In addition to the Zenfone Max Pro M2, ASUS also launched the Zenfone Max M2 at a more affordable price. This device has a contemporary design and attractive hardware specifications.
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Zenfone Max M2 itself relies on chipset made by Qualcomm the latest generation and long battery life. Incidentally, I had the opportunity to try this smartphone for several weeks.
For that, for Gadgeter who are curious about the advantages, disadvantages, performance, and features offered by ASUS Zenfone Max M2, you can view the following review article.
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Design and Screen
In plain view, Zenfone Max M2 has a full screen with bangs or notch on the top like today’s smartphones. But the bangs brought by Max M2 are bigger than those of Max Pro M2.
Unfortunately there is no Hide Notch feature if the user wants to hide bangs from Zenfone Max M2. But this can be tricked by downloading and installing the third-party Hide Notch application from the Google Play Store.
While the rear design is almost similar to the Max Pro M1, where the 2 rear cameras and LED Flash are on the top left arranged vertically. While the fingerprint sensor and the ASUS logo are in the center.
The back body itself is made of metal so it feels slippery when held in one hand. For this reason, users can use additional Jelly Cases contained in the smartphone sales package.
Turning to the bottom, there is a microUSB port and speaker hole. While at the top there is a 3.5mm audio jack port to connect headphones, earphones, or internal speakers with Zenfone Max M2.
The SIM and microSD card slot of this smartphone is on the left side which is not Hybrid so that the user can use a combination of 2 SIM cards and MicroSD as well.
Furthermore, the volume and power buttons are located on the right side arranged vertically to make it easier for users to take a combination of taking screenshots.
The ASUS Zenfone Max M2 has a 6.3 inch screen with HD + resolution (1520 x 720 pixels), IPS technology, and a 19: 9 aspect ratio that fills the front. The bangs that are present above the screen are used to store the front camera, sensors, and earpiece.
ASUS pinned a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 Octa-core chipset with 14nm technology complete with Adreno 506 GPU on this smartph1. For the record, I get Zenfone Max M2 with 3 GB RAM variant and 32 GB internal storage that can be added by microSD.
The ASUS also said that the performance of this device is more powerful compared to smartphones that use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset. For this reason, I tested it using Zenfone Max M2 for daily activities.
I also run a variety of applications in multitasking ranging from telephone applications, chat, SMS, occasional video, occasional music, and social ne2rking. The result, Zenfone Max M2 is able to run applications smoothly.
Turning to heavier testing, I also tried this device to play a variety of popular games such as Garena Free Fire, PUBG Mobile, Mobile Legends, and Arena of Valor. Zenfone Max M2 is able to run Garena Free Fire, Arena of Valor, and Mobile Legends games smoothly using high graphics.
While on PUBG Mobile, I can only play it smoothly when using Balance and Medium Frame Rate graphics. In other words, this smartphone is able to meet the needs of its users to play popular games today.
As usual, I also benchmark Zenfone Max M2 using AnTuTu and Geekbench. The result, this device is able to get AnTuTu score which reaches 103,587 points, which exceeds smartphones with Snapdragon 625 which has an average score of 70 thousand.
While in the Geekbench test, Zenfone Max M2 managed to get a score that reached 1,254 points for Single-core testing and 4,844 points for Multi-core testing.
This device is equipped with a large battery capacity reaching 4000 mAh. The ASUS also claims that the battery endurance can reach 8 hours when used to play Garena Free Fire, 21 hours to play video nonstop, or 1 day in normal use.
To prove it, I also run a variety of applications for daily activities ranging from SMS, chat, telephone, social ne2rking, occasional games, occasional video, occasional music, to the browser to surf online. The result is Zenfone Max M2 is able to survive for 19 hours 30 minutes from 100% to reach the critical point of 15%.
While when I play the game Garena Free Fire, this smartphone is able to last an average of 7 hours from 100% to a 15% critical point. Given the 4000 mAh battery capacity, the Zenfone Max M2 can charge the battery for 2 hours and 20 minutes from 10% to 100%.
ASUS Zenfone Max M2 has been equipped with 2 rear cameras that have a combination of 13 MP primary camera + 2 MP secondary camera and LED Flash. In sufficient and abundant light conditions, this smartphone camera is able to take photos with good results.
But the photos from the back camera of the Zenfone Max M2 need to be improved when taken in low light or night conditions. This 2 MP secondary camera function allows me to take instant bokeh photos that can be set to blur level before the photo is taken.
While the front camera has a resolution of 8 MP and SoftLight which can produce selfie or wefie photos with mediocre quality. To that end, for Gadgeters who are curious about the quality of the Zenfone Max M2 camera, they can see the results of the photo as follows.
Rear camera (click to enlarge)
The fingerprint sensor present on the Zenfone Max M2 is able to recognize my fingerprint quickly when opening the lock. This smartphone also allows 5 different fingerprints to be recognized by the sensor.
In addition to fingerprints, ASUS also embeds Face Unlock feature on this smartphone so that it allows me to unlock using my face. Although it can recognize faces quickly in sufficient light conditions, Face Unlock is difficult to recognize when in low light conditions.
This smartphone uses the pure Android 8.1 Oreo operating system so that the default display does not use ZenUI. For some people this pure Android system is fun because it’s lightweight, fast, and minimal bloatware compared to Android Oreo which uses ZenUI.
This also results in the lack of pure gesture functions on Android compared to ZenUI. Even so, the Zenfone Max M2 still has a dual split multitasking feature that allows users to run 2 applications on one screen.
During the use of several weeks, I was quite satisfied with Zenfone Max M2 because it has a long battery life and powerful performance to run applications and play games.
But in the case of the camera, the ASUS Zenfone Max M2 needs to be increased again so that the picture is more optimal. Meanwhile, the fingerprint sensor of this smartphone can detect fingerprints quickly.
In other words, this smartphone can still be a gadget choice in the price range of Rp. 2 million. Especially the 3GB RAM variant whose price is arguably economical when viewed from the hardware specifications and features offered.