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Why ROG Phone 2 STRIX Is BETTER Than Global / Ultimate!

Why ROG Phone 2 STRIX Is BETTER Than Elite / Ultimate!

ASUS just introduced the STRIX and Ultimate Editions for the ROG Phone 2, so gamers are wondering – which is the best model for them?

Believe it or not – the best option for mobile gaming is also the CHEAPEST – the ROG Phone 2 STRIX. Don’t waste your money on the other two!

 

ROG Phone 2 STRIX = Tencent Edition for Global Market!

From the very beginning, we have been advising people to forego the expensive Elite Edition for the ROG Phone 2 Tencent Edition, or the Black Shark 2 PRO (MY | SG | AU | UK).

Why? Because those two options offer the best value for your money, and are really what REAL GAMERS need. Not what ASUS wants us to buy.

You can read all about that in our article, Why ROG Phone II Tencent Is Better Than The Elite Edition!

The new ROG Phone 2 STRIX Edition is basically the ROG Phone 2 Tencent Edition, without the Tencent logo.

This release is a slap in the face of those who bought the expensive Elite Edition earlier, and those who claimed that the Tencent Edition was only possible because of Tencent’s sponsorship in China.

ASUS have basically admitted that they can release a much cheaper ROG Phone 2, without sponsorship of any kind… and yes, that the Elite Edition was really just a way for them to make extra money off the foolish and the gullible.

 

ROG Phone 2 Ultimate = Elite Edition With 1TB Storage

The ROG Phone 2 Ultimate is yet another marketing ploy to pick the pockets of gullible gamers. It is nothing more than the already expensive ROG Phone 2 Elite Edition with 1TB of storage and a higher price tag.

Let’s be honest – how many of you will actually use up 128 GB of storage, much less 512 GB or 1 TB? In fact, many of us are still using laptops with just 256 GB or 512 GB of storage!

So yes, it is colossally STUPID for anyone to buy for gaming. We will show you why…

 

ROG Phone 2 Specification + Price Comparison

First, let’s take a quick look at what’s different between the ROG Phone 2 STRIX vs Elite vs Ultimate in this table :

Specifications ROG Phone 2
STRIX Edition
ROG Phone 2
Elite Edition
ROG Phone 2
Ultimate Edition
Display 6.59-inch AMOLED display (1080 x 2340 pixels)
– 108% DCI-P3 colour gamut, 10,000:1 contrast ratio
– up to 120 Hz refresh rate, 1 ms response time
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus
Processor 1 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Gold core (2.96 GHz)
3 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Gold cores (2.42 GHz)
4 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 640 (672 MHz)
RAM 8 GB LPDDR4X 12 GB LPDDR4X
Storage 128 GB UFS 3.0 512 GB UFS 3.0 1 TB UFS 3.0
Front Camera 24 MP front camera
Rear Cameras 48 MP main camera, with Sony IMX586 sensor, and f/1.79 lens
13 MP ultra-wide camera, with 125-degree field of view
4G LTE Cat16
– 150 Mbps UL
– 1.0 Gbps DL
LTE Cat18
– 211 Mbps UL
– 1.2 Gbps DL
LTE Cat20
– 316 Mbps UL
– 2.0 Gbps DL
Connectivity WiFi : 802.11ac, 2×2 MIMO
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
WiFi : 802.11ad, 4×4 MIMO
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
Sensors Accelerometer, E-Compass, proximity sensor, Hall sensor, ambient light sensor, in-display fingerprint sensor, gyro, ultrasonic AirTrigger shoulder buttons
Audio Dual front-facing speakers with DTS:X Ultra
Battery 6,000 mAh battery
Charger 18 watt 30 watt
Dimensions 77.6 mm wide x 170.99 mm tall x 9.78 mm thick
Weight 240 g
Price £599 / $599 £829 / $829 £899 / $899

 

Why ROG Phone 2 STRIX Is BETTER Than Elite / Ultimate!

Now, let’s show you why the the ROG Phone 2 STRIX is the best option of the three, and why you should NOT pay extra for the Elite or Ultimate Editions!

Performance : They Are ALL EQUALLY FAST

The STRIX, Elite and Ultimate Editions are powered by the SAME Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus mobile platform, as well as the same LPDDR4x RAM.

The Elite and Ultimate Editions come with 12 GB of RAM, while the STRIX Edition only comes with 8 GB of RAM. However, which mobile game do you know needs more than 2 GB of RAM?

In fact, high-end mobile games like PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9 use less than 1.2 GB of RAM!

So all you are getting when you purchase the Elite or Ultimate Edition is the right to brag about how your ROG Phone 2 has 4 GB of additional RAM just sitting there doing nothing.

Recommended : The Snapdragon 855 Plus vs Snapdragon 855 Comparison!

Storage : They Are ALL EQUALLY FAST

All three ROG Phone 2 models use fast UFS 3.0 storage. The only difference is how much storage they come with :

  • ROG Phone 2 STRIX : 128 GB
  • ROG Phone 2 Elite : 512 GB
  • ROG Phone 2 Ultimate : 1 TB

Storage may be important for some users, but frankly speaking, 128 GB is plenty of storage for most users.

For gamers, it’s actually A LOT more than they will ever use. Even PUBG Mobile only takes up 1.54 GB of space.

128 GB of storage in the STRIX Edition should be more than enough to let you install 50-80 large games. Oh, you don’t have that many games? See what we mean?

  • Paying extra for 512 GB of storage in the Elite Edition is really pointless… at least for mobile gamers.
  • Paying extra for 1 TB of storage in the Ultimate Edition? That’s just plain stupid for mobile gamers.

Connectivity : Practically The Same

The Snapdragon X24 LTE modem supports LTE Cat 20 and WiFi-AD connectivity, but ASUS artificially limited their capabilities slightly to differentiate the three models :

  • ROG Phone 2 STRIX : LTE Cat16 (1 Gbps DL, 150 Mbps UL) + WiFi-AC
  • ROG Phone 2 Elite : LTE Cat16 (1.2 Gbps DL, 211 Mbps UL) + WiFi-AD
  • ROG Phone 2 Ultimate : LTE Cat20 (2 Gbps DL, 316 Mbps UL) + WiFi-AD

But for all practical purposes, you won’t be able to tell the difference because mobile games are designed to use very little data!

PUBG Mobile, for example, only uses between 15 MB and 50 MB of data for an entire 20-30 minute game. That works out to a MAXIMUM of 1.7 MB per minute, or 28 KB per second.

And how many of you actually have a WiFi-AD router? Most gamers still rely on a WiFi-AC router, which is plenty fast enough.

Charging : ROG Phone 2 Elite / Ultimate

The only clear-cut performance advantage the ROG Phone 2 Elite and Ultimate Editions offer is the 30-watt fast charger.

The ROG Phone 2 STRIX Edition only comes with a 18-watt fast charger, but in case you are wondering – it’s still fast enough to recharge the phone while you game on it.

Bundled “Freebies” : ROG Phone 2 Elite / Ultimate

The Elite and Ultimate Editions come bundled with the AeroActive Cooler II and the Aero Case, while the STRIX Edition comes with just a bumper case.

But guess what – you can purchase the AeroActive Cooler II and Aero Case for the STRIX Edition as separate upgrades! And you can get them both for less than $100.

Price : ROG Phone 2 STRIX Edition

Now, this is the real kicker.

The Elite Edition costs 38~41% more than the STRIX Edition, for no difference in gaming performance!

The Ultimate Edition costs 50% more than the STRIX Edition, for no difference in gaming performance!

  • ROG Phone II STRIX Edition : US$599 / £599 / ~A$868 / S$799 / ~RM 2,479
  • ROG Phone II Elite Edition : US$829 / £829 / ~A$1,201 / S$1,299RM 3,499
  • ROG Phone II Ultimate Edition : US$899 / £899 / ~A$1,303 / ~S$1,218 / ~RM 3,722

Recommended : ASUS ROG Phone 2 vs Black Shark 2 PRO : Who Wins?

 

Why We Recommend ROG Phone 2 STRIX Edition

Of the three models, the ROG Phone 2 STRIX Edition is the true gamer-centric model.

It focuses on delivering top-notch gaming capabilities with the same 120 Hz display, at a much lower price point than the Elite and Ultimate Editions!

All you are getting with the Elite or Ultimate Edition is a 38% to 50% higher price tag for more storage, a more powerful charger, and the AeroActive Cooler II and Aero Case.

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If you want to buy one for mobile gaming, get the STRIX Edition. Your wallet will thank you!

If you want to buy one for bragging rights, get the Elite or Ultimate Edition. ASUS will thank you!

 

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Why ROG Phone II Tencent Is Better Than The Elite Edition!

After the special ROG Phone II Tencent Edition was launched, ASUS immediately sent out a press release that the Elite Edition would be quite different.

However, after comparing them both (as well as the similar Indian model and the global STRIX model), we can definitely tell you that the ROG Phone II Tencent Edition is A MUCH BETTER DEAL than the ROG Phone II Elite Edition for gamers!

 

ROG Phone II For India

In India, ASUS prepared a special low-cost ROG Phone II, which is almost exactly like the Tencent Edition.

For all intents and purposes, we consider it to be the ROG Phone II Tencent Edition for India.

You can read all about it in our article – ROG Phone 2 India Models vs. Tencent Edition Comparison!

 

ROG Phone II STRIX

The new ROG Phone II STRIX Edition is basically the Tencent Edition, without the Tencent logo.

This release is a slap in the face of those who bought the expensive Elite Edition earlier, and those who claimed that the Tencent Edition was only possible because of Tencent’s sponsorship in China.

ASUS have basically admitted that they can release a much cheaper ROG Phone 2, without sponsorship of any kind… and yes, that the Elite Edition was really just a way for them to make extra money off the foolish and the gullible.

Recommended : Why ROG Phone 2 STRIX Is BETTER Than Elite / Ultimate!

 

ROG Phone II Specifications : Tencent Edition vs. Elite Edition

First, let’s take a quick look at what’s different between the ROG Phone II Tencent Edition, and the ROG Phone II Elite Edition. For your convenience, we compare their specifications in this table :

Specifications ROG Phone 2
(Elite)
ROG Phone 2
(Tencent / STRIX)
Display 6.59-inch AMOLED display (1080 x 2340 pixels)
– 108% DCI-P3 colour gamut, 10,000:1 contrast ratio
– up to 120 Hz refresh rate, 1 ms response time
Chassis Glass Back Cover Glass + Metal Back Cover
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus
Processor 1 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Gold core (2.96 GHz)
3 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Gold cores (2.42 GHz)
4 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 640 (672 MHz)
RAM 12 GB LPDDR4X 8 GB LPDDR4X
Storage 512 GB UFS 3.0 128 GB UFS 3.0
Front Camera 24 MP front camera
Rear Cameras 48 MP main camera, with Sony IMX586 sensor, and f/1.79 lens
13 MP ultra-wide camera, with 125-degree field of view
4G LTE Cat18
– 211 Mbps UL
– 1.2 Gbps DL
LTE Cat16
– 150 Mbps UL
– 1.0 Gbps DL
Connectivity WiFi : 802.11ad, 4×4 MIMO
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
WiFi : 802.11ac, 2×2 MIMO
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
Sensors Accelerometer, E-Compass, proximity sensor, Hall sensor, ambient light sensor, in-display fingerprint sensor, gyro, ultrasonic AirTrigger shoulder buttons
Audio Dual front-facing speakers with DTS:X Ultra
Battery 6,000 mAh battery
Charger 30 watt 18 watt
AeroActive Cooler Yes No
Bundled Case Aero Case Bumper Case
Box Type Six Prism Box Square Box
Dimensions 77.6 mm wide x 170.99 mm tall x 9.78 mm thick
Weight 240 g
Price RMB 5,999
£899 / $899
RMB 3,499
£599 / $599

 

ROG Phone II Compared : Tencent Edition vs. Elite Edition

Let’s compare both versions in the eyes of ASUS’ target market – mobile gamers.

Performance : They Are Both EQUALLY FAST

Both the Tencent Edition and the Elite Edition of the ROG Phone II are powered by the SAME Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus mobile platform, as well as the same LPDDR4x RAM.

The Elite Edition comes with 12 GB of RAM, while the Tencent Edition only comes with 8 GB of RAM. However, which game do you know needs more than 2 GB of RAM?

In fact, high-end mobile games like PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9 use less than 1.2 GB of RAM!

So all you are getting when you purchase the Elite Edition is the right to brag how your ROG Phone II has 4 GB of additional RAM just sitting there doing nothing.

Recommended : The Snapdragon 855 Plus vs Snapdragon 855 Comparison!

Storage : They Are Both EQUALLY FAST

Both the Tencent Edition and the Elite Edition of the ROG Phone II use fast UFS 3.0 storage.

However, the Elite Edition comes with 512 GB of storage, while the Tencent Edition only comes with 128 GB.

Storage may be important for some users, but frankly speaking, 128 GB is plenty of storage for most users.

For gamers, it’s actually A LOT more than they will ever use. Even PUBG Mobile only takes up 1.54 GB of space.

128 GB of storage in the Tencent Edition should be more than enough to let you install 50-80 large games. Oh, you don’t have that many games? See what we mean?

Paying extra for 512 GB of storage in the Elite Edition is just pointless… at least for mobile gamers.

Connectivity : Practically The Same

To differentiate the two versions, ASUS slightly crippled the connectivity capabilities of the ROG Phone II Tencent Edition, limiting it to LTE Cat16 (1 Gbps DL, 150 Mbps UL) and WiFi-AC.

The ROG Phone II Elite Edition, on the other hand, boasts LTE Cat18 (1.2 Gbps DL, 211 Mbps UL) and WiFi-AD capabilities.

But for all practical purposes, you won’t be able to tell the difference because mobile games are designed to use very little data!

PUBG Mobile, for example, only uses between 15 MB and 50 MB of data for an entire 20-30 minute game. That works out to a MAXIMUM of 1.7 MB per minute, or 28 KB per second.

And how many of you actually have a WiFi-AD router? Most gamers still rely on a WiFi-AC router, which is plenty fast enough.

Charging : ROG Phone II Elite Edition

The only clear-cut performance advantage the ROG Phone II Elite Edition offers is the 30-watt fast charger. The Tencent Edition only comes with a 18-watt fast charger.

Bundled “Freebies” : ROG Phone II Elite Edition

The Elite Edition comes bundled with the AeroActive Cooler II and the Aero Case, while the Tencent Edition comes with just a bumper case.

But guess what – you can purchase the AeroActive Cooler II and Aero Case for the Tencent Edition as separate upgrades! And you can get them both for less than $100.

ASUS also took pains to share with us that the Elite Edition comes with a premium six prism box, while the Tencent Edition comes with only a square box.

Uh, okay… how is that important? Does ASUS expect us to play with the box, or with the ROG Phone II?

Price : ROG Phone II Tencent Edition

Now, this is the real kicker. The Elite Edition costs 38~41% more than the Tencent Edition for no difference in gaming performance!

  • ROG Phone II Tencent Edition : US$599 / £599 / ~A$724 / ~RM 2,479
  • ROG Phone II Elite Edition : US$829 / £829 / ~A$1,344 / RM 3,499

Recommended : ASUS ROG Phone 2 vs Black Shark 2 PRO : Who Wins?

 

Why We Recommend ROG Phone II Tencent Edition

Frankly speaking, the ROG Phone II Tencent Edition is the true gamer-centric model.

It focuses on delivering top-notch gaming capabilities with the same 120 Hz display, at a much lower price point than the Global Edition!

All you are getting with the Elite Edition is a 38% to 41% higher price tag for a larger storage capacity, a more powerful charger, and the AeroActive Cooler II and Aero Case bundled… and yes, it comes in a fancy six prism box.

If you want to buy one for mobile gaming, get the Tencent Edition. Your wallet will thank you.

Since it is available outside of China as the STRIX Edition, here are the purchase options for the ROG Phone II STRIX Edition :

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If you want to buy one for bragging rights, get the Elite Edition. ASUS will thank you.

 

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ASUS ROG Phone 2 Global vs Tencent Edition Comparison!

Worried that gamers are swarming for the highly-affordable ROG Phone 2 Tencent Edition, ASUS urgently touted the advantages of the delayed ROG Phone 2 Global Edition.

Let’s compare the specifications of the ROG Phone 2 Tencent Edition against the ROG Phone 2 Global Edition model!

Note : ASUS has since renamed the Global Edition as the Elite Edition, with a STRIX Edition as the “global version” of the Tencent Edition, with a 1TB Ultimate Edition.

 

ROG Phone 2 – Super Fast Phone, Super Slow Rollout

ASUS launched the ROG Phone last year, calling it the world’s first smartphone designed for mobile gaming. Unfortunately, they squandered that advantage with an ultra-slow rollout in a fast-moving industry.

More nimble, new competitors like Black Shark not only introduced their own gaming smartphones, they literally surged past them.

The Black Shark 2, for example, launched way back in April 2019 with the Snapdragon 855, and they launched the Black Shark 2 PRO that is powered by the same Snapdragon 855+ that the ROG Phone 2 uses… in JULY 2019.

Of course, the ROG Phone 2 boasts a 120 Hz display, with a 1 ms response time that totally crushes the likes of Black Shark 2 and Black Shark 2 PRO, and should guarantee silky-smooth gameplay, albeit at the expense of battery life.

That’s why ASUS gave it a massive 6,000 mAh battery – so it will last for quite a few rounds. The downside? It weighs almost a quarter of a kilo and is almost a full cm thick.

Of course, Black Shark has publicly pooh-poohed the usefulness of a 120 Hz display in this recent Q&A session :

Instead of a higher refresh rate, they opted to use DC dimming to reduce eyestrain, and an integrated DSP with MEMC (Motion Estimation, Motion Compensation) capabilities to eliminate unwanted judder and blur.

