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Asus Zenfone Max Plus (M2) ZB634KL: the birth of the SiP 1 can be seen on this $335 smartphone

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Asus Zenfone Max Plus (M2) ZB634KL marks the birth of Snapdragon SiP 1 chipset, let’s check it out whether it is worthy of its price tag.

For comparison purposes, let’s take a quick look at its sibling, the Zenfone Max Pro (M2) ZB631KL as per below:

  • 6.3-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 2280 pixels, 19:9 ratio or ~400 ppi density
  • Fullview display
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 (14 nm) chipset, Octa-core (4x2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260) processor, Adreno 512 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • Dual 12MP primary camera with f/1.8 aperture, PDAF + 5MP with f/2.4 aperture, 1.12µm, depth sensor, LED flash, HDR and panorama
  • 13MP secondary camera with HDR
  • 64GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 512GB maximum
  • Non-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery
  • Android Oreo 8.0
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • December 2018 release date
  • 17,990 Russian Ruble or ~ USD 270 price tag

Zenfone Max Pro (M2) ZB631KL features a large 6.3-inch Full HD IPS screen, great mid-range hardware, great dual 12MP+5MP primary camera, good 13MP selfie camera, large 64GB storage and a whopping 5000 mAh battery is just extraordinary. Not to mention the attractive price that is value for money.

With that in mind, let’s now further scrutinise the Zenfone Max Plus (M2) ZB634KL which has the below specs:

  • 6.26-inch Full HD+ S-IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 2246 pixels, 18.7:9 ratio or ~398 ppi density
  • Fullview display
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon SiP 1 chipset, Octa-core 1.8 GHz processor, Adreno 506 graphics and 3GB RAM
  • Dual primary camera: 12MP with f/1.8 aperture, 1/2.9", 1.25μm and PDAF + 5MP with f/2.4 aperture, 1.12µm, depth sensor, LED flash, HDR and panorama
  • 8MP selfie camera with LED flash
  • 32GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 512GB maximum
  • Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery with Fast battery charging
  • Android Oreo 8.0
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • March 2019 release date
  • 1,299 Brazilian Lira or ~ USD 335 price tag

The Zenfone Max Plus (M2) ZB634KL sports a large 6.26-inch screen with Full HD+ S-IPS screen technology. Smaller in size but better technology.

You must have been wondering what the SiP 1 chipset is all about? Well, it stands for System in Package, which is a new processor that integrates all the main components into a single package.

This is where you can find the application processor, modem, RF front end, audio codec, RAM and storage in a single package. The advantage is a smaller motherboard which means thinner devices. The extra space can be used for a bigger battery or more components such as an extra camera or a dedicated MicroSD card slot. It has been reported that RAM and storage can be changed in the same SiP. The SiP 1 in the Zenfone Max Plus (M2) ZB634KL is said to have the same specs as the Snapdragon 450 with an octa-core 1.8GHz processor, Adreno 506 graphics and 3GB RAM. This points towards a lower mid-range performance.

Camera-wise, the Zenfone Max Plus (M2) ZB634KL comes equipped with a dual 12MP+5MP primary camera with all the bells and whistles, an 8MP selfie camera with LED flash. In short, you can take good-looking photos and selfies, even while in the dark.

Then there’s 4000 mAh battery which makes the package complete.

Conclusion:

Asus Zenfone Max Plus (M2) ZB634KL seems to have a problem here, as it can’t even compete with its kind, the Zenfone Max Pro (M2) ZB631KL. What makes it even worse, is that it seems to be sporting a bigger price tag. Surely, there are other better options out there in the market.

Asus Zenfone Max Plus (M2) ZB634KL had just been released for 1,299 Brazilian Lira or ~ USD 335 price tag and is available in Red, Silver, Blue and Black colours.

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