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Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1) ZB601KL: affordable 5.99-inch smartphone with 5000 mAh battery

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Expected to be released this month, Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1) ZB601KL is set to become one of the most sought-after mid-range smartphones with its amazing specs and great value for money.

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It is not the first to be offering such specs though, as we also have Zenfone 4 Max ZC554KL which debuted last year:

  • 5.5-inch Full HD IPS capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels or ~401 ppi pixel density
  • Metal unibody
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Gorilla Glass protection
  • Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430 chipset, Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 graphics, Adreno 505 chipset and 4GB RAM
  • Dual 13MP primary camera with f/2.0 aperture, autofocus and LED flash
  • 8MP secondary camera with f/2.2 aperture and LED flash
  • 32GB/64GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB maximum
  • Non-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery
  • Android Nougat 7.0
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • August 2017 release date
  • $235 USD price tag

Nice 5.5-inch Full HD IPS screen, metal body, mid-range performance, dual 13MP primary camera and huge 5000 mAh battery capacity are some of its strongest points.

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9 months have passed since, here’s to the Zenfone Max Pro (M1) ZB601KL:

  • 5.99-inch Full HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio or ~402 ppi density
  • Fullview display
  • Front glass with aluminum body
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm SDM636 Snapdragon 636 chipset, Octa-core 1.8 GHz Kryo 260 processor, Adreno 509 graphics and 3GB/4GB RAM
  • Dual 13MP (f/2.2 aperture, 1.12µm) + 5MP primary camera (f/2.4, 1.12µm) with phase detection autofocus and LED flash
  • 8MP secondary camera (f/2.2 aperture, 1.0µm) with LED flash
  • 32GB/64GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 400GB maximum
  • Non-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery
  • Android Oreo 8.0
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • May 2018 release date
  • 10,999 Indian Rupee or ~160 USD for 32GB internal storage + 3GB RAM and 12,999 Indian Rupee or ~190 USD for 64GB internal storage + 4GB RAM

As you can see, the Zenfone Max Pro (M1) ZB601KL caters for the masses while still maintaining lots of the good stuff. For starters, we can see how it now comes with a large 5.99-inch Full HD IPS screen with Fullview display. Other than that, there’s also the front glass with an aluminium body.

Under the hood of the Zenfone Max Pro (M1) ZB601KL gets a nice upgrade with it now sporting the Snapdragon 636 chipset, fast Kryo octa-core processor, good Adreno 509 graphics and either 3GB or 4GB RAM. This ensures speedy performance for your daily needs and some good gaming with it as well.

Camera-wise, there’s the great dual 13MP+5MP primary camera with features and functions that you would expect out of it. The 8MP selfie camera is also equipped with an LED flash so that you can take selfies even under cover of darkness.

Regarding storage, you get to choose to go for either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage which is nice. Even then, you can easily add up to a maximum of 400GB via the available expansion slot.

On to the battery side of things, we can find Zenfone Max Pro (M1) ZB601KL once more having a 5000 mAh battery. It provides up to 199 hours of music playback, up to 35 days of 4G standby, up to 12 hours of gaming, up to 42 hours of 3G talk time and up to 28 hours of Wi-Fi web browsing. It is one powerhouse indeed.

Finally, the fact that it will be running on the latest Android Oreo 8.0 gives it a huge boost. The latest software to go with its great mid-range hardware.

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Conclusion:

Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1) ZB601KL refreshes the ‘Max’ lineup nicely. Large 5.99-inch Full HD IPS screen with Fullview display, great mid-range hardware, great dual 13MP-5MP primary camera, huge 5000 mAh battery and the latest Oreo operating system makes for a killer combination.

Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1) ZB601KL is expected to be very soon in May 2018 for 10,999 Indian Rupee or ~160 USD for the 32GB internal storage + 3GB RAM variant and 12,999 Indian Rupee or ~ USD 190 for the 64GB internal storage + 4GB RAM variant. You get to choose either Black or Gray colour.

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