There is also the issue of ASUS quietly setting the ROG Phone 2 to use a 60Hz refresh rate instead, to improve battery life.

Recommended : ROG Phone 2 : How To Turn On 90Hz / 120Hz Refresh Rate!

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ASUS ROG Phone 2 Global vs Tencent Edition

Back in August 2019, ASUS and Tencent revealed the ROG Phone 2 Tencent Edition in China, powered by the Snapdragon 855 Plus platform.

However, ASUS did NOT want anyone to think or talk about the Tencent Edition because it is MUCH CHEAPER, and is a darn better deal than the Global Edition that they only introduced in October 2019.

They urged their media friends to talk up the ROG Phone 2 Global Edition instead. But in our honest opinion, the Tencent version is a better deal for gamers. Here’s why!

Recommended : Why ROG Phone II Tencent Is Better Than The Global Edition!

For your convenience, we compare the specifications of both models in this table :

Specifications ASUS ROG Phone 2
Global Edition
ASUS ROG Phone 2
Tencent Edition
Display 6.59-inch AMOLED display (1080 x 2340 pixels)
– 108% DCI-P3 colour gamut, 10,000:1 contrast ratio
– up to 120 Hz refresh rate, 1 ms response time
Chassis Glass Back Cover Glass + Metal Back Cover
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus
Processor 1 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Gold core (2.96 GHz)
3 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Gold cores (2.42 GHz)
4 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 640 (672 MHz)
RAM 12 GB LPDDR4X 8 GB LPDDR4X
Storage 512 GB / 1 TB UFS 3.0 128 GB UFS 3.0
Front Camera 24 MP front camera
Rear Cameras 48 MP main camera, with Sony IMX586 sensor, f/1.79 lens
13 MP ultra-wide camera, with 125-degree field of view
4G Network LTE Cat18
– 211 Mbps UL, 1.2 Gbps DL
LTE Cat16
– 150 Mbps UL, 1.0 Gbps DL
Connectivity WiFi : 802.11ad, 4×4 MIMO
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
WiFi : 802.11ac, 2×2 MIMO
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
Sensors Accelerometer, E-Compass, proximity sensor, Hall sensor, ambient light sensor, in-display fingerprint sensor, gyro, ultrasonic AirTrigger shoulder buttons
Audio Dual front-facing speakers with DTS:X Ultra
Battery 6,000 mAh battery
Charger 30 watt 18 watt
AeroActive Cooler Yes No
Bundled Case Aero Case Bumper Case
Box Type Six Prism Box Square Box
Dimensions 77.6 mm wide x 170.99 mm tall x 9.78 mm thick
Weight 240 g

 

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus

In case you are wondering, the Snapdragon 855 Plus is just a speed-binned version of the regular Snapdragon 855. They are virtually identical.

The only differences are the clock speeds of two parts in the Snapdragon 855 Plus :

  • its single high-performance Kryo 485 Gold core is clocked at 2.96 GHz, instead of 2.84 GHz.
  • its Adreno 640 GPU is clocked at 672 MHz, instead of 585 MHz.

In other words, its advantage in mobile gaming is a 4% increase in the short boost performance of the CPU, and a 14.9% increase in peak GPU performance.

Recommended : The Snapdragon 855 Plus vs Snapdragon 855 Comparison!

 

ROG Phone 2 Global vs Tencent : Price + Availability

ASUS finally released the Global Edition (now renamed Elite Edition) in the US and India in September 2019, with other countries like Malaysia receiving a limited number in mid-October 2019.

Based on the US, European and Chinese launch prices of $899, €899 and RMB 5,999, it is a whopping 23% more expensive than the Black Shark 2 PRO – an extra RM 700 / ~US$240 / ~£136 / ~A$249!

The ROG Phone 2 Tencent Edition is much cheaper, of course. Its RMB 3,499 retail price in China translates into approximately RM 2,059 / ~US$499 / ~£399 / ~A$724!

That is 80% off the cost of the Global Edition, and 31% cheaper than the Black Shark 2 PRO!

Recommended : ASUS ROG Phone 2 vs Black Shark 2 PRO : Who Wins?

In the beginning, it was only available officially in China and India… and while you can purchase one off the grey market, you would not receive any warranty or even OTA updates for them.

But the good news is ASUS has finally released the STRIX Edition, which is basically the global version of the Tencent Edition.

Recommended : Why ROG Phone 2 STRIX Is BETTER Than Elite / Ultimate!

 

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ASUS ROG Phone 2 Malaysia – What You Need To Know!

Almost 3 months after ASUS launched the ROG Phone 2 Tencent Edition in China, it finally reaches Malaysia.

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the ROG Phone 2 for Malaysia – its specifications, price, availability and more!

We will also share with you cheaper alternatives, for those who cannot afford the ROG Phone 2!

 

When Will The ASUS ROG Phone 2 Come To Malaysia?

ASUS officially launched the ROG Phone 2 on 16 October 2019, with limited quantities as expected. ASUS has a long history of slow rollouts, to be honest.

 

The ASUS ROG Phone 2 Price For Malaysia

ASUS Malaysia is introducing the ROG Phone 2 Elite Edition with 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage, and a recommended retail price of RM 3,499 / ~US$834 / ~£655 / ~A$1,241.

The ROG Phone 2 Malaysia model will therefore be 16.7% more expensive than the Black Shark 2 PRO – an extra RM 500 / ~US$119 / ~£94 / ~A$177!

To sweeten the deal, ASUS Malaysia is throwing in the AeroActive Cooler II and the AeroCase, which they say are worth RM 398 / ~US$95 / ~£75 / ~A$141.

Here are the direct online purchase options :

  • ROG Phone II (12 GB + 512 GB) : Lazada | Shopee
  • ROG Phone II (12 GB + 512 GB) SuperPack : Lazada

If you are looking for the Ultimate Edition, which basically just comes with 1 TB of storage, that will probably retail for an insane RM 5,499 sometime in December 2019!

 

ASUS ROG Phone 2 SuperPack for Malaysia!

ASUS Malaysia is also bringing in the ROG Phone 2 SuperPack on 11 November 2019. It’s the same model, but it comes with all their accessories at the nose-bleeding price of RM 6,999 / ~US$1,669 / ~£1,317 / ~A$2,476.

Here is the list of accessories the ROG Phone 2 SuperPack for Malaysia comes with :

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  • ROG AeroActive Cooler II
  • ROG Lighting Armour Case
  • ROG TwinView Dock II
  • Kunai Gamepad
  • ROG Mobile Desktop Dock
  • 30W ROG Charger
  • ROG Type C USB cable
  • ROG Aero Case
  • ROG Limited Edition Luggage

Are all those accessories worth RM 3,500? Or should you just buy TWO ROG Phone 2 instead? Whatever you decide, here are the direct online purchase options :

  • ROG Phone II (12 GB + 512 GB) : Lazada | Shopee
  • ROG Phone II (12 GB + 512 GB) SuperPack : Lazada

 

Is There A Cheaper Alternative???

The ROG Phone 2 Tencent Edition is much cheaper, of course. Its RMB 3,499 retail price in China works out to approximately RM 2,059 / ~US$499 / ~£399 / ~A$724!

That is almost half the price of the ROG Phone 2 Elite Edition for Malaysia, and 31% cheaper than the Black Shark 2 PRO!

Unfortunately, it is only available officially in China and India… although you can get them on the grey market * :

* Please note that if you purchase a grey market unit, you will not be entitled to warranty outside of China or India.

Another affordable alternative is to pick up the original ROG Phone, which is almost as fast but now costs less than RM 2.5K! Don’t believe us? Here are some direct purchase options :

Another good and much cheaper alternative is the Black Shark 2 PRO or the Black Shark 2.

 

ASUS ROG Phone 2 Malaysia vs Tencent Edition

On 23 July, ASUS and Tencent revealed the ROG Phone 2 Tencent Edition in China, powered by the Snapdragon 855+ platform.

However, ASUS Malaysia has been trying their best to bury the story, even urging their media friends to talk up the ROG Phone 2 Global Edition.

We don’t blame them because the Tencent Edition is MUCH CHEAPER, and really is a darn better deal than the Elite Edition that they are introducing to Malaysia.

What we don’t understand is why they are not introducing a similar version, like they did for India.

Recommended : Why ROG Phone II Tencent Is Better Than The Global Edition!

For your convenience, we compare the specifications of both models in this table :

Specifications ASUS ROG Phone 2
Edition Edition for Malaysia
ASUS ROG Phone 2
Tencent Edition
Display 6.59-inch AMOLED display (1080 x 2340 pixels)
– 108% DCI-P3 colour gamut, 10,000:1 contrast ratio
– up to 120 Hz refresh rate, 1 ms response time
Chassis Glass Back Cover Glass + Metal Back Cover
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus
Processor 1 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Gold core (2.96 GHz)
3 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Gold cores (2.42 GHz)
4 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 640 (672 MHz)
RAM 12 GB LPDDR4X 8 GB LPDDR4X
Storage 512 GB / 1 TB UFS 3.0 128 GB UFS 3.0
Front Camera 24 MP front camera
Rear Cameras 48 MP main camera, with Sony IMX586 sensor, and f/1.79 lens
13 MP ultra-wide camera, with 125-degree field of view
Connectivity 4G : LTE Cat18 – 211 Mbps UL, 1.2 Gbps DL
WiFi : 802.11ad, 4×4 MIMO
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
4G : LTE Cat16 – 150 Mbps UL, 1.0 Gbps DL
WiFi : 802.11ac, 2×2 MIMO
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
Sensors Accelerometer, E-Compass, proximity sensor, Hall sensor, ambient light sensor, in-display fingerprint sensor, gyro, ultrasonic AirTrigger shoulder buttons
Audio Dual front-facing speakers with DTS:X Ultra
Battery 6,000 mAh battery
Charger 30 watt, with USB-C to USB-C cable 18 watt, with USB-A to USB-C cable
AeroActive Cooler Yes No
Bundled Case Aero Case Bumper Case
Box Type Six Prism Box Square Box
Dimensions 77.6 mm wide x 170.99 mm tall x 9.78 mm thick
Weight 240 g

 

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+

In case you are wondering, the Snapdragon 855+ is just a speed-binned version of the regular Snapdragon 855. They are otherwise identical.

The only differences are the clock speeds of two parts in the Snapdragon 855 Plus :

  • its single high-performance Kryo 485 Gold core is clocked at 2.96 GHz, instead of 2.84 GHz.
  • its Adreno 640 GPU is clocked at 672 MHz, instead of 585 MHz.

In other words, its advantage in mobile gaming is a 4% increase in the short boost performance of the CPU, and a 14.9% increase in peak GPU performance.

Recommended : The Snapdragon 855+ vs Snapdragon 855 Comparison!

 

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ROG Phone 2 India Models vs. Tencent Edition Comparison!

India is getting both the Tencent Edition, and the Global Edition, of the ROG Phone 2… with prices to match!

Let’s compare their specifications against the ROG Phone 2 Tencent Edition, as well as their prices!

 

India Gets Two DIFFERENT ROG Phone 2 Models

ROG Phone 2 (8 GB + 128 GB) For India

Basically, the ROG Phone 2 (8 GB + 128 GB) is the Tencent Edition for India. Here are the differences :

  • It has a slightly slower LTE download speed, compensated by slightly faster LTE upload speed
  • It comes with an Aero case
  • It is slightly – about 10% – more expensive than the Tencent Edition

The ROG Phone 2 (8 GB + 128 GB) is priced at ₹37,999 / ~US$529 / ~£429 / ~A$799 / ~RM 2,249

Recommended : The ASUS ROG Phone 2 vs Black Shark 2 PRO Comparison!

ROG Phone 2 (12 GB + 512 GB) For India

In addition, ASUS will also introduce the far more expensive Global Edition to cater to the richer segment of the Indian population.

  • It comes with 12 GB of memory (which is pointless), instead of “just” 8 GB
  • It comes with 512 GB of storage, instead of 128 GB
  • It comes with faster LTE and Wi-Fi speeds (also pretty pointless)
  • It comes with a 30 W fast charger, instead of an 18 W fast charger
  • It comes with an AeroActive Cooler II, which is basically a bolt-on fan

Now, here’s the kicker – this model costs 58% more than the 8 GB + 128 GB model.

The ROG Phone 2 (12 GB + 512 GB) is priced at ₹59,999 / ~US$849 / ~£689 / ~A$1,259 / ~RM 3,559

Again, we would like to point out that, for gamers, the Tencent Edition and similar variants are definitely A MUCH BETTER DEAL than the high-end / Global Edition ROG Phone 2.

Recommended : Why ROG Phone II Tencent Is Better Than The Global Edition!

 

ROG Phone 2 India Models vs. Tencent Edition

To make it easy for you to determine which is a better model for you, we compare the two ROG Phone 2 India models against the Tencent Edition.

Specifications ROG Phone 2
(12 GB + 512 GB)
ROG Phone 2
(8 GB + 128 GB)
ROG Phone 2
Tencent Edition
Display 6.59-inch AMOLED display (1080 x 2340 pixels)
– 108% DCI-P3 colour gamut, 10,000:1 contrast ratio
– up to 120 Hz refresh rate, 1 ms response time
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus
CPU 1 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Gold core (2.96 GHz)
3 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Gold cores (2.42 GHz)
4 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
System Platform Qualcomm Adreno 640 (672 MHz)
RAM 12 GB LPDDR4X 8 GB LPDDR4X
Storage 512 GB UFS 3.0 128 GB UFS 3.0
Front Camera 24 MP camera with f/2.0 aperture
Rear Cameras 48 MP main camera, with Sony IMX586 sensor, and f/1.79 lens
13 MP ultra-wide camera, with 125-degree field of view
LTE Speeds 1.2 Gbps DL, 211 Mbps UL 800 Mbps DL, 211 Mbps UL 1 Gbps DL, 150 Mbps UL
Connectivity Wi-Fi : 802.11ad, 4×4 MIMO
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
Wi-Fi : 802.11ac, 2×2 MIMO
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
Sensors Accelerometer, E-Compass, proximity sensor, Hall sensor, ambient light sensor, in-display fingerprint sensor, gyro, ultrasonic AirTrigger shoulder buttons
Audio Dual front-facing speakers with DTS:X Ultra
Battery 6,000 mAh battery
Charger 30 W, USB-A to USB-C 18 W, USB-A to USB-C
AeroActive Cooler Yes No No
Aero Case Yes Yes No
Dimensions 77.6 mm wide x 170.99 mm tall x 9.78 mm thick
Weight 240 g
Price ₹59,999 ₹37,999 Approx. ₹34,599

 

ROG Phone 2 Availability In India

The ROG Phone 2 (8GB + 128GB) model will start selling at 12 AM, on 30 September 2019.

The 12GB + 512GB is not available yet, but will be “coming soon” like someone who has jerked off way too often.

This is not surprising, because ASUS has a history of super-slow rollouts.

They may boast of being the first to launch a Snapdragon 855 Plus smartphone, but what’s the point if they cannot deliver the actual devices?

More nimble, new competitors like Black Shark keep passing them by. The Black Shark 2, for example, launched way back in April 2019 with the Snapdragon 855, and they started selling the Black Shark 2 PRO with the Snapdragon 855 Plus last month!

 

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How To Install Android Q Beta On The ASUS ZenFone 5Z

ASUS just announced the release of Android Q Beta for ZenFone 5Z smartphones! You lucky few will be the first in the world to try the new features of Android Q!

In this guide, we will teach you how to install Android Q Beta into your ASUS ZenFone 5Z smartphone, and share with you the benefits of upgrading to Android Q!

 

What Is Android Q?

Android Q is the next-generation Android operating system that will supersede Android P (Android Pie) that is currently running in the latest Android smartphones.

When it launches, Android Q will bring with it a bevy of new features, which include :

  • A Dark Theme : Android Q now has a system-wide Dark Theme. Activate Dark Theme in Settings, or by turning on Battery Saver.
  • Suggested actions in notifications : You can now take action on messages with suggested actions in notification.
  • Prioritised notifications : You can decide whether an app’s notifications are interruptive or gentle. Interruptive notifications will make noise, vibrate, and appear on your lock screen, whereas gentle ones will not. Android Q also introduces algorithms to automatically determine whether notifications should be interruptive.

 

The Android Q Beta Programme

The Android Q Beta programme gives you access to an early build of Android Q, letting you experience Android Q ahead of its launch.


Needless to say, this is NOT the final build, so there are some bugs or known issues in the current version :

  • SD cards with exFAT format are not supported.
  • There is no beep when the volume up or volume down buttons are pressed. The beep still works with other functions.

 

Android Q Beta For ASUS ZenFone 5Z (ZS620KL)

ASUS is providing an Android Q Beta firmware for their ASUS ZenFone 5Z (ZS620KL) smartphone. Please note that :

  • The firmware is for ZenFone 5Z (ZS620KL) only. Do NOT attempt to install it on other ZenFone models.
  • Android Q Beta updates are sometimes not as stable as official ASUS firmware updates. By installing this update, you accept the potential risks.
  • Please be aware that installing the system image on a device removes all personal data from the device, so you should back up your data first.
  • Please follow the instructions below to opt-in via Fastboot. Should you require any onsite help, please visit your nearest ASUS customer service center.

 

How To Install Android Q Beta On The ASUS ZenFone 5Z

We separate the steps below for different operating system. But in all cases, download the Android Q Beta for ZenFone 5Z image file first.

