Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 came with stock Android 8.1 Oreo and has now started receiving a new firmware-over-the-air (FOTA) update.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 was launched in India in April last year for a starting price of Rs 10,999. Being a budget phone with features like a big display and a big battery, the device continues to be a very popular phone in India till now. Asus has been continuously rolling out updates since its launch. So far, in the last 9 months, Asus has released a total of six updates and even dropped the price of base variant once.
First, let's talk about the latest update - Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 came with stock Android 8.1 Oreo and has now started receiving a new firmware-over-the-air (FOTA) update which brings the January 2019 Android security update as well as some system stability improvements to the smartphone. Asus has revealed that the update is currently rolling out in batches. Users can check for the latest update by going to Settings > About Phone > System updates.
The update being rolled out for the Zenfone Max Pro M1 upgrades the firmware to version OPM1.WW_Phone-15.2016.1901.339-20190108. The Android version will continue to be Oreo on the Zenfone Max Pro M1.
First Update in May 2018
Within a month of its launch, the phone received its first major update bringing enhancements in security and camera departments. The update brought the Face Recognition functionality, enhancements to the fingerprint scanner, optimized the gyroscope sensor and the audio parameters on the smartphone.
Second Update in June 2018
Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 received its second major firmware update in the form of VoLTE support for Vodafone, Airtel and Idea operators. In addition to Reliance Jio, the smartphone will support VoLTE for Vodafone, Airtel and Idea in circles where it is available.
Third Update in September 2018
The Zenfone Max Pro M1 again received an update later on bringing improvements in the front camera performance and optimising the fingerprint performance.
Fourth Update in October 2018
Another update improved the power optimisation settings in the phone. The update also enhances the double-tap-to-wake or wiping up on the screen to wake functions.
Fifth Update in November 2018
The phone received another firmware update in November last year for its two variants. The FOTA update was rolled out to the 3GB and 4GB variants of the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 and added electronic image stabilisation to the primary camera, which is the same for both of these models but different from the 6GB version. In addition to the EIS feature, the update solves the ringtone issue when answering calls through Bluetooth and also adds support for Live Wallpapers.
Now, let's talk about the price drop. The smartphone was launched in two variants - Rs 10,999 for the 3GB RAM variant, Rs 12,999 for the 4GB RAM variant and 6GB RAM for Rs 14,999. Asus recently slashed the price of the Zenfone Max Pro M1 permanently by Rs 1,000 on all the variants. The Zenfone Max Pro M1 with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage is now available at a reduced price of Rs 9,999 while the 4GB and 64GB storage option is now priced at Rs 11,999 and the top-end variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage is priced at Rs 13,999.
In October last year, the company claimed that it sold one million units of its Zenfone Max Pro M1 smartphones in India since its launch. For the software update, it has already been reported that the phone will receive the Android 9.0 Pie update in February 2019.
TMI Report Card 2018 for Asus
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 was the best-selling smartphone. As per The Mobile Indian survey, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 was the most popular smartphones from the brand. To know more about TMI Report Card 2018 for Asus, watch this video:
For a quick recap of the Zenfone Max Pro M1, the device features a 5.99-inch Full HD+ display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset along with Adreno 509 GPU. The phone is available in 3GB/4GB/6GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB of internal storage options. It runs Android Oreo, and is backed by a 5,000mAh battery. For optics, there is a dual-camera setup, which comes with a combination of 13-megapixel and 5-megapixel sensors, while for the front, there is an 8-megapixel shooter. The higher variant of 6GB RAM/64 GB storage feature 16MP front camera with a dual rear camera with (primary) 16MP and (secondary) 5MP.