Another member of Asus’ Zenfone Max line-up arrived in the Philippines last month, the Asus Zenfone Max M1. As Asus seems to do every year, it is offering a series of phones, from mid-range to high-end smartphone, which all have a specific strength or two. It is also clear that Asus wanted to compete with Xiaomi on providing great phone without breaking the bank. With Asus Zenfone Max M1, it is not just about being the “Battery King” smartphone but also providing a dual camera with solid capability and range. All of this comes with a competitive price tag – Php 8,995.

Key Features:








Php 8,995

4,000 mah

3gb Ram/32gb Storage

Qualcomm Snapdragon 425/430 CPU

5.5-inch HD+ IPS Display

Dual 13MP + 8MP 120-degree wide-angle rear camera, 13MP Front Camera

What you get in the box

Open up and you will see a welcome message, that’s also where you can see the manuals, warranty card and the sim ejector. Lifting it up, you will see the gorgeous Zenfone Max M1. Open up further and you will find USB to Micro USB cable, Travel Adapter and an earphone. Btw, you can check our unboxing and initial impression here!



Design-wise, the Zenfone Max M1 shares plenty of features with other latest Zenfone smartphone, which makes for a premium smartphone. The M1’s bodywork has a premium metallic finish. The front of the device is home to a 5.5-inch HD+ IPS display with 1440 x 720 resolution; 16:10 aspect ratio. At the back, you will find the dual camera at the upper left together with the LED flash. You will also see the fingerprint sensor at the center which is super-fast and very reliable throughout a week of our testing.

The left-hand edge is home to a nano-SIM tray (which can accept two SIMs + a micro SD card) and a microphone while on the opposite side you can find the power button and volume rocker. On the bottom there’s a micro USB port, a single speaker and a microphone. Unfortunately, it does not include a type C port but for the price itself, it is acceptable. Along the top edge, you will only find a 3.5mm headphone jack.

While there is nothing particularly noteworthy about the way the Zenfone Max M1 looks, it is really a solid-constructed device that doesn’t feel bulky in the hand.


Zenfone M1 features a 5.5-inch HD+ IPS display with 1440 x 720 resolution; 16:10 aspect ratio. Its screen is reasonably good, but not that bright when you’re using the phone outdoor. Despite some cons, the resolution is more than adequate for a screen of this size and viewing angles are actually good.


Powered by a Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 with Adreno 505 GPU and a 3gb of ram, Zenfone Max M1 can deliver a good performance for its price. During our review period while doing some tasks it performs fine; browsing Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, playing  some casual games. We just noticed some hiccups when doing some heavy tasks although for its price don’t expect a lot.


Zenfone Max M1 packs in a dual camera at the back. A 13 MP + 8MP 120-degree wide-angle rear cameras. On the front, there’s also a 13MP camera capable of capturing a portrait mode photo like that on the fruit phone. It also has a softlight LED flash for decent selfies in low light conditions.
There are a lot of options you can play around on the camera app. You can also enable the wide angle feature and more. We tried to put it on a camera test. It performs really well on daylight conditions but sadly it failed to provide us a good photo on lowlight conditions. If you consider the price tag of this device, it is acceptable.


Low Light


Going by the specifications of Zenfone Max M1, it ticked all the boxes to make it competitive on other smartphones with this price range. For a phone that is priced at only Php 8,995, it is really a great smartphone in terms of overall value. You get an almost bezel less 5.5-inch HD+ IPS display screen with a 16:10 aspect ratio, great battery life (Obviously, that’s why it is called “Battery King”). The only area where it does fall short of great is the camera performance on low light conditions. For the price tag of Zenfone Max M1, you can’t go wrong with this device. REALLY


    ASUS Zenfone Max M1 Specs


    • Launch
      19 April, 2018
    • Status


    • Dimensions
      147.3 x 70.9 x 8.7 mm
    • Weight
      150 g
    • Colors
      Black, Gold and Red


    • Size
      5.5 Inches
    • Resolution
      HD+ (720 x 1440 Pixels), 245 PPI


    • Operating System OS => Every computer system run on a base software called Operating System (OS). Operating System controls all basic operations of the computer (such as smartphone, PDAs, tablet computers and other handheld devices). The Operating System allows the user to install and run third party applications (apps), apps are used to add new functionality to the device.
      Android 8.0 Oreo
    • User Interface UI or user interface of a device is the look and feel of the on-screen menu system. How it works, its color scheme, how it responds to button presses, all of these things are part of the user interface.
      Zen UI 5.0