Microsoft Windows

  1. Please ensure battery level is higher than 20% before you begin.
  2. Hold down the Power and Volume Up buttons until the ZenFone 5Z reboots.
  3. When it reboots, you’ll see Fastboot Mode appear on the fourth line on the screen.
  4. Connect your ZenFone 5Z to your PC using its USB cable.
  5. Decompress the Android Q Beta image file you downloaded earlier.
  6. Double click on “update_image.bat” and it will start the flash image command.
  7. While the flash process is underway, do NOT unplug the USB cable, and ensure a stable connection between your ZenFone 5Z and PC.
  8. When the flash process finishes, a ‘Download Complete’ message will appear on the terminal.
  9. Hit the Enter key on the keyboard to restart your ZenFone 5Z.

If a ‘Update image failed’ message appears on the terminal, the flash was unsuccessful. In this case, please try again or report the issue.

Ubuntu

  1. Please ensure battery level is higher than 20% before you begin.
  2. Hold down the Power and Volume Up buttons until the ZenFone 5Z reboots.
  3. When it reboots, you’ll see Fastboot Mode appear on the fourth line on the screen.
  4. Connect your ZenFone 5Z to your PC using its USB cable.
  5. Decompress the Android Q Beta image file you downloaded earlier.
  6. Open the terminal on the image’s path, and run “update_image.sh” on the terminal to start the flash image command.
  7. While the flash process is underway, do NOT unplug the USB cable, and ensure a stable connection between your ZenFone 5Z and PC.
  8. When the flash process finishes, a ‘Download Complete’ message will appear on the terminal.
  9. Hit the Enter key on the keyboard to restart your ZenFone 5Z.

If a ‘Update image failed’ message appears on the terminal, the flash was unsuccessful. In this case, please try again or report the issue.

Mac

  1. Please ensure battery level is higher than 20% before you begin.
  2. Hold down the Power and Volume Up buttons until the ZenFone 5Z reboots.
  3. When it reboots, you’ll see Fastboot Mode appear on the fourth line on the screen.
  4. Connect your ZenFone 5Z to your PC using its USB cable.
  5. Decompress the Android Q Beta image file you downloaded earlier.
  6. Open the terminal on the image’s path, and run “update_image_for_mac.sh” on the terminal to start the flash image command.
  7. While the flash process is underway, do NOT unplug the USB cable, and ensure a stable connection between your ZenFone 5Z and PC.
  8. When the flash process finishes, a ‘Download Complete’ message will appear on the terminal.
  9. Hit the Enter key on the keyboard to restart your ZenFone 5Z.

If a ‘Update image failed’ message appears on the terminal, the flash was unsuccessful. In this case, please try again or report the issue.

 

How To Uninstall Android Q Beta & Revert To Android P

In case you run into difficulties, or do not like Android Q Beta, here are the steps to uninstall it and revert to Android P via Fastboot.

Before you start, download the Android P for ZenFone 5Z image file first.

Microsoft Windows

  1. Please ensure battery level is higher than 20% before you begin.
  2. Hold down the Power and Volume Up buttons until the ZenFone 5Z reboots.
  3. When it reboots, you’ll see Fastboot Mode appear on the fourth line on the screen.
  4. Connect your ZenFone 5Z to your PC using its USB cable.
  5. Decompress the Android P image file you downloaded earlier.
  6. Double click on “update_image.bat” and it will start the flash image command.
  7. While the flash process is underway, do NOT unplug the USB cable, and ensure a stable connection between your ZenFone 5Z and PC.
  8. When the flash process finishes, a ‘Download Complete’ message will appear on the terminal.
  9. Hit the Enter key on the keyboard to restart your ZenFone 5Z.

If a ‘Update image failed’ message appears on the terminal, the flash was unsuccessful. In this case, please try again or report the issue.

Ubuntu

  1. Please ensure battery level is higher than 20% before you begin.
  2. Hold down the Power and Volume Up buttons until the ZenFone 5Z reboots.
  3. When it reboots, you’ll see Fastboot Mode appear on the fourth line on the screen.
  4. Connect your ZenFone 5Z to your PC using its USB cable.
  5. Decompress the Android P image file you downloaded earlier.
  6. Open the terminal on the image’s path, and run “update_image.sh” on the terminal to start the flash image command.
  7. While the flash process is underway, do NOT unplug the USB cable, and ensure a stable connection between your ZenFone 5Z and PC.
  8. When the flash process finishes, a ‘Download Complete’ message will appear on the terminal.
  9. Hit the Enter key on the keyboard to restart your ZenFone 5Z.

If a ‘Update image failed’ message appears on the terminal, the flash was unsuccessful. In this case, please try again or report the issue.

Mac

  1. Please ensure battery level is higher than 20% before you begin.
  2. Hold down the Power and Volume Up buttons until the ZenFone 5Z reboots.
  3. When it reboots, you’ll see Fastboot Mode appear on the fourth line on the screen.
  4. Connect your ZenFone 5Z to your PC using its USB cable.
  5. Decompress the Android P image file you downloaded earlier.
  6. Open the terminal on the image’s path, and run “update_image_for_mac.sh” on the terminal to start the flash image command.
  7. While the flash process is underway, do NOT unplug the USB cable, and ensure a stable connection between your ZenFone 5Z and PC.
  8. When the flash process finishes, a ‘Download Complete’ message will appear on the terminal.
  9. Hit the Enter key on the keyboard to restart your ZenFone 5Z.

If a ‘Update image failed’ message appears on the terminal, the flash was unsuccessful. In this case, please try again or report the issue.

 

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The ASUS ROG Phone – Everything You Need To Know!

ASUS just revealed the long-awaited ROG Phone – arguably the world’s first smartphone designed specifically for mobile gaming.

Here is everything you need to know about the ROG Phone – the official tech briefing, its key features and specifications… and its price list and pre-order deals!

 

The ASUS ROG Phone Revealed!

Powered by specially speed-binned 2.96 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoCs, the new ROG Phone boasts a unique GameCool vapor-chamber cooling system, with a detachable AeroActive Cooler for an extra cooling boost. This ensures that the ROG Phone can sustain hours of non-stop mobile gaming without burning your fingers!

It also boasts a top-of-the-line AMOLED display with a blazing 90 Hz refresh rate and a 1 ms response time to ensure a blur-free gaming experience. On top of that, it is capable of delivering HDR visuals with a very wide colour gamut which is in excess of DCI-P3!

The ROG Phone includes gaming-centric features like unique side-mounted ports, and the enhanced, ultra-responsive game controls — including two programmable ultrasonic AirTriggers and advanced force-feedback haptics.

For greater gaming enjoyment, ASUS also create a range of expansion accessories :

  • the TwinView Dock for dual-screen handheld mode;
  • the Mobile Desktop Dock for desktop-style gaming; and
  • the Gamevice controller with WiGig Dock using 60 GHz Wi-Fi for big-screen gaming.

 

ASUS ROG Phone Specifications

SpecificationsASUS ROG Phone
Display6.0-inch AMOLED display
- 1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 aspect ratio
- 550 nits brightness, 108.6% DCI-P2 colour gamut
- 90 Hz refresh rate, 1 ms response time
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 6
Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1
PlatformSpecially-binned Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Processor8 x Qualcomm Kyro 385 cores (2.96 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 630
Memory8 GB LPDDR4X memory
Storage128 GB or 512 GB internal flash storage (UFS 2.1)
NO microSD card slot
Front Camera8 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens
Main Rear Camera12 MP Sony IMX363 sensor with f/1.7 lens
- 4-axis, 4-stops optical image stabilisation (OIS)
- Dual Pixel with PDAF capability
Secondary Rear Camera120° wide-angle camera
Connectivity4G : LTE Cat13 UL (150 Mbps), Cat18 DL (1.26 Gbps)
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT v5.0
SIM CapabilityDual SIM, Dual Standby
- 4G capable on both nano SIM cards
AudioDual front-facing 5-magnet speakers
- with dual NXP 9874 smart amplifiers
- supports Hi-Res Audio and DTS:X Ultra
GPSGPS / GLONASS / Beidou / Galileo / QZSS
NFCYes
Battery4,000 mAh
- supports 30 W fast charging
Dimenions76.16 mm wide
158.83 mm tall
8.3 mm thick
Weight200 grams

 

The ASUS ROG Phone Price + Pre-Order Deals Revealed!

In this video, Leo Tseng, Country Manager of ASUS Malaysia, reveals the ASUS ROG Phone price list and pre-order deals!

Here are the official ASUS ROG Phone price list, including its accessories :

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  • ROG Phone (128 GB) : RM 3,499 / ~US$ 875
  • ROG Phone (512 GB) : RM 3,999 / ~US$ 1,000
  • ROG Phone Case : RM 199 / ~US$ 50
  • ASUS Professional Dock : RM 299 / ~US$ 50
  • Gamevice for ROG Phone : RM 349 / ~US$ 75
  • Mobile Desktop Dock : RM 599 / ~US$ 150
  • ROG Suitcase : RM 599 / ~US$ 150
  • ASUS WiGig Display Dock : RM 899 / ~US$ 225
  • TwinView Dock : RM 999 / ~US$ 250

The ROG Phone is available for pre-order from 22 October to 4 November 2018. Its accessories will only be available in November.

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ASUS ROG Phone Key Features

Here is a summary of the ROG Phone’s key features, as explained by ASUS (with most of the marketing hyperbole edited out) :

Gaming Performance

ROG Phone runs on a specially-selected octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip that is speed-binned for maximum performance — delivering sustained clock speeds of up to 2.96 GHz. It is paired with  8 GB of RAM and either 128 GB or 512 GB of fast UFS 2.1 flash storage.

To prevent thermal throttling, the ROG Phone features an exclusive GameCool cooling system that uses a highly-efficient 3D vapor-chamber with a 16X-larger surface area for heat dissipation. It is paired with a copper heat spreader and carbon cooling pads on the circuit board for maximum cooling performance.

It also comes with a detachable external AeroActive Cooler for an extra cooling boost when the going gets really tough.

The ROG Phone also comes with a special X Mode. A single tap frees up all background RAM and dedicates it to your game, optimizes game-data processing performance, and maximizes the efficiency of the AeroActive Cooler. X Mode also prevents RAM-eating and battery-sapping app activity, based on a customizable list of apps.

90 Hz AMOLED Display

The ROG Phone features a large 6-inch AMOLED display with a 90 Hz refresh rate and a 1 ms pixel response time for blur-free gaming. It also boasts a wide 108.6% DCI-P3 color gamut, with high-dynamic-range (HDR) capability and a 10,000:1 contrast ratio. To protect your investment, this AMOLED display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6.

Gaming Controls

The ROG Phone is designed to give gamers total control and a more console-like experience, with three unique ultrasonic AirTrigger touch sensors.

Two of these AirTrigger sensors are optimized as left / right triggers at the top of the display for landscape-mode gaming (the third is designed for use in portrait mode), and they’re fully programmable to activate any available on-screen action: aiming, firing, inventory selection.

Gamers can now free up two extra fingers to control gameplay, giving them the edge over their thumb-bound rivals. AirTriggers use ultrasonic technology, so they only need a feather-light touch — just 20 grams compared to rival touch-sensitive controls that need up to 4X the force. An advanced haptic actuator provides a powerful force-feedback system for a more immersive gameplay.

Charging Convenience

Charging a smartphone while playing can make gaming impossibly awkward. It has an optimised layout for landscape-mode gaming. There’s an additional side-mounted custom USB-C connector that supports direct charging, HDMI output, gigabit LAN and headphones.

And when the AeroActive Cooler is deployed, it provides a side-mounted USB-C port and 3.5mm headphone jack for unhindered gameplay. The side connector’s also used for the exclusive expansion modules, including the Mobile Desktop Dock and TwinView Dock.

ASUS Aura RGB Lighting

This is ASUS’ first smartphone to feature their proprietary ASUS Aura RGB lighting. Its illuminated rear ROG logo can display a whole rainbow of lighting schemes: static, breathing, strobing or color cycling. Lighting effects can be triggered with phone events such as incoming calls, notifications and more.

Gaming Audio

It has two front-facing speakers that are driven by individual smart amplifiers to maximize volume and minimize distortion. It is powered by an audio engine that supports 24-bit/192Khz Hi-Res Audio playback. DTS Headphone:X provides theater-quality virtual surround-sound over headphones, and there’s support for high-definition audio via Bluetooth.

Long-Lasting Battery

Powering all that is a high-capacity 4,000 mAh battery. The bundled power adapter supports ASUS HyperCharge, a direct-charge technology that delivers more power (up to 20 W) for shorter, safer charge times. It also lets the ROG Phone stay cooler when it’s charging.

 

ASUS ROG Phone Accessories

TwinView Dock

The TwinView Dock turns it into a dual-screen console for the ultimate gaming and live-streaming experience. It has a 6-inch AMOLED (2160 x 1080) auxiliary screen that’s great for split-screen live-streaming, extended game display or group communication.

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It also packs a front-facing quad-speaker system, two extra physical trigger buttons, dual-haptic force-feedback engine, an enhanced cooling system and a high-capacity 6000 mAh extended battery pack.

Mobile Desktop Dock

The Mobile Desktop Dock allows gamers to connect ROG Phone to an external 4K UHD monitor, mouse and keyboard. ROG Phone can be used as an auxiliary display, hooked up to a wired gigabit LAN and drive a 5.1-channel surround-sound system via the SP/DIF output.

Gamevice + WiGig Dock

With the Gamevice controller and the WiGig Dock — using 60GHz 802.11ad Wi-Fi — it morphs into a portable console with a full inventory of physical gaming controls and ultra-low-latency wireless display connectivity.

It packs dual analog joysticks, left and right fire triggers and bumpers, a D-pad, along with A,B,X,Y and L3, R3 buttons.

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ASUS ZenFone 5Z Price + Availability Leaks CONFIRMED!

The ASUS ZenFone 5Z smartphone is almost here! We had earlier shared the leaked price of the 6GB ZenFone 5Z. We can now confirm the ASUS ZenFone 5Z price and availability of both the 6GB and 8GB models! Check out the full details below!

 

ASUS ZenFone 5Z

The ASUS ZenFone 5Z is a extreme-performance dual-camera smartphone, with a 6.2-inch all-screen display with a 90% screen-to-body ratio.

It is powered by the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 mobile platform, with the Qualcomm Artificial Intelligence Engine (AIE). Launch with a base price of €479 / $499, it will come with up to 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of flash storage.

Its dual-camera system is built around the latest flagship Sony IMX363 sensor with large 1.4µm pixels, an f/1.8 wide-aperture lens, 120° wide-angle secondary camera, four-axis optical image stabilization (OIS) and AI-enhanced camera features.

In our exclusive interview with top ASUS officials, we were told that the ASUS ZenFone 5Z was in short supply due to high global demand, and would only launch in Malaysia in early Q3 2018. Well, it’s about time!

 

Thank Lazada For The ASUS ZenFone 5Z Price Leaks!

Even though we have no word when ASUS will officially launch the ASUS ZenFone 5Z, Lazada Malaysia “accidentally” leaked the 6 GB and 8 GB ASUS ZenFone 5Z price list :

  • 8 GB with 256 GB of storage : RM 2,299
  • 6 GB with 128 GB of storage : RM 1,899

As you can see, this page was created by the official ASUS store on Lazada, so the leaked price is completely legit!

The leaked 6GB ZenFone 5Z price of RM 1,899 is RM 50 cheaper than the price in India, while the 8GB ZenFone 5Z price of RM 2,299 is RM 75 cheaper.

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ASUS ZenFone 5Z Availability

We learned from a reputable source that ASUS will officially launch the ZenFone 5Z on 30 July 2018.

Instead of a physical launch event, it will be live streamed. Sale of both models will kick off on the same day. ASUS Malaysia just confirmed this today!

 

ASUS ZenFone 5Z Specifications

Here is a comparison of the ASUS ZenFone 5Z against the ASUS ZenFone 5 (Price Check) and two ZenFone 5 Lite models.

