:9 aspect ratio 2,160 x 1,080 pixels resolution (~403ppi) display. The phone also uses the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor. Two variants will be available:-

  • 3GB RAM and 32GB storage
  • 4GB RAM and 64GB storage

One of the key highlights of the Max Pro M1 is that it will be the first ASUS smartphone to ditch ZenFone UI, opting instead for a completely stock Android 8.1 OS


The phone also has a massive 5,000mAh battery, with ASUS claiming that it can deliver up to 199 hours of music playback, up to 34.1 days of 4G standby and up to 25.3 hours 1080p video playback.

On the rear of the phone, the Max Pro M1 has a dual rear camera setup pairing a 13-megapixel f/2.2 lens with a 5-megapixel lens.  On the front of the device, there's an 8-megapixel selfie camera.

The Max Pro M1 is launching in Indonesia on 25th April exclusively on Lazada, and in India on 3rd May exclusively with online retailer Flipkart. It will also be available in Singapore at a later timeframe, but pricing has not been announced yet.

Updated on 20th July 2018:-

Singapore is getting the 3GB RAM + 32GB internal storage variant of the ZenFone Max Pro (M1) and it is priced at S$348. No word yet on the higher capacity edition, but this update comes at the same time Huawei is pushing its new Nova 3i for S$398 and it could be a better all-rounder. Stay tuned for our review in the near future to figure out where it really stands!