Asus ZenFone Max M1 Review – Pros and Cons – Parents Device

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The name itself understandable that Asus released this year the new Asus Zenfone series and that is Asus Zenfone Max M1. We have talked so much about Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1, but there is a Mummy Papa phone which comes in the budget and below of Rs8,000 mobile device.

Asus has also confirmed about Asus Zenfone Max M2 and Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2, and it is exclusively available during the flash sale of Flipkart in 11th December. So, if you are planning to buy the Asus Zenfone Max M1, then you should reconsider about the Max M2 instead.


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Image of Asus Zenfone Max M1


Asus Zenfone Max M1 Specification

  • Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
  • OS – Android 8.0
  • Display – 1440 x 720p HD+ IPS, 2.5D curved glass
  • Memory – 3GB +
  • Storage – 32GB and Expandable up to 256GB
  • Rear Camera – 13MP, f/2.0 with a LED flashlight
  • Front Camera – 8MP, 4-pixel lens, f/2.0 with a LED flashlight
  • Battery – 4000mAH
  • Sensors – Face Unlock and Fingerprint unlock
  • UI – Zen UI 5.0
  • Weight – 150gm
  • Notification light


Asus Zenfone Max M1 Design

It is small and lightweight, a metallic look, the back side of the device is not pure black it is a dark violet color, it has 2.5D curved glass along with the left side of the device have only the sim tray while the right side has volume keys and power off key.

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The backside of Asus Zenfone Max M1

The top side including mic jack and bottom side of the device including charging port and speaker. The fingerprints are noticeable in the backside area and a display screen which looks worst, so better to use screen guard and back case.


Asus Zenfone Max M1 Camera


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HDR Mode of Asus Zenfone Max M1


In this price range, the camera is good in daylight condition, but in the low light performance, it shows grains in the image. Portrait mode is awesome.

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Selfie Beautify mode of Asus Zenfone Max M1
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Selfie normal mode of Asus Zenfone Max M1

The front camera is not good nor bad, and it doesn’t give the sharpness on the image. Don’t expect much in this price range, however, in the daylight it is superb.


Asus Zenfone Max M1 Battery

Battery performance is good, and it charged the device in 2 hours from 10% to 100%. Normal mode the battery consume around 7-8 hours easily. While gaming, it only lasts for 4-5 hours which is still acceptable. It slightly heats up during the charging and while playing games which is normal with the electronic devices.


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Battery stats of Asus Zenfone Max M1


Due to ZenUI, you can adjust the Auto-Start manager, and I recommend you to keep the apps disabled, this will save the battery and give more performance while in the startup stage.


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Powermaster feature of ZenUI Asus Zenfone Max M1


While still, Zenfone Max M1 have some options to save battery like Power Saver option to control the apps movements in the background, this is very handy and useful, and this is the power of ZenUI over stock. 2x Lifescan makes your battery limits in the power consumption but this feature is not recommended always, so I have disabled it. Rest are the features in the Powermaster is useful like Battery modes.


Asus Zenfone Max M1 Gaming

To be honest, this is not the device for playing games like Pubg or similar games, even the lower settings, and it lags too much. However, u can play any other games but not like action, RPG type games.



Asus Zenfone Max M1 Features

  • Home screen customization with fonts, colors, widget, and additional settings
  • Multi-Window for multitasking
  • One Hand Operation
  • One Click Screenshot
  • AudioWizard Equalizer
  • Glove mode, best in Winter season
  • Power Master
  • Auto-Start Manager and Power Saver
  • Inbuilt Avast Antivirus
  • Full-screen app ability
  • Call Recorder
  • Change side of the Navigation bar
  • Live Wallpaper support
  • ZenUI Themes and Wallpapers
  • Twin Apps to make the same app second account
  • Game Genie for Gaming optimization
  • Zenmotion like Double tap to wake up, etc


Now, the major part here is the Asus Zenfone Max M1 Pros and Cons:


  • Lots of customization option
  • Budget phone
  • The performance level is awesome
  • Face unlock, and fingerprint sensor is fast
  • Lightweight and small display fit to your pocket
  • Battery performance
  • DayLight camera is brilliant
  • All features written above comes in this pros



  • Not for the gaming purpose
  • Still in Android 8.0
  • No customs roms and root method is available
  • Poor Rear low-light camera performance
  • It heats up while charging or using the camera
  • No free accessories like a scratch guard or back case.


Overall performance is good in this price range of Rs7,499/-. However, there is no confirmation whether Asus Zenfone Max M1 will get the Android P or not but you could also compare the Realme C1 along with this device. As I said, it is a mummy/papa phone, so that means, it is for non-gamers phone.


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