SpecificationsASUS ZenFone 5ZASUS ZenFone 5ASUS ZenFone 5 Lite
(SDM630)
ASUS ZenFone 5 Lite
(SDM430)
ModelZE620KLZE620KLZC600KLZC600KL
Display6.2" Super IPS+ Display
- 1080 x 2246 pixels (18.5 : 9)
- 500 nits brightness
- 95.4% NTSC colour gamut
6.2" Super IPS+ Display
- 1080 x 2246 pixels (18.5 : 9)
- 500 nits brightness
- 95.4% NTSC colour gamut
6.0" IPS Display
- 1050 x 2160 pixels (18 : 9)
6.0" IPS Display
- 1080 x 2160 pixels (18 : 9)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla GlassCorning Gorilla Glass2.5D edge glass panels2.5D edge glass panels
Operating SystemAndroid 8.0 with ASUS ZenUI 5Android 8.0 with ASUS ZenUI 5Android 8.0 with ASUS ZenUI 5Android 8.0 with ASUS ZenUI 5
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 845Qualcomm Snapdragon 636Qualcomm Snapdragon 630Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
Processor4 x Qualcomm Kyro 385 cores (2.8 GHz)
4 x Qualcomm Kyro 385 cores (1.8 GHz)
4 x Qualcomm Kyro 260 cores (1.8 GHz)
4 x Qualcomm Kyro 260 cores (? GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (2.2 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.8 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.4 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (? GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 630Qualcomm Adreno 509Qualcomm Adreno 508Qualcomm Adreno 505
MemoryUp to 8 GB LPDDR4X4 GB LPDDR4X4 GB LPDDR43 GB / 4 GB LPDDR3
Storage256 GB (UFS2.1)
microSD card (up to 2 TB)
64 GB (eMCP)
microSD card (up to 2 TB)
32 GB / 64 GB (eMCP)
microSD card (up to 2 TB)
32 GB / 64 GB (eMCP)
microSD card (up to 2 TB)
Main Rear Camera12 MP Sony IMX363 sensor with f/1.8 lens
- Dual Pixel autofocus
- 4-axis, 4-stops optical image stabilisation
- LED flash
12 MP Sony IMX363 sensor with f/1.8 lens
- Dual Pixel autofocus
- 4-axis, 4-stops optical image stabilisation
- LED flash
16 MP sensor with f/2.2 lens
- LED flash
16 MP sensor with f/2.2 lens
- LED flash
Second Rear Camera120° wide-angle 8 MP camera with f/2.2 lens120° wide-angle 8 MP camera with f/2.2 lens120° wide-angle 8 MP camera with f/2.2 lens120° wide-angle 8 MP camera with f/2.2 lens
Main Front Camera8 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens8 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens20 MP Sony IMX376 sensor with f/.1.8 lens
- Softlight LED flash
20 MP Sony IMX376 sensor with f/.1.8 lens
- Softlight LED flash
Second Front CameraNoneNone120° wide-angle camera120° wide-angle camera
AudioDual 5-magnet speakers
- with dual NXP Smart Amp
- Hi-Res Audio support
-DTS Headphone:X 7.1 virtual surround sound
Dual 5-magnet speakers
- with dual NXP Smart Amp
- Hi-Res Audio support
-DTS Headphone:X 7.1 virtual surround sound
Single SpeakerSingle Speaker
FM RadioYesYesYesYes
Network CapabilityLTE Cat18 DL : 1.2 Gbps
LTE Cat12 UL : 100 Mbps
LTE Cat13 DL : 600 Mbps
LTE Cat12 UL : 100 Mbps
LTE Cat13 DL : 400 Mbps
LTE Cat5 UL : 75 Mbps
LTE Cat13 DL : 400 Mbps
LTE Cat5 UL : 75 Mbps
SIM + MicroSD
Hybrid SIM Tray
- SIM1 : 2G/3G/4G nano SIM
- SIM2 : 2G/3G/4G nano SIM or microSD card
Hybrid SIM Tray
- SIM1 : 2G/3G/4G nano SIM
- SIM2 : 2G/3G/4G nano SIM or microSD card
Dual SIM Tray
- SIM1 : 2G/3G/4G nano SIM
- SIM2 : 2G/3G/4G nano SIM
Dedicated microSD tray
Dual SIM Tray
- SIM1 : 2G/3G/4G nano SIM
- SIM2 : 2G/3G/4G nano SIM
Dedicated microSD tray
Wireless Technology802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
801.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth 4.1
801.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.1
NFCYesYesYesYes
GPS SupportGPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BDSGPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BDSGPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BDSGPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BDS
Fingerprint Sensor0.2 seconds unlock
Supports 5 fingerprints
0.2 seconds unlock
Supports 5 fingerprints
0.3 seconds unlock
Supports 5 fingerprints
0.3 seconds unlock
Supports 5 fingerprints
Face RecognitionYesYesNoNo
Other SensorsAcceleration, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient Light, RGBAcceleration, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient Light, RGBAcceleration, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient LightAcceleration, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient Light
Battery3,300 mAh lithium-ion battery
- 18 W fast charging capability
3,300 mAh lithium-ion battery
- 18 W fast charging capability
3,300 mAh lithium-ion battery3,300 mAh lithium-ion battery
Charger18 W charger (9 V @ 2 A)10 W charger (5 V @ 2 A)10 W charger (5 V @ 2 A)10 W charger (5 V @ 2 A)
Dimensions75.65 mm wide
153 mm tall
7.85 mm thick
75.65 mm wide
153 mm tall
7.85 mm thick
76.16 mm wide
160.62 mm tall
7.8 mm thick
76.16 mm wide
160.62 mm tall
7.8 mm thick
Weight165 g165 g168.3 g168.3 g
Available ColoursMeteor Silver, Midnight BlueMeteor Silver, Midnight BlueMidnight Black, Rouge Red, Moonlight WhiteMidnight Black, Rouge Red, Moonlight White

 

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ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 – Everything You Need To Know!

Here is everything you need to know about the new ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 smartphone – price, availability and specifications! Also find out how it stacks against the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, and why we think ASUS has a real blockbuster in the Max Pro M1!

Updated @ 2018-07-23 : Updated the article, including the newly-released 4GB RAM model with 64 GB of storage.

Updated @ 2018-05-28 : Added a new ZB601KL vs. ZB602KL section, a new LTE + WiFi Capabilities section, updated specifications, and its incredible price!

Updated @ 2018-05-18 : Added the tech briefing and colour option videos.

Originally posted @ 2018-04-24

Don’t forget to catch our ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (ZB602KL) In-Depth Review!

 

The ASUS ZenFone Max Series

The ASUS ZenFone Max is the popular series of smartphones ASUS has even produced, and for very good reasons. They offer mid-range smartphones with good performance and an incredible battery life.

They practically hold within their slim frames a power bank. In fact, they are all capable of acting as a power bank to recharge other smartphones and portable devices! Hence, the Max moniker.

 

The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1

The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Price Checkis the latest ZenFone Max model to be released by ASUS. It follows up on the success of the ZenFone Max Plus M1 (ZB570TL) we saw just a few months ago, and directly challenges the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5.

Despite its very similar name, the ZenFone Max Pro is a very different beast from the ZenFone Max Plus M1 (ZB570TL). It is, in fact, a leap ahead in features and performance, powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, with up to 6 GB of RAM and a dual-lens camera

According to ASUS, the Snapdragon 636 is over 2.7X faster than the Snapdragon 430 used in the ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check), and over 1.5X faster than the Snapdragon 625 used in the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check).

It also comes with a larger 6″ IPS display, with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. The ultra-wide 18:9 aspect ratio allows ASUS to fit a bigger display in the form factor of a traditional 5.5″ smartphone.

The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Price Check also comes with a dual-lens rear camera, with a main camera with a 13 MP sensor, and a depth camera with an 5 MP sensor. This set-up allows for better depth perception, allowing the Max Pro M1 to deliver better bokeh effects.

The eponymous feature is, of course, its large 5,000 mAh battery. That is the battery capacity of most power banks, giving you up to 35 days of 4G standby and 42 hours of 3G talk time! It also allows you to play games for up to 12 hours, or watch up to 20 hours of YouTube videos.

Isn’t the ZenFone Max Pro M1 impressive? Especially when you realise ASUS fit all that into a smartphone that is only 180 g in weight!

 

ZB601KL vs. ZB602KL

There is some confusion about the model numbers. When the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 first launched in India, it had the model number ZB601KL. Subsequently, ASUS started shipping the ZenFone Max Pro M1 as the ZB602KL in other countries. So what’s the difference?

We checked with ASUS, and they confirmed that ZB601KL is an India-specific model, while ZB602KL is the model that ship worldwide. Here are the differences, as far as we can ascertain.

  • The main camera on the global model has f/2.0 lens, while the main camera on the Indian model has f/2.2 lens.
  • The global model supports faster 4G LTE speeds – up to LTE Cat13 DL (400 Mbps) and LTE Cat5 UL (75 Mbps). The Indian model only supports LTE Cat4 – 150 Mbps DL, 50 Mbps UL.
  • The global model may ship with earphones and/or a soft TPU bumper case, but the Indian model comes with a free ASUS Max-Box passive audio amplifier.

The other specifications of the ZB601KL and the ZB602KL are the same.

 

LTE + WiFi Capabilities

The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Price Check is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 whose X12 LTE modem is capable of :

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  • LTE Cat12 downlink speeds of up to 600 Mbps
  • LTE Cat13 uplink speeds of up to 150 Mbps
  • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz) capability

However, ASUS has chosen to implement a limited set of those capabilities :

  • Indian ZB601KL model : LTE Cat4 150 Mbps DL, 50 Mbps UL
  • Global ZB602KL Version A model : LTE Cat4 150 Mbps DL, LTE Cat5 75 Mbps UL
  • Global ZB602KL Version B model : LTE Cat13 400 Mbps DL, LTE Cat5 75 Mbps UL
  • All Max Pro M1 models : 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz) only

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ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 Colour Options

The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 comes in two colour options – Deepsea Black and Titanium Grey. Let’s take a quick look at both colour options.

 

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1  vs. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

Here is a specification comparison of the two ZenFone Max Pro M1 models against the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5.

SpecificationsASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (ZB602KL)ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (ZB601KL)Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Display6" Full HD+ display
- 1080 x 2160 pixels
- 18:9 aspect ratio, 85% NTSC
- 450 nits, 1500:1 contrast ratio
6" Full HD+ display
- 1080 x 2160 pixels
- 18:9 aspect ratio, 85% NTSC
- 450 nits, 1500:1 contrast ratio
5.99" Full HD+ display
- 1080 x 2160 pixels
- 18:9 aspect ratio, 83% NTSC
- 450 nits, 1500:1 contrast ratio
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 OreoAndroid 8.1 OreoAndroid 8.1 Oreo
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 636Qualcomm Snapdragon 636Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
Processor8 x Qualcomm Kryo 260 cores (1.8 GHz)8 x Qualcomm Kryo 260 cores (1.8 GHz)8 x Qualcomm Kryo cores (1.8 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 509 GPUQualcomm Adreno 509 GPUQualcomm Adreno 509 GPU
Memory3 GB / 4 GB / 6 GB LPDDR4X memory3 GB / 4 GB / 6 GB LPDDR4X memory3 GB / 4 GB LPDDR4X memory
Storage32 GB / 64 GB internal flash storage (eMMC 5.1)
microSD card (2 TB)
32 GB / 64 GB internal flash storage (eMMC 5.1)
microSD card (2 TB)
32 GB / 64 GB
microSD card (shared with SIM2)
Front Camera8 MP front camera with f/2.2 lens and LED softlight flash8 MP front camera with f/2.2 lens and LED softlight flash13 MP front camera with f/2.0 lens and LED flash
Rear CameraDual-lens camera
- 13 MP image camera with f/2.0 lens
- 5 MP depth camera with f/2.4 lens
Dual-lens camera
- 13 MP image camera with f/2.2 lens
- 5 MP depth camera with f/2.4 lens
Dual-lens camera
- 12 MP Samsung sensor with f/1.9 lens
- 5 MP Samsung depth sensor with f/2.0 lens
Connectivity4G Version A
- LTE Cat4 DL : 150 Mbps
- LTE Cat5 UL : 75 Mbps
4G Version B
- LTE Cat13 DL : 400 Mbps
- LTE Cat5 UL : 75 Mbps

WiFi : 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB : microUSB 2.0
4G : LTE Cat4 150 Mbps DL, 50 Mbps UL
WiFi : 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB : microUSB 2.0
4G : LTE Cat12 600 Mbps DL, LTE Cat13 150 Mbps UL
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB : microUSB 2.0
SIM CapabilityDual SIM, dual standby capability (4G / 4G)
Dedicated dual SIM tray
Dual SIM, dual standby capability (4G / 4G)
Dedicated dual SIM tray
Dual SIM, dual standby capability (4G / 4G)
Hybrid SIM tray
Fingerprint SensorRear-Mounted, 0.3 Sec UnlockRear-Mounted, 0.3 Sec UnlockRear-Mounted
GPSGPS, GLONASS, Beidou, GalileoGPS, GLONASS, Beidou, GalileoGPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo
Audio5-magnet speaker5-magnet speaker
Battery5,000 mAh lithium-ion battery5,000 mAh lithium-ion battery4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery
Dimensions76 mm wide
159 mm tall
8.5 mm thick
76 mm wide
159 mm tall
8.5 mm thick
75.4 mm wide
158.6 mm tall
8.05 mm thick
Weight180 g180 g181 g
Available ColoursDeepsea Black, Titanium GreyDeepsea Black, Titanium GreyBlack, Gold, Lake Blue

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ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 Price + Availability Updated!

Sales of the ZB601KL model are limited to India, with the following prices :

  • ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (3 GB / 32 GB) : Rp 2,299,000 / ~RM 647 / ~US$ 166
  • ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (4 GB / 64 GB) : Rp 2,799,000 / ~RM 788 / ~US$ 202
  • ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (6 GB / 64 GB) : Rp 3,299,000 / ~RM 929 / ~US$ 238

The ZB602KL model, on the other hand, are being sold in Malaysia and other countries at the following price points :

  • ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (6 GB + 64 GB) : RM 999 / ~US$ 251
  • ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (4 GB + 64 GB) : RM 849 / ~US$ 213
  • ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (3 GB + 32 GB) : RM 699 / ~US$ 176

If you are in the US, here are some purchase links :

Unfortunately, the ZenFone Max Pro M1 is not yet available in the US. Only higher-end models like the ASUS ZenFone 5.

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ASUS ZenFone 5 (ZE620KL) In-Depth Review

The new ASUS ZenFone 5 (ZE620KL) takes on the recently-launched Honor 10 and Huawei nova 3e (P20 Lite) smartphones. How well will it do against them? Let’s find out!

 

The ASUS ZenFone 5 Family

ASUS launched the ZenFone 5 family of smartphones at CES 2018, consisting of the ZenFone 5Z, the ZenFone 5, the ZenFone 5 Lite and the ZenFone Max Pro M1.

Here is a comparison of their key specifications :

SpecificationsASUS ZenFone 5ZASUS ZenFone 5ASUS ZenFone 5 Lite
(SDM630)
ASUS ZenFone 5 Lite
(SDM430)
ModelZE620KLZE620KLZC600KLZC600KL
Display6.2" Super IPS+ Display
- 1080 x 2246 pixels (18.5 : 9)
- 500 nits brightness
- 95.4% NTSC colour gamut
6.2" Super IPS+ Display
- 1080 x 2246 pixels (18.5 : 9)
- 500 nits brightness
- 95.4% NTSC colour gamut
6.0" IPS Display
- 1050 x 2160 pixels (18 : 9)
6.0" IPS Display
- 1080 x 2160 pixels (18 : 9)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla GlassCorning Gorilla Glass2.5D edge glass panels2.5D edge glass panels
Operating SystemAndroid 8.0 with ASUS ZenUI 5Android 8.0 with ASUS ZenUI 5Android 8.0 with ASUS ZenUI 5Android 8.0 with ASUS ZenUI 5
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 845Qualcomm Snapdragon 636Qualcomm Snapdragon 630Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
Processor4 x Qualcomm Kyro 385 cores (2.8 GHz)
4 x Qualcomm Kyro 385 cores (1.8 GHz)
4 x Qualcomm Kyro 260 cores (1.8 GHz)
4 x Qualcomm Kyro 260 cores (? GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (2.2 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.8 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.4 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (? GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 630Qualcomm Adreno 509Qualcomm Adreno 508Qualcomm Adreno 505
MemoryUp to 8 GB LPDDR4X4 GB LPDDR4X4 GB LPDDR43 GB / 4 GB LPDDR3
Storage256 GB (UFS2.1)
microSD card (up to 2 TB)
64 GB (eMCP)
microSD card (up to 2 TB)
32 GB / 64 GB (eMCP)
microSD card (up to 2 TB)
32 GB / 64 GB (eMCP)
microSD card (up to 2 TB)
Main Rear Camera12 MP Sony IMX363 sensor with f/1.8 lens
- Dual Pixel autofocus
- 4-axis, 4-stops optical image stabilisation
- LED flash
12 MP Sony IMX363 sensor with f/1.8 lens
- Dual Pixel autofocus
- 4-axis, 4-stops optical image stabilisation
- LED flash
16 MP sensor with f/2.2 lens
- LED flash
16 MP sensor with f/2.2 lens
- LED flash
Second Rear Camera120° wide-angle 8 MP camera with f/2.2 lens120° wide-angle 8 MP camera with f/2.2 lens120° wide-angle 8 MP camera with f/2.2 lens120° wide-angle 8 MP camera with f/2.2 lens
Main Front Camera8 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens8 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens20 MP Sony IMX376 sensor with f/.1.8 lens
- Softlight LED flash
20 MP Sony IMX376 sensor with f/.1.8 lens
- Softlight LED flash
Second Front CameraNoneNone120° wide-angle camera120° wide-angle camera
AudioDual 5-magnet speakers
- with dual NXP Smart Amp
- Hi-Res Audio support
-DTS Headphone:X 7.1 virtual surround sound
Dual 5-magnet speakers
- with dual NXP Smart Amp
- Hi-Res Audio support
-DTS Headphone:X 7.1 virtual surround sound
Single SpeakerSingle Speaker
FM RadioYesYesYesYes
Network CapabilityLTE Cat18 DL : 1.2 Gbps
LTE Cat12 UL : 100 Mbps
LTE Cat13 DL : 600 Mbps
LTE Cat12 UL : 100 Mbps
LTE Cat13 DL : 400 Mbps
LTE Cat5 UL : 75 Mbps
LTE Cat13 DL : 400 Mbps
LTE Cat5 UL : 75 Mbps
SIM + MicroSD
Hybrid SIM Tray
- SIM1 : 2G/3G/4G nano SIM
- SIM2 : 2G/3G/4G nano SIM or microSD card
Hybrid SIM Tray
- SIM1 : 2G/3G/4G nano SIM
- SIM2 : 2G/3G/4G nano SIM or microSD card
Dual SIM Tray
- SIM1 : 2G/3G/4G nano SIM
- SIM2 : 2G/3G/4G nano SIM
Dedicated microSD tray
Dual SIM Tray
- SIM1 : 2G/3G/4G nano SIM
- SIM2 : 2G/3G/4G nano SIM
Dedicated microSD tray
Wireless Technology802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
801.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth 4.1
801.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.1
NFCYesYesYesYes
GPS SupportGPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BDSGPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BDSGPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BDSGPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BDS
Fingerprint Sensor0.2 seconds unlock
Supports 5 fingerprints
0.2 seconds unlock
Supports 5 fingerprints
0.3 seconds unlock
Supports 5 fingerprints
0.3 seconds unlock
Supports 5 fingerprints
Face RecognitionYesYesNoNo
Other SensorsAcceleration, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient Light, RGBAcceleration, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient Light, RGBAcceleration, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient LightAcceleration, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient Light
Battery3,300 mAh lithium-ion battery
- 18 W fast charging capability
3,300 mAh lithium-ion battery
- 18 W fast charging capability
3,300 mAh lithium-ion battery3,300 mAh lithium-ion battery
Charger18 W charger (9 V @ 2 A)10 W charger (5 V @ 2 A)10 W charger (5 V @ 2 A)10 W charger (5 V @ 2 A)
Dimensions75.65 mm wide
153 mm tall
7.85 mm thick
75.65 mm wide
153 mm tall
7.85 mm thick
76.16 mm wide
160.62 mm tall
7.8 mm thick
76.16 mm wide
160.62 mm tall
7.8 mm thick
Weight165 g165 g168.3 g168.3 g
Available ColoursMeteor Silver, Midnight BlueMeteor Silver, Midnight BlueMidnight Black, Rouge Red, Moonlight WhiteMidnight Black, Rouge Red, Moonlight White

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ASUS ZenFone 5 Colour Options

The ASUS ZenFone 5 (Price Check) comes in two colour options – Meteor Silver and Midnight Blue. Let’s take a quick look at both colour options.

