The Zenfone Max Pro (M1) features a 5.99-inch Full HD+ display with a screen resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels, 450 nits brightness, 1500:1 contrast ratio and 85 percent NTSC colour gamut. The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor along with Adreno 509 GPU.
The update to Android 9 Pie for the Zenfone Max Pro M1 comes just a month after the device was rolled out a beta update to Google’s latest mobile OS. The update shifts the build number of the software to v16.2017.1903.050 and weighs in at 1,552.1MB. Asus has also started seeding Android 9 update to the Zenfone Max M2.
Asus is hosting the Asus OMG Days sale on Flipkart between March 11 and March 14. There will also be no-cost EMI options for a duration of 3 and 6 months with the purchase of all the Zenfone phones through Bajaj Finserv or other Credit cards.
Of the devices getting permanent price cuts, the Zenfone Max Pro M1 now starts at Rs 8,499 for the 3GB + 32GB version. The 4GB and 6GB RAM models of the device also receive price cuts and are now available for Rs 10,499 and Rs 12,499 respectively. The Zenfone 5Z now starts at Rs 24,999 instead of Rs 29,999.
Asus has now started beta testing Android Pie for its Zenfone Max Pro M1 users in India ahead of a stable release. Asus is currently accepting applications from users willing to test Asus’s beta build toward Android 9 Pie and users can submit forms by registering their IMEI number.
Android 9 Pie update will come to ZenFone 4 Max, ZenFone 4 Selfie, ZenFone 4 Max, ZenFone Live, ZenFone 4 Max, ZenFone Max Plus (M1), ZenFone 5Q, ZenFone Live (L1), ZenFone Max Pro(M1), ZenFone Max (M1), ZenFone 5, ZenFone 5Z, ASUS ROG Phone, ZenFone Max Pro (M2) and ZenFone Max (M2).
The latest update shifts the firmware of the Zenfone Max Pro M1 to FOTA version - OPM1.WW_Phone-15.2016.1811.338-20181206 and packs in the latest November 2018 Android Security updates from Google. Asus says the update will further improve the compatibility issues with the WiFi hotspot and with third-party apps.
What this means is the Zenfone Max Pro M1, Max M1, Lite L1 and Zenfone 5Z will all be available for the same price as before. This also makes Zenfone Max Pro M1 the cheapest phone with a Snapdragon 636 chipset, starting at a price of Rs 10,999. The Zenfone 5Z maintains its budget flagship price tag at Rs 29,999.
Asus claims that the Zenfone Max Pro M1 has been one of the leading options for users interested in buying a phone for under Rs 15,000 and is the cheapest option to offer a Snapdragon 636 processor on board at just Rs 10,990. It has thus managed to sell one million units of its Zenfone Max Pro M1 since its launch.
The new Blue colour variant will go on sale starting August 30 exclusively via Flipkart. It will be priced at Rs 10,999 for the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage, Rs 12,999 for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage and Rs 14,999 for 6GB RAM + 64GB.
For Rs 16,999, the Mi A2 will give head-on competition to Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 and the recently launched Honor Play, both of which retail in India for around the same price and pack an alternate set of features onboard. Let’s find out how the latest Xioami phone lines up to its mid-range alternatives.