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Asus Zenfone Max M2 Review

What’s in the Box

  • Asus Zenfone Max M2
  • Clear Case
  • Headset
  • Wall Charger
  • Micro USB Cable

Design

The front features a 6.3-inch IPS screen with slim side bezels which is already an indicator of a good smartphone for watching videos. The notch houses the LED flash, LED notification light, an oblong-shaped call speaker, and the 8MP front camera.

The Asus Zenfone Max M2 is similar to the Max Pro M2 in terms of design and the only difference is that the Max M2 doesn’t have the glossy back of the Max Pro M2. It comes with an aluminum unibody design with a matte finish which looks stylish and premium.

On the right are the standard volume and power button.

The left side only has the tray which houses the dual-nano SIM card and microSD card slots.


Display

The ZenFone Max M2 as a screen of 6.26″ with a resolution of 1520×720 and 269ppi IPS LCD which pretty good enough. The color accuracy and vibrancy is good though, and the brightness can go high that you won’t have problems viewing in under direct sunlight.

OS & UI

The ZenFone Max M2 comes with stock Android 8.1 Oreo which is good because of its simplicity and without any complicated settings at all.

Camera

The ZenFone Max M2’s camera user interface is pretty simple to understand. The Max M2 has a 13MP f1.8 rear camera with a 2MP depth sensor and an 8MP f2.0 front camera.

The camera is pretty decent enough but you need to have sufficient lighting so that the image output will not put on too much noise.

Performance

The ZenFone Max M2 is the first device we have tested that runs on the new Snapdragon 632 chipset. Paired with this is a 3GB RAM which is decent enough for multi-tasking purposes.

Here’s the benchmark of Asus Zenfone Max M2 using Antutu Benchmark and GeekBench 4:

  • Antutu Benchmark – 102, 212
  • GeekBench 4 – 1246 (Single Core), 4726 (Multi-Core)

Specifications

Asus ZenFone Max M2 battery and general information

Form factorTouchscreen
Dimensions (mm)158.41 x 76.28 x 7.70
Weight (g)160.00
Battery capacity (mAh)4000
ColoursBlack, Blue

Asus ZenFone Max M2 display

Screen size (inches)6.26
TouchscreenYes
Resolution720×1520 pixels
Aspect ratio19:9

Asus ZenFone Max M2 hardware

Processor1.8GHz octa-core
Processor makeQualcomm Snapdragon 632
RAM3GB
Internal storage32GB
Expandable storageYes
Expandable storage typemicroSD
Expandable storage up to (GB)200
Dedicated microSD slotYes

Asus ZenFone Max M2 camera

Rear camera13-megapixel (f/1.8, 1.12-micron) + 2-megapixel
Rear flashLED
Front camera8-megapixel (f/2.0, 1.12-micron)
Front flashLED

Asus ZenFone Max M2 software

Operating systemAndroid 8.1 Oreo

Asus ZenFone Max M2 connectivity

Wi-FiYes
Wi-Fi standards supported802.11 b/g/n
GPSYes
BluetoothYes, v 4.20
USB OTGYes
Micro-USBYes
Headphones3.5mm
FMYes
Number of SIMs2
SIM 1
SIM TypeNano-SIM
GSM/CDMAGSM
3GYes
4G/ LTEYes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40)Yes
SIM 2
SIM TypeNano-SIM
GSM/CDMAGSM
3GYes
4G/ LTEYes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40)Yes

Asus ZenFone Max M2 sensors

Face unlockYes
Fingerprint sensorYes
Compass/ MagnetometerYes
Proximity sensorYes
AccelerometerYes
Ambient light sensorYes
GyroscopeYes

Conclusion

The ZenFone Max M2 is a mid-range smartphone. It’s well-built, has a large and bright display, clean and easy to use software, decent performance, and excellent battery life. If you’re coming from the ZenFone Max M1 or with other Snapdragon 625 smartphones, the Max M2 is definitely worth the upgrade.

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