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Unboxing The ASUS ZenFone 5 (ZE620KL)

The ASUS ZenFone 5 (Price Check) comes in a premium dark blue box. ASUS made some variants Be sure to check the label on the bottom for the actual model (ZE620KL), and specifications, including the colour of the device inside (Meteor Silver).

The complete ASUS ZenFone 5 (Price Check) kit will consist of the following items :

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  • One ASUS ZenFone 5 (ZE620KL) smartphone
  • One ASUS ZenFone 5 soft TPU bumper case
  • One set of ASUS ZenFone 5 User Guide + Warranty Information
  • One set of ASUS ZenEar Pro Hi-Res Audio earphones + spare earbuds
  • One 10 W ASUS USB charger + USB Type C cable
  • One SIM tray ejector pin

The inclusion of the ASUS ZenEar Pro earphones are a really nice touch. They support Hi-Res Audio and have a gold-plated jack. Note that the TPU bumper case is an optional freebie that may not be available in other countries / regions.

 

ASUS ZenFone 5 (ZE620KL) Up Close!

The ASUS ZenFone 5 (Price Check) is powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, just like the ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Price Check). It has 4 GB of the latest LPDDR4X memory, and 64 GB of internal flash storage.

According to ASUS, the Snapdragon 636 is over 2.7X faster than the Snapdragon 430 used in the ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check), and over 1.5X faster than the Snapdragon 625 used in the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check).

The ASUS ZenFone 5 (Price Check) comes with a large 6.2″ IPS display, with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2246 pixels. The ultra-wide 18:9 aspect ratio and bezel-less design allow ASUS to fit this 6.2 display in the form factor of a traditional 5.5″ smartphone. Believe it or not – it is actually smaller in size than the ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Price Check), which has a smaller 6″ display!

 

ASUS ZenFone 5 (ZE620KL) Tech Briefing

Li Huai Pin, ASUS Malaysia Business Development Manager, explains the key features of the ASUS ZenFone 5 (Price Check), while Andrew Chan, Senior Manager of the ASUS Global Product Team, showcases the photographic capabilities of the ZenFone 5.

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The ZenFone 5 Cameras

The ASUS ZenFone 5 (Price Check) has an 8 MP front camera with f/2.0 lens. This should offer better low-light performance, which would be useful since it does not come with an LED flash.

The ASUS ZenFone 5 (Price Check) has dual cameras at the back. The main camera has a 12 MP Sony IMX363 sensor with Dual Pixel autofocus capability, and 4-axis, 4-stops optical image stabilisation. This camera has a fast and bright f/1.8 lens, which means great performance in low-light conditions.

The secondary camera is a 120° wide-angle camera designed for group shots. It has an 8 MP sensor, which is very likely from Omnivision, and is paired with f/2.2 lens. Both cameras are supported by a single LED flash.

 

Fingerprint Sensor + Face Unlock

The ASUS ZenFone 5 (Price Check) has a Goodie FP fingerprint sensor built into the back. It is a fast and accurate sensor that takes 13 finger presses to register a fingerprint, and less than a second to identify it. It is rated with a 0.3 second unlock speed, and supports up to 5 fingerprints.

Its rear location allows you to quickly unlock the smartphone with your fingerprint, but prevents it from being unlocked while it is in a car mount. This is where its Face Unlock feature comes in handy.

Face Unlock uses the front camera and facial recognition algorithms to authenticate your identity, so it will work even with the ASUS ZenFone 5 (Price Check) mounted on your car’s dashboard.

 

Hybrid SIM Tray

To keep the ZenFone 5 compact, ASUS opted for a hybrid SIM tray. This allows you to use a second nano SIM card, or add a microSD card. You can’t use two nano SIM cards with a microSD card though. The good news is – the ASUS ZenFone 5 (Price Check) comes with 64 GB of internal flash storage, so there is plenty of storage space for your apps, photos and videos.

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Display Notch

The ASUS ZenFone 5 (Price Check) has a Full HD+ display, with an aspect ratio of 18.8:9 and a resolution of 1080 x 2246 pixels. It features the display notch made popular by the iPhone X, albeit much smaller in size. This gives it a lot more space for notification icons.

Although the notification icons nearest to the notch can appear “cut-off”, the ZenFone 5 is smart enough to work around the notch. In games and applications that don’t support the notification area, it just displays the main 1080 x 2160 section.

 

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LTE + WiFi Capabilities

The ASUS ZenFone 5 (Price Check) is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, whose X12 LTE modem is capable of :

  • LTE Cat12 downlink speeds of up to 600 Mbps
  • LTE Cat13 uplink speeds of up to 150 Mbps
  • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz) capability

Unlike the ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Price Check),the ZenFone 5 supports the full LTE and WiFi capabilities of the Snapdragon 636 platform.

 

AI Ringtone + AI Call

The ASUS ZenFone 5 (Price Check) has AI Ringtone – a feature that every smartphone should have! It will dynamically adapt the ringtone volume to the ambient noise level. This relieves you of the need to keep adjusting the ringtone volume, and ensures that you will never miss that important call, or needlessly disturb your partner or baby at night!

The ASUS ZenFone 5 (Price Check) uses two additional microphones to monitor ambient noise levels. The data is used to cancel out the ambient noise when you make calls, so your voice will always be heard clearly, even in noisy environments.

 

Hi-Res Audio

Audio is an oft-neglected aspect of modern smartphones. The ASUS ZenFone 5 (Price Check) supports Hi-Res Audio playback (sadly, not recording). It even comes with Hi-Res Audio-capable ASUS ZenEar Pro earbuds, so you can enjoy 24-bit / 192 kHz audio on the go!

There is also another advantage in using earphones – the ZenFone 5 supports DTS HeadphoneX, which delivers 7.1 channel virtual surround sound over earphones / headphones. Now you can enjoy a truly immersive experience with your movies and games!

The ASUS ZenFone 5 (Price Check) also boasts two 5-magnet speakers with metal coils, and 36″ larger sound chambers (compared to the ZenFone 4). These stereo speakers are driven by the latest NXP 9874 low-distortion smart amplifiers, delivering a louder and richer audio output.

 

BoostMaster Battery With AI Charging

The ASUS ZenFone 5 (Price Check) has a 3,300 mAh lithium-ion battery with BoostMaster fast charging capability. In fact, it supports up to 18 W fast charging, even though it only comes with a 10 W fast charger.

Even with the 10 W charger, it only needs a quick 5 minute charge to gain 2 hours of talk time. A 38 minutes charge would get the battery up to 60% capacity. If you need even faster charging, you can upgrade to an 18 W charger.

The ASUS ZenFone 5 (Price Check) also supports AI Charging, a feature that doubles the lifespan of its battery! It accomplishes this feat by intelligently maintaining the battery at 80% capacity throughout the night, and only charging it to 100% just before you wake up in the morning.

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Setting Up The ASUS ZenFone 5

Setting up the ASUS ZenFone 5 (Price Check) is easy, and takes no more than 10 minutes if you are setting it up as a new device. The Goodix FX fingerprint sensor was fast and accurate, so it was a breeze to setup.

 

Ergonomics

The ASUS ZenFone 5 (Price Check) is a surprisingly small device. It is actually smaller than the ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Price Check) which has a smaller display! Not surprisingly, it is thinner and weighs just 165 g. It is a better fit for those with smaller hands and pockets.

The 6.2″ Super IPS+ display is bright and vivid, with 500 nits of maximum brightness, and a wide 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut. The non-standard 18:9 aspect ratio of. the main display section, while useful in giving you more screen space, will result in some pillarboxing for movies.

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Available Memory + Storage

For a mid-range smartphone, the ASUS ZenFone 5 (Price Check) comes with rather large memory and storage capacities. It has 4 GB of LPDDR4X memory, of which 1.9 GB (47.5%) is available for use. That’s plenty to run several memory-guzzling apps at the same time. In fact, the ZenFone 5 has more free memory than the Samsung Galaxy S9!

The ASUS ZenFone 5 (Price Check) comes with 64 GB of eMMC 5.1 flash storage, of which just over 51 GB (80%) is available for use. That’s enough for over 12,000 photos, or 5.5 hours of 1080p videos, or 2.5 hours of 4K videos.

If you see the storage type listed as eMCP, that’s short for Multi-Chip Package. It merely means the eMMC flash storage was combined with the LPDDR4X memory in a single package to allow for thinner form factors.

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Camera Performance – Photos

ASUS used the excellent 12 MP Sony IMX363 sensor with Dual Pixel autofocus capability, with a secondary 120° wide-angle camera that is most likely using an 8 MP Omnivision sensor.

Photos from the main camera have a 4:3 aspect ratio, with 4032 × 3024 pixels and an average file size of between 2 MB and 3 MB.

Photos from the wide-angle secondary camera have a 4:3 aspect ratio, with 3264 × 2448 pixels and an average file size of between 4 MB and 5 MB.

Here are 10 high-resolution samples from the main 12 MP camera for you to check out. Click on them to load the full-sized photos, which you can also download to examine.

As you can see, the camera itself is excellent – it can really produce really awesome photos. The detail and image quality is simply quite amazing.

However, we noticed that it has trouble focusing on objects that are in close proximity. A laser sensor (used in previous ASUS smartphones) would have helped, but we didn’t see the cheaper ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Price Check) did not have similar issues.

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Camera Performance – Video Recording

Despite its humble price point, the ASUS ZenFone 5 (Price Check) supports 4K video recording. Surprisingly, there doesn’t seem to be a time-limit for 4K video recording, although the file size for each clip is still limited to 4 GB.

Video Recording Test #1 : Piano (1080p)

The ZenFone 5’s 4-axis optical image stabilisation is simply amazing. It works almost as well as a dedicated gimbal, giving you a silky smooth video.  The audio recording, while not Hi-Res Audio, is good, with a wider range and richer tone than we have seen in other smartphones of the same price range.

The only downside – the highlights are overblown. Note how the interior of the Padini Concept Store in the background is completely “white out”.

Video Recording Test #2 : Piano (4K)

The 4K resolution is amazing, but the highlights are noticeably overblown. There is a little more jerkiness because the electronic image stabilisation is less effective at this high resolution.

Video Recording Test #3 : Street Market (1080p)

The 4-axis image stabilisation is just amazing. It ironed out most of the shaking in this video walkthrough of the street market. But note again the blown highlights.

Video Recording Test #4 : Street Market (4K)

The 4K resolution is really awesome, but there is noticeably more shaking. The electronic image stabilisation is obviously having trouble coping with the high resolution.

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Work Performance – PCMark

We tested the ZenFone 5’s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

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Max Pro M1
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Performance Score
(Average)
7106 6118 5742 5618
Web Browsing 7295 5815 5382 5357
Video Editing 5159 4898 4938 5265
Writing 6752 5722 4900 4673
Photo Editing 12910 10041 9699 7560
Data Manipulation 5524 5240 4939 5616
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The Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 is really fast at work applications, beating even flagship smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S9 (Price Check). Only the Kirin 970-powered Honor 10 (Price Check) was faster.

 

Battery Life – PCMark

We then tested the ZenFone 5’s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

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Battery Life 14 hours 12 mins 10 hours 20 mins 9 hours 6 mins 8 hours 56 mins
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The ASUS ZenFone 5 (Price Check) has a 3,300 mAh battery, which gave it a battery life of just under 10.5 hours. This gave it a clear 13-15% advantage in battery life over the Samsung Galaxy S9 (Price Check) and Honor 10 (Price Check).

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Battery Recharging Performance

The ASUS ZenFone 5 (Price Check) supports 18W charging, but only comes with a 10W fast charger. Take a look at how fast it recharged its 3,300 mAh battery.

It took the ASUS ZenFone 5 (Price Check) 104.5 minutes (1 hours 44.5 minutes) to recharge its battery from 20% to 100%. This gives it a battery life : recharging ratio of just under 6:1.

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Gaming Performance – 3DMark

We tested the ZenFone 5’s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

Ice Storm Unlimited Samsung Galaxy S9 Honor 10 ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 ASUS ZenFone 5
Gaming Score 39588 30560 19752 19591
Graphics 45577 34801 20707 20354
Physics 27116 21423 17008 17317
Graphics Test 1 267.9 fps 206.2 fps 113.5 fps 113.0 fps
Graphics Test 2 157.2 fps 119.5 fps 74.6 fps 72.7 fps
Physics Test 86.1 fps 68.0 fps 54.0 fps 55.0 fps
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The Qualcomm Adreno 509 GPU is reasonably fast in games, but certainly does not offer flagship-class gaming performance.

 

Our Verdict

If you think the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Price Check) was impressive, the ASUS ZenFone 5 (Price Check) is even more so.

It boasts a larger, brighter 6.2″ display with Gorilla Glass protection in a smaller, thinner and lighter form factor; with the full LTE and WiFi capabilities of the Snapdragon X12 modem. To top it off, it has a really good Sony IMX363 main camera with fast f/1.8 lens and 4-axis optical image stabilisation.

We can see why the main camera scored a DXOmark score of 93. ASUS basically put a flagship-class camera into this midrange smartphone. Best of all, they did not cripple it to protect their flagship ZenFone 5Z – you can record 4K video with no restrictions!

It also has surprisingly good audio recording quality, and very good optical image stabilisation performance. If you want to record silky-smooth video without using a gimbal, the ASUS ZenFone 5 (Price Check) is a great choice.

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It’s not perfect, to be sure. Its excellent video recording capability is marred by overblown highlights; and its camera has trouble focusing on objects in close proximity. But seriously – did you even expect to find a flagship-class camera at this price point?

That brings us to deal closer – its unbelievable launch price of RM 1,299 / US$ 326. For a fraction of what you would pay for any flagship device, you get a great combination of good performance, great display, and an excellent camera with optical image stabilisation.

For those reasons, the ASUS ZenFone 5 (Price Check) deserves our Editor’s Choice Award! Great work, ASUS!

 

Price + Availability

Here is the official announcement on the Malaysian price and offers for the ASUS ZenFone 5 and ZenFone Max Pro M1 smartphones.

Here’s a summary of the recommended retail prices :

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  • ASUS ZenFone 5 (4 GB + 64 GB) : RM 1,299 / ~US$ 326
  • ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (6 GB + 64 GB) : RM 999 / ~US$ 251
  • ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (4 GB + 64 GB) : RM 849 / ~US$ 213
  • ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (3 GB + 32 GB) : RM 699 / ~US$ 176

Here’s a summary of the offers :

  • ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (4 GB + 64 GB) Lazada Pre-Order (2 and 3 June) : RM 799 / ~US$ 221
  • ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (3 GB + 32 GB) Lazada Flash Sales (3, 10, 17, 24, 31 July) : RM 599 / ~US$ 151

If you are in the US, here are some purchase links :

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ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (ZB602KL) In-Depth Review

The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (ZB602KL) takes on the new Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, with better features and a much lower price. Let’s take a look, and find out if ASUS truly has a Xiaomi-killing blockbuster on their hands!

 

The ASUS ZenFone Max Series

The ASUS ZenFone Max is the most popular series of smartphones ASUS has even produced, and for very good reasons. They are mid-range smartphones with good performance and an incredible battery life.

They practically hold within their slim frames a veritable power bank. In fact, they are all capable of functioning as actual power banks, recharging other smartphones and portable devices! Hence, the Max moniker.

 

ZB601KL vs. ZB602KL

There is some confusion about the model numbers. When the ZenFone Max Pro M1 first launched in India, it had the model number ZB601KL. Subsequently, ASUS started shipping the ZenFone Max Pro M1 as the ZB602KL in other countries. So what’s the difference?

We checked with ASUS, and they confirmed that ZB601KL is an India-specific model, while ZB602KL is the model that ships worldwide. Here are the differences, as far as we can ascertain.

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  • The main camera on the global model has f/2.0 lens, while the main camera on the Indian model has f/2.2 lens.
  • The global model supports faster 4G LTE speeds – up to LTE Cat13 DL (400 Mbps) and LTE Cat5 UL (75 Mbps). The Indian model only supports LTE Cat4 – 150 Mbps DL, 50 Mbps UL.
  • The global model may ship with earphones and/or a soft TPU bumper case, but the Indian model comes with a free ASUS Max-Box passive audio amplifier instead.