    • Front Camera is able to capture photographs and usually videos, The most important characteristics of a camera are the resolution (measured in megapixels), lens focus type (fixed or automatic), higher megapixel cameras are known to capture higher quality photos, but not always a good measurement of the photos quality.
      13 MP (f/2.2 Aperture)
    • Rear
      13MP and 8MP (f/2Aperture)
    • Rear Camera Features
      Fixed Focus,LED Flash


    • Chipset Chipset is a group of integrated circuits designed to perform one or a more dedicated functions, often with real time computing constraints, Popular smartphones are equipped with more advanced embedded chipsets that can do many different tasks depending on their programming.
      Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
    • CPU CPU (Central Processing Unit) mostly known as processors, CPU processes instructions in order to carry out certain functions that make your device operate properly. Processors are often described as the brain of computers, smartphones and tablets, Smartphones and tablets rely on processors to carry out their every task, Processors are an incredibly important factor in selecting any type of computing device, including your smartphone.
      1.4GHz Octa Core Cortex-A53
    • GPU GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is a single-chip processor designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display, This includes things such as lighting effects, object transformations, and 3D motion.
      Adreno 308
    • RAM (Memory) RAM (Random Access Memory) is a type of computer memory that can be accessed randomly, any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes that allows information to be stored and accessed quickly from random locations. RAM is the most common type of memory found in computer systems, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices.
      3 GB
    • Internal Storage Internal Storage is a data storage space (flash memory) mostly used in smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices where operating system, apps, music, photos, videos, files and other user data Is stored.
    • Card Slot Memory Card Slot is a special slot for inserting a memory card. Memory cards allow you to expand the phone's built-in memory, A memory card (sometimes called a flash memory card or a storage card) is a small storage medium used to store data such as text, pictures, audio, and video, for use on small, portable or remote computing devices such as mobile phones, mp3 players, digital cameras.
      256GB via microSD
    • Sensors Sensors are electronic components that detects and responds to some type of input from the physical environment. The specific input could be light, heat, motion, moisture, pressure and location, The output is generally a signal that is converted to use in computing systems, a location sensor, such as a GPS receiver is able to detect current location of your electronic device.
      Fingerprint Sensor, Proximity Sensor & Ambient Light Sensor, Compass & Accelerometer,


    • Networks
      Dual SIM(Nano-SIM)
    • SIM SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) is a small card that contains mobile network subscriber's account information. This allows the phone using the card to attach to a mobile network. The SIM card is most commonly associated with GSM and UMTS mobile networks. Moving a SIM card from one phone to another allows a subscriber to switch mobile phones without having to contact their mobile network carrier. SIM cards can also be used by a phone to store limited amounts of data, such as phone numbers and text messages.
      4G LTE, 3G HSPA+, 2G EDGE & GPRS Networks


    • Bluetooth Bluetooth is a wireless communications technology for exchanging data between mobile phones, headsets, computers and other network devices over short distances without wires, Bluetooth technology was primarily designed to support simple wireless networking of personal consumer devices.
      Bluetooth 4.0
    • Wi-fi Wi-Fi is a popular wireless networking technology using radio waves to provide high-speed network connections that allows devices to communicate without cords or cables, Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming the preferred mode of internet connectivity all over the world.
      Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
    • USB
      MicroUSB 2.0
    • GPS GPS The Global Positioning System is a satellite-based radio navigation system, GPS permits users to determine their position, velocity and the time 24 hours a day, in all weather, anywhere in the world, In order to locate your position, your device or GPS receiver must have a clear view of the sky.
    • NFC NFC (Near field communication) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish peer-to-peer radio communications with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inches.


    • FM Radio


    • Capacity Battery Capacity is a measure (typically in Amp-hr) of the charge stored by the battery, and is determined by the mass of active material contained in the battery. The battery capacity represents the maximum amount of energy that can be extracted from the battery under certain conditions.
    • Placement
    • Charging