Inquisitive Mommy: ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1

It’s a Minimalist phone that can make you switch from your old phone to the new ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1.  Here’s our in depth review:

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1: Unboxing, Initial Review and Benchmarking

We loves to use their mobile phone as an all around gadget that can suffice your gaming, social media and photography lifestyle? I must say I am doing that kind of lifestyle, being a social media manager and a blogger makes me want to carry just one gadget that I can do all of the things I am doing and with that I fell in love with the newest #BatteryKing of ASUS.


  • The unit
  • usb charging cable (the usual android one)
  • adapter
  • ZenEar (earphone)
  • manuals and the warranty card
  • Silicone Case


The body is made of metal, but have a plastic sides. At the back of the phone you’ll see the dual camera and the led flash, so as the finger print scanner and the logo of ASUS. On the right side of the phone you’ll see the volume rocker and the power button and on the left side is the the triple slot tray. on the top you’ll see the front camera, the earpiece and the light indicator. Below is the 3.5mm audio jack, speaker grille and microUSB port.

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What I love about this phone is there is no notch like the ZenFone 5 and other brands that follow the notch fever. Even if it does not follow the trend it houses a 5.99” display which I think is really good for gaming.


The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 is running with Oreo 8.1.0 and the UI is not the typical Zen UI it does not have customization like before where you can change themes, I got lost at first but get used to a very different UI the new ZenFone Max Pro M1 houses. There are pre-installed apps like, Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.


The new ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 runs on the new Android OS Oreo 8.1 with Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, 64-bit octa-core CPU (8 x Kryo 260 cores), Adreno 509 GPU, 14nm FinFET technology. It has 3 GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage.

Antutu: 36382
Geekbench: 854(single core) 4110(multi core)
GFX: 294.9 frames
Benchmark Comparisons: 10366
Multi touch score: 10/10


  ASUS Zenfone Max M1 ZB601KL

  • 5.99-inch IPS, Full HD+ (2,160 x 1,080), 18:9 aspect ratio, 2.5D curved glass
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
  • 64-bit octa-core CPU (8 x Kryo 260 cores)
  • Adreno 509 GPU
  • RAM 3/4GB
  • Storage 32/64GB
  • Supports microSD card up to 2TB
  • Rear Camera 13MP + 5MP depth sensing sensor, f/2.2 aperture, 80-degree view angle Phase Detection AF, 5-element lens, LED flash, 4K UHD video recording
  • Front Camera 8MP f/2.0 aperture, 85.5-degree view angle, 5-element lens, Soft-light LED flash
  • Battery 5,000mAh, Bundled 2A/10W charger
  • Software Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Dimensions and weight 159 x 76 x 8.61mm 180g


The new ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 is priced at P9,995.

The Battery

The New Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 is packed with 5,000 mAh non-removable lithium-ion battery. Which can last up to 4-5 days on standby.

We did a battery test using Antutu Battery testing app. We started the test around 5:17 PM with 26% battery life and ended around 5:40 PM with 14% of battery life. The test makes sure to do non stop browsing, internet, videos and other heavy kind of usage you can do to the phone.

This is just what I noticed using the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 this is specially that I am using this for work so this is non-stop usage of internet. The battery drains so fast that at the end of the day I need to charged it for tomorrow and when my son will do some gaming in between I need to charged it at least twice in a day.

The Camera

Asus ZenFone ZenFone Max Pro M1 sports a Dual Camera at the back and a single camera in front. The front camera 13MP + 5MP depth sensing sensor, f/2.2 aperture, 80-degree view angle Phase Detection AF, 5-element lens, LED flash, 4K UHD video recording, while the rear camera have 8MP f/2.0 aperture, 85.5-degree view angle, 5-element lens, Soft-light LED flash.The front and back camera both have bokeh effect, you just need to click the portrait mode.

I love the vivid output of its rear camera in daylight or with a lot of light available, but a little grainy when it comes to low light.

Here are some sample photos from the ZenFone Max Pro M1:


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Sample Selfies with and without bokeh effect.

The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 experience

I have a lot of delays because of server transfer and internet issues and luckily I finally finished uploading this review.  I think I’ve been using the new ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 for a month now and I love how minimalist the design of the UI is thought at first I have a hard time coping up with it, but you’ll get a long in awhile. Aesthetically it is a little thick and heavy, much heavier than the last ASUS phone I reviewed.

In love with the camera as it can give a very nice output please see photos above, though there are some issues like grainy photo with low light or sometimes it lags when taking photos or just exits instantly. I’m just also waiting for update to check if the camera app will stabilize.

For the Battery, it’s called the #batteryking, but I noticed that the battery easily drained specially when nonstop usage of internet and gaming. But when in standby it can last up to five days or maybe more.

I think overall with it’s price and aesthetic this phone is a catch, maybe we just need to check out the new update.

Check out other ASUS Reviews we’ve made:

ASUS ZenFone 5Q

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