The other specifications of the ZB601KL and the ZB602KL are the same.

 

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1  vs. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

Here is a specification comparison of the two ZenFone Max Pro M1 models against the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5.

SpecificationsASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (ZB602KL)ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (ZB601KL)Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Display6" Full HD+ display
- 1080 x 2160 pixels
- 18:9 aspect ratio, 85% NTSC
- 450 nits, 1500:1 contrast ratio
6" Full HD+ display
- 1080 x 2160 pixels
- 18:9 aspect ratio, 85% NTSC
- 450 nits, 1500:1 contrast ratio
5.99" Full HD+ display
- 1080 x 2160 pixels
- 18:9 aspect ratio, 83% NTSC
- 450 nits, 1500:1 contrast ratio
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 OreoAndroid 8.1 OreoAndroid 8.1 Oreo
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 636Qualcomm Snapdragon 636Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
Processor8 x Qualcomm Kryo 260 cores (1.8 GHz)8 x Qualcomm Kryo 260 cores (1.8 GHz)8 x Qualcomm Kryo cores (1.8 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 509 GPUQualcomm Adreno 509 GPUQualcomm Adreno 509 GPU
Memory3 GB / 4 GB / 6 GB LPDDR4X memory3 GB / 4 GB / 6 GB LPDDR4X memory3 GB / 4 GB LPDDR4X memory
Storage32 GB / 64 GB internal flash storage (eMMC 5.1)
microSD card (2 TB)
32 GB / 64 GB internal flash storage (eMMC 5.1)
microSD card (2 TB)
32 GB / 64 GB
microSD card (shared with SIM2)
Front Camera8 MP front camera with f/2.2 lens and LED softlight flash8 MP front camera with f/2.2 lens and LED softlight flash13 MP front camera with f/2.0 lens and LED flash
Rear CameraDual-lens camera
- 13 MP image camera with f/2.0 lens
- 5 MP depth camera with f/2.4 lens
Dual-lens camera
- 13 MP image camera with f/2.2 lens
- 5 MP depth camera with f/2.4 lens
Dual-lens camera
- 12 MP Samsung sensor with f/1.9 lens
- 5 MP Samsung depth sensor with f/2.0 lens
Connectivity4G Version A
- LTE Cat4 DL : 150 Mbps
- LTE Cat5 UL : 75 Mbps
4G Version B
- LTE Cat13 DL : 400 Mbps
- LTE Cat5 UL : 75 Mbps

WiFi : 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB : microUSB 2.0
4G : LTE Cat4 150 Mbps DL, 50 Mbps UL
WiFi : 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB : microUSB 2.0
4G : LTE Cat12 600 Mbps DL, LTE Cat13 150 Mbps UL
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB : microUSB 2.0
SIM CapabilityDual SIM, dual standby capability (4G / 4G)
Dedicated dual SIM tray
Dual SIM, dual standby capability (4G / 4G)
Dedicated dual SIM tray
Dual SIM, dual standby capability (4G / 4G)
Hybrid SIM tray
Fingerprint SensorRear-Mounted, 0.3 Sec UnlockRear-Mounted, 0.3 Sec UnlockRear-Mounted
GPSGPS, GLONASS, Beidou, GalileoGPS, GLONASS, Beidou, GalileoGPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo
Audio5-magnet speaker5-magnet speaker
Battery5,000 mAh lithium-ion battery5,000 mAh lithium-ion battery4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery
Dimensions76 mm wide
159 mm tall
8.5 mm thick
76 mm wide
159 mm tall
8.5 mm thick
75.4 mm wide
158.6 mm tall
8.05 mm thick
Weight180 g180 g181 g
Available ColoursDeepsea Black, Titanium GreyDeepsea Black, Titanium GreyBlack, Gold, Lake Blue

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Unboxing The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (ZB602KL)

The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (ZB602KL) (Price Check) comes in a blue and grey box. This is a generic ZB601KL box, so check the label on the bottom for the actual model (ZB602KL), and specifications, including the colour of the device inside (Deepsea Black).

The complete ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (ZB602KL) (Price Check) kit for Malaysia will consist of the following items :

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  • One ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (ZB602KL) smartphone
  • One ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 soft TPU bumper case
  • One set of ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 User Guide + Warranty Information
  • One set of ASUS earphones + spare earbuds
  • One 10 W ASUS USB charger + micro-USB cable
  • One SIM tray ejector pin

Note that the TPU bumper case and earphones are optional freebies that may not be available in other countries / regions. In India, the ZB601KL lacks both bumper case and earphones, but comes with the ASUS Max-Box passive audio amplifier instead.

 

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 Colour Options

The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Price Check) comes in two colour options – Deepsea Black and Titanium Grey. Let’s take a quick look at both colour options.

 

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (ZB602KL) Up Close!

The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Price Check) is the latest ZenFone Max model to be released by ASUS. It follows up on the success of the ZenFone Max Plus M1 (ZB570TL) we saw just a few months ago, and directly challenges the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5.

Despite its very similar name, the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Price Check) is a very different beast from the ZenFone Max Plus M1 (ZB570TL). It is, in fact, a leap ahead in features and performance, powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, with up to 6 GB of RAM and a dual-lens camera.

According to ASUS, the Snapdragon 636 is over 2.7X faster than the Snapdragon 430 used in the ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check), and over 1.5X faster than the Snapdragon 625 used in the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check).

The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Price Check) also comes with a larger 6″ IPS display, with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. The ultra-wide 18:9 aspect ratio allows ASUS to fit a bigger display in the form factor of a traditional 5.5″ smartphone.

Let’s take a closer look!

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The Cameras

For a smartphone of such modest pricing, the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 Price Check) boasts a rather impressive set of front and rear cameras.

The front camera has an 8 MP sensor with f/2.2 lens. And for the first time, it is supported by a soft light LED flash. This gives it a markedly better low-light performance, compared to its predecessors.

The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Price Check) also comes with a dual-lens rear camera. It consists of an image camera with a 13 MP sensor and f/2.0 lens, and a depth camera with an 5 MP sensor and f/2.4 lens.

This dual-lens setup will not increase the details of the image like the Huawei P20 Pro, or offer Live Focus or Dual Capture capabilities like the Samsung Galaxy S9. Instead, it offers better depth perception, allowing the ZenFone Max Pro M1 to differentiate the subject from the background, for more realistic and accurate software bokeh effects.

 

Fingerprint Sensor + Face Unlock

The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Price Check) has a Goodie FP fingerprint sensor built into the back. It is a fast and accurate sensor that takes 15 finger presses to register a fingerprint, and less than a second to identify it.

Its rear location allows you to quickly unlock the smartphone with your fingerprint, but prevents it from being unlocked while it is in a car mount. This is where its Face Unlock feature comes in handy.

uses the front camera and facial recognition algorithms to authenticate your identity, so it will work even with the ZenFone Max Pro M1 Price Check) mounted on your car’s dashboard.

 

Triple Slot Tray

While the Honor 10 (Price Check) did away with the microSD card slot, and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 opted for a hybrid SIM slot, the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 Price Check) comes with a triple slot tray.

The triple slot tray allows you to use two nano SIM cards simultaneously with a microSD card. This gives the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Price Check) a distinct advantage over the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5.

 

LTE + WiFi Capabilities

The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Price Check) is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 whose X12 LTE modem is capable of :

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  • LTE Cat12 downlink speeds of up to 600 Mbps
  • LTE Cat13 uplink speeds of up to 150 Mbps
  • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz) capability

However, ASUS has chosen to implement a limited set of those capabilities :

  • Indian ZB601KL model : LTE Cat4 150 Mbps DL, 50 Mbps UL
  • Global ZB602KL Version A model : LTE Cat4 150 Mbps DL, LTE Cat5 75 Mbps UL
  • Global ZB602KL Version B model : LTE Cat13 400 Mbps DL, LTE Cat5 75 Mbps UL
  • All Max Pro M1 models : 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz) only

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5,000 mAh Battery with Flash Charge

Its eponymous feature is, of course, its large 5,000 mAh battery. That is the battery capacity of many power banks, giving you up to 35 days of 4G standby and 42 hours of 3G talk time! According to ASUS, it will allow you to play games for up to 12 hours, or watch up to 20 hours of YouTube videos.

Now, packing a large battery is nothing special. But we applaud ASUS for fitting such a large battery into a smartphone that is only 8.5 mm thick and 180 g in weight!

If that’s not enough, the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Price Check) supports Flash Charge, which allows you to quickly recharge its large battery in less than 3 hours, with a 10 W charger.

 

Setting Up The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (ZB602KL)

Setting up the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Price Check) is easy, and takes no more than 10 minutes if you are setting it up as a new device. The Goodix FX fingerprint sensor was fast and accurate, so it was a breeze to setup.

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Ergonomics

The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Price Check) is not a small device by any means. It is actually slightly larger than the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (Price Check). For its size and its large battery, it is surprisingly light at just 180 g.

The 6″ IPS display is very nice, with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels450 nits of maximum brightness, and a wide 85% NTSC colour gamut. The non-standard 18:9 aspect ratio, while useful in giving you more screen space, will result in some pillarboxing for movies.

 

Available Storage

The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Price Check) comes with 32 GB of internal flash storage, of which 22.6 GB is available for use. If this is not enough, you can upgrade it with a microSD card (up to 2 TB).

For techies, the ZenFone Max Pro M1 uses the slower eMMC 5.1 flash memory, instead of the faster UFS type. Officially, the memory is packaged together with the eMMC storage in a compact embedded Multi-Chip Package (eMCP).

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Camera Performance – Photos

ASUS did not reveal the source and model of the 13 MP and 5 MP sensors used in their dual camera system, but they’re most likely from Omnivision. The photos have a 4:3 aspect ratio, with 4160 x 3120 pixels and an average file size of between 3 MB and 4 MB.

Here are 12 high-resolution samples for you to check out. Click on them to load the full-sized photos, which you can also download to examine.

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Camera Performance – Video Recording

Despite its humble price point, the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Price Check) supports 4K video recording. Surprisingly, there doesn’t seem to be a time-limit for 4K video recording, and there is even an option for 4K recording using the new DCI (Digital Cinema Initiative) standard!

Video Recording Test #1 : Piano (1080p)

It is obvious that there is no optical image stabilisation, but there is some electronic image stabilisation. The audio recording was surprisingly good, with a wider range than we have seen in smartphones in the same price range.

Video Recording Test #2 : Piano (4K)

The 4K resolution is amazing, and there is excellent control of the highlights. You can see right into the Padini Concept Store, even read the price boards.

Video Recording Test #3 : Street Market (1080p)

The electronic image stabilisation did a decent job of removing the worst shakes as we walked down the street market. Certainly not as good as smartphones with optical image stabilisation, but better than nothing. We also noticed some wind noise in this recording.

Video Recording Test #4 : Street Market (4K)

The resolution and control is quite amazing. The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Price Check) quickly adapted to the change in brightness. We could make out the details in both bright and dark areas. Very good!

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Work Performance – PCMark

We tested the ZenFone Max Pro M1’s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

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Performance Score
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7106 6118 5618 5197
Web Browsing 7295 5815 5357 5035
Video Editing 5159 4898 5265 4433
Writing 6752 5722 4673 5607
Photo Editing 12910 10041 7560 7238
Data Manipulation 5524 5240 5616 4183
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The Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 is really fast at work applications, beating even flagship smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S9 (Price Check). Only the Kirin 970-powered Honor 10 (Price Check) was faster.

 

Battery Life – PCMark

We then tested the ZenFone Max Pro M1’s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

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Battery Life 14 hours 12 mins 12 hours 19 mins 9 hours 6 mins 8 hours 56 mins
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The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Price Check) truly has a phenomenal battery life. Its 5,000 mAh battery allowed it to beat the Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (Price Check) by almost 2 hours (15%), and both the Samsung Galaxy S9 (Price Check) and Honor 10 (Price Check) by a whopping 5 hours (57%)!

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Battery Recharging Performance

The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Price Check) comes with a 10W fast charger. Take a look at how fast it recharged its 5,000 mAh battery.

It took the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Price Check) 150 minutes (2 hours 30 minutes) to recharge its battery from 20% to 100%. This confirms ASUS’ claim that it can fully recharge its battery in 3 hours, and gives it a battery life : recharging ratio of 5.7:1.

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Gaming Performance – 3DMark

We tested the ZenFone Max Pro M1’s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

Ice Storm Unlimited Samsung Galaxy S9 Honor 10 ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 Samsung Galaxy A8 2018
Gaming Score 39588 30560 19752 14684
Graphics 45577 34801 20707 15201
Physics 27116 21423 17008 13121
Graphics Test 1 267.9 fps 206.2 fps 113.5 fps 134.4 fps
Graphics Test 2 157.2 fps 119.5 fps 74.6 fps 43.8 fps
Physics Test 86.1 fps 68.0 fps 54.0 fps 41.7 fps
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The Qualcomm Adreno 509 GPU is reasonably fast in games, but certainly does not offer flagship-class gaming performance.

 

Our Verdict

The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Price Check) is a very impressive smartphone.

Like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, it is a mid-range smartphone based on the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 platform, with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of flash storage. They both also have very similar 6″ Full HD+ displays and rear-mounted fingerprint sensors. But that is where the similarities end.

The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Price Check) was obviously designed to be a Redmi Note 5 killer. It basically offers almost everything the Redmi Note 5 offers and then some – triple slot tray, a 5-magnet speaker, and a larger 5,000 mAh battery – all in the same form factor and weight!

If that does not impress you, perhaps its price will. Xiaomi priced their Redmi Note 5 (3 GB + 32 GB) at RM 799 / ~US$ 205. ASUS offers the ZenFone Max Pro M1 at just RM 699 / ~US$ 179! Believe it or not, the arguably superior ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Price Check) is 12.5% cheaper than its competitor!

Now, the Redmi Note 5 boasts Samsung sensors for their dual-lens camera, but the Omnivision sensors in the ZenFone Max Pro M1 proved to be surprisingly capable. They delivered really good photographic and video recording performance. Even the audio recording was better than what we would expect at this price point.

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The Redmi Note 5 comes with a rather large 4,000 mAh battery, but it’s no match for the ZenFone Max Pro M1‘s 5,000 mAh battery, which delivered an impressive battery life of over 14 hours!

The ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Price Check) is no doubt chunkier than the Redmi Note 5, but somehow it is actually 1 gram lighter! How on earth did ASUS stuff a 20% larger battery into the ZenFone Max Pro M1 and yet kept the weight so low?

We really love the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Price Check). It offers a fantastic combination of good performance, great display, excellent camera and amazing battery life, at an incredible price point. It is literally a steal!

For these reasons, the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 deserves our Editor’s Choice Award! Great work, ASUS!

 

Price + Availability

Here is the official announcement on the Malaysian price and offers for the ASUS ZenFone 5 and ZenFone Max Pro M1 smartphones.

Here’s a summary of the recommended retail prices :

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  • ASUS ZenFone 5 (4 GB + 64 GB) : RM 1,299 / ~US$ 326
  • ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (6 GB + 64 GB) : RM 999 / ~US$ 251
  • ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (4 GB + 64 GB) : RM 849 / ~US$ 213
  • ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (3 GB + 32 GB) : RM 699 / ~US$ 176

Here’s a summary of the offers :

  • ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (4 GB + 64 GB) Lazada Pre-Order (2 and 3 June) : RM 799 / ~US$ 221
  • ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (3 GB + 32 GB) Lazada Flash Sales (3, 10, 17, 24, 31 July) : RM 599 / ~US$ 151

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ASUS ZenFone 5 + ZenFone Max Pro M1 Exclusive Interview!

Right after the official launch of the ASUS ZenFone 5 and ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 smartphones, we had the opportunity to sit down with the top ASUS officials to discuss their latest smartphones. Get the inside scoop on the two new ASUS smartphones, and the direction of the ASUS Mobile team in this exclusive interview!

 

ASUS ZenFone 5 + ZenFone Max Pro M1 Exclusive Interview

Four top ASUS officials sat down with us for this exclusive interview. They are, from left to right, :

  • Li Huai Pin, ASUS Malaysia Business Development Manager (Mobile)
  • Rex Lee, ASUS APAC General Manager
  • Eric Chen, ASUS Corporate Vice President
  • Leo Tseng, ASUS Malaysia Country Manager

Facilitating this interview was ASUS Regional Director (Australia and New Zealand), Portia Chang.

Here are the key takeaways from this exclusive interview :

  • There will be something interesting coming up at Computex 2018 (It was the ROG Phone).
  • The market is trending towards mobile gaming, so ASUS will have appropriate products to cater to this trend.
  • ASUS is the top gaming notebook brand in Malaysia, with a 30% market share as of April 2018, beating the runner-up by 18 points.
  • The market share for ASUS smartphones in Malaysia is currently at around 3%, but ASUS expects to improve that with the ASUS ZenFone 5 and ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 smartphones.
  • ASUS expects to sell about 1,000 – 2,000 units of the new ASUS ZenFone 5 and ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 smartphones per day, which translates into an average of 45,000 units per month.
  • ASUS chose to decouple the Max brand from the generational numbering of the flagship ZenFone series, to allow faster and more frequent launches.
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  • ASUS will provide the ASUS ZenFone 5 and ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 smartphones with at least two new generations of Android upgrades – to the future Android Q at the minimum.
  • ASUS is shrinking their product models in the new generation to reduce market confusion, and to keep prices low.
  • ASUS plans to launch the ZenFone 5Z in Malaysia in early Q3 2018.
  • The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 will directly replace the ASUS ZenFone Max Plus M1.
  • The 6 GB version of the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 is in shortage worldwide, with an expected availability only around July 2018.
  • ASUS chose to use a wide-angle camera as the secondary camera because it’s more useful for landscape shots, and a telescopic camera produces noisy and/or shakier photos indoors.

