Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is one of the most VFM budget smartphones in the Indian market Image: Twitter
Asus made some serious inroads into the budget smartphone market in India with the Zenfone Max Pro M1, and it seems like the Taiwanese company is ready to up its game by finally launching the 6GB RAM variant of the smartphone. An under-construction sale page for the 6GB variant was spotted on e-commerce website Flipkart, which is also the exclusive retail partner for Asus smartphones in India.
To recall, Asus launched the Zenfone Max Pro M1 back in April. The device was made available in 3GB and 4GB RAM options, with the company promising a 6GB variant in the future. The 6GB variant will also get better cameras compared to other variants. The 13MP primary sensor of the rear camera on the 3GB and 4GB variants will be replaced by a 16MP sensor on the 6GB version. The selfie camera will also be upgraded from 8MP to 16MP.
The sale page on Flipkart may very well be a hint of the impending launch. Asus has already revealed that the 6GB version will be priced at Rs 14,999.
The 6GB RAM variant was spotted on Flipkart Image: Smarprice
The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 series has already established itself as one of the most sought-after budget offerings in the Indian market and offers exceptional bang for the buck.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 specifications
The Zenfone Max Pro M1 comes with a 5.99-inch Full HD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 1080x2160. The device will come equipped with TruPallete and EcoPix features for better visual experience.
The device is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor — the same chip found in Xiaomi's Redmi Note 5 Pro. The Max Pro will come in three variants — 3GB RAM/32GB storage, 4GB RAM/64GB storage and 6GB RAM/64GB storage.
For photography enthusiasts, the 3GB and 4GB variants of the Zenfone Max Pro M1 features a 13MP+5MP dual camera setup with LED flash, while the 6GB RAM variant boasts a 16MP+5MP dual camera set up on the back. The selfie camera of the 3GB and 4GB variant is rated at 8MP, while the 6GB option comes with a 16MP sensor on the front.
The dual-Sim (Nano) device runs Android 8.0 and has a dedicated microSD card slot to expand the inbuilt memory. The 5,000mAh battery is capable of fast charging and is advertised to deliver up to 199 hours of music playback, up to 34 days of 4G standby time, and up to 25 hours 1080p video playback. The smartphone will be available in Meteor Silver and Deepsea Black colour options.
Another feature of the device is the 5-magnet speaker with NXP smart amplifier, which can be further amplified (up to 2X) using the MaxBox accessory bundled with the device.
Price and availability
The 3GB version retails for Rs 10,999 in India, while the 4GB version is available for Rs 12,999. As mentioned above, the 6GB version will be priced at Rs 14,999 on launch. The device is available exclusively on Flipkart.