The ASUS ZenFone Max Plus M1 came out earlier this year and it is the first Asus branded handset with an 18:9 near-borderless display. This is a budget device with a price tag of $229, but it brings a bunch of impressive things like a 5.7″ full-view slim-bezel display, dual rear-facing cameras, and a software-based face unlock.
|ZenFone Max Plus (M1)||Specification|
Android 7.0 with Zen UI 4.0
|Screen size||5.65-inch IPS display|
|Resolution||2160 x 1080 pixels|
16MP, f/2.0 aperture, 0.03s PDAF | 8MP, 120° wide-angle 6-element lens | PixelMaster 4.0 camera modes including: Auto mode with HDR / Pro mode / Beauty mode / Super Resolution / Panorama / GIF animation / Time Lapse
|Front camera||16MP, f/2.0 aperture|
|Processor||MediaTek MT6750T 1.5GHz octa-core processor | Mali T860 GPU|
|Storage||32GB or 64GB|
|Expandable storage up to||256GB|
|RAM||3GB or 4GB|
|Battery||4130mAh mAh (nonremovable)|
|Ports||microUSB for charging|
|Dimensions||73 x 152.6 x 8.8mm|
|Other features||Rear-facing fingerprint sensor, Face Unlock software, Dual SIM card slots|
Deepsea Black, Azure Silver
3GB/32GB model will be available in February 2018
|Base price off-contract||~$229|
That 4,130 mAh battery should last you a very, very long time. Add that to the fact that Asus is using a FHD screen (vs a QuadHD one), and you should be able to expect much more than a full day out of the Max Plus. The other big draw of this phone are the dual camera sensors, with a main 16 MP sensor that has a wide, f/2.0 aperture lens. The secondary 8 MP camera has a 120 degree wide-angle sensor for capturing more people or scenery in the frame. The phone also has a 16 MP front-facing selfie camera.
The bad news about this phone is that it will ship with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. It also uses the older micro-USB connector instead of the new USB-C port, but still retains a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
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