 

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ASUS ZenFone 5 + ZenFone Max Pro M1 Launch Coverage

A full 3 months after being announced at MWC 2018, the ASUS ZenFone 5 and ZenFone Max Pro M1 are finally here! Join us for our coverage of the entire launch event and get the full scoop on their key features, price and availability!  

ASUS ZenFone 5 + ZenFone Max Pro M1 Launch

Hundreds of people queued up to catch the ASUS ZenFone 5 and ZenFone Max Pro M1 launch at the KL Convention Centre – all Zen fans eager to be the first to try out the new ASUS smartphones. Don’t worry if you could not make it. We took videos of the entire event. Enjoy!

Launch Kick Off

The ASUS ZenFone 5 and ZenFone Max Pro M1 launch kicked off with Eric Chen, ASUS Corporate Vice-President and Leo Tseng, ASUS Malaysia Country Manager.

ASUS ZenFone 5 Presentation

In this video, Li Huai Pin, ASUS Malaysia Business Development Manager, explains the key features of the new ASUS ZenFone 5, while Andrew Chan, Senior Manager of the ASUS Global Product Team, showcases the photographic capabilities of the ZenFone 5.

Don’t forget to check out the ASUS ZenFone 5 Early Preview!

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 Presentation

Next, Li Huai Pin explains the key features of the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1, with Andrew Chan, Senior Manager of the ASUS Global Product Team, showing off the photographic capabilities of the ZenFone Max Pro M1.

Don’t forget to check out the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 In-Depth Review!

 

ASUS ZenFone 5 + ZenFone Max Pro M1 Price + Offers

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The ASUS ZenFone Max Plus M1 Revealed!

ASUS just revealed the ASUS ZenFone Max Plus M1 smartphone, which boasts a 5.7″ full-screen display with a 18:9 aspect ratio and a dual-lens camera system. Here is everything you need to know about the new ASUS ZenFone Max Plus M1 smartphone!

 

The ASUS ZenFone Max Plus M1 (ZB570TL)

Also known as the ASUS Pegasus 4S in China, the ASUS ZenFone Max Plus M1 has a model number of ZB570TL or ASUS X018D. It has a 18:9 ultra-wide screen display, and a 81.5% screen-to-body ratio. This allows ASUS to fit a 5.7″ display into a 5.2″ form factor.

It is powered by an mid-range MediaTek MT6750T SoC, and comes with 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of storage. It also has a dedicated slot for a microSD card (up to 256GB), and two nanoSIM slots. All of that is powered by a 4,130 mAh battery with reverse charging capability.

Like the ZenFone 4 Max Pro, the ZenFone Max Plus has a dual-lens camera at the back. But this time, ASUS chose to use a 16 MP + 8 MP combo. The main camera has a 16 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens, while the wide-angle camera has an 8 MP sensor with 120° lens.

Instead of a 16 MP camera in the ZenFone 4 Max Pro, ASUS went with an 8 MP front camera with f/2.2 lens in the ZenFone Max Plus.

 

The ASUS ZenFone Max Plus M1 Specifications

SpecificationsASUS ZenFone 4 Max Plus M1
ModelZB570TL
Display5.7" Full HD+ display with 2.5D curved edge
- 720 x 1440 pixels
Operating SystemZenUI 4.1 (Android 7.0)
System PlatformMediaTek MT6750T
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.5 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.0 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-T860 MP2 (650 MHz)
Memory4 GB LPDDR3 memory (833 MHz)
Storage32 GB GB internal storage
microSD card option (up to 256 GB)
Front Camera8 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens
Rear CameraDual Lens Camera System
- 16 MP sensor with f/2.0 6P lens
- 8 MP sensor with 120° lens
Connectivity4G : LTE Cat6
WiFi : 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
USB : microUSB 2.0
SIM CapabilityDual SIM, Dual Standby capability
Dual Nano SIM cards
Fingerprint SensorYes, Rear-mounted
GPSYes, with AGPS and Beidou
Battery4,130 mAh lithium-ion battery
- with Reverse Charging feature
Dimensions72.7 mm wide
152.6 mm tall
8.8 mm thick
Weight160 g

 

Price & Availability

Locally, the ASUS ZenFone Max Plus M1 was just approved by SIRIM, but ASUS confirmed that it will be ready for purchase / delivery starting 20 December 2017. In the meantime, you can pre-order the ZenFone Max Plus M1 at a very, very special price.

The ASUS ZenFone Max Plus M1 will have a recommended retail price of RM 899 / ~US$ 219. But during the pre-order period, ASUS will offer a limited quantity with a discount or Lazada coupon worth RM 200 / ~US$ 49!

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Offline Pre-Order Offer

Duration : 14-19 December 2017
Collection : 20 December 2017
Offer : Get a RM 200 rebate when you trade in a mobile phone (working or non-working). A deposit of RM 100 will have to be placed.

Lazada Pre-Order Offer

Duration : 14-19 December 2017
Collection : 22 December 2017
Offer : Get a RM 200 Lazada discount voucher when you purchase the ZenFone Max Plus M1 using this pre-order purchase link. trade in a mobile phone (working or non-working). Each account can only purchase a maximum of two (2) units.

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The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro Review – Battery Life King!

ASUS had a reputation of being short on battery life with their Intel-powered ZenFone 2 smartphones, but almost on a dime, turned around with their ZenFone 3 smartphones to deliver truly amazing battery life. So one of the most anticipated ZenFone 4 model was the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro, with its focus on battery life.

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) smartphone is designed to offer extremely-long battery life to users who are always on-the-go, and may not have ready access to a power source. On top of that, it boasts a fast reverse charging capability, as well as a dual lens camera system!

 

The Pro Edition Of The ZenFone 4 Max

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) is the “Pro Edition” of the regular ZenFone 4 Max (Price Check). It even comes in the same box as the regular ZenFone 4 Max, with a Pro Edition sticker slapped on it. So make sure it’s the ZC554KL (Max Pro), and not the ZC520KL (Max). Here’s a table comparing their key specifications :

SpecificationsASUS ZenFone Max ProASUS ZenFone Max
ModelZC554KLZC520KL
Design2.5D glass with metallic design & multiple colour selections
Premium metal unibody
2.5D glass with metallic design & multiple colour selections
Premium metal unibody
Display5.5" HD IPS display (720 x 1280)
Greater than 400 nits brightness for best outdoor readability
Capacitive touch panel with 10 points multi-touch (support glove touch)
5.2" HD IPS display (720 x 1280)
Greater than 400 nits brightness for best outdoor readability
Capacitive touch panel with 10 points multi-touch (support glove touch)
Operating SystemAndroid 7.0 Nougat with ZenUI 4.0Android 7.0 Nougat with ZenUI 4.0
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 430Qualcomm Snapdragon 425
Processor8 x ARM Cortex-A53 (up to 1.4 GHz)4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (up to 1.4 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 505Qualcomm Adreno 308
Memory3 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM3 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM
Storage32 GB internal flash storage
One microSD card slot (up to 256 GB)
32 GB internal flash storage
One microSD card slot (up to 256 GB)
Main CameraDual Lens Camera System

Main Camera (25 mm)
- 16 MP Omnivision 16880 sensor
- 1.12 μm pixel size
- f/2.0 aperture

Wide-Angle Camera (18 mm)
- 5 MP Omnivision 5675 sensor
- 1.12 μm pixel size
- f/2.2 aperture
Dual Lens Camera System

Main Camera (25 mm)
- 13 MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture

Wide-Angle Camera (18 mm)
- 5 MP Omnivision 5675 sensor
- 1.12 μm pixel size
- f/2.2 aperture
Front Camera16 MP Omnivision 16880 sensor
- 1.0 μm pixel size
- f/2.0 aperture
- soft LED light
8 MP sensor
- f/2.0 aperture
- soft LED light
Connectivity4G : CAT 4 - up to 150Mbps download / 50Mbps upload
WiFi : 802.11n (2.4 GHz)
Bluetooth 4.1
Micro USB 2.0 - supports OTG
4G : CAT 4 - up to 150Mbps download / 50Mbps upload
WiFi : 802.11n (2.4 GHz)
Bluetooth 4.1
Micro USB 2.0 - supports OTG
SIM CapabilityDual SIM, dual standby
SIM1 : nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
SIM2 : nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
Dual SIM, dual standby
SIM1 : nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
SIM2 : nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
Fingerprint Sensor0.3 sec ultrafast unlocking, supports 5 fingers and 360 degree recognition0.3 sec ultrafast unlocking, supports 5 fingers and 360 degree recognition
GPSGPS, AGPS, Glonass, BDSGPS, AGPS, Glonass, BDS
AudioSpeaker with PMIC internal amplifierSpeaker with PMIC internal amplifier
Battery5,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
Supports reverse charging (1A )
4,100 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
Supports reverse charging (1A )
Dimensions76.9 mm wide
154 mm tall
8.9 mm thick
73.3 mm wide
150.5 mm tall
8.73 mm thick
Weight181 grams156 grams
Available ColoursRose Pink / Sunlight Gold / Deepsea BlackDeepsea Black

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Unboxing The ZenFone 4 Max Pro

As mentioned above, the ZenFone 4 Max Pro (ZC554KL) comes in the same white box as the regular ZenFone 4 Max (ZC520KL). So look for the “Pro Edition” sticker, and check the label on the underside of the box for the model number.

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Here are the items you will find inside the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro box :

  • One ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) smartphone
  • One ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro TPU bumper case
  • One ASUS 10 W fast USB charger
  • One set of micro USB 2.0 cable and OTG cable
  • One pair of ASUS earphones with spare ear buds
  • One set of warranty form, user guide and IMEI stickers
  • One SIM tray ejection pin

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The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (ZC554KL) Smartphone

Thanks to its thin bezel, the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) has a 5.5″ IPS display in a form factor that is smaller and lighter than the iPhone 8 Plus (Price Check). The only downside – it only has a HD resolution of 720 x 1280.

Somehow, ASUS managed to pack a massive 5,000 mAh battery and everything else into a metal unibody chassis that is just 8.9 mm thick, and weighs only 181 grams. It may not be as svelte as the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check), but it has a much larger battery.

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430, which has eight Cortex-A53 processor cores running at 1.4 GHz, and an Adreno 505 GPU. It also comes with 3 GB of LPDDR3 SDRAM and 32 GB of internal flash storage.

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Larger, Smarter, Safer Battery

The killer feature of the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) is its phenomenal battery. It has a massive 5,000 mAh battery – equal to the capacity of most power banks, and much larger than what smartphones generally carry. In fact, you can use it like a power bank, thanks to its fast reverse charging ability.

This battery is not just bigger, it is smarter. It comes with a suite of power management technologies to optimise battery capacity, safety and lifespan. The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) even has a double battery lifespan feature that extends its lifespan by up to 2X, allowing you to fully discharge and recharge the battery (0 to 100%) up to 500 times in a 25°C environment.

The ZenFone 4 Max Pro battery is also protected by 12 battery safety mechanisms. Combined with the automatic battery maintenance capabilities of ASUS PowerMaster, this battery is not only extremely safe, it will have 2X longer lifespan compared to other smartphones.

Finally, this battery has 10W fast charging capability, which allows you to fully recharge the ZenFone 4 Max Pro in just four hours. We will share with you our performance test results of this battery later in the review.

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Soft Lit Selfies

In addition to its battery, the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) also boasts some serious photographic chops. First up is the high-resolution 16 MP front camera with a 140° wide-angle lens, with f/2.0 aperture. The wide-angle lens lets you fit more of your friends in the frame, while the fast aperture improves its low-light performance.

If the f/2.0 aperture is not sufficient, the front camera has a Softlight LED flash. It delivers just enough fill light, giving you the ability to take great selfies even in the darkest conditions, without harsh shadows and overblown highlights.

 

Dual Lens Camera

A nice surprise in a smartphone at this price point – a dual lens camera! It consists of a 16 MP main camera with f/2.0 lens, and a 5 MP wide-angle camera with f/2.2 lens. They are both supported by a single LED flash.

The 16 MP main camera is what you would be using for most of your shots. It has fast phase detection auto-focus, and electronic image stabilisation (EIS). But for greater creativity, and more dramatic photos and videos, you can switch to the 120° wide-angle camera. It may have a lower resolution, but it has a 200% wider view.

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SIM & microSD Capability & Fingerprint Sensor

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) has dual SIM, dual standby capability. But unlike many other smartphones, it has a full SIM tray for two nano SIM cards, as well as a microSD card (up to 256 GB). This allows you to use all three cards simultaneously!

It also boasts a fast, all-aspect fingerprint sensor integrated into the Home button. Our tests showed that it requires just 12 finger presses to register a fingerprint, and is very fast and accurate in recognising the registered fingerprint.

 

The Ergonomics

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) may have a large 5.5″ display, but it is svelte at less than 77 mm wide and relatively slim at just under 9 mm. Even though it packs a 5,000 mAh battery, it weighs just 181 grams. That said, it will feel a bit chunky, if you are used to really thin smartphones like the Galaxy S8 or ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro.

We really like the anodised metal chassis, which has a really premium feel that is resistant to fingerprint smears. We also give ASUS props for providing a soft bumper case in the package. It actually adds grip, while protecting the ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) without making it overly bulky, or covering up its look.

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Setting Up The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) ships with Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and ASUS confirmed that it will be upgraded soon to Android 8.0 Oreo. It also comes with 100 GB of free Google Drive storage for 1 year. Let’s show you just how easy it is to set-up the ZenFone 4 Max Pro.

 

Available Memory & Storage

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) comes with 3 GB of LPDDR3 memory, of which 2.1 GB (70%) is free to use. That’s a lot of free memory, allowing you to run many applications simultaneously.

The ZenFone 4 Max Pro also comes with 32 GB of internal flash memory. Of that, just under 22.4 GB is available to use. That’s not a lot, but you can top it up with a microSD card (up to 256 GB).

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The Dual Lens Camera Comparison

The dual lens camera of the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) consists of a 25 mm main camera, and an 18 mm wide-angle camera. The main camera pairs a 16 MP Omnivision 16880 sensor with a f/2.0 lens, while a 5 MP Omnivision 5675 sensor with f/2.2 lens.

The wide-angle camera may have a lower resolution, but it has a 2X wider angle of 120°. How useful is that? Let’s take a look at these full resolution samples.

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Main Camera Performance – Photos

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) uses the 16 MP Omnivision 16880 sensor with a f/2.0 lens for its main camera. The full 16 MP resolution is attained with the 4:3 aspect ratio. Each picture has a resolution of 4640 × 3480 and a file size of between 3.3 to 7 MB.

Here are 6 full resolution samples for you to check out. Click on them to load the full-sized photos, which you can also download to examine.

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Main Camera Performance – Video Recording

We tested the main camera’s video recording performance at its maximum resolution of 1080p. It supports EIS (electronic image stabilisation) at this resolution.

Video Recording Test #1 : Piano (1080p)

The EIS did an okay job in this video, but what was very noticeable was its inability to focus properly. It kept seeking, which was very distracting. The audio also lacked punch, with too little bass. It was almost all treble.

 

Video Recording Test #2 : Street Market (1080p)

The lack of optical image stabilisation is noticeable, although its electronic image stabilisation capability was decent enough to remove the worst hand shaking in this video. However, the audio was extremely thin… why is there so much treble?

 

Video Recording Test #3 : Cable Car (1080p)

This video showed the limits of electronic image stabilisation (EIS). It could not take out the vibration, but helped to smooth out the heavier hand shaking. From the recorded audio, it appears that the ZenFone 4 Max Pro is tuned to maximise the clarity of the voices, at the expense of other frequencies.

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Work Performance – PCMark

We tested the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro’s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Work 2.0 ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro Samsung Galaxy S8 Huawei Mate 9
Performance Score
(Average)
3846 5656 5303 6316
Web Browsing 4371 5708 5155 5624
Video Editing 3716 5888 4998 5370
Writing 2822 4509 5158 6326
Photo Editing 6671 10698 7082 9864
Data Manipulation 2753 3570 4458 5333

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) may have an octa-core processor, like the other three smartphones, but it is a less-powerful model – the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430. It was 32% slower than the Snapdragon 625 processor used by the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check), and 27.5% slower than the Samsung Galaxy S8 (Price Check).

 

Battery Life – PCMark

We then tested the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro’s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

Thanks to its large 5,000 mAh lithium-ion battery, the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro lasted 14 hours 19 minutes in our battery test. That’s more than 5.5 hours longer than its higher-performance brother, the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check)!

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Battery Recharging Performance

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) comes with a 10 W fast charger. It took about 172.5 minutes (2 hours 52.5 minutes) to recharge its battery from 17% to 100%. The fastest recharging happened in the first 90%, before recharging at a lower speed for the last 10%.

The recharging time of under 3 hours is far lower than the 4 hours quoted by ASUS. It also has a battery life : recharging ratio of just 5.2 : 1 – which is excellent.

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Gaming Performance – 3DMark

We tested the ZenFone 4 Max Pro’s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

Ice Storm Unlimited ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro Samsung Galaxy S8 Huawei Mate 9
Gaming Score 9751 14015 29509 27853
Graphics 9609 13470 33279 36605
Physics 10285 16328 21130 15164
Graphics Test 1 55.1 fps 80.7 fps 173.1 fps 202.5 fps
Graphics Test 2 33.6 fps 46.0 fps 124.3 fps 131.1 fps
Physics Test 32.7 fps 51.8 fps 67.1 fps 48.1 fps

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) uses the Qualcomm Adreno 505 GPU, which offers decent performance but is no match for the much faster GPUs in flagship smartphones. It is about 30% slower than the Adreno 506 GPU used by the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check).

