Asus ZenFone Max Plus (M1) launches in the US in February: large battery, accessible price

Asus ZenFone Max Plus (M1) launches in the US in February: large battery, accessible price

Released at the end of 2017 in some European countries, the Asus ZenFone Max Plus (M1) is now almost ready to be launched in the US, too. Asus just announced that the smartphone should be available in North America (which should mean both the US, and Canada) starting February, for $229. The handset will be offered unlocked, most likely being compatible only with GMS/LTE carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile.



 



The ZenFone Max Plus (M1) is Asus' very first smartphone to sport a display with an 18:9 aspect ratio - a 5.7-inch, 1080 x 2160 pixels screen, to be exact. Being part of the ZenFone Max family, the new phone packs a generous 4,130 battery (though that's smaller than the 5,000 battery of the ZenFone 4 Max launched last year). According to Asus, this 4,130 battery can provide up to 26 hours of talk time, up to 21 hours of Wi-Fi web browsing, or up to 13 hours of video playback. This probably means that, on a single charge, the handset can last up to 2 days with normal use.



 



Built around a metal chassis, the ZenFone Max Plus is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6750T processor, further featuring 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of expandable storage space, a 16 MP front-facing camera, and a dual rear camera (16 MP + 12 MP wide-angle). The smartphone also offers a Face Unlock feature, and a fingerprint scanner on the back. On the software side, the ZenFone Max Plus comes with Android 7 Nougat, but we're certainly expecting it to be updated to Android 8 Oreo at some point.



 



Asus says the M1 is part of a "new ZenFone Max Series" that will include smartphones with different processors and screen sizes, while having long-lasting batteries in common. At $229, the ZenFone Max Plus (M1) will compete against the likes of Honor 7X and Motorola Moto G5s Plus, with its large battery certainly being an advantage.   




 



source: Press Release (Business Wire)

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ZenFone Max Plus (M1)
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek, Octa-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4130 mAh(26h 3G talk time)

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4 Comments

1. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

Bad pricing, the honor 7x easily beats this.

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Ah... Is it just me or does this phone actually looks like a OnePlus 5T from the rear? But then again; smartphones look all the same nowadays! And my eyes are certainly not as good as they used to be! One should be forgiven if he can't distinguish an iPhone 8 Plus from The Xiaomi Mi A1! Alas, we are no longer living in late 2000s where one could tell which cellphone someone is using from a mile away! I remember how unmistakable Nokia N Series was! Heck, even N Series Phones looked different than other phones in the N Series. One could tell if someone is using an N70 or an N92! Oh well, G'Day!

3. Firenze91

Posts: 205; Member since: Nov 19, 2014

Nothing new... just like an usual ugly chinese phone

4. mahima

Posts: 727; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

zenphone starts with a boom...and they messed up...too many devices and they are not able to bring them to the market in time

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