ZenFone Max Pro M2: ASUS’ “Battery King” gets a stylish refresh


From left to right: ASUS Philippines Marketing Manager for Systems Group, Anvey Factora, ASUS Global Senior Marketing Manager, Andrew Chan, ASUS Philippines Country Manager, George Su, ASUS Philippines Product Manager for Smartphones, Lenny Lin, and ASUS Philippines Product Marketer for Smartphones, Francis Garcia

PASIG, Philippines – ASUS’ big-battery mid-range smartphone line gets a refreshing new with the ZenFone Max Pro M2. Launched only 6 months after its predecessor, the M1 gets a significant upgrade in the form of stylish new looks, dual AI cameras, as well as improved performance.

READ: Zenfone Max Pro M2 review: Beefy, well-polished stock Android option for heavy users

The ZenFone Max Pro M2 is the second smartphone in the world after the ROG Phone to feature Gorilla Glass 6 as a protective layer for its 6.3-inch HD+ notched screen, which flows beautifully into the glass-covered back.

Front with SIM tray on box - ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 (Philippines)
Front with SIM tray on box – ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 (Philippines)

The ZenFone Max Pro M2 refines the features that ZenFans loved with the flagship ZenFone lines, particularly features that are found on the ZenFone 5 Series, and merged this with the renowned heritage of the ZenFone Max line,” shared Lenny Lin, ASUS Philippines Country Product Manager for Smartphones.

“The result is a combination of premium look, revolutionary AI cameras, a powerful processor, and a big battery capacity—definitely one of the best products we have offered at this price point to date,” he added.

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 (Philippines) silver standing
ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 (Philippines) silver standing

It is powered by Snapdragon 660 SoC with Qualcomm AI Engine, and comes with up to 6GB of memory. The company claims that it is 11% faster than the previous generation, and, like its predecessor, it ships with stock Android 8.1 (Oreo) out of the box.

ASUS claims up to 33% improved 3D graphics performance via the Adreno 512 GPU, something that gaming enthusiasts can look forward to.

Like its predecessor, the M2 features dual cameras, the primary camera is equipped with a Sony IMX486 sensor, while the second camera functions purely as a depth sensor to take better software-generated depth of field (bokeh) shots.

True to the Max line, the M2 packs a 5000 mAh battery, giving it up to two days’ worth of mixed-use performance.

“We have started the year by introducing our flagship smartphone – the ZenFone 5 series, as a smartphone that gives end-users a capable device for mobile photography. Since then, we’ve introduced compelling follow-ups of mobile products for different segments that fit right into the end-users’ needs,” said ASUS Philippines Systems Group Country Manager George Su.

George adds, saying “As with the ROG Phone that we’ve recently launched locally, we bring the ZenFone Max Pro M2 with the premise of a well-rounded performer that improves on the great features that end users love to see in their smartphones.”

Blue and silver ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 (Philippines)
Blue and silver ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 (Philippines)

ZenFone Max Pro M2 price and availability

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 with 6GB RAM and 64GB ROM will be available nationwide starting December 15 for P14,995.

An online-only variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM will be available on Shappe and Lazada for only P12,995 starting December 11.

ZenFone Max Pro M2 specs

  • Screen: 6.3 inches 1080×2280 pixels IPS LCD w/ Gorilla Glass 6
  • SIM: Dual nano-SIM
  • OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo)
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
  • CPU: Octa-core 4×1.8GHz LP + 4×1.9GHz HP Kryo 260
  • GPU: Adreno 512
  • Memory (RAM): 4/6 GB
  • Storage (ROM): 64 GB
  • Expansion: microSD (dedicated slot)
  • Camera (rear): Dual 12MP f/1.8 (Sony IMX486) + 5MP f/2.4 (depth sensor)
  • Camera (front): 13MP
  • Battery: 5000 mAh
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n
  • Colors: Silver, Blue
  • Price: P12995 (4GB + 64GB) / P14995 (6GB + 64GB)

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