 

Overall Performance

AnTuTu is a nice benchmark for testing various performance aspects of Android devices.

AnTuTu ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro Samsung Galaxy S8 Huawei Mate 9
TOTAL SCORE 41952 65302 175422 123167
3D SCORE 8282 13431 74336 40114
– 3D (Marooned) 5915 8230 43953 23313
– 3D (Garden) 2367 5201 30383 16801
UX SCORE 14099 24848 52159 39975
– UX Data Secure 4655 6226 7996 7943
– UX Data Process 2328 3404 5866 6985
– UX Strategy Games 1143 4611 11165 11860
– UX Image Process 3585 7291 22716 5580
– UX I/O Performance 2388 3316 4416 7607
CPU SCORE 14940 21357 38513 31992
– CPU Mathematics 2964 4304 10996 9680
– CPU Common Use 5180 7150 10939 11139
– CPU Multi-Core 6796 9903 16578 11173
RAM 4631 5666 10414 11086

Even with an octa-core processor, the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) is no race horse. It is definitely much slower than the top-of-the-line processors used in flagship smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S8 (Price Check). But make no mistake – this is very decent performance at its price point..

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Our Verdict & Award

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (ZC554KL) smartphone offers extremely-long battery life to users who are always on-the-go, and may not have ready access to a power source. With its large 5,000 mAh battery and the ASUS PowerMaster system, you can run the most strenuous apps on it for hours, and it will still have hours more of battery life to spare.

ASUS knows this, so they added a fast reverse charging feature. This allows the ZenFone 4 Max Pro to function like a power bank, recharging your other devices. If battery life is critical for you, there can be no doubt that the ZenFone 4 Max Pro is about as good as it gets!

But the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) is not just a smartphone with large battery. It actually boasts some serious photography chops. It has a 16 MP front camera for really high-resolution selfies, with a soft LED flash for low-light conditions.

It even has a dual-lens camera system, albeit not as advanced as those in flagship smartphones. Still, this is a nice surprise for a smartphone at this price point. The main camera has a 16 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens – no complaints here. The wide-angle camera only has a 5 MP sensor, which reduces its utility.

What this means is you will most likely use the 16 MP main camera for a vast majority of your photos, switching to the wide-angle camera only when you really need the wider angle. Still, it is better than not having the option at all.

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What we did not like was its video and audio recording performance. It has focusing issues when there are multiple subjects at different distances, which detracts from its otherwise decent video recording performance. The recorded audio though was reedy and lacks punch. It appears to be tuned for voice recording, at the expense of other frequencies.

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) looks very similar to the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check). It has the same basic design with a premium anodised metal chassis. Other than the difference in the cameras, it looks like a thicker brother of the Selfie Pro.

All in all, we really like its awesome battery capabilities, premium build quality, and 16 MP front camera. Its dual-lens camera is also a nice bonus at this price point. With all that in mind, we think the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro deserves no less than our Reviewer’s Choice Award!

 

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The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (ZD552KL) Review Rev. 2.0

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro was one of the key smartphones revealed at the ASUS “We Love Photo” event in Taipei. In fact, it is the top-of-the-line model in their Selfie line of smartphones, with two selfie cameras – one of which is capable of taking 24 MP photos! Let’s take a close look at the new ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie (ZD552KL) smartphone, and see if this is the ultimate selfie smartphone!

Updated @ 2017-10-24 : Added a selfie video comparing the viewing angle and video recording quality of the two selfie cameras. Made various other updates and minor corrections to the review.

Originally posted @ 2017-09-14


 

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro Specifications

ASUS launched the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (ZD552KL) together with a lower-end ZenFone 4 Selfie (ZD553KL) model. What’s the difference? Here is a comparison table of their key specifications :

SpecificationsZenFone 4 Selfie ProZenFone 4 Selfie
ModelZD552KLZD553KL
Design2.5D contoured Corning Gorilla Glass display with metal unibody & multiple colour selections2.5D contoured glass display with metallic-finish unibody
Display5.5" Full HD AMOLED display (1920 x 1080)
Greater than 500nits brightness for excellent outdoor readability
Capacitive touch panel with 10 point multi-touch sensing (support glove touch)
5.5" HD IPS LCD (1280 x 720)
400 nits brightness for excellent outdoor readability
74.2% screen-to-body ratio
Operating SystemAndroid 7.0 Nougat with ZenUI 4.0Android 7.0 Nougat with ZenUI 4.0
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 625Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
Processor8 x ARM Cortex-A53 (up to 2 GHz)8 x ARM Cortex-A53 (up to 1.4 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 506Qualcomm Adreno 505
Memory3 GB RAM / 4 GB RAM4 GB RAM
Storage64 GB internal flash storage
One microSD card slot (up to 2 TB)
64 GB internal flash storage
One microSD card slot (up to 2 TB)
Main Camera16 MP Sony IMX351 sensor
- 1.0 μm pixel size
- f/2.2 aperture
16 MP Omnivision 16880 sensor
- 1.0 μm pixel size
- f/2.0 aperture
Front CameraDual Camera System

Main Camera (25 mm)
- 12 MP Sony IMX362 sensor
- 1.4 μm pixel size
- f/1.8 aperture
- Supports 24 MP DuoPixel, instead of Dual Pixel PDAF

Wide-Angle Camera (12 mm)
- 5 MP Omnivision 5670 sensor
- 1.12 μm pixel size
- f/2.2 aperture
Dual Camera System

Main Camera (31 mm)
- 20 MP Omnivision 20880 sensor
- 1.0 μm pixel size
- f/2.0 aperture

Wide-Angle Camera (12 mm)
- 8 MP Omnivision 8856 sensor
- 1.12 μm pixel size
- f/2.4 aperture
Connectivity4G : CAT 7 - up to 300Mbps download / 100Mbps upload
WiFi : 802.11n (2.4 GHz)
Bluetooth 4.2
Micro USB 2.0 - supports OTG
4G : CAT 4 - up to 150Mbps download / 50Mbps upload
WiFi : 802.11n (2.4 GHz)
Bluetooth 4.1
Micro USB 2.0 - supports OTG
SIM CapabilityDual SIM, dual standby
SIM1 : nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
SIM2 : nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
Dual SIM, dual standby
SIM1 : nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
SIM2 : nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
Fingerprint Sensor0.3 sec ultrafast unlocking, supports 5 fingers and 360 degree recognition0.3 sec ultrafast unlocking, supports 5 fingers and 360 degree recognition
GPSGPS, AGPS, Glonass, BDSGPS, AGPS, Glonass, BDS
AudioHi-Res Audio 192kHz / 24-bit support (4 X CD quality)
5 Magnet Speaker for louder sound and less distortion
DTS HeadPhoneX: 7.1 Virtual surround
5 Magnet Speaker
Battery3,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)3,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
Available ColoursRogue Red / Sunlight Gold / Deepsea BlackRose Pink / Mint Green / Sunlight Gold / Deepsea Black

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Unboxing The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) comes in a white cardboard box with a sleeve cover. As it comes in three colour options (at launch), you should check for the correct colour using the helpful colour sticker at the lower right corner of the sleeve’s back.

Inside, you will find the following items :

  • One ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (ZD552KL) smartphone
  • One ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro bumper case
  • One set of User Guide, Warranty Information Form and IMEI stickers
  • One 10 W ASUS USB charger with micro USB 2.0 cable
  • One set of ASUS earphones and four earbuds
  • One ASUS SIM tray extractor pin

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The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro Up Close

Thanks to its thin bezel design, the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) has a 5.5″ full HD AMOLED display in a form factor that is smaller, thinner and lighter than the iPhone 7 Plus. The display is protected by Gorilla Glass with a 2.5D contoured edge that merges seamlessly with the diamond-cut chamfer.

Everything is packed into a metal unibody chassis that is just 6.85 mm thick, and weighs only 147 grams. And yes, it has the 3.5 mm audio port. ASUS obviously put a considerable amount of work into the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check).

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, which they used most recently in their ZenFone 3 Zoom smartphone. Like the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom, it also comes with 4 GB of LPDDR3 SDRAM and 64 GB of internal flash storage.

 

Two Selfie Cameras!

This is the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro’s killer feature – two front cameras for the perfect selfies. They consist of a main high-resolution selfie camera, and a wide-angle selfie camera for group shots. They are both supported by a soft LED flash that is designed to deliver enough fill light for selfies without overexposure and harsh shadows.

The main DuoPixel selfie camera (on the left) has a high-resolution Sony IMX362 sensor paired with f/1.8 lens. This camera boasts twice the light sensitivity of competing selfie cameras, and the astounding capability to take 24 MP photos. Heck, it can even record 4K selfie videos!

The wide-angle selfie camera (on the right) has a 5 MP Omnivision 5670 sensor paired with f/2.2 lens. With a 120° field of view, It allows you to capture a group shot (a wefie) without using a selfie stick.

The two cameras work individually – you switch from one camera to another, depending on whether you want a close up selfie, or a group wefie..

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The 24MP DuoPixel Technology

You may be wondering how the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) takes 24 MP pictures with a 12 MP Sony IMX362 sensor. Note that these 24 MP pictures are taken in a single shot, not stitched from multiple shots (e.g. ASUS Super Resolution). And no, they didn’t just double the pixels.

What they did was make full use of the Sony IMX362 sensor.

The IMX362 is a Dual Pixel Autofocus sensor, which means each pixel has two photodiodes. Usually, the two photodiodes are used separately to speed up autofocus, before being combined to capture the pixel data.

When you enable the ASUS DuoPixel Technology for 24 MP photos, the signals from the two photodiodes are not combined to create the final pixel. Instead, they are used to create two pixels, effectively doubling the resolution to 24 MP.

DuoPixel does not merely duplicate the pixels. The two photodiodes are effectively two pixels sharing the same microlens, each recording different beams of light. This is an elegant way to double the effective resolution of the photo. The only drawback – low light performance will suffer because each “pixel” now receives only half of the light. Not to worry though. You can disable DuoPixel for maximum low light performance.

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The 16 MP PixelMaster 4.0 Camera

Even though the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro’s main focus is the front camera capabilities, ASUS did not neglect the rear camera. It has 16 MP Sony IMX351 sensor coupled with f/2.2 lens and an LED flash. It is capable of recording 4K videos. The camera does not support OIS (optical image stabilisation), but is electronically stabilised on 3 axes when it records full HD videos.

If 16 MP is not good enough, this camera supports the ASUS Super Resolution technology that captures and combines four 16 MP photos to create a 64 MP photo. The camera also supports a new Time Lapse Mode with Power Saving, which lowers the screen brightness and puts the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro into the Airplane mode. Now you can take long Time Lapse videos without worrying about running out of power.

 

Hybrid SIM & Fingerprint Sensor

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) has dual SIM, dual standby capability. It has a hybrid SIM tray for two nano SIM cards. The second SIM card tray (SIM2) doubles as a microSD card slot (up to 2 TB). Both SIM1 and SIM2 support 3G and 4G connectivity, but only one SIM card can connect to the 3G / 4G network – the other can only connect to a 2G network.

The ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) has a fast, all-aspect fingerprint sensor integrated into the Home button. Our tests showed that it requires just 12 finger presses to register a fingerprint, and is very fast and accurate in recognising the registered fingerprint.

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ASUS SonicMaster 4.0

The audio aspect of smartphones is often overlooked. The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) has an impressive set of hardware and software audio technologies, which ASUS markets as SonicMaster 4.0.

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) is Hi-Res Audio-certified, so you can enjoy 24-bit / 192 kHz audio. It also supports DTS Headphone:X for virtual 7.1 channel surround sound over your headphones. It has a 5-magnet speaker driven by the NXP Smart Amp with 40% more power output and less distortion.

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Setting Up The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) ships with Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and ASUS confirmed that it will be upgraded soon to Android 8.0 Oreo. It also comes with 100 GB of free Google Drive storage for 1 year. Let’s show you just how easy it is to set-up the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro.

 

The Ergonomics

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) may have a large 5.5″ display, but it is svelte at less than 75 mm wide and slim at less than 7 mm, even with the camera bump. It is surprisingly light at just 147 grams.

The large display with its full HD resolution is just perfect for watching movies. We also applaud ASUS for using an AMOLED display – it is generally more vivid and power-efficient.

We especially like the satin finish of the anodised chassis. It is smooth and comfortable to touch, and is resistant to fingerprint smears. The provided bumper case increases grip while protecting the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) without making it overly bulky, or covering up its look.

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Available Memory & Storage

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) comes with 4 GB of LPDDR3 memory, of which 1.8 GB (45%) is free to use. That is about as much memory as some smartphones ship with, so don’t worry about running out of RAM with the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro!

The ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) also comes with 64 GB of internal flash memory. Of that, just under 51 GB is available to use. If that’s not enough, you can top it up with a microSD card (up to 256 GB).

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Main Camera Performance – Photos

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) uses the 16 MP Sony IMX351 sensor for its main camera, paired with f/2.2 lens. The full 16 MP resolution is attained with the 4:3 aspect ratio. Each picture has a resolution of 4640 × 3480 and a file size of between 6 to 8 MB.

Here are 10 high-resolution samples for you to check out. Click on them to load the full-sized photos, which you can also download to examine.

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Selfie Cameras Performance – Photos

The main selfie camera has an excellent 12 MP Sony IMX362 sensor with fast f/1.8 lens, and a resolution of 3928 x 2944. The wide-angle selfie camera has a 5 MP Omnivision 5670 sensor with f/2.2 lens, and a resolution of 2552 x 1912.

Here are three examples demonstrating the difference between the 12 MP main front camera, and the 5 MP wide-angle front camera.

The Omnivision 5670 sensor lacks the resolution of the Sony IMX362 sensor but did surprisingly well. While we naturally prefer the greater detail and colour saturation of the main selfie camera, the wide-angle selfie camera sure is useful in packing in more people, or more of the scenery in the background.

The wide-angle camera is best used in bright conditions. While it may not produce very high resolution photos, they are absolutely perfect for social media.

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Main Camera Performance – Video Recording

We tested the main camera’s video recording performance in both 1080p and 4K resolutions. It supports EIS (electronic image stabilisation) but only when it records 1080p video.

While it supports Hi-Res Audio, that’s only for playback. It does not support Hi-Res Audio recording. The noise cancellation is decent, but the recorded audio is a little too bright and lacks punch.

Video Recording Test #1 : Piano (1080p)

The electronic image stabilisation worked well, greatly reducing the amount of hand shake in this video. However, the image itself appears to be somewhat blurred, with the colours muted and highlights overblown.

 

Video Recording Test #2 : Piano (4K)

The image quality when recording at 4K is so much better – sharp, with much greater detail and well-saturated colours. It’s worth trading the hand shake for the much better image quality.

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Video Recording Test #3 : Street Market (1080p)

The image quality in this test was better than what we saw in the Piano test, although the highlights were still overblown. The 3-axis EIS worked well though.

 

Video Recording Test #4 : Street Market (4K)

The resolution is really good – you can take very good screenshots from the video. But the lack of image stabilisation means that 4K recording is best done when you are stationary… or well, just use the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro with a gimbal.

 

Video Recording Test #5 : Video Selfie Test

Both front selfie cameras can record videos at the full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080. The main selfie camera is noticeably brighter, but the wide angle camera has better control of the background highlights. The video from the wide-angle camera has a noticeable fisheye effect – you get a much wider view, but the corners will be distorted.

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Work Performance – PCMark

We tested the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro’s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) OPPO F1s
Work Performance Score
(Average)
7837 6655 4954 3884
Web Browsing 8623 7595 5143 3688
Video Playback 5282 4545 4515 3789
Writing 7692 7264 4948 4141
Photo Editing 10766 7824 5243 3933

Both the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Checkand the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom use the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, but the Selfie Pro is almost 18% faster. In any case, they both did much better than the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017), and the OPPO F1s in this test.

 

Battery Life – PCMark

We then tested the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro’s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) has a relatively small 3,000 mAh lithium-ion battery. It lasted 10.25 hours in our battery test, which is pretty good considering its higher performance. Incidentally, you can see that the battery is calibrated to show 100% for the first 7-8% of its total capacity.

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Battery Recharging Performance

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) comes with a 10 W fast charger. It takes about 128.5 minutes (2 hours 8.5 minutes) to recharge its battery from 20% to 100%.

That’s a battery life : recharging ratio of just 4.8:1 – which is rather disappointing. After all, the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom uses the same 10 W fast charger to deliver a battery life : recharging ratio of 6.5:1.

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Gaming Performance – 3DMark

We tested the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro’s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) OPPO F1s
Gaming Score 14015 13844 13540 7666
Graphics 13470 13372 13548 7511
Physics 16328 15797 13510 8265
Graphics Test 1 80.7 fps 80.3 fps 81.1 fps 49.4 fps
Graphics Test 2 46.0 fps 45.6 fps 46.2 fps 24.4 fps
Physics Test 51.8 fps 50.1 fps 42.9 fps 26.2 fps

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) uses the same Qualcomm Adreno 506 GPU as the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom, so it performs at about the same performance level.

 

Overall Performance

AnTuTu is a nice benchmark for testing various performance aspects of Android devices.

ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) OPPO F1s
TOTAL SCORE 65302 63218 56431 41486
3D SCORE 13431 12966 15458 4868
– 3D (Marooned) 8230 7878 10511 3188
– 3D (Garden) 5201 5088 4947 1679
UX SCORE 24848 24089 18496 17640
– UX Data Secure 6226