Asus launched two Max smartphones earlier this month after the success of Max Pro M1 & Max M1 mid of this year, this time Asus brings the Pro M2 with upgrade in processor with snapdragon 660 and joins with smartphones like Nokia 7 plus, Realme 2 Pro, Vivo V11 Pro, Xiaomi Mi A2 and comparing to Pro M1 it has increment in display size and resolution. The Max Pro M2 comes in three storage configurations like 3 + 32 GB, 4 + 64 GB & 6 + 64 GB variant, now in this article we are going to unboxing the mid-range variant 4 + 64 GB variant model, let’s check what’s in the box contains and how’s the initial impression of smartphone feels.
What’s in the Box
The Max Pro M2 black colored box contains the 6.26-inch Pro M2 device, protective case inside the Colorful small box and the case quality is far better but not good it easily bends and not sturdy, may be Asus not consider this because of Gorilla Glass 6 protection in the device then the box contains SIM ejector PIN is placed inside that box for opening the SIM slot and Asus this time also keep the same set up having dual SIM card with dedicated SD card support an good thing Asus doing it continuously and having While colored charging adapter, micro USB cable and some bunch of books about the device and warrant cards and quick start guides, that’s all in the box contains.
Display & Design
Max Pro M2 has 6.26 FHD+ IPS display with smaller Notch design and having 19:9 aspect ratio with 2280*1080 screen resolution and the screen is protected with the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection and the company claims that the device is survive for 20 consecutive drops from the distance of 1 meter. The device is made of polycarbonate plastic at the back & side and designed with 3D glass like texture in the rear panel with wave design.
And coming to the physical overview of the device it has microphone placed in the top of the device and in the right volume Up/Down keys & Power On/Off button and in the bottom 3.5mm headphone jack, USB port, secondary noise cancellation and built in speakers having 5 magnets so it to be 41% louder than single magnet and the user can experience the Dynamic Audio hearing that the Company tells. From the left of the device we always seen a SIM card option in most of the device and the same is placed in Max Pro M2 too, having dual SIM card support with dedicated SD card support that capable of storing up to 2TB of memory. Also, Asus & Google Drive jointly offers the 100GB free space on Google drive for 1 year on buying the Max Pro M2.
The display has come with smaller Notch design and inside the notch softlight LED flash, LED proximity sensor, Ambient Light sensor and 13MP selfie camera is fixed and the Notification LED & Earpiece are placed in the top inside the bezel cutout. And in the back of the device Dual camera is mounted with LED flash vertically in the top left corner and the rear mounted finger print sensor placed at the correct position to unlock the device with your finger.
Hardware & Storage
The Asus Max Pro M2 has powered by snapdragon 660 Octo core processor having kyro 260 CPU cores. Based on processor snapdragon 660 is a successors & powerful processor and it works efficiently faster and never feels the lags while using the multiple application, playing higher end games or shooting a 4K video recording and the device also keeps cool even at the hard usage. The processor has 4 cores of A53 cluster act as power consumption runs at 1.84 GHz clock speed and another 4 cores of A73 cluster acts as Performance core runs in a clock speed of 1.96 GHz. These two cluster switches automatically based on the usage by user.
And the device is runs based on Android 8.1 Oreo without any customization, so the device has no any external feature implemented and no additional application are pre-installed in the device, but Max Pro M2 has Facebook, Instagram & Messenger installed in the device.
The Max Pro M2 comes in three memory variant and the configuration are 3GB + 32GB base variant, 4GB + 64GB & 6GB + 64GB RAM & ROM respectively and the device has a support for dedicated micro SD card that capable of storing the memory of up to 2TB. And also, Google & Asus offering a 100GB free cloud storage in Google drive for 1 year. So, memory shortage will not be an issue for Max Pro M2 users.
In camera department Asus downgrade the specifications compared to the Pro M2, this time they bring up dual rear camera setup having primary 12MP Sony IMX486 image sensor with F1.8 aperture size and 1.25um pixel size and the secondary 5MP depth sensor. The device has a feature of Phase detection auto focus (PDAF) technology that locks the focus in 0.03 seconds said that company. And it has support video recording in resolution of up to 4K quality with electronic Image stabilization (EIS).
Moving to front facing camera here also found another downgrade from Asus, the front shooter has 13MP sensor with F2.0 aperture size and 1.12um pixel size. The M2 Pro has dual LED flash mounted in both front & rear and has a support of HDR, Manual, Portrait, Night and Sports mode. And note that the HDR, Manual & Portrait mode are not supported for front camera. Since this device runs on stock Android so it doesn’t have support for Slow motion & Time lapse video recording.
But using Snapdragon 660 AIE processor they tried AI implement in cameras like having a preset of different scenes of modes based on lighting Condition. And we shot few shots in different lighting Condition in both front and rear camera and we’re on the strike in reviewing the camera and get back with an article in a week.
In terms of security Asus brings the two-way security has like all smartphones having rear finger print sensor & facial unlocking through PIN & Password protection. And for further there is no option for privacy protection like App lock, Anti harassment, hidden space etc., But the good thing is it has a Screen pinning option by this you can pin the particular application pinned while you giving smartphones to others. The recognition of face unlock & finger print scanning is working well and we’ll get back in the review with full testing.
Prices & Availability
The Asus Max Pro M2 comes in the price range of between 13,000 to 17,000 for all three variants, the base variant 3GB +32GB configuration goes for Rs. 12,999 and the 4GB + 64GB for Rs. 14,999 and the 6GB RAM with 64GB internal storage goes for Rs. 16,999. The Max Pro M2 is sold through Flipkart and it’s available in limited stock and the next sale on December 25th through Flipkart.
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