Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 and ZenFone Max M2 go official with big batteries and low prices

Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 and ZenFone Max M2 go official with big batteries and low prices
It’s a well-known fact that most modern flagship smartphones suffer from mediocre battery life, but while increasingly energy-efficient processors have helped improve things lately, their efforts are largely pointless when combined with tiny cells.

On the bright side, those not looking for the most powerful handsets in the world can buy a member of the mid-range Asus ZenFone Max family at a reasonable price with a gargantuan battery in tow.

The upgraded ZenFone Max Pro M2 and ZenFone Max M2 are today official in India, where they’re scheduled to go on sale next week ahead of a probable US expansion after a second announcement at CES 2019 in January. At least that’s the expectation considering the ZenFone Max Plus M1 and ZenFone Max M1 are also available stateside.

In India, the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 starts at the rough equivalent of only $180 with a shiny glass back, the smallest “full-function” notch in its price segment, and a truly colossal 5,000 mAh battery under the hood.

Impressively enough, the phone manages to tip the scales at just 175 grams, despite also sporting a relatively large 6.26-inch screen with FHD+ resolution and a somewhat sizable chin.


The Snapdragon 660 SoC powering the ZenFone Max Pro M2 is itself no pushover, especially considering the sub-$200 price bracket, although you’ll obviously need to pay extra for reasonable memory and storage counts. The entry-level configuration only offers 3GB RAM and 32 gigs of local digital hoarding room.

Somehow, this ultra-affordable mid-ranger shines in the imaging department as well, with AI-enhanced dual rear-facing cameras including a primary 12MP shooter with f/1.8 aperture, as well as a 13MP selfie cam rocking f/2.0 aperture.


Understandably, the non-Pro Asus ZenFone Max M2 makes a few more compromises to be able to start at a crazy low $140 or so, from a less eye-catching metal build to a humbler 4,000 mAh battery and Snapdragon 632 processor. 

The notch is also a little wider, the 6.26-inch display settles for HD+ resolution, and the dual rear cameras and single selfie shooter are less capable. But this is still a remarkably feature-packed handset for its price bracket, joining the ZenFone Max Pro M2 in boasting the best of both worlds with blazing fast fingerprint recognition and “speedy face unlock.” 

Both new phones promise to deliver around two days of non-stop use on a single charge, also running stock Android 8.1 Oreo on the software side of things, with official Pie goodies headed to the ZenFone Max Pro M2 next month.

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ZenFone Max Pro (M2)
  • Display 6.3" 1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 13 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 5000 mAh(45h 3G talk time)
ZenFone Max (M2)
  • Display 6.3" 720 x 1520 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Octa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh(35h 3G talk time)

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11 Comments

1. AmashAziz

Posts: 2893; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I hope the Elder sibling didn't have glass back and a notch. Rest is great. Thank you Asus. Nice alternative to Xiaomi's Redmi series :-)

6. worldpeace

Posts: 3106; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Nice to see a competition between ZF max pro, Realme, Honor X, and Redmi note in low-end segment. It's a good thing for customers. But there's only Honor (and Samsungs) on low-end market in my place. Hope this competition can hurt Samsung's low-end sales, so they'll revamp their low-end product line.

7. worldpeace

Posts: 3106; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Nice to see a competition between ZF max pro, Realme, Honor X, and Redmi note in low-end segment. It's a good thing for customers. But there's only Honor (and Samsungs) on low-end market in my place. Hope this competition can hurt Samsung's low-end sales, so they'll revamp their low-end product line.

2. Loveneesh

Posts: 430; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

Max m2 is good but Max pro m2 is ideal for almost all customers in midrange segment.

5. AmashAziz

Posts: 2893; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I second that. Easy win over the redmi note 6 pro, which still uses a Sd 636.

8. worldpeace

Posts: 3106; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Mi A2 use SD660 at similar price, with Android One (already have Pie), and (most like) have better camera. (But personally i'd rather pay another $100 and get a Pocophone)

9. AmashAziz

Posts: 2893; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

But Mi A2 has a 2000 mAh smaller battery. Which is a huge disadvantage for me.

11. worldpeace

Posts: 3106; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Can't argue with that, lol..

3. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Why there’s always a chin in android notch

4. AmashAziz

Posts: 2893; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Because of the display drivers. You knew but you had to troll.

10. Cyberchum

Posts: 1024; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Disappointingly, you responded him. And, do you really think he knew? I feel that people here are underestimatimg the daftness of that boy.

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