Asus Launches Second Smartphone with 18:9 Display in ZenFone Max Plus (M1)

By Techpads | Last Updated: December 4, 2017- 12:15 pm
Asus Zenfone Max Plus M1 Launch in India

Asus’ latest ZenFone model has a 5.7-inch, FHD+ display that offers resolution of 1080x2160 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18:9.

Soon after Taiwanese smartphone major, Asus, launched its very first bezel-less phone, Pegasus 4S, in China, the company has now unveiled its latest offering, the ZenFone Max Plus (M1). This will be Asus’ second smartphone, after Pegasus 4S, to sport a bezel-less display and an aspect ratio of 18:9.

Although the company has not revealed the pricing or availability of its latest device, given that the smartphone is listed on its Russia site, the new ZenFone Max Plus (M1) is likely to make its debut in Russia, followed by its launch in other international markets. What one does know for now, from the specs released by Asus is that the phone is likely to be available in three colour variants of Silver, Gold and Black.

Asus had unveiled its latest flagship notebook, the Vivo S15, at a press event in New Delhi in October, while also showcasing its “thinnest ever” Zenbook, the new Zenbook UX430.

Here’s what is known so far about the ZenFone Max Plus (M1).



Asus’ latest ZenFone model has a 5.7-inch, FHD+ display that offers resolution of 1080×2160 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18:9. Powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6750T processor, this mid-range device comes in two variants, one with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage, and the other with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage, expandable via a microSD card to 256GB.

The ZenFone Max Plus (M1) runs on Android Nougat 7.1, with the ZenUI 4.0 skin on top. Similar to the Vivo V7 and LG Q6, this device also comes with facial recognition. It also has a fingerprint scanner, placed on the rear of its metal body design. Asus claims that this sensor can unlock the device in a mere 0.3 seconds.

For connectivity, there is Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, a micro-USB port, Bluetooth 4.0 and A-GPS. This dual-SIM smartphone supports 4G.


The Battery

Asus’ ZenFone Max Plus (M1) is backed by a massive battery pack at 4130mAh. The company claims that this battery is sufficient to deliver up to 21 hours of Wi-Fi web browsing, 13 hours of video playback, 26 hours of talk time on 3G and 26 days on 4G standby, on a single charge. The device also comes pre-loaded with Asus PowerMaster, which the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer claims can increase battery life by up to two times, while being able to withstand up to 500 cycles of complete discharge.

The smartphone also support quick charging.


Dual Camera Setup

The dual camera setup on the rear of the latest ZenFone includes one with resolution of 16 megapixels and another of 8 megapixels. In addition, the lens has an aperture is f/2.0 with 120 degrees of wide angle for group and landscape photography, along with LED flash. Asus claims that the cameras can be switched during a shot and are capable of both taking photographs and recording videos.

The front camera sensor has an f/2.0 aperture, 8-megapixel lens. The smartphone comes pre-installed with features to enhance selfies, such as smoothing, skin toning, lightening and eye correction and more. The front camera also includes the facial recognition feature for increased security.

While it is exciting to get news of a new mid-range phone in the offing, for now, we will have to wait for Asus to reveal when this device